Project Unfathomable

It has been a little while since the last update. This one, as you can guess, is all about that project I mentioned. Project Unfathomable. Long story short it will be a series of book illustrations based on this bizarre world (with a fantasy and steampunk theme). I will gather up a selection of illustrations and towards the end of August I intend on setting up a Kickstarter. Hopefully I will receive a lot of support and backing to print out a bunch of copies of the book and start sharing them with you all, and if not I’ll print out a few that I will be sending to book publishers.

This is my first real push into book illustration, so far I have finished the illustrations for 3 of the pieces, I am just about to start painting the 4th(literally when I finish this). So a few busy days and late nights should do it. Remember to follow my social media for the quickest updates. Below is the work so far.

2017 A Year Of Change

It has been almost a year now since my last post. In one way a lot has happened and it’s time for change, and at the same time there is no change… My teaching career has altered and now I can safely say I have explored almost all levels of teaching, since I began teaching I have now taught from 8 year olds up to second year university students, I have taught in a prison, retired folks and people coming straight from work. All that experience has told me something very simple and straight forward… I enjoy teaching but the paperwork is always going to be a pain and the government is always going to want more from you than is needed.

So what do I do? I mean I have always been teacher first and illustrator second, pursuing art when I can and because of my passion for it.

Well now I’ve been reflecting and have began to take the steps into becoming a book illustrator. I’m working on something that I’ll tell you more about the closer it gets, but for now, long story short it’s a series of illustration and I’m currently referring to it as ‘Project Unfathomable’.

Here’s an update of the work I have been making and the first looks of the ‘Project Unfathomable’.

 

Summer Time

Hey folks,

Time for a catch up I reckon, it is summer after all. Since last time I have made a few different illustrations, stopped Sketchbook Wednesday, worked on a book commission, entered a competition and began my own book illustration. A lot, I know. Busy times, but it’s been great. Below is the break down for you, enjoy and remember to follow on social media to get the most up to date info.

Visit from Sunga Park

It’s been a good couple of years since I first began speaking to Sunga, over the years we have chatted about illustration and seen each other grow and develop. For those of you that don’t know Sunga is an amazing illustrator loved throughout the creative industry, she comes from Korea and spends a lot of time travelling and illustrating on the road. This year on her trip to the UK we managed to arrange a meet up, she got to meet some of my students and we had a couple of days thriving on creativity. What can I say, it was like having an idol as a house guest, I was in awe and cheekily treat Sunga like a mentor so I could learn and develop further.

After her visit I managed to develop my style and adapt it through experimenting creating the below results.

Playing Arts competition

Then I was approached to discuss the competition of Playing Arts, the chance for creatives to submit a piece of art work that could potentially be one of the final 52 cards. The artists are given a card, then they need to create a piece for that competition, submit it, have a public vote and then receive the final judging.

I decided with my card being the 6 of spades I would go for a steampunk theme with a six shooter, I gained massive support throughout having Playing Arts showcase my entry, having the most public votes in my section (six of spades) and although not being the final choice of the judges Playing Arts did commend me on my entry.

Entry for Playing Arts Competition.

Entry for Playing Arts Competition.

Book illustration commission

Author Judi Hinds asked me to create an illustration for a novel she has been working on, the story is called “The Wolf and the Panther”. The book is in the final stages and I will update when it is out. Below is the final design and mock up.

Eagan D.W

I had been working on an idea for a story for some time and recently began to pull elements of it together. The story is a steampunk themed series of an adventurer who travels the world recording his observations, each book is one of those adventures. The first one I have designed the cover for in the Eagan D.W. series is Machine in the Mist. Below is the cover illustration design and mock up.

So that roughly brings us up to date, remember to keep checking social media for up to date work.

Enjoy your summer time and holidays.

WB

March 2016

 

I know, I know. It’s been all quiet on the front but I have got some news for you. Here’s the update for March 2016

I have been working on a new fan art piece for Harry Potter, this time I am going down a more book illustration route. Taking some of my favourite parts of the book and recreating the scene in my own way.

Secondly I have been working on some new designs for merchandise, this will have a playful spin on fan art, keep checking for updates on it and eventually they will be up for grabs.

Sketchbook Wednesdays, with a hectic work life on top of my illustration work I have had to plan my time effectively, after a while I figured the easiest way was to set up specific time just to illustrate. So other than sketches etc I do as and when I have a specific time to live stream and have to work on my drawings. Every Wednesday afternoon (6pm GMT onwards) I will be working on my sketchbook, either for reference work, prep for projects and generally just sketching. Head over to my Twitch on Wednesdays to check it out.

As always, remember to follow my social media for immediate updates, have a great day, see you Wednesday and take care.

WB

A New Year

Hey folks, happy new year.

I hope you all had an awesome Christmas and enjoyed a little time to relax. I basically clocked off and spent time with family. Now it’s time to get back on track.

So, a lot happened in 2015, I will not bore you but I have learnt a lot and had more challenges this year than ever before. This year I will be continuing to juggle both illustration and teaching and as always trying to push myself to improve.

Anyway, time for some updates.

During the winter period and build up to Christmas I put on an offer on commissions to raise some money to help the homeless, as a result I had a day of donating hats, gloves and food to the homeless around the city with a lot of grateful people, so thank you to those who took up the offer.

On the build up to Star Wars VII being released I finished an illustration a day, you can check them all out here.

I have a couple of ideas planned for this year illustration wise which will include a lot more research and sketch work so I’ll have to keep you up to date.

Remember to check social media for all my updates as they happen, on Facebook, twitter, instagram, behance and linkedin.

Have a great year guys, and as always, take care.

WB

Christmas Offer

Hey folks,

Ready for the whole Christmas season I was doing some thinking about what I could do. I knew that I wanted to put an offer on for people, so that’s a start. I wanted to do something for others though to make their Christmas special too. So here it is…

I am offering to create a portrait for you for £30. That means you will get a unique illustration, 8″x10″ in size with post and package included. Finally, £5 of that will go towards the homeless in an attempt to make their Christmas a little nicer, some fresh clothes or a warm meal to help the colder nights.

To make sure that your illustration will reach you by Christmas then send me an email as soon as possible.

Send me an email at whistlingbearillustrations@yahoo.com

Have a great day and take care,

WB

Update October

Hey folks,

So here’s the latest news from October, new job and a move means my illustration work has had to be on hold since August really. I have been able to get a couple more test runs on Twitch though and created two more of my inspirational people (Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart). On top of that I have been planning a collaboration project that I will hopefully be able to exhibit, but that will take a while.

Patreon – Ok, like I mentioned, time is scarce at the minute. That means my time to work on the BTA project is massively reduced. So I decided that I would adjust my Patreon, changing it from per month to per piece. I also opened it up to all of my work, not just the BTA project. So that means if you support my work you can sign up to be a patron, every time I create a piece and post it I will get your donation to go towards my work and you will get a reward as a thanks for your contribution.

Twitch – I have had a couple more test runs and now I’m pretty happy with the set up, still a couple of issues but it should be fine. At the minute my set up is still not sorted out here so unless I am visiting family I cannot really stream yet. However, I am hoping to stream at least once a week when it is all rigged up. As long as you follow my social media then I’ll let you know when I plan to stream.

Wonder Online Magazine – I have just finished the new cover for the “Ambition” edition so once that is up I will post and show you guys, but as always check out the website, have a read and if you write and have something to say you should see their submission page.

Inspirational People – I managed to get another two of my inspirational people finished, I have another two that I will hopefully be able to finish soon, but in the mean time that is five inspiring people for you to check out.

Ok so other than a few small things that I don’t want to mention until they are sorted out I just wanted to say thanks for your support while I have been making a big adjustment in my life. I appreciate it.

Update July / August

 

Hey you lovely people. Ok so a few things have happened and as some of you know I will be moving soon to start a new teaching job, that means August will be crazier that July was.

So the main updates

1. Patreon – Still putting out updates if you haven’t seen it yet check it out.

2. Wonder Magazine – Another monthly cover for you to see.

3. Twitch – That’s right, I’ll be broadcasting, and I’m pretty excited about it.

4. Inspirational People project – This is a new project made as a tribute to some amazing folk.

So this one is going to be a long one, sorry about that, but I want you all to be kept in the loop. After all it’s because of the support you all give me that keeps me going, so thanks, I appreciate it.

1. Patreon

Ok so if you haven’t seen my new video for Patreon yet you have another chance. As I mentioned I would be making Patreon primarily to work with my Bear and Tiger Animation (BTA) project, but if you just want to support me in general then by all means take a look as well. I said from the beginning that I will always be creating stuff for the project and that’s true. Even when I am bogged down with other projects, work and life in general I will find time to make at least something every week towards the BTA project. That includes making stuff to give you guys. I update the page regularly and have even posted the first gift for those patrons of $5 a month or more. I completely understand if you guys can’t support me on Patreon for any reason so don’t worry about it, but if you can and want to of course I would recommend it.

https://youtu.be/xsBwI09jzOU

 

2. Wonder Magazine

New monthly cover, this time the theme was memories. I want to give you all a little insight as to why I did what I did for this one. One of my biggest fears is losing my memory, forgetting the people that I love and that shape my life. I wanted to capture those key moments that can define a life, those snapshots that to an individual could mean the world and for everyone else might only be a nice photo. Normally I try to include some kind of influence within the illustrations I make for Wonder to make them more personal, but this one really connected with me so I hope you all like it as well.

 

3. Twitch

Some of you may know that I have been setting up a Twitch account, now it’s up and I’ll be broadcasting from Tuesday 11th August around 7pm GMT. I’ll be making Boba Fett for a friend and Robin Williams for my Inspirational People project.

For those of you that don’t know, Twitch was created for gamers to broadcast themselves so anyone could watch them, share experiences and learn from the pros. Since then it has evolved and recently Twitch launched its Creative section, this area is already full of awesome people making great stuff and I am happy to say I’ll be joining it.

That means you can watch me making work, chat and fire away any questions you might have. It’s still early days so I will have to work on what I am broadcasting and when but at the minute I will be primarily making fan art projects, possibly working on commissions and maybe even do some of the BTA project on there (probably doing some kind of giveaway exclusive for my patrons at the same time since you guys are supporting my BTA project).

Anyway, make sure you check in on Tuesday 7pm GMT (that’s 12pm PDT and 3pm EDT) for my first broadcast. http://www.twitch.tv/whistlingbear

4. Inspirational People Project

I love creating fan art work, this is because I love making stuff as a thanks to things that I enjoy, either a game, movie or anything else for that matter. I realised that there are a lot of people that I find inspirational that do not necessarily fit into those categories but none the less inspire me. I decided that I would make a project specifically for these people, as long as I have been inspired by them in some way and what to make a tribute to them then I will be making a portrait and adding them to the project.

The first two I have are Vincent Van Gogh and Nikola Tesla with my tribute to Robin Williams being created on Twitch if you join the broadcast. I have a time lapse of Van Gogh below. I hope some of these within the ongoing list will have inspired you in some way as they are all amazing for one reason or another.

 

Right, that is my update for the end of July to mid August. I hope you can drop by and see my Twitch broadcast, I’ll always let my social media know before I stream anyway.

Have a great day as always and take care,

WB

Patreon

Hey folks!

So a couple of updates for you. First we have the new illustration for Wonder that you can see more of here. It’s been great working with Wonder and I have nothing but good things to say about them so head over to their website, check out their stuff and by all means all you bloggers send them some of your own stuff. Below is the beloved colourful astronaut for you anyway.

Wonder Online Magazine Monthly cover

Wonder Online Magazine Monthly cover

 

Ok so second update? Well this is a big one, I’m now on Patreon! Never heard of it? Well, it’s like Kickstarter, you can support your favourite creatives with a monthly amount that you set and can cancel at any time. Now this is great for helping me out to keep making stuff and sharing with you guys, but you will also get rewards depending on how much support you give (for example unique illustrations just for you!).

Sounds great right. This makes it even better, I am not doing a Patreon in place of my normal illustration work, that will continue as always, I am creating a Patreon so you can support my Bear and Tiger animation project, that means being a Patreon you will get a behind the scenes style look at the whole project, exclusive illustrations and videos, refined scenes and be the first to see the finished product.

The project is inspired by my Short Story and is my first real animation project, that means lots of fun times ahead, but I would love for your support. So here’s the link, take a look in full.

https://www.patreon.com/WhistlingBearIllustrations?ty=h

Patreon main image

Interview

Hey guys,

Quick update for you all, the amazing Wonder Magazine has posted an interview with me that you can check out here. The interview covers my inspirations, tools and techniques as well as how I got to this stage. Also it has a couple of peaks at what I am currently working on.

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So, what are my current projects? Well the new stuff is that I am back on with my Bear and Tiger animation after changing things up and starting a fresh. I am also working on the background research etc for something that I hope will be big, but as always I will let you know the updates. I will be relocating soon as well so I have a few months to tick off my to-do list and get ahead of some things I have had on the back burner.

Oh and make sure you check out my People Per Hour page, I am also offering an “hourlie” on there, so if you want to check that out here I am offering to illustrate an animal/pet piece on 8x10inch watercolour paper, including delivery for £60 (+£10 for each additional animal). So by all means get in touch for your very own Whistling Bear illustration!

Now I have a night of sketching ahead of me so I’ll get back to that, but I look forward to hearing from you guys in the future.

Have a great day and take care,

WB