Big blog post!
Here are some of my sketches, drawings and paintings for a big project I worked on last year – illustrations for A-level films on ethics and philosophy, written by the amazing Nicky Hansell for EthicsOnline.
Portraits of philosopher Joseph Fletcher below:
A few disasters occurred while working on this: my tablet (digital drawing equipment) failed, the drawing programme decided it hated me, and then my trusty laptop had a slightly devastating accident. I really learned a great deal though (including but not limited to weary notes to self: invest in a good tablet, get a better drawing programme, never knock a glass of water over your beloved computer again, and please try to work in a less tiny scale), and really enjoyed the project and its scope. The situations conjured up for this Situations Ethics discussion called for some complex drawings – it was a really wonderful challenge!
One of the main narrative-examples was about the woman in the foreground of the prison camp picture above, trying to work out how to get back to her family, and whether the only real means of doing so was immoral or not.
(Maybe with the help of this on the whole good natured guard.)
Here’s an early sketch of a busy platform scene, with all kinds of stories going on. I like it, but it was too hectic and the central focus was off, so I changed it to the picture below, which worked better for a series of close-ups.
I treasure Nicky’s writing for the stories happening on the platform (can you spot ‘a possible lover looking out in wicked trepidation behind a pregnant woman whose irate husband will obviously leave her’?) and will stay with me forever as one of the best commission descriptions I’ll probably ever have.
I also worked on another of the films – more soon!
You can see more about the films here.