Today is All-Ireland Poetry Day with poetry readings and events on all over the country. Check out the events listed. I’m hoping to get into a reading this evening in Dublin.
I recently illustrated a poem for a poetry magazine but unfortunately didn’t do enough research into the magazine’s target audience. My aimed-at-kids, colourful, illustration style didn’t quite fit in with their grungey, cutting edge style. 🙂 Not to worry, I still enjoyed the process and love illustrating poems. The poem I chose was “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost, one of my favourite poets. I love the stillness of the poem and the picture it conveys of the quiet snowy scene with the man and his little horse.
As always I started with a few sketches of the man, the little horse and some very scribbley trees. I used to do a lot of drawings in pencil but I find I like drawing in pen now as I worry less about what it looks like and don’t mind making loads of mistakes. I scanned the sketches into Photoshop where I re-drew and coloured them with the vector tools. I like to add lots of texture to my images, so I overlaid with scanned paper, a photograph of concrete and lots of pencil scratchings. Here’s the sketch of the man:
The final image looks like this:
If you would like to buy a print 🙂 they are available in many different sizes over on the Society 6 website.
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