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.

Jennifer Farley

Jennifer Farley is an illustrator, designer, author and design teacher based in Ireland. She has been teaching design for over 14 years and helps people learn Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom,Illustrator and graphic design skills to improve their job prospects and their business.

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