Monday, 18 August 2014

Portrait painting of my niece

This is a painting I did recently of my lovely niece who is 4, it's an acrylic on canvas and has been manipulated in Photoshop using my Wacom tablet. The background has been built up in layers revealing a subtle background image. I've tried to capture her personality and I hope that has come through in this painting.
If you're interesting in getting a portrait done then please do get in touch.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Personalised hand drawn Mum Heart Illustration

Here's a personalised digital image I did recently combining hand drawn typography, typed text, hand drawn images and photographs which were all digitally manipulated in the shape of a heart.

I'm now selling my personalised art on my Etsy Sarah Hayes Illustration shop.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

How do you choose which book to read?

Today I read an interesting article about how people choose their books. I tend to use online reviews such as Amazon or recommendations from family and friends. However, if I walk into a book shop then the cover is usually a winner for me. If it has an interesting illustration or photo which tells a story and gives a great insight into what the book is about then I'm captured. The font is also very important, I seem to be drawn to hand printed or drawn fonts. Do you choose books by their cover, blurb or reviews?


Here are a few of my favourite book covers:


Monday, 21 April 2014

Student Illustration commission for HEFCE - book cover

I've recently created an illustration for HEFCE to use for their publication about higher education. I layered textures, hand painted elements and photographic collage to create an energetic and abstract digital artwork.


Sunday, 6 April 2014

Alice in Wonderland Illustration

I've been working on some illustrations for Alice in Wonderland lately, this is one of them. I worked in Acrylic initially and then added the detail and text in Photoshop using my new wacom tablet :)

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Book cover illustration for The Owl and Pussy-cat


Owl and Pussy-cat book illustration






























As Edward Lear was one of my favourite poets when I was a child, I recently had an urge to illustrate his poem; 'The Owl and the Pussycat, a particular favourite of mine. I wanted to give the illustration a magical feel. It's an acrylic on canvas with some effects added in photoshop.


The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea 

In a beautiful pea-green boat,

They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.

The Owl looked up to the stars above,

And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,

What a beautiful Pussy you are, you are, you are,

What a beautiful Pussy you are.
"
Pussy said to the Owl "You elegant fowl, 
How charmingly sweet you sing.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Mevagissey Painting, Cornwall

This is one of my latest paintings from my trip to Cornwall last Summer, Mevagissey is a favourite harbour of mine. I love the height of the different coloured cottages against the structural boats in the harbour. I added layers of textured paper before adding the acrylic paint to add depth and texture to the painting. I recently visited the Paul Klee exhibition at The Tate and was inspired by his colours, shapes and line work which I think have come across in this painting.