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L&N’s wedding illustration

I haven’t been to many, but I love a good wedding. That little nugget of a golden day, either playing out perfectly or hiccups-a-plenty, when you get to see someone you love get flooded with it from all corners. Leonie & Nick’s was proper. I laughed, I got a bit weepy, and a bit tipsy, and I did the conga! Thank you so much for such an amazing day shared with the two of you.

The invites, the dress, the flowers, the food, everything was perfectly designed from start to finish, even her p’interest board was beautiful! I wanted to create them a special gift, a wedding illustration that fit in with their vision for the day, their own sense of style, and things that were personal to them as a couple. I think they liked it :)

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Little snippet from Leonie’s P’interest images used for inspiration.

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Chinese New Year Animation

Had a chance to start messing around animating in After Effects after putting it off for FAR TOO LONG. Turns out, it’s very very clever isn’t it. Must do more this year, which is also very shortly to be the lunar new year of the goat/sheep/ram. Which should hopefully bring life renewal, peace & harmony to us all – baaaaah, isn’t that nice :) x

Here’s a little animated greeting I’ve done for Work Group Ltd to say Happy Lunar New Year to their customers for 2015.

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Glimpse of a graphic novel

Having recently finished a very personal birthday commission involving a post-apocalyptic world, friends turned to zombies & a comic page format (obviously!) and it being very different to my own personal style, I had to look for inspiration & guidance from the birthday boy’s graphic novel collection.

I hadn’t explored graphic novels at all really apart from the Hewlett & Martins Tank Girl book I nicked from my sister’s boyfriend when I was 13 ( & still treasure as one of my most prized possessions… ). But thinking about it, it was possibly one of my biggest influences as an illustrator growing up so realised I should give them at least a little feature along side the final artwork.

1edb65b2-b355-4481-a205-3a7ca08d9137Included in the collection was a LOT of editions of the Walking Dead, an ongoing black-and-white American comic book series created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore. Tony Moore’s ink work is incredible & manages to convey every movement, expression & flesh-losing (non)dead person with a finesse I can only daydream about. Proper job.

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Another one that caught my eye was Saga Volume 1, written by Brian K. Vaughan & illustrated by Fiona Staples. The artwork had a narrative, clean and beautifully composed style that made me read & admire the whole thing all in one sitting.

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I will be taking a much keener interest in that comic collection from now on that’s for sure. If you have any recommendations for graphic novels with kick ass illustration please comment below – thanks!

Here’s my offering:

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New website is a go-go!

Introducing my new professional folio website… katechesterton.com

Still ironing out a bit of the content & structure but getting there!

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Now I will look to keep finished pieces & professional gubbins over there & get to use this blog like a proper actual blog… not taken too long (!)

Be sure to check out both for updated content & amend your bookmark URLs.

Thanks v much :)

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Look! Free seasonal screen-savery-shenizzle

Been a bit more motivated to do some stuff just for fun lately so thought I’d let you lovely lot benefit from this too (hurrah!) So here are some free seasonal desktops & screen savers. Please feel free to download & share & Just let me know if you need any other formats or dimensions for your devices. I just ask that you please credit me or point people in my general direction if asked – Thanks :)

First off the bat (the blood thirsty kind of course – ahahahahaaaah …um) is Halloweeeeeen. Spoooooky.

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It’s the biggy… hope you all have a lovely warm & fuzzy one x

Christmas

another option…

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