New Book! How to get Motion Into Your Drawings

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I recently contributed illustrations to a book published out of the UK called "Whoosh! How to get Motion Into Your Drawings". I think I learned more reading it than contributing to it. The other artists are just phenomenal - it was very flattering to be asked to contribute.


The best cartoonists jam-pack their work with action that moves the story along. So how do you capture this kind of motion in your work? Whoosh! 250 Ways to Get Motion into Your Drawings can help. Cartoonist and illustrator Carlos Gomes Cabral shares his tips and tricks to help you create attention-grabbing drawings that practically leap off the pages.

    It's all in the details: sometimes simplicity, rhythm, the position of a shadow, the use of a speed line, or even an exaggerated expression can make all the difference. Cabral walks you step-by-step through 250 fantastic techniques, including:

  • The importance of a good silhouette
  • Using lines of action to help create character's gestures
  • How to use basic shapes to suggest movement
  • The best positions to increase drama in a scene
  • How to tell a compelling narrative with art alone

And if all that isn't enough, ten great artists share their trademark secrets for bringing their own drawings to life! Whether you work digitally on a computer or at a drawing table with a good old-fashioned pencil, this book will help you develop the skills you need to create movement and drama--and take your dynamic drawing skills to a whole new level.

Here's a sneak peek:



New Book! Amy and the Wilepena Flood


(Apologies for the late posting on this -- I thought I'd already posted about this in 2013.) I had the pleasure of illustrating another Australian Girl Doll book in the series, "Amy and the Wilpena Flood", written by Claudia Bouma.

"Amy and her friends take another exciting adventure with the help of the rainbow necklace. After finding a map of South Australia marked with a mysterious location, the necklace takes them there. They find themselves in Wilpena Pound during the early 1900s, where they meet a girl named Jessie Hill, who lives there with her family. However, the girls’ friendship is tested in challenging circumstances as they try and save the family from a devastating flood. With little time to escape from the Hill’s homestead, they learn about courage, perseverance and the value of true friendship."

This is the third in the series of books I've illustrated for Australian Girl Doll. I've also made custom comic strips and colouring-in competitions for the brand - take a look at:

The first two are available below:



More book illustrations.