pencil art society

In honour of Robin Williams’ memory. His role in Dead Poets Society has and will always continue to profoundly affect me, just as it did the character of Neil (pictured here - I thought it was suitable in a sad sort of way). Thank you, Robin, for the incredible life you gave to your characters and for the happiness and inspiration you brought to countless people. 

I’m absolutely devastated and cannot believe how affected I am by his passing. Rest in peace. 

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This was my submission for the Folio Society/ House of Illustration 2015 Competition. I went a very different route with these series. using a blend of ink and rough pencil and white acrylic, I composed my drawings and then colored them digitally. Finally finding a faster and consistent way of working with illustrations. 

The goal of this project was to illustrate three ghost stories and a cover. The stories were set during the early part of the 20th century. I used inspiration from old photographs and spiritual photography/ faux ghost photography from that time. 

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love– these are what we stay alive for.”