St Columba’s School Children’s Detective Illustrations

For a recent commission I was asked if I could create two illustrations for St Columba’s School in Kilmacolm for their Creative Communities website.

The theme behind these two illustrations was “children seeking out their stories in the world”. St Columba’s creative communities host a lot of fun and creative events for their pupils, including various courses and workshops from storytelling to drawing and writing, photography and film and more.

So they were looking for some more suitable images for their website. Their main target audience is children aged 9 to 14 and with children that age often what you can call “story detectives” I used this as my main inspiration for creating these illustrations. Also my client required the main background of the illustrations to incorporate a Scottish woodland scene. As the school is based in Scotland and the illustrations needed to reflect many things Scotland, for the first illustration I incorporated the Scottish Highlands, an anonymous Scottish castle, the Loch Ness monster and children with binoculars and magnifying glasses exploring their environment.

For the second illustration I depicted children finding eggs in a birds nest but with a city theme contrasting in the background.

The final images I created can be found on St Columba’s website here: http://www.creativekilmacolm.org

For this blog post the first couple of images show the final illustrations and their respective really rough sketches. I’ve also including many of the element files I created for this project including rose trees, children, mushrooms, eggs and buildings.

All in all I really enjoyed working on this project. My client was incredibly easy to work with, they gave me almost full freedom to do what I wanted (I just had one small change to make after presenting the roughs) and importantly for me I got to work in a style I really love working with at the moment.

I’ve got some really exciting projects going on right now which I really can’t to share on this blog including illustrations for a recipe book and illustrations for a children’s application which will be on display at Scottish Parliament in the next couple of months.

Hope you like the images below.

St Columba School Edinburgh Illustration

St Columba School Edinburgh Illustration

St Columba School Edinburgh Illustration

St Columba School Edinburgh Illustration

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