My name is Daisy May Collingridge and I’m from Surrey, UK. I have been fortunate enough to be living in New Zealand for the last 8 months! (Exploiting the joys of becoming not freelance.)
My background is fashion design. Since graduation, I have developed my illustration style. My subject is animals. Usually in a towering totem. It began with two large drawings for my sisters first baby. We just picked out our favourite animals. I drew two A1 illustrations, crouched on the soon to be painted nursery floor and so this obsession with balancing beasts began.
My process begins with deciding on which animals are going to feature. Sometimes, this can be decided by the name of the person I am drawing it for. I’ll pick animals beginning with the same letters as those letters in the name. For example baby Dilara had a donkey, an ibis, a leopard, an aardvark, a rhino and a anteater.
It’s an awesome way to discover new creatures! There is also a running story line with two characters, the donkey and the gibbon. These two depict the adventures that I (the donkey) have been having with Gibbo (the gibbon). We have been to Thailand on a raft and met an elephant and cycled around Holland on our bicycles. Is there a better way to sum up a holiday than a drawing?!
I spend a day or so in this ‘research’ phase. I will use trusty google images to collect pictures of the animals to practise drawing them. Then begins the jigsaw puzzle of working out how these animals might interact and balance on top of one and other. I also try to think about the overall aesthetics of the drawing; how it will look on the page. Once I’m satisfied with a merry group of animals I get on and draw it with pencil. I use 300gsm watercolour paper (haven’t yet settled on a particular brand yet).
Then comes the scary bit; Getting the pens out. I use a variety of uni-pin fine liner pens to do my line work. I have very recently started to draw with ink and a paint brush as I want a more fluid line (so watch this space!). The pen work done; I get to do the fun part: paint. I love colour and watercolours are so forgiving! I must admit I am still using my travel set of Winsor and Newton watercolour paints that I have had since school…might be due an upgrade! It’s always nice to have a good colourful animal in there as sometimes it can get a bit brown and beige. I’m desperate to create a bird one as they are so colourful.
I am relatively inexperienced with watercolour so Doodlewash, with its featured artists, is proving a valuable lesson in learning the potential of watercolour. So thank you! I am hoping to develop my style further and become more free with my painting. My 2017 resolution is to illustrate a story book! See more of my work at the links below.
Thank you to Charlie for featuring me and to the whole Doodlewash community for the wealth of knowledge! Happy painting!