Saturday, 23 March 2013


I neglect this little blog.. and I shouldn't.
Here is what I have been working on...
(Click the links to see more of the work)

Project Luna
Blog background for a great project I am working on 

Real Monsters
From an on-going personal project- 
Designing characters based on mental illnesses

Jack and the Winter King
Picture book entry for Macmillan book prize 2013

Calender Tales
My shortlisted entry for Neil Gaiman's October Tale

Friday, 28 December 2012

Illustration Friday: New

Mr Frog is celebrating New Year! Bubbly all round! 
I've rather fallen in love with this little character...

This time around, I created the line work traditionally with an Ink brush I recently treated myself too. I also tried a new technique to put together the illustration by using my lightbox I got for Christmas. I don't know how I got round without one before!

Happy new year everyone!

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Illustration Friday: Snow

I need to start blogging again, so here's my entry for Illustration Friday: Snow
I'm trying to recreate my brand of illustration, so there is lots of experimenting going on. Today I tried using some thicker line work than I would usually- Please let me know what you think! 

Thursday, 13 September 2012

I miss blogging...

I've neglected my blog for a long time, and its down to having frequent internet hiatuses and having lots of work to get on with. However, I am going back to uni in a few weeks and should start on a more regular routine that I can fit blogging into...
I'd love to start doing Illustration Friday again so hopefully that can fit in.

As for now, here's what I have been up to over the past few weeks/months:

Bluebeard sketches based on the fantastic fairytale-

Jason and the Argonauts (Futuristic) concept sketches-

And a few random things of course-

Friday, 3 August 2012

Long time no post!

I've been busy with little things that I haven't updated my blog in a while, so I thought I would!
I finished my daily draw challenge this Wednesday which was taking up most of my time and I think I will definitely have to do this again. I learnt a great deal about my practice whilst doing the 30 days, especially learning that If i put my mind to it I can create good work in a short period of time.
Here is the combintation of all my efforts over those 30 days in one picture!

I'd also like to share a few of my personal favourites-

All of my daily draws can be seen in one handy place, on my Tumblr blog-

Ive also had a few little commissions going on in between and offers to do lots of other exciting projects. Things are moving along nicely in Zesty-land, and I hope many more opportunities will arise when I go back to university after the summer.

I need to get back into Illustration Friday too...

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

A productive few days!

Ive done quite a bit of drawing over the past few days, and today sparks my Daily Draw challenge which should make me even more productive!
Here's what Ive been up to!

Medusa Tattoo design


Commission work

A favor for a friend

Little Red Riding Hood

And finally.. H.P. Lovecraft!

Its been very busy since Uni finished for the year!
Let's hope it is a productive summer. =)

My daily draw challenge can be followed on my Tumblr blog!

Saturday, 30 June 2012

IF- Refresh

Oh, there is nothing quite like the refreshing sent of a Shoggoth!

The Shoggoths are one of my favorite monsters from Lovecraft. They're so darn versatile!

(c) Toby Allen 2012

Sunday, 24 June 2012

IF- Space

Greg-a-zorg had just moved into his new moon-sion and invited his 
pal over to see what he thought...

As you can see, Greg-a-zorg's taste in home decoration is not 
favoured by all!
I think he did the best he could! 

(c) Toby Allen 2012

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

IF- Secret

The world didn't approve of Swiss and Brie's relationship,
so they had to elope in secret...

Inter-regional cheese relationships can result in a fondu-sentance in some
parts of the world. A terrible fate for any cheese. 

(c) Toby Allen 2012

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

IF- Shiny

Morpheus the Magpie is late for his weekly S.A. (Shiny-aholics anonymous) meeting again...
That ring is just so darn shiny! 

Just a quick illustration this week, its been very busy recently!

Saturday, 26 May 2012

IF- Faded

I haven done Illustration Friday for a little while due to uni workload,
but I've just finished me latest project and have now got the time to do some
personal illustration. (see post below for a look at my latest uni work)

This was more of an experiment than anything, as I'm trying to make lighting
a more prominent part of my work. Please let me know what you think
 and whether you can tell the form of the character well enough?

Its need some more work I think, but I'm okay with it at the moment. 
I'd like to try it again sometime with a more cartoon like character...

(c) Toby Allen 2012

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Monsters with Hats

My latest uni project has consumed my life for the past month or so.. if not more.
Its been fun but Ill be glad when its all handed in on Monday 28th! (which is also my 21st birthday!)

Its a handmade concertina book, made to sell at the summer show at Plymouth College of Art. Their is a standard version (with the envelope) and a special edition that comes with a box and 2 badges, as well as being hard-bound!
There is also a bonus mini book called 'En Gateau!' 

(A business card is also thrown in, that's the 4 paneled thing)

Saturday, 28 April 2012

IF- Jump

Roll up! Roll up! Ladies and Gentlemen!
I bring you the latest in circus entertainment!

The Jumping Gremlin!


He's just about to jump... Watch out, he has a thing for snatching eyeglasses from
unsuspecting peoples faces!

Watercolour and Photoshop
(c) Toby Allen 2012

Friday, 20 April 2012

IF- Heights

From the heights of his vast intelligence to his huge love of vanilla ice cream, the 
Fez monster is definitely not a force to be reasoned with. He is always right and
if you dare try to correct him, he will do something drastic about it!

Deep down he's a softy really... Oh and he has an acute fear of heights, so he can't
fly. And when I say acute... I mean EXTREME.

This is a monster I designed for a project at uni which will come to light very soon.
It's called 'Monsters with Hats'

(c) Toby Allen 2012


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