World Illustration Awards 2020 Update

I can now officially announce that I have been selected for the longlist for the WIA 2020. Out of the 4300 artists who entered worldwide,  I've made it through to the top 500.
Hee hee - I'm really chuffed to bits.
Judging for the shortlist will continue with the results being released in June 2020

WIA 2020 entry

For the World Illustration Awards this year I have entered a piece named 'A Culture of Bullying'.

It elvolved from an idea that flashed into my mind and which I'dsketch on a post-it note, before it was forgotten.
Wish me luck!

Inktober 2019

For Inktober 2019,  I followed a theme set by Christine Nishiyama; Children's Halloween costumes, as I wanted to include children in the images after recently finishing the Make Art That Sells - Illustrating Children's Picture books (LIVE)class hosted by Lilla Rogers. It was good practice and was really fun to do. Where possible, I tried to include more than one child, so that they could interact in the image. After all, being able to draw humans interacting is what gets you commisioned for illustration work, so if you don't have much of this in your portfolio, then practise, practise, practise and show as much of this type of work as possible.

For this inktober I managed a mix of 41 ink and digital drawings within the 31 days of October, and included 37 different childrens costumes. I had hoped to do about 50 images for the month, doing one ink and then a digital version of the same drawing, but after 10 days I was beginning to tire, so reduced the drawing to just one per night, to ensure I still had the energy to finish the whole month and still be able to push myself.

So with more than 31 drawings I kind of smashed my second Inktober. During the later part of the month,  you can see that many of the images seem to get more confident and more defined, the opposite of what I had expected due to tiredness, and had really pushed out of my comfort zone.
Anyway - do you have a favourite image or costume from this set of images? If so let me know. Use the CONTACT ME page to send me your answers - The first ten comments win a free random sticker of some of my other art, so remember to include an email address in case you win one.
(closing date 1 Mar 2020. Other than to contact any winners -Email addresses/ contact details etc will NOT be recorded in any way: will never be used in ANY marketing - never be passed or sold on to third parties even after the deadline- as that just wouldn't be cool; no one likes SPAM messages and this is all just for a bit of fun)

Interviewed by Paperlike

I was thrilled (and a tad nervous) to be interviewed via Skype, by Paperlike. We talked about my art process

and inspiration. The lengthy blog post showing 5 pieces of my artwork can be found in full here 'on the Paperlike blog' (Link opens in new window)

Featured by Bardot Brush on Instagram

It was so nice to be interviewed and featured by Illustrator Lisa Bardot to help promote her products. Lisa creates some amazing Procreate brush sets, many of which I use everyday.

Lisa says in her post:

I love how this piece is the result of a habit! @martin_morrison_illustration draws every day, and he was just experimenting with his new brushes, and the textures inspired him to turn it into a finished piece. “I was trying to stay loose and not think too much,” Martin shared. As he was drawing this, he also was inspired by saturated and retro colors, grungy textures, overlapping colors such as in screenprints, retro printing techniques and the look of natural media. Martin’s best advice for illustrators is to find an Instagram group with prompts you can follow. “Draw every day even if it’s just for 5 minutes, for at least 30 days. After 30 days it should be habit,” he said. “Also stop trying to be perfect, as this is completely unrealistic and completely impossible to achieve. Imperfections are what help to provide character to a drawing and should be embraced.” Thanks for sharing Martin! Couldn’t agree more! #bardotbrush

Many thanks for the lovely comments Lisa. I look forward to seeing what amazing brushes you produce next.

You can also see Lisa's full post of this here → on her Bardot Brush Instagram page.

200+ Followers on Instagram

A lovely milestone to celebrate; I’m now fortunate enough to have 200+ followers on Instagram. Due to weeks of fluctuating figures, it never felt safe to make an announcement, until now. With 232 followers, so I've finally managed to slingshot away from the gravitation pull of '200'.
I'd like to thank every one of you, amazing people, for your encouragement, comments and the pure love shown towards me and my art. It means more than I can put into words. Thank you all.

You can also see a version of this here → on my Instagram page.

My Instagram 1st Anniversary

Martin Morrison  19 February 2019

So today (19th Feb 2019) marks the 1st anniversary since I properly started posting on Instagram. In those 365 days, while I wasn't being able to post every day, I did managed to post more than 400 times. My longest, continued, daily-posting streak lasted 32 weeks.  I often had more than one different image per post; with seven being the highest. I tend to post quick drawings and experiments and some completed images, between 3-6 times per week.
If you'd like to see more please follow this link to my Instagram page.

My entries for WIA 2019

My WIA 2019 enteries

Martin Morrison  19 February 2019

I have choosen the two above images as my enteries into the World Illustraion Awards 2019. The deadline for submission was today (Sunday 17 Feb 2019).  It's very hard to know how these images will do, as this competition is open to illustrators from around the world. I really like these particular images, but won't be dissapointed if unsuccessful.
Wish me luck!

Inktober 2018

My first Inktober

This was my first attempt at Inktober, a month long, ink drawing challenge, orginally started by Jake Parker in 2009.

I remember first hearing about Inktober in 2017,   just as it was about to start.  I had thought it sounded great and considered taking part.   Honestly thought,   I really didn't have enough confidence in myself at the time, yet still felt hugely disappointed, mostly in myself, for not taking part.
So when the opportunity arose this year,   I thought about those regrets from the previous year and knew that this time I just had to do it.   Once started, I was determined to finish.   As there was so many similar challenges,   each with their own set of prompts,   it was easy to find an interesting subject or word prompt to draw - just not enough time to draw them all.
I can say,   at times toward the end of the month,   if I was tired,   it could be more of a struggle and even feel like a chore.   No one said I had to finish, or that I couldn't take a day off,   but by taking it a day at a time,   ignoring self doubt, tiredness and by pushing through for the last few days,   I am now able to stand tall,   acknowledge this new achievement and say...

I'm so glad that I did it, as it was overall a great eperience and I've learned so much from it and would love to do it again in 2019.

Adobe Take 10 competition entry

Take 10 'Zesty'competition entry

Above: the ten images supplied by Adobe Stock and how I used them (To the left).

How many can you spot?
To give you a clue - the yellow pier like structure was taken from the purple rock and water image above.

Martin Morrison 17 November 2017

Creating something slighty different to how I'd usually work for this cometition entry for Adobe 'Create' Magazine. Using 10 supplied images to create an image based on the theme of 'zesty'. I usually prefer to work in Adobe Illustrator but as this task involve so many images, I used Photoshop instead. The letter forms were hand drawn and use many of the required photographs as textures

Hope you like it

The Duckling Charity Cookbook 2017

Martin Morrison 1 March 2017

I'm not known for my culinary skills, so how did I get asked to submit a recipe for a celebrity Cookbook, which includes submissions from Liam Neeson, Gino D’acampo, and Professor Brian Cox?

I was contacted out of the blue by one of the charities representatives and asked if I'd be interested in submitting a recipe for a charity cookbook. Was this for real?

Could this be a new trent in Nigerian phishing scams? Why would anyone ask me for a recipe. I'm not the type to post images of their dinner on Facebook! After a bit of research about the charity I learned that it was well supported by many well know, house-hold names all of which had provided their favourite recipes, and now I had an opportunitity to help out too. The charity aims to raise funds for the Nottingham Children's Hospital School, providing learning support for children and young people, aged 4 – 18, with a range of medical conditions and strive to provide them with a continuity of education whilst unable to attend school.

They try to get a range of people who young people might aspire to be, such as actors, sports men and women and realised that they only had one artist (the wonderful - Jon Burgerman). Searching throught the Association of Illustrators, portfolio website, it was my work they said "stood out", so contacted me with their request. After such a lovely compliment how could I refuse? The Cookbook, while delayed should be available sometime soon, (Still no news -Latest update Jan 2018) with the proceeds going to this wonderful cause. I urge you to give as much support as you can. More information can be found here and also

my son, me and my soup recipe

Images of my son, myself and my soup recipe (images copyright Martin Morrison 2017)

World Illustration Awards Entry 2017

Donald Trump illustration
Martin Morrison 20 February 2017

Just entered an adapted version of my Donald Trump image for the World Illustration Awards. As you can see I've tinkered with the first version sligthly, until I was completely happy with the result. (Hand drawn, scanned and them traced and coloured in Adobe Illustrator.
Wish me luck.

Noise Festival 2014

Martin Morrison 14 November 2014

One of six images I've submitted to the Noise Festival (2014) has been judged as 'Outstanding' work by curator Denise Proctor (Professional Film maker and Screenwriter)

This piece of work, I call 'Euro Titantic?' looking at the effects of a financial crash of the Euro pitted against the U.S. Dollar.

I thought about how this would affect the lives of millions of europeans and dicpicted them as stranded passengers. This image was originally hand drawn and coloured/ edited in Photoshop and was chosen to appear in the Association of Illustrators Annual - 'Images 26' and travelling exhibition around the UK. I had recently updated it by adding a water texture to add an extra dimension. I think this helps the image look and work as I originally planned.

What do you guys think?