Scrawlr Box Artist of the Month

I’m a big fan of ScrawlrBox‘s subscription art supply boxes, so it was an absolute honour to be featured as their Artist of the Month for April.

We worked together to pack April’s box full of all my favourite pens and pencils, along with an exclusive print made from one of my drawings.

Scrawlr Box April 2017

It was awesome to see all the creations everyone was making with the supplies. I was going to feature some of them in my blog but there are just too many to pick favourites! You can see some of them for yourself by searching the #ScrawlrChallenge tag on Instagram.

If you’re not a subscriber but would like to get your hands on a box, they have the remaining ones up for sale in their store.

Specimen Character Series

Over the past few months I’ve been spending some of my spare time creating colourful quirky characters with my iPad and Procreate App. I’m having a lot of fun with this series and plan to keep going until I’ve built a whole army of these little specimens!

Some of the designs are a bit experimental but I have a load of development ideas brewing – everything from merchandise and public artworks, through to more ambitious projects such as books and exhibitions!

If you’d like to help me get some of these projects off the ground, you can do so through my newly launched Patreon page – pledge a monthly contribution and get some exclusive rewards for yourself in return!

Find me at patreon.com/stinajones

Robot Character Upgrade 3.0

After years of loyal service, it was time to retire my old mascot character and replace her with a new and improved design. Whilst I liked her overall look, in practice I found the proportions and details too rigid to work with in a dynamic way.

This redesign addresses those issues by using bolder and more expressive lines, reduced detail, longer limbs, as well as a colouring style that’s more in line with my current work.

Process and Results

Stina Jones Character Design Planning

My process always starts with a planning and sketching session. I made a few notes about the colours and placements so I could better align the new character with my branding and collateral. I then used Procreate App on my iPad to sketch up some ideas, playing with different proportions and stylisations before eventually settling on a little square faced robot with a messy hairdo.

The sketches were then exported from my iPad into Adobe Illustrator for inking and colouring. I’d considered how often the character would be viewed on mobile, so I decided on a bold minimal colouring style that would work well at smaller sizes, whilst still being impactful at a larger scale.

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After finishing up the digital inking, I worked up a few different variations to use across my website and social profiles. I’ve kept a working Illustrator file to hand with all the grouped elements and layers intact, so I’m able to produce extra variations more efficiently as I need them.

Stina Jones - Character Design

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Evolution

My little robot character has undergone a fair few stylistic and structural changes over the years – from the simple single layer linework I used in 2012, through to the more colourful layered iteration I’m using now. It’s been a fun opportunity to experiment with different approaches to using character illustrations as a brand asset.

Stina Jones Character Evolution

There are a few more things I’d like to try with this one too, such as animation and large format prints. As always, I’ll be sharing the results on my Instagram for those interested.

If you’d like to commission a character of your own, please get in touch

Collab Nation: Experiment 5, Stage 3

I’ve been catching up on some doodling for Collab Nation this weekend – adding my mark for the next stage of a mash up piece with Czee13 and Bunny Boiler. I thought I’d keep the bunny theme going, so I’ve incorporated a character from my #BunnyInvasion series.

The piece is now on its way to the next artist to add their mark. I can’t wait to see what gets added next!

To see the rest of the submissions and watch the collabs unfold, head over to the Collab Nation Facebook page or follow the project on Twitter and Instagram.