The blog of Hannah Robinson, artist, illustrator and graphic designer.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Illustration Friday: The Sea

Studying a PGCE leaves little time for my own artwork which is sad, but now I have a little time off I have got back into the swing, with a watercolour piece for Illustration Friday. This week's theme: The Sea.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Inked up

A while back I wrote about a design I submitted for a fan art competition - a series of portraits of the original 80s transformers. Well, it didn't win, and some of the designs in there were just amazing. But I was still pleased with my effort. A few friends on Facebook expressed their desire to have the design on a T shirt so I duly obliged. Here is the finished result. I am going to put this in my Etsy shop at some point.

For those of you in the UK and curious, I used Total Clothing. There was a screen print charge of £20 and each subsequent T shirt cost £5, so pretty reasonable. Its made me want to do more designs in this style (I will add it to my growing pile of unfinished or not-yet-started projects), maybe a Tardis, as the new Doctor is now gracing our screens?

I also completed a comic, Two for Joy, though I am not quite happy with it yet. I have found this project really daunting - getting the pacing right for a little graphic story is hard, and I always think my artwork could be better. But at least I finished it!

And finally, remember this illustration I did of Dirk and Christopher?

They are characters from a book series called Dark Lord by Jamie Thomson, I just love them. I recently found out a third book has been released so I must get my hands on that. I can't get these characters out of my head. I think I should expand them some more!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014


Currently I teach classes on perspective drawing at a college near me. The students need to learn how to use Illustrator and produce a final piece demonstrating grasp of the software, as well as understanding of perspective and how to apply it. This is a piece of artwork I produced to show them how useful the Effects - 3D - Rotate command when creating artwork. Two things I learned in advance whilst doing this: One - Plan in advance! This is an amazing tool but my how fiddly. I didnt think it lent itself well to tinkering. Two - colour in advance! It was a nightmare colouring the individual bits as once the effect is applied, the paths stay, invisible, in their original place. I had to keep switching the screen to view in Outlines just to get anything coloured. Anyway! I hope this will show them the possibilities of such a tool. Here's hoping!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Vote and help me (roll) out!

Hi all, I have entered a competition over at To celebrate 30 years of Transformers, they are calling for fan art submissions, and the winner ends up on a T shirt. There is a voting system, please do visit and vote for my design if you have time!

I used a brush and ink to draw each transformer's head, then scanned them into Illustrator to tidy them up and make them all the same size. From top left: Megatron, Ratchet, Soundwave, Grimlock, Starscream, Optimus Prime, Soundwave, Arcee, Frenzy, Jazz, Thundercracker, Bumblebee.

This was a LOT of fun to do!

Please vote now! (voting closes 9th April, winner announced on the 22nd April) Thanks!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

S is for Santiago

So, this is the next instalment for my literary alphabet, and in a break from tradition, its not G... its S. S for Santiago from The Old Man And The Sea, by Ernest Hemingway. Its not yet finished and though I like it, there are still tweaks and experiments I want to try. I still really hate my F entry, Fagin, so that will need re-visiting at some point.

I have been working on an ink and brush comic which I should be putting up soon, I have nothing but respect for comic strip writers, laying a story out on a page is hard work!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

F is for Fagin ...

I haven't stopped my A-Z  Literary Project but Fagin has been giving me no end of trouble! I'm still not sure how I feel about this piece but here he is anyway, pocketing a trifle from his latest thieving spree, in the dark slums of London.

Saturday, 17 August 2013


Going to France to relax and soak some rays! See you all when I get back :-)