Max Myelin – the story of an illustration

Inspiration to Illustration

My blog for April is about the development of my illustration of a much loved dog called, ‘Max’, an English Bull Terrier who became ‘Max Myelin’ in the book, ‘Practice or Talent’

I was very lucky to be commissioned by Lisa create the illustrations for her book, ‘Practice or Talent’ and develop the drawings of Max and create the final illustration that became ‘Max Myelin’.

Sadly Max died earlier this month and will be greatly missed by everyone in our community, but particularly heart breaking for Lisa and Matt, Max’s owners.

Lisa Faye is a very talented singer, musician, teacher, lecturer and author. Lisa is a friend, but also taught my daughter how to play the piano. It was whilst sat listening to Vicky that I got to know Max, the lovely English Bull Terrier.

He regularly checked out my handbag for any goodies and always wanted cuddles

Max the English Bull Terrier and inspiration for the final illustration

Max the English Bull Terrier
Max, the lovely English Bull Terrier

 

My illustration of Max for Lisa’s book, ‘Practice or Talent’ was a happy accident and the timing perfect as I had just started teaching part time so that I could once again start designing, painting and generally being creative after four years teaching full time in secondary education.

I initially did some quick drawings of Max the lovely dog to try and help with the design for Max Myelin. I have included a few sketches which were integral to the creation of my illustration to show the development of the ideas for Lisa’s book, ‘Practice or Talent’

Max Myelin who is an English Bull Terrier
Initial sketch of Max for Max Myelin
Max Myelin who is an English Bull Terrier
Max study
Max Myelin who is an English Bull Terrier
Study of Max

The collage illustration take shape

After completing a few initial drawings I started to play around with collage to try and make him a little quirky. The first attempt was to draw him on newspaper and cut it out like a silhouette.

Max Myelin who is an English Bull Terrier
Max in the News!

The idea for the illustration was beginning to take shape. I liked the collage idea and my next step was to collage him using old and out of copyright sheet music. I used different poses for these illustrations. I also ripped the sheet music into small pieces so that it would appear multi directional.

Max Myelin who is an English Bull Terrier
Music Max
Max Myelin who is an English Bull Terrier
Music Max

Max Myelin was nearly ready, Lisa loved both images, but decided that the top illustration of Max looking directly out at the audience caught the essence of the real Max perfectly.

 

Max myelin the illustration and Max the lovely dog

 

Max Myelin who is an English Bull Terrier
Max Myelin

 

Max the English Bull Terrier
Max, the lovely English Bull Terrier who became Max Myelin

 

A lovely, lovely dog who will be sadly missed, but will certainly live on as Max Myelin.

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