Working under the name Imakethings, Andrew Groves is a freelance illustrator. He says: “I have a particular interest in the natural world, and aim to invent characters that explore the grotesque beauty of its many beasts and creatures, and the folklore that surrounds them.”

Andrew is currently based in the UK creating work for clients such as Foundation Skateboards, Snowboarder Magazine, Orange and Panasonic to name but a few. He is also constantly involved in self-initiated projects and schemes as well as creating work for exhibitions and shows worldwide.

With a carefully constructed composition that makes creative use of colour, it’s possible to create an image rich in magic and positivity without it being sickly sweet. That goal features in all of illustrator Andrew Groves’ work – the idea of recreating the feeling of discovering the unexpected, using as few shapes and colours as possible.

“Some of these [discoveries] are things I’ve actually seen,” he says, “some are not.” The chance find that forms the basis of the artwork in this tutorial is a sacred tree-stump temple for tiny practitioners of a unique style of woodland-based martial arts. It’s up to you to decide, Andrew says, whether he has actually stumbled upon this or not.

Time to complete

5 hours



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