Twiggs & Berry are an adventurous duo that love to explore urban landscapes looking for the best places to eat, drink and have some fun. They then report their findings in a quarterly magazine of the same name.
Twiggs is an old fashioned gent but knows how to have a good time in many of Bristol’s best speak easy style bars and fine dining restaurants but he does also like to think of himself as a bit of a ruffian and might on occasion be caught in the Thekla or down King Street. Berry is a little more down to earth and tries to keep Twiggs in check, making sure he doesn’t wander too far off the beaten track.
This is the idea for a magazine that hasn’t quite been seen through to publication but if it did it would see these character designs run throughout with full page illustrations and spot illustrations of the duo guiding the reader through some of the best reviews from their home city of Bristol and beyond.
Bristol has a thriving creative scene and is a city that sits comfortably between being urban but without loosing the scense that nature is not far away. I wanted Twiggs to be the kind of classic English gent with a hipster twist to personify that feeling so using a medium like watercolour with its soft subtle textures seemed appropriate for his character. It’s also the medium I’m most comfortable using to great effect.
I used good old fashioned watercolour and brushes for the most part. I sketch out a rough character design or composition in pencil first and then transfer the finished rough to some watercolour paper, usually by tracing a cleaner lighter line to paint over. Twiggs and Berry were both painted traditionally then scanned in and cleaned up in Photoshop. The backgrounds were produced separately then composited together, also in Photoshop.
These illustrations were a little different to what I usually do. I’m most likely to use vector line work to cover up some of the wonky watercolour edges but for this I wanted to challenge myself to do something different and create the whole thing in only watercolour. I think for the character it works really well and I’m very pleased with it. I’ve learnt that watercolour is a slightly laborious process but the final effect makes it worth while.