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shop till you drop

In digital image, my work on January 19, 2011 at 8:25 pm

please have a peep at my etsy store, i am listing some new illustrations.

 

 

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the happy turn around

In childrens book, sketchbook on January 18, 2011 at 8:12 pm

This is a little bit of an experiment in gouache, its preparation for a commision that i have spent way too long planning and worrying about so i hope the recipient will over look the time its taken me to actually begin. I have just not felt like painting or drawing in the past few months, which will also account for my complete lack of blogging too.

i suppose it is all to be expected, when you finish uni it is all very exciting and you feel ready to crack open the oyster and draw nice images and maybe make a buck or two, but then you go from working constantly to working less and less and then …. i dont know i guess one begins to lose one’s nerve. or maybe it is just me, and the silly thing is i have been working in a design studio, i got the job straight from uni,  so i was a lucky one, but it is still somewhat… difficult. perhaps being around talented designers all day makes me feel that i have so much left to learn,but just recently i have felt the turn around begin to set it- i feel happy when i am drawing and relaxed and it has been so great as now i can not stop drawing again, i just hope some nice new images come out of it.

 

any way, enough of that.  i am excited about: the black swan at the barbican on friday .

fisherman’s tale

In childrens book, Uncategorized on January 15, 2011 at 10:28 am

I have been working on ways to interpret one of the stories i wrote at university. The story of the greedy fisherman is one which i think has potential as a fable for little readers and so i am trying to re work the images to make them more friendly and sweet and soft. 

so i have tried to interpret it in watercolour- which i like, it is very delicate and quick to work with. 

and also in illustrator, which is VERY quick and satisfying. everything has such a lovely clean finish to it, which can put some people off i huess. but hopefully the textures are helping to make it less “vector”

i am also working on some gouche painting for a commision- i love how gouche makes colours so nice and smoooooth.

off to broadway market in a bit so maybe i just have time to paint before i leave.

also i am on twitter now  so please follow me. i am trying to get the hang of it.

a note about toys: scary toys, lovely toys, homemade toys

In Uncategorized on January 14, 2011 at 9:39 am

i truly love toys,those who know me will vouch for this, my lovely friend at work told me recently that, having never seen my home, she is quite certain in her belief that i live in a gingerbread house made of sweets and filled with bizarre toys whom i have given refuge. she is not far wrong.

i digress,  these pictures were all taken in Pollacks toy museum (apart from the crochet bear which was my own first attempt at amigumuri, cut me some slack though- i made the pattern up out of very own head)

Pollacks museum is well worth a visit but be prepared and set your face to its most bemused setting-it is crazy. it claims on the website to be free admission ( or at the very least it did on when i looked it up), yet when i arrived i was met by an eccentric gentlemen wearing tweed and holding a dog. Both of whom ignored me completely whilst tweedy occupied himself with jotting something on  a sheet of A4 and pooch licked his foot. the gentlemen only looked up to acknowledge me to show me what he had been busying himself with; a sign which read, in black sharpie pen : £5 admission.

i had to hand it to mr tweed, this sure was a canny way to make some bucks and so i willingly handed over my little note.

I do hope this does not reflect badly on the establishment, i really did enjoy this aspect, and it reflected well on the experience i was about to embark upon, which was shambolic and tremendously fun.