Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Obsessed with Anne

Not knowing the story of Anne of Green Gables, I recently watched the whole new Netflix series in two sittings. I loved it and immediately abandoned my current book to read the first of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne books instead. I'm about a third of the way through and I'm totally enraptured. Anne is almost unbearably enchanted by absolutely everything. She is overdramatic and intentionally a tiny bit irritating, but completely endearing and I'm a little bit in love with her.

I could go on and on, but I won't.
Here is a beautiful shot from the series:


If you love a good tree, you won't be let down. The shots of breathtakingly beautiful nature, scenery and light in this show really reflect how I feel when I go outside and I feel like Anne is a 'kindred spirit' (as she would say) in her sense of inspiration and wonder at the natural world.

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Monday, 8 May 2017

Saffron


My Mum mentioned she'd quite like a portrait of our family pooch, Saffy, so I made one for her Birthday! Thought I'd share it here.

Some progress shots.
This is a digital painting created with my trusty old wacom tablet and PS. Unfortunately, because her colouring is so subtle, I feel the print I had framed lost some detail of the original, especially on her face. The lack of control between your actual piece and the printed final version is always tricky and sometimes quite frustrating, but I think overall it still turned out pretty well.




Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Potter Commission

Hello!

I was recently commissioned by my pal and fellow Improper Booksian Sara Dunkerton to draw her and her boyfriend Dan as Hogwarts students! The piece was a birthday present for Dan and forms part of a series of themed portraits she will be collecting by various artists over time. I'm so happy she thought of me for the Hogwarts-themed one! If you know me, you know I love all things Potter!

I was told that she was Hufflepuff, Dan was Gryffindor and that if he could have any animal it would be a snowy owl (classic). These were the only specifications so I enjoyed having the freedom to decide on the rest of the drawing. Sara LOVES rats and has some herself, so I decided to incorporate a rattie in there too, in the form of a Patronus. Sara's new colourful hair was also extra fun to draw!

If you or someone you know might enjoy a potter portrait like this, I'd be happy to make one for you too! Get in touch :)



Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Earth Day


A piece I created for Wild Awake in the Forest for Earth Day, an event in Milton Keynes run by my good friends Carly Slade and Michelle Sawbridge-Praties. 

Michelle will be running an Earth Day forest school, while Carly focuses on meditation and nature appreciation. 50% of all profits from this event will be donated to Trees For Life.

Contact carlysladeyoga@gmail.com for booking / more info.





Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Happy World Book Day!

World Book Day is one of my favourite days of the year. I just love the cosy sense of community. Seeing all the children in costume, excitedly walking to school as their favourite book character. The influx of customers at the bookshop, coming to exchange their WBD voucher for a free book! Stories, fancy dress, FREE BOOKS! What's not to love?

I happily made this illustration for Improper Books this year, in celebration of the day.

Happy reading, book worms! :)




Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Snow


Here's a piece I made on a frosty day between Christmas and New Year last year. 
I wish we'd had lovely thick snow like that! 



Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Portrait

Hello!

Just thought I'd share this process video of a portrait I gifted recently. For my lovely friend, Lauren!



If you'd like a themed portrait like this, please get in touch! I think they work nicely as a personal gift but could also be great for professional use (perfect for a creative avatar/blog header/business card etc).


Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Squirrel Girl

Finally read The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (by Ryan North and Erica Henderson) after being given it last Christmas. Loved it! Don't think I've ever laughed out loud so much at a comic. 
Here's a little sketch :) 

Thursday, 10 November 2016

I am Colin (again)


I wasn't happy with this illustration I made a few months back, so I decided to fix it up a bit. It can be so useful to come back to something after some time apart, especially personal work like this, created purely for the experimentation and enjoyment of it. I completely redrew Mary and now I'm more happy with it. Her shapes needed to be simplified, but now I feel like she doesn't sit quite right with Colin. Perhaps I'll tweak him too soon.

The image shows a scene from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, a book a thoroughly recommend for all ages :)