For a limited time any orders from my Etsy shop will receive a free mini mountains print as a thank-you for supporting independent artists! It may seem a small thing for an individual purchase but every sale makes every Etsy seller do a little happy dance and further supports their hard work and dream to … Continue reading A Little Thank You For Supporting Independent Artists
Two new sets of printed products are now available through my Etsy store. These are sets of postcards featuring different illustrations plus some List Books for those people obsessed with making lists! Getting these just time for Christmas shopping! With more products stocked in the shop I'm hoping to be able to concentrate more on … Continue reading New Products: Postcards & Listbooks
This morning I have been carrying out a really interesting re-colouring exercise as part of the Make It In Design course. I have taken a fairly simple design of mine (Pine Slopes) and changed the colour palettes to fit in with the different genres of pattern design. These being: Classic, Traditional, Vintage, Retro, Contemporary and … Continue reading The Power of Re-Colouring
I'm very excited to announce an updated website and portfolio page! There are now enough designs which I'm happy enough with to put together into a portfolio. The website has also been simplified for a smarter, cleaner look. Now I just need to show my potential clients! … Continue reading Portfolio Page & New Look Website
Over the past 10 days I've undertaken my first 100 days project with the aim of re-defining my drawing style making it more versatile and appealing. Some days it is hard to find time, energy or headspace to sit down and get something done but if you force it upon yourself it is ultimately worth … Continue reading 100 Days Project: First 10 Days of Illustration
With my recent foray back into drawing and particularly pattern design I've felt the need to try and improve my techniques and hone in on more of my own 'style'. It's been a good few years since I finished art college and I've done little drawing or art since then so any skills I gained … Continue reading The 100 Day Project: 100 Days of Illustration – Day 1!
I've been working hard in the evenings over the last few weeks on a new venture of pattern design for fabric and other applications! Getting back into drawing and illustration has been really great as it has been a long time since I did any. I entered my first Spoonflower Design Competition last week themed … Continue reading Jackalope Jinx Fabric Design – Spoonflower Competition
It's all been a bit quiet on the blog here - I've been re-learning Adobe Illustrator and re-working drawings from sketchbooks into designs and repeating patterns for surface design! These I hope to print onto fabric for creation of many home ware and soft furnishing pieces. Working with nature based designs and animal illustrations plus … Continue reading Foray into Surface Design – Patterns Galore!
I'm really pleased to announce that I've launched three new designs on Society6 which are now available as prints, canvases, cushions, bags, notepads and more! The works feature mixed media of fine pen illustrations based on old fashioned scientific etchings of the natural world. These are then placed with some swirling colourful ink work to … Continue reading New Illustration Designs on Society6
Following on from my last post I've created some quick first experiments using Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks and I really am pleased with the results. Especially for a first try. I went for three fairly earthy colours as I wanted to keep the palette fairly natural. This is definitely worth pursuing for me. Now … Continue reading First Experiments – Ink Swirls and Animal Illustrations