Thursday, 10 April 2014

Spring has Sprung!


I am on my Easter Holidays from work, but have so much to do for my Postgrad that I'm doing Part time in Education. I have mountains of journals and books to read, essays to write and presentations to prepare. Erk! It feels a bit crazy at the moment, but I keep chipping away at it all day by day, reminding my self that everything feels impossible until it's done. I managed to paint this little picture for Spring Time! It's here! YES! It's a bookmark promise to myself that when the study commitments die down, I will Spring clean my blog and website and be able to show lots of (hopefully by then!) finished work. I am currently working on an animation for a beekeeper! Which should be finished by May so I will share that asap! :-) I also saw lots of my work in M&S this past weekend! So exciting when you see it on sale in a big shop like that. I'll blog about it all soon! Just need to finish my academic year first. Right. Study Time. 

Sunday, 23 March 2014

The Wedding Of Vicki & Kit


It's always an honour to be asked to illustrate wedding invites. This one was for the lovely Vicki and Kit who asked for an illustration of themselves standing outside their Norfolk venue. 

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Young Artists' Fair.








I currently am teaching... loads! I work at Leeds College Of Art and Nottingham Trent University. I love it, as every day I am inspired, sharing experiences, helping students, inspiring others and making art! For the last eight weeks I have been running a Portfolio Development Course for students aged 15 - 18, which is held every Saturday morning at the Blenheim Road site of the college. In two weeks' time - we will be bringing the course to an end and celebrating the work of the students at the Leeds Young Artists' Fair. I hope that lots of people will come down and see the work that we have created over the weeks. 
Above is a sneak peak of some mark-making playful work that will be on display.
Some of these students will be the stars of the future. I guarantee it. 


Sunday, 23 February 2014

February






Here are some recent doodles and some new greeting cards in my shops (link is on the left of the blog if you fancy having a browse!) A cute, romantic sketch from my sketchbook for the loved-up month of February ! A hand-painted Thank You card. The vase has tiny horses galloping all over it to celebrate the year of the Horse! At the bottom is a pencil doodle of Butley Priory in Norfolk for a little commission which I will reveal very soon! 

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Thank You So Much!

I am slowly trying to get back into the work grove after Christmas time and New Year! I didn't really party a lot - I just had a LOT of work to do, rounding off lecturing at Nottingham Trent and Leeds College Of Art, plus all my PGDipE assignments! Phew! 2013 was a great, long year and I hope to build on the achievements that I made during 2014. One of the best things in 2013 was starting to get my work out there; I found stockists, I was published in a few magazines and I did a fair bit of work for M&S. When I was visiting my family in my home town, I nipped into M&S for a yogurt and spied one of my commissioned designs on the shelf! It was a Thank You Card. All hand-drawn type, and pencil drawing of Lilies, embossed, de-bossed with button and sequin embellishments! I can't wait to see what else I find during this year that I have made. :-) 




Sunday, 22 December 2013

Backyard Burners






I was asked to make the art work for Leeds based bluegrass rockers - Backyard Burners. This is their self titled debut EP and it's ace! You can check them out here ! I drew the image out from sketching them when they played live. I really wanted the opportunity to paint - so I then painted the drawing with gouache on to textured paper. I scanned the original painting and digitally touched it up adding more textures and use hand drawn type for all the information. So the finished product is more or less completely hand done! However - they've got a fiddle player now! Maybe next time I'll get to do another one for them! Hope you like it. 

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Christmas Cards!





A while ago I painted some penguins on a bitter cold January morning when I was on my Christmas break from my MA Illustration. I decided to pop them on to a Christmas Card today which you can get in my etsy shop or folksy shop! The original painting is acrylic on paper and I added the hand drawn lettering on to it. It's a diddy A6 cute - sized card but if you click on to the links in my shops, you'll find out more! It's almost December and I can't wait to have a mulled wine and a mince pie! I try to hold out until at least mid-December to start my celebrations. I don't like fast forwarding though my days.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Pocket Mirror Commission


I was recently commissioned to create some pocket mirrors for a women's only charity event in Chester. I hand-made 50 little pouches and designed 50 pocket mirrors with floral teapot designs on! Here are some product photographs: 




Pouches...


...and here are the original designs! 






Gurgle Magazine





I was delighted to be asked to illustrate a very festive Christmassy article in the latest Gurgle Magazine! Here are the images I produced, including one original : 





Pretty Nostalgic.


The latest issue of the most beautiful magazine called Pretty Nostalgic came through my letterbox yesterday. Have you ever seen it? It's available nation-wide and is printed on the most beautiful paper stock and is filled with crafty ideas, celebrating vintage, traditional and sustainable living, recipes, creativity while it champions British handmade artists and creators. Basically it's brilliant and is gorgeously laid out and printed on delicious paper. 
I was so happy to be asked to illustrate a piece of creative writing in their magazine; a deeply metaphoric story called Parabola written by Welsh writer, Jack Smylie Wild.  

I don't want to give too much away about the story but I really liked it because, 
I love the theme of reflection within the story.  I enjoy drawing characters and was drawn to the mystery and significance of the bearded man. He is at the centre of the mystery and has an air of something other worldly. 

Check out my original below and then the illustration in context in the magazine! 





Sunday, 22 September 2013

WYPW




Yesterday, I had a little stall at the West Yorkshire Print Workshop in Mirfield. It was my first time visiting the space, which offers studio and gallery spaces and lots of great workshops for all types of printing. I was selling a selection of items from my online shops, Etsy & Folksy. There was such lovely and inspiring work I saw at the studios - they were preparing for an exhibition for the Flourish Awards where print makers in West Yorkshire could submit a piece of work and the winner would have a solo show at Huddersfield Art Gallery. I am super inspired to pick up my squeegee! I have so many buzzing-around-my-head ideas for some paper prints... especially to incorporate into some briefs I am working on at the moment. One is a flower pattern commission and the second is some Christmas Character design work for a maker on etsy to transform into sewn Christmas gifts! While selling work there at the craft fair, I was delighted to be asked if I would like to permanently sell my Greeting Cards there... so I am pleased to announce that I have a lovely new stockist which will be selling a range of seasonal cards and prints from now on! 


The West Yorkshire Print Workshop.

I found a new artist that I really loved there too! Lisa Stubbs prints beautiful screen-prints, I brought this card below as I couldn't leave without taking a little keep-sake, I love the use of colour and the textures in the work. I was told that she had been working on a picture book recently and I can't wait to see it. 
I found her on Folksy and Etsy too! Check her out. 


Saturday, 14 September 2013

100 Thank Yous!


One Hundred Massive Thank Yous! 
I reached 100 orders in my little shop this week and am super happy about it! :-) 
Thank you so much - here’s to the next 100 (fingers crossed!) 

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Happy Halloween Cards

As promised, here are some Halloween Cards - or you could have them as mini-prints if you like, 
depends on how much you love Halloween. 
I, for one (you may have gathered this) LOVE it. 
The visuals, the colours, all things spooky and AFI Black Sails on the stereo! 

These are all in my shop right now! Check out my Halloween section here.