MATS Bootcamp: Book Cover

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Until the end of May I’m taking part in the MATS Bootcamp run by illustration agent, Lilla Rogers. I really enjoy learning new things and feel that there’s always room for my work to develop. We’re given a new assignment to work on each month, which starts with a ‘mini’ warm-up assignment before the main assignment comes out. In January we started by drawing the contents of our bags.

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The main assignment was to create a cover for a children’s book, showing what we imagined a particular well-known person/character might carry with them. There were 12 different people (fictional and real life) assigned to the group and I had the task of illustrating what I imagined Lilla Rogers (the agent running the class) might carry in her bag.

It was a challenge and it was also interesting to see so many different styles and approaches to the same assignment. The gallery of our work is now public so you can have a look at the full range of work on the MATS website.

By | February 7th, 2018|Creativity, Learning|2 Comments

31 Painted Patterns

In January I joined in with Lisa Congdon‘s brand new CreativeBug class. A couple of years ago she taught a class on CreativeBug which was a daily drawing challenge. This new class was similar but instead of making a drawing each day we created a painted pattern. As you know, I love making patterns and I’m a big fan of Lisa’s work so this was right up my street . I also really enjoyed getting more familiar with gouache paint.

Here are the 31 patterns I made this month.

By | February 1st, 2018|Creativity, Learning|4 Comments

House Sketch and a Question

Duibh Oilean House Ireland

I’m not sure exactly how or why but I’m a bit behind with the assignments for SketchingNow Buildings with Liz. Thankfully we have long-term access to all the course materials so I’m hoping to get caught up over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime I thought I’d share this sketch which was another one that I did in Ireland and is the most recent outdoor assignment that I’ve done for this course.

I’m also sketching every day for Inktober at the moment so I’ll share those drawings probably at the end of the month once they’re all finished. You can also see my Inktober drawings on Instagram every day. At the same time I’ve been making some repeat patterns in Photoshop and Illustrator using some of the patterns I made for the 100 Day Project so that’s been keeping me quite busy.

I’m hoping to use some of my repeat patterns to create new products for my shop so I have a question for you: is there a particular drawing or pattern of mine that you’d like to see for sale in my shop? Let me know in the comments below, or send me an email.

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By | October 14th, 2016|Drawing, Learning, Travel|1 Comment

Sketching Churches

Sketches of St Giles Cripplegate

This week I’ve been working through the exercises from lesson 1 of Liz Steel‘s online course, SketchingNow Buildings. We’ve been exploring a few different ways of improving our observational skills, starting off with some indoor work using photos, before heading outside to sketch a building ‘in real life’, in this case (more…)

By | September 14th, 2016|Drawing, Learning|0 Comments