Drawings and Reflections from August

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I still haven’t managed to get my energy levels back on an even keel since the end of the 100 Day Project (this is life with M.E sometimes!) so I was appreciated the slower pace for the 365 project over the summer. I created one new illustration each week rather than 3 and enjoyed being able to take my time with each one.

As you can see, I made 2 new repeat patterns (one of my favourite things to create nowadays), a simple fish illustration and a self portrait.

As well as these 4 pieces I made an illustrated map of the City of London, which you can see on They Draw and Travel.

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Now September’s here and I’m back to creating 3 new illustrations each week. Since my energy’s in short supply I’m experimenting with ways to keep things as simple as possible to avoid overwhelming and exhausting myself.

Right now I’m planning on sticking to my paper sketchbook and avoiding doing too much digital work. Digitising my work is fun but it can be really time-consuming for lots of reasons so cutting out that stage feels like a good plan right now. I may even use a pocket-sized sketchbook for some of my illustrations, just to keep things really simple.

Do you find it helpful to keep your work process simple and straightforward or do you prefer to spend lots of time on a piece of work?

By | September 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Prints in the Shop!

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Every day since Tuesday I’ve been adding a new art print to my Etsy shop. They’re all A4 (8.3 x 11.17 inches) in size, which is bigger than any of the prints I’ve sold so far. Since the beginning of January I’ve been making at least 3 new pieces of work each week so I chose some of my favourites  for these prints. These 3 are available for purchase right now. I’ll be adding another one later today and 2 more over the weekend, so keep an eye on my shop to make sure you get your favourite(s) before they’re gone!

By | May 5th, 2017|Shop|0 Comments

Preparing for The 100 Day Project 2017

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The 100 Day Project starts again this year on 4th April. If you’ve never heard of The 100 Day Project, it’s a free art project open to anyone, where you choose a creative action to repeat every day for 100 days.

I took part for the first time last year and created 100 patterns in my tiny sketchbooks. I really enjoyed it and creating technical repeat patterns from my artwork has become almsot second nature to me now.

I’ve not decided yet what I’m going to choose for this year’s 100 Day Project. I have a few thoughts but nothing nailed down just yet.

Have you taken part in The 100 Day Project? Will you be joining in this year?

By | March 19th, 2017|Creativity|0 Comments

New Notebooks in my Shop!

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My Etsy shop is now open again and I’m excited to let you know that there are 2 brand new notebooks available for purchase, including this one featuring my watermelon pattern. Grab one (or both) now in my Etsy shop! While you’re there you might want to pick up some greetings cards, which currently have 30% off the usual price. These low prices are not permanent so if you’ve had your eye on any of the cards, make sure you get them now, because once these designs are sold they are gone forever.

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By | January 2nd, 2017|Shop|0 Comments

Patterned Alphabet

Last week I completed my latest daily drawing project which was to combine pattern making (something I already do regularly) with lettering (something I want to do more of). These are my 26 finished letters. I created the outlines for some using a pencil and ruler but most were done freehand, and I used all kinds of different mediums – watercolour paint, watercolour pencils, and various different pens. All the images at the top of this post are clickable if you want to see a bigger version of any of the letters.

The sketchbook I used was a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook, which I’ve loved using. Thankfully I have a second one that I’m using for some other work at the moment, and my next daily sketchbook is going to be a Hahnemuhle watercolour book. I’ve never used that brand before so I’m looking forward to giving it a try.

I hope you had/ are having a happy and peaceful holiday season and I’ll be back here in 2017! Next Monday I’m re-opening my Etsy shop and there’ll be a few short-term special offers and some new products too, so keep an eye out for those! In the meantime you can see what I’m up to each day on Instagram. See you next week!

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By | December 28th, 2016|Creativity, Drawing|0 Comments