I remembered the other day that at least once in the past I’ve created a blog post at this time of year showing a photo from each month as a sort of review. Although I haven’t made much time this year just for taking photographs I still had a lot on my phone and in my camera so I thought I’d share one from each month – most of which I haven’t shared before – to round off the year.
There’s also a little update at the end of this post so don’t miss that!
From midnight tonight (New Year’s Eve 2017) there’s going to be a big sale in my Etsy shop. Everything’s included apart from digital downloads, so the special deals I’m already offering on prints and cards will be discounted even further.
I won’t be replacing anything that sells out because I’m planning on creating some brand new products for my shop in 2018. You can bookmark your favourites before January 1st to make it easier to find them once the sale begins.
Last Saturday I spent a very sunny afternoon with the Oxford Urban Sketchers. I don’t get to Oxford very often – this is only the second time I’ve met with the group there – but it’s good to sketch in places that are new to me from time to time.
We met, and spent a couple of hours sketching, near the deer park at Magdalen College, which was a nice peaceful spot, considering how busy the high street was that day. I’m looking forward to my next sketching trip outside London – hopefully in the not too distant future.
This week, as March comes to an end we’re coming to the end of a month of botanical drawings in the 365 Days to a Portfolio challenge. There’s one more drawing to go but today’s prompt was ‘garden map’.
This was the first illustrated map that I’ve made and I chose to create a map of Postman’s Park, which is a small park/garden in the City of London. It was a challenge because it involved creating lots of individual drawings and hand lettering, and then assembling them in Photoshop. But it was fun and something that I might do again.
I’ve also created a second version of this map, which I’ve submitted to They Draw and Travel. You can also see that version on my portfolio page.
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.
I spent last week on holiday in Ireland. We stayed on the Mullet Peninsula in County Mayo, which is on the west coast of Ireland. It was very quiet and ideal for more “Ireland Holiday Sketches”