Just before Christmas I decided that I wanted to create an illustration for each of the 12 days in the song. When I looked it up I discovered that there are quite a few different versions, so depending on which one you sing, you may have 9 dancing ladies or 12 pipers piping, or even ships sailing or bulls roaring.
I decided to go with the version I was most familiar with, which turned out to be one of the oldest versions, although probably less common than others.
I also started creating patterns that would co-ordinate with each image but as I started this series quite close to Christmas the patterns fell by the wayside. I hope I can get back to working on those but we’ll see. For now, here are the 12 images I created for the song The 12 Days of Christmas.
I hope you’ve had a fun festive season and a peaceful start to 2019.
A bear I painted in my sketchbook a few weeks ago. I’m thinking of making more drawings of animals in knitwear and more animals in general. Are there any animals in particular that you’d like to see me draw/paint?
Earlier this year I worked with ME Action to create a gold shoe pin, which they used as part of a fundraiser. I’ve been working with ME Action again recently and together we created 2 holiday cards based on the same shoe design.
One features this repeating pattern on a red background and inside the message reads ‘Seasons Greetings’. The other is a single pair of shoes on a blue background and contains the message ‘Happy Holidays’.
Both designs are available to purchase through the ME Action shop and all proceeds go towards the work they do campaigning with and on behalf of people with ME.
Right now the ME Action shops ship only to the US, Canada, Mexico and the UK but if you’re in one of those countries there should still be time to receive your cards before Christmas.
This week I started a new kourse with Sketchbook Skool. I haven’t taken one of their multi-teacher kourses in a long time and this one – called The Whimsical Sketchbook – looked like fun so I signed up.
The first teacher was illustrator Rebecca Green and the assignment was to illustrate a character or scene from one of your favourite books. I chose to illustrate a short story from a book by Tove Jansson called Letters From Klara. I didn’t feel confident enough to draw a character so I decided to draw all the details mentioned in the first short story of the book – also called Letters From Klara.
I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out and I felt slightly out of my comfort zone but I was pleased with the finished drawing, although I feel like I could keep tweaking this one for ages.
For April’s MATS Bootcamp assignment we were asked to design organisational trays/cups on the theme of sewing accessories, or sewing notions. I tried a few different ways of drawing and colouring my ideas and eventually decided on these designs for a tray, some trinket dishes and 3 different storage cups.
For the design of the trays and cups I was inspired by a few things I’d spotted on Pinterest and also in online shops like Anthropologie. With the drawings I decided to stick with simple line drawings in ink which I coloured digitally.
Making patterns is one of my favourite ways to play around with my drawings so I also created 2 repeat patterns using the same images – one using all the drawings I’d made and another that used just the buttons.
This was probably my favourite assignment so far in Bootcamp because the work I made felt very ‘me’. I felt like I was learning new things but at the same time using a style that is familiar and comfortable. We have one more month to go and I’m curious to see what that assignment will be, but in the meantime we have an extra week before that work starts so I’m enjoying a little break and resting as much as possible.