Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Pinterest & Etsy

My sister, Lucy, told me about Pinterest when I was talking about wanting a way to keep hold of ethical fashion designers/articles for research purposes. To be honest, as well as loving working online, this can only be eco-friendly? No excessive, expensive or time-consuming printing! If I'm going to be illustrating ethical fashion, why not practice living a little more ethically! (If doing it online is actual less eco-friendly, just keep that to yourself and don't burst my bubble! ;))

Anyway, I am absolutely in love with the site. It's so easy to use and such a fantastic way to keep tracks of other areas such as print, pattern, illustration, typography and recipe illustrations that I also love. If you would like to take a look at my boards just click here!

Screen shots from my 'Ethical Fashion' board.

Screen shots form my 'Typography' pages.

Screen shot from my 'Print and Pattern' board.

Screen shot form my 'Fashion Illustration' board.

Screen shot form my 'Illustration' board.

Do go and take a look. I would definitely recommend joining! (Although, like most things on the internet, it is a little addictive!)
Finally, I have placed my items for sale in my Etsy shop. It was closed for a while, but I have re-opened in an attempt to raise money for my final exhibition.

I'm working on some new illustrations which I will, of course, share as soon as they're done! Have a lovely evening! :)

Monday, 28 March 2011

Handmade by Emily

You may have seen my inspiration posts on other illustrators whose works I love. However, it isn't just illustrators I draw inspiration from. I find writing, design, fashion as well as crafts. 

Me and mum are hoping to start work on our own crafts soon. We have already begun collecting reclaimed clothes and materials, buttons, and many other crafting items. I can't wait to get started, as sewing and making in general is something I have always loved but never really taken further. I love making fancy dress items! (For instance, Bagpuss ears and Pikachu ears/tail!)

I love the work of Emily. She creates beautiful items which would enhance any home and make the perfect gifts! You can buy her work here. They are always so well made and she uses such beautiful materials! Here are some of my favourites!

I love the colour choices in this little scented or unscented mouse! It is made from cotton and felt and as each mouse is made separately you are guaranteed a unique piece!

Once again I love the unique qualities of each owl and find the design beautiful. They look so huggable!

I like collecting buttons and these are just gorgeous! They come in many colours, patterns and sizes and again, I love that each set is different from all the others. I also love Emily's packaging. Simple but beautiful.

How can you resist this little guy? I love the big ears, so cute! Anyway, I hope you like them too, I will be sharing some new illustrations soon but in the meantime do check out Emily's blog too! :)

Friday, 25 March 2011

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Illustrated Menswear Day Round-Up

Here is my last London Fashion Week illustration. My illustration for Astrid Anderson was really fun to produce. I loved the bright, extravagant colours and textures. You can read the Amelia's Magazine fashion show review here.

I love the colours of the clothes!! I tried something a little different with the background and foreground colouring.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Burst Magazine

Some time ago I send in some work examples to Burst Magazine, in hope that they would choose to include me in one of their next issues.

Well, last week I received an email saying they would like to include me in their third issue. It's out now and you can download it here! This mixed media issue is full of many inspiring illustrators and many I had never seen before. It was great to learn about them. Here is my page and some of my favourites from the magazine!

Here is my page. I'm really happy with the way it looks. I really like how every page looks full and exciting. 

I love Rosanna Geissler's work. It's so delicate and beautiful. I like how she works with such a wide range of subject matter. I really love her typography! 

I really love Nicola Watson's sweet characters and I love her use of colour! She also has a great use of texture in her illustrations.

For Sale: Raising money for my final exhibition

So, last night, me and my fellow third year illustration students opened our exhibition at the local bar where we have painting the ladies toilets. The toilets were open for viewing, we have framed pieces displayed throughout the bar and we had a stall selling our merchandise. All this was to raise money for our final exhibition and the D&AD show in London. 

 Abi Nottingham and Rosie Wheeldon tending to our stall! It looks great doesn't it? I think it's a pretty amazing year group!

My final wall images. One of my walls actually crumbled after the plaster went bad. Our solution was for me to paint a board with a drawn on frame to cover over the wall. I think it worked rather well! I hope you like them too.

I have stock left to sell and wanted to offer my lovely followers the chance to buy them here on my blog. These first prints are window mounted 10 by 8 inch. There are two of each, on sale for £6 each.

The next items are 9 by 7 inch, window mounted prints. They are on sale for £5 each.

 The following are 8 by 6 inch window mounted prints. They are on sale for £4 each.


Finally these limited edition illustrated tote bags are only £5 so if you fancy something different and like my work why not buy one? :)






If you are interested in buying any of these items or have any questions please either leave a comment on here or email me directly at: yodalpip at

I hope you are all well! Abby x