Sunday, 30 October 2011

Bath in Fashion

Recently the lovely Hels Martin asked me to illustrate the header for the Bath in Fashion Blog which she will be blogging for. The blog will include all news, interviews and reviews from Bath in Fashion, written beautifully by Helen. I'm looking forward to seeing more. Her writing always inspires me and I'm glad to be able to work with her again.

Wonderful pattern designer, Georgia Coote designed the background which is truly beautiful. I'm happy to be in such a creative team of ladies. I hope you like my design!

Friday, 21 October 2011

Digital Arts Tutorial

Well, as promised, I have taken photographs of my tutorial for you to see! I've also taken a few of other images in the issue that grabbed my attention :)

Love this illustration by Minni Havas on the opening page! Also, nice to see Neil is still using my illustration of him for his editor's picture.

Contributor's page - Where do you draw the line?

Love this illustration by Rob Shields, another masterclass from this issue. His work is stunning and truly fascinating. It's great to read his tutorial.

I was commissioned to write a tutorial outlining the way I compose an illustration rather than the technical tools I use. I was asked to cover compositional elements, colour, placement of the character etc. Hopefully I achieved this and I hope their readers will enjoy reading about the decisions I make when putting together one of my illustrations - in the case one of the illustrations I produced for Company. You can buy yourself a copy in most newsagents (or WHSmiths!)

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Digital Arts - Tutorial

Just a quick post to tell you that I have written a tutorial for Digital Arts and it is out today!! I felt very honoured to be asked to do this for them - writing a tutorial, wow, I'm a real illustrator! (I never thought I would get to this point!)

The guys at Digital Arts have been very supportive of me from the beginning of my career - I can't thank them enough!

I will blog with photos from the tutorial tomorrow. For now, here is a little about this issue and the illustration below gives a clue to the tutorial subject! ;)

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Lesley Barnes

I mentioned in my Happy List post that I was feeling rather excited about a package on it's way from Lesley Barnes' shop! And today it's here! A wonderful and bright way to start the weekend! As I suspected, I was not at all disappointed. Her work is lively, bold, exciting and colourful. It always cheers me up and makes me want to get some more colour in my illustrations. In fact, I plan to do this. I was really happy with the colour in my Company illustrations and plan to keep this up! (Especially since these pieces were the ones that drew my agent to me!) Below is my lovely package!

I ordered a set of 4 bookmarks and Lesley was kind enough to send some little extras. I especially love the Two Face - happy/sad bookmark and the cat riding on the horse. So sweet! Lesley has been so kind and supportive to me and we both did work for the V&A for the same project (my first commission!) You should definitely have a look at her shop - these made my day!

Friday, 14 October 2011

Happy List

Inspired by Fritha's post, I've decided to write a list of 10 things that are making me happy at the moment. I've been feeling a little homesick and down recently, so this seemed the perfect way to perk me up. I'm grateful for many things :)

Mat coming home from work. Instant perk, kisses on the nose, cuddles and warmth. Love.

Thinking about my illustration future. I believe I can do it more than ever!

Old family photographs. And new ones, especially these (best brothers & sisters)

Lesley Barnes' illustrations. I can't wait until my purchases from her shop arrive! They're beautiful!

Phonecalls from my mum. I miss her and cannot wait until she visits in a few weeks!

My Mac is finally going to be fixed tomorrow! I will miss it but at least I'll be able to see my screen again properly!

Twitter! And all the people on there. The illustration community is so lovely!

Drinking Pepsi Max and looking through my book collection! (See previous post)

The weekend. Two whole days to relax & enjoy with the boy. Perfect!

Living somewhere so beautiful! Having so much to explore and so many new things to see! (Not to mention all the beautiful old pubs!)

 So there you are! I hope you enjoyed my list :) have a lovely weekend and I will post about Lesley's package when it arrives!

Book Case

I love our book case. The colours, the diversity, the amount of books and the inspiration. (We have no room for more, a problem that quickly needs addressing since I have my eyes on at least 3 books!) I've been looking at some of the books I got in Japan today, they're so beautiful. I feel very inspired! Just wanted to show you some photos!

Mat's books! I love how tidy they look, and the mix of black and colour. Ahh lovely.

You may already realise, but this shelf is also full of Mat's books. I love the variety we have!

One of my favourite and most inspirational books is Wall Paper. It has some beautiful designs, including the ones below.

The first is by Rachel Kelly. I love the use of colour - the subtle against the vibrant. It works so well and really drew me in.
This one is by Florence Manlik. I love the different tones and the extremely fine lines. So intricate and detailed.
I was drawn to this piece by Destroy Rockcity because of the colours (I love the limited palette) and the boldness.
 And here are a few books I am lusting after at the moment. As soon as I have more pennies, these will be mine, I promise.

Below are some of the pages from Print & Pattern 2. They look stunning, I can't wait to see the rest! Hurry up pay day!!

And I NEED this series of Penguin Cassics, illustrated by Coralie Bickford-Smith. I've had my eyes on them since I first saw them the year before last. My needs are getting greater. They are just stunning. Not only are the books themselves wonderful, but I think I'd feel so happy having these on my shelves and holding them in my hands. WISH LIST!