Friday, 29 July 2011

Drawing With Thread

I meant to post this a few months ago but totally forgot! It has been sitting in my drafts section since April!

I regularly meet my friend in town for a cup of tea and a scone and afterwards we usually end up, in Shire Hall Gallery for a mooch around the craft shop and a nose at the latest art exhibition.  During March and April there was an exhibition called 'Drawing with thread', which explores the use of thread as a drawing tool.  I just adored this little book, which is made from cloth and embroidery, and I wanted to post it (sorry for the poor picture quality).  Unfortunately, I can't remember who the artist was!  I meant to go back to make a note.  I think it's so pretty though.

Illustrator Chris Wormell Watercolours & Coloured Pencils

Thursday, 28 July 2011

My Artwork is now Edible!

My artwork is now available on cakes through Party in a Box Designs.  Easy to use cake sheets that you can put on cakes.  'Simple and easy to use yourself at home or take the sheets to your favourite bakery to create a beautiful work of edible art for that perfect party!'

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Sketchfest Number 16

This weekend was Sketchfest again (hooray!  I get so excited and look forward to it for weeks!  Sketchfest is the new Christmas for me!).  For people who haven't heard of it, Sketchfest is 'a 24 hour creative jam session with artists across the world. The audience and fellow artists give us prompts that can be single words, questions, phrases, lyrics, links, collections, creatures, characters or concepts, and we sketch whatever catches our fancy. The only rule? Sketches can only be worked on for one hour.'  If you love drawing, join in! I produced 10 sketches; some I liked, some not so much, but I had a good time, especially as I hooked up with another sketchfest fan, Natacha Chohra, and we had regular chat meetings after every sketch.  I will post some of her work on here too, if she will let me.  She's an inspiring and talented artist.  Anyhow, here's some of the work I produced today, the titles are the sketch prompts:

'Arabian Nights Babe' was the prompt
This is Morgiana, from 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves' who performs a dance with a dagger and plunges it into the heart of the thief. Pencil. I didn't finish it though.

'Together We'll Cross the River'
When I first saw this, I thought of two medieval lovers (or fantasy background) escaping from her family, as she is wealthy and he is poor. If I finish it, I want to see someone in the background looking for them. Afterwards, I thought of an angel carrying someone across the water, but it was too late then... I was halfway through

 'Stepping Through the Mirror'
When I read this prompt, I immediately thought of one of my favourite stories as a child, Alice Through the Looking Glass. It looks a little bit similar in pose to the Tenniel illustrations (obviously nowhere near as good), but that wasn't intentional. I think the pictures were etched on my mind as a child. I made her Edwardian rather than Victorian and dressed her in clothes of c.1912 (ish) period. My costume design background comes in handy sometimes :) Perspective is a bit wrong.

'Hedgehog Serenade'
This is a little wood spirte, playing a jolly tune for the hedgehogs. Not exactly a serenade but more of a celebration of hedgehogs! :)

'On the Mountain Goat'
A fairy from North America, dressed for chilly weather!

'Fairy Wedding Dress'
I think the veil must be split at the back for her wings. When I was drawing it, I stupidly didn't think of that. If I paint it, I will rub out the veil.  The poor wings will be squashed underneath otherwise!

'Dragon Summer'
I didn't have time to finish, but I'd like to add a seagull and maybe an ice cream van in the distance and one or two other characters.  A bit whimsical though.  I wish I could draw 'scary' dragons :) 

'Dragon Heart'
Another overtly whimsical drawing!  I really want to draw serious, scary dragons, but they keep coming up as cute things (mind you, dragons are only four foot tall.  It's a fairy tale that they're huge and scary!) This is a dragon mummy with her baby.  Awwwwwww.  It's a small sketch done with watercolour pencils.

'Tell me a story'
Sorry Ellie, I took a sneaky photo of your dad reading a story to your son in your wedding last year and it inspired this :) You can have the sketch if you want.  I knew the pose would make it into an illustration one day!

'Are you a ghost?'
This is a little more personal (and some people are probably going to think I'm weird) This sketch was inspired by a little girl ghost my sister, Nicola, and I used to see when we were children. A little Victorian girl. She used to reach out and touch my arm. I wasn't scared then. I would be now!! She had her hair tied back when I saw her. However, I thought loose hair looked more ghostly.  Have you noticed how Japanese horror films always show their ghosts with long lank hair? *Shivers* I last saw this little girl on the night before I was married :)  She touched my arm, as usual, to wake me up.  I think she was saying goodbye...

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Some More Sketch Ideas for 'Sealy Me'.

Here are some more sketch ideas for the book 'Sealy Me' by Laury Blavoet.  Not sure whether I'm going with these yet as I'm waiting to hear back, but thought I would post them anyway :)

What animals are the children pretending to be? (The name is on the first one, so that's a big give away, haha)