Thursday, 22 August 2013

Playing with new toys, experimenting and some more shocking news.


So I have been knocked on my ass this month.  To cut a long story short I was contacted by a Dutch lifestyle magazine who would like to "possibly" put some of my drawings in their December issue.  I say again for those who missed it. Possibly.  The image they want to use is this one, from my Etsy shop.  Not my personal choice but who am I to "look a gift horse in the mouth".  So now you know what I do.


Now for all those possibly's, I am still tickled pink to have been noticed in the first place.  It has injected a new enthusiasm into my drawing.  I have stared to experiment with different styles, images and even colour. Yes I said it. Colour.

We had tucked away, a wee box filled with all sorts of goodies.  Coloured pencils, water colour pencils, oil and chalk pastels, and a smorgasbord of paints.  After a bit of a play, I have fallen in love with watercolour. It means I can still do my line drawing but put a hint of a wash over the top.  Well that is the theory.  The only problem is, I am a coward.  I have no idea where to start.

Henna style doodle that I am playing with.  Lot of fun and very relaxing.

Coloured with pencil.

I have no clue what this is, but I coloured him with the watercolour pencils.
The paper didn't like it so much.
So that being said, I went out yesterday and treated myself to a box of (so I am told by the little man in the shop (who probably knows a mug when he see's one)) excellent quality paints.  I love them.  I am terrified of them, but I love them.  I have no fekkin clue what I am doing and am too scared to use them.  It makes me physically anxious to  paint over the top of a drawing.  I drew this Dobsonfly today with a mind to use some colour, only...... Well I like him as he is.  I have never drawn like this before and I was so happy with it that I didn't want to ruin him.  BTW, these things are effing enormous and scary as shit.  Fly's should not have pincers and should most defiantly not be the size of your hand.  Just sayin'.

Draw with a mind to add colour, but then too happy with it as it is to risk ruining it.
My first splash with my new paints.
So I ended up with a wee fox.  A modest beginning but a beginning none the less.

Finally on a side bar, I finished my last commission, (for my dad) and managed to make five limited edition prints too.  And guess what, I used colour.  Watercolour pencils are fantastic, easy to use and easy to control.  Now, these are instagram pictures so you will have to wait until they are done at the frames for the actual photo's but I am super stoked with how it turned out.

This is Dad's picture.  I love it, and feel very brave when I look at it.

The scans come out a lot paler than in real life, so I will try to take photo's of them.  They are all numbered and hand coloured, so totally different to the others.  They are €50 each and that includes the passepartout that is being but for them as I type.  They are on A3 paper but the exact measurements will be printed when the passepartout is done.  I hope to pick them up tomorrow and will post actual photo's then.  So if you are interested please drop me a line.  



This one is spoken for.  Sorry.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Just a quicky.

Just had to get this out there.

This bad boy finally got delivered to its owner yesterday, and gosh she was pleased.  So was I for that matter.



She wanted a to have the three houses she has lived in (personally if it was all the houses I have lived in, it would be a small town) lined up as a terrace.  What a wonderful idea.  When I saw the houses in question, I was all over it.  So thanks to a day of rain, a whole lot of bad parenting, Disney and a wee bit of Diago and Dora thrown in, I got stuck in.  

Not really having much to work with but some old photos and google maps, I had to have a bit of (shall we say artistic licence( with the scales but hey when have any of my pictures made sense.  As an architect acquaintance of mine once said, "if any of these buildings actually existed they would fall down, but that is the charm of them".   




Each wee brick and tile is drawn by my little cramped hand, and the results came out so much better than I had hoped.  Next up is my Dad's commission of a canal side row of houses.  Hmmm boats...We will see how that goes.

Lastly here is a wee sneak peek at some stuff I am working on for the shop and some experiments in perspective.  I hope to have a bit more for you as next week.

Working in the round.  Playing with scale and perspective.

A bit of Christmas doodling.

More Christmas doodling.

Hoping to finish this soon and have it in the shop.  More
on this another day.

Colouring book ideas.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Well gosh darn its all go, and btw who turned up the thermostat?

Let's just get this out of the way huh?  Bloody hell it's hot.  That said, there is precious little on the sewing front happening, (have you ever tried to sew outside?  I don't recommend it) but mucho happenings on the drawing front.

I finally finished, framed and delivered the piece for my aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary.  God I was nervous, but it turned out great and the framer was a legend.  Not bad eh?


My cousin's lovely wife, Emma (she who is responsible for most of this and has the fox named after her) also had a great idea which is now going to be making an appearance in the old Etsy shop soon, a tree that guests at the party (event) can put their finger print on and sign their name.  Cool huh?  So with one day to spare and a few glasses of wine I managed to knock one out and it looked great.


I think this is a fab way to remember your day instead of a crappy guest book that you will never look at again.  I am going to make a few that can be personalised on request and also have the option for originals with other animals and or what ever they want really.  It will be all packaged up with the ink and a nice pen.

In other news I finally got some more stuff into my Etsy shop.  There has a been a wee bit of experimenting and there will be tweaking but on the whole I am pleased with them.

I'm thinking birth announcements, birth congratulations, generally being confused or just 'coz they are cute.

A whimsical look at Dutch architecture. 

Angie Lewin influenced flowery type things.

Moving/change of address card?  A summer holiday, old fart, Victorian something..... I'm rambling.

For a closer look, go to my Etsy shop or just click over to My drawings.  All of these can be personalised, have text added made larger etc etc...  Just drop me a line.  There are a few more on the go and I will post these when they are done, either that or check out my works in progress over on my Facebook page.  While you're there, give it a like too.

At the moment I am working on a few other bits and pieces.  My lovely babysitter, Maisy and I are trying to get a few of our artistic renditions ready for the upcoming Home made market.  We will get ourselves a wee stall and try to flog out stuff.  You never know.

Lastly, I was sent a very exciting email the other day by a publisher in America asking if I would be interested in working with her for some illustrations or a colouring book.  Squeeeee!  Now, even if nothing comes of it, (and yes I will read the small print and all the other things) how cool is that?  I am so stoked to be asked.  I will let you know more when I do, it is still in the pitching phase so now you know what I do.

So on that note, I will be on my way as it is hot as balls and there is a paddling pool in Camp Awesome with my name on it and a few of this last few weeks creative endeavours and some shots of my "Garden on a shoestring".

























Have a great weekend folks, I know I will.