I had a stressful hospital appointment this morning so the afternoon is dedicated to creative things, and I think I’ll have a break from sewing today to get some screenprints done. This leads me onto today’s talent that I feel I have to share and these adorable prints by Sass and Peril:
1. Shannon’s prints are so playful and perfect as children’s illustrations but also a cute addition to any home and adults who are young at heart
2. I screenprint on my desk in our spare bedroom, also known as my studio, so it’s great to see that such great prints can emerge from Shannon printing in her garage studio
3. Any regular readers of my blog will know that I love Scandinavian design, animal illustrations and all things cute so this is a perfect combination!
Off to print some new designs now so have a good afternoon, hope it’s a sunny one.
I recently started getting into drawing architecture and scenes of my fave places, and I’m surprised I’ve never done it before given that I have and interior architecture and design degree, but I think my sketching has been an escape and tended to lead me away from my day job. That said, I absolutely love looking at architectural drawings and illustrations so when I stumbled upon these custom house portraits by Mary Frances Smith on Etsy I just had to share them:
1. It’s great to find fellow interior designers who have followed a path into illustration like myself, even if I only do it as a sideline
2. I am in a comfort zone with my biro and sketchbook but struggle to translate my ideas into different media, and cannot master watercolours so it’s great to see Mary creating a different atmosphere with a variety of materials
3. Our homes are so personal to us and to see Mary capture a sense of place, and give each scene a personality is great, after all that’s what architecture and design is about
I found it very difficult to pick my favourite 3 pieces of artwork, so I urge you to check out Mary’s website for lots more goodness.
After a bit of a crisis of confidence at the weekend, my sketching hand seemed to come back to life yesterday when I decided to pick an old and battered sketchbook off the shelf, change my pen and sit in the glorious bank holiday sunshine. This means that today was a sketching day to continue the momentum and to make the most of the sun whilst it lasts, with some new Molly and Charlie ideas I want to work on for a gocco print, so I thought these cute illustrations by Simply Me and Her were perfect for sharing today:
1. The colour combinations are sophisticated and understated for children’s illustrations and I love the fact that they’re not too bright
2. How can these cute characters not make you smile, even their names are adorable!
3. The simple block colour with the detailed line work to create detail and texture is a great combination
So, if you haven’t already then why not check out the cute and quirky illustrations of Nichola on Etsy.
This time last year we had just got back from Montreal to celebrate my 30th birthday, and I have to admit it was a city I immediately fell in love with and dream of going back. So, as I sit here daydreaming of my fave city I thought it would be a good theme for this week’s Friday Faves, and some potential prints to remind me of a fab week:
Loose petals – Montreal Skyline (Montreal is such a diverse city and this captures it perfectly)
Jenna Sue Maps - Montreal City Map Print (Love the colour and simplicity of this print)
House of Mr Bond – 24 hours in Montreal print (I’d quite happily accept 24 hours in Montreal right now, and the rest!)
Better try and get my feet firmly back on British soil now and get on with some creating, have a great Bank Holiday weekend.
I’m surrounded by strong colours and fabrics at the moment as I prepare my stock for a new shop, Just Makers, opening up in Harrogate soon but the gorgeously bright and quirky designs of Twenty Fingers is enough to distract me from my studio and make me smile:
1. I love the vast range of designs from intricate patterns to bright honey jars that sit under a collective style unique to Yurly and Katerina
2. There is a childlike innocence to a majority of Yurly and Katerina‘s style and bold colour
3. I am a big fan of wooden jewellery, but these have a whole new level of cuteness!
So take a moment to brighten your day and browse Twenty Fingers Etsy shop.
At the moment I seem to have a fascination with pattern and surface design, and although I’m used to travelling everywhere with my sketchbook and pen I have found that recently I seem to be doodling patterns a lot more than just my ‘realistic’ and pre thought out compositions. I have been working on some patterns for a new Tigerprint competition which has taken me away from my usual sketches and I have been working on new designs with more intricate patterns and line work with repeating patterns. Then I discovered the intricate yet bold illustration style of Green Girl Canvas and thought I have to share it:
1. Michele‘s free flowing lines, swirls and rich detail are mesmerising
2. The ornate details are brought to life with vibrant colour that you can’t help but smile at
3. I love drawing ‘realistic’ animals but it’s great to see a different take on nature, and the giraffe in particular makes me smile every time
Off to the hospital now, so will be sat drawing in my sketchbook whilst I no doubt wait for the long delays but I’d love to hear about any new drawing styles that you have discovered or been working on.
What a fab idea that I’ve not seen before – accessories for your portfolio! Why not show off all your hard work, and if anything deserves a treat it’s your work so go on treat your portfolio to a great portfolio bag. I’ve just made a bag for my sketchbooks as my portfolio is digital and on my ipad so I take my sketchbooks along for a bit of an’insight into the workings of my creative brain’ – maybe I should print that onto the ipad cover I am in the process of sewing! Without getting too carried away with my excitement I will direct you to the Wobbly Jobbly Etsy shop:
1. They are bound to raise a few smiles even on the way to interviews which will put you in a good mood before you even get there
2. It’s all about how you present yourself and your portfolio is about you after all and you will definitely stand out and be noticed with these!
3. We all want our portfolios to be remembered so this added touch might just get you that job!
Off to work on my portfolio of sketchbooks now, why not start thinking about how you present yours.
It’s hard to believe that it is spring and not only am I snowed under in general but I am literally surrounded by snow. What happened to spring sunshine? There are many reasons I don’t want to go back to this time last year but I wouldn’t mind borrowing last March’s weather. So, today’s Friday Faves are unsurprisingly weather related:
Koalita Craft – Heart table decorations (if this can’t entice spring out then I don’t know what can)
Laura’s Jewellery – Blue cloud earrings (would be great if rain were this pretty when stood under it)
2jacs – Sunshine on a stick illustration (wish I could really get sunshine on a stick)
Have a great Easter weekend, whatever the weather.
I’ve had a busy start to the week so for a bit of downtime before bed I’ve decided to do a bit of sewing with my embroidery hoop and brightly coloured threads so when I stumbled upon Three Red Apples on Etsy I just had to share these fab and ready to hang gems of art:
1. I love the quirky subject matter from caravans to ‘the geezer’ and the somehow subtle yet striking colour combinations
2. There’s nothing I love more than ‘doodling’ with the sewing machine but I am a long way off being this accurate with my needle/pencil!
3. It’s great to see modern art which hasn’t been done on a computer and is hands on
Off to order some more hoops now, if you want something to do this eve then spend some time admiring Annabelle’s fab designs.
If you’re a regular reader or have looked at my Accidentalvix Etsy shop you will know by now that I love to sketch animals, so I had to share with you the whimsical animal illustrations from Corella Design for many reasons, but here are just a few:
- Each animal is brought to life and given it’s own personality with the clothes/accessories they are wearing, which is a clever addition to the sketches and makes Donna’s work easily distinguishable
- The flat digital colours works well in contrast to the detailed linework of Donna’s pencil sketches
- I love the descriptions of each illustration, it’s almost an insight into Donna’s thought process as she draws these lovely and quirky characters
Time for me to go back to my illustrations now, as I continue to aspire to be as successful, recognisable and inspirational as Corella Design.