If anybody has been on facebook or twitter this week you may have seen my animals ambling by! My new found creative style was a bit of a happy accident, after I’d made an elephant treasury on Etsy I decided to get a biro out and start my new sketchbook with a quick sketch and was pleasantly surprised by the results. Then I thought I’d better try a few other baby animals to check it wasn’t just a fluke, and again I was surprised that this was a new quick illustration style that I like, and am now beginning to make them into cards and illusrations. I also want to try making one into a gocco print for notebooks, clothing and art prints – what do you think?
Week 2 of Talent Tuesday and I am already finding it difficult to choose just one of my fave artists/creatives each week but I’ve made the decision to showcase some amazing illustrations from one of the first Etsy shops I favourited, Submicrocosm. As always, there are many reasons why but here are just 3 along with my fave 3 illustrations:
- Sophisticated yet fun at the same time
- Suitable for any age or gender
- Love the clean lines
I’m working today, but if I’m not too tired there will definitely be some sketching from me tonight.
Yay, I am so happy and relieved to have finally finished my sketchbookproject 2012! I must admit it didn’t take me long after sending off last years to forget how stressful and hard it is to work to a deadline for something that will be viewed by others and tour 3 continents this time. This is the first 32 page ‘picture book’ I have done as a continuous story, but generally I’m pleased with what I’ve achieved, especially given the trauma of the past couple of months. There are a few pages which I rushed for the sake of finishing and I’m not too happy with but as I keep telling my husband perfection doesn’t exist. Here are a few more pages to keep you going until the grand reveal of the finished story…
Another week nearly done, and as hectic as it’s been it wasn’t as stressful as I’d first anticipated, which means that I am calm enough to go to the National Portrait Gallery tonight to join in the free artist drop in drawing session. I rarely draw the human form, apart from in ‘anonymity style’ but life drawing was always one of my fave times at college and uni as it’s a good opportunity to loosen up and try new styles, above are a couple of my best life drawings, tucked away in my sketchbook and rarely viewed. My Folksy Friday theme today (incase you haven’t guessed it yet) is drawing, something I love to do and the basis of my Folksy shop… here are some of my fave fellow folksters:
Corieltauvi Art – winter wren 2 (drawing isn’t always conventional pen/pencil on paper, this etching is gorgeous)
Mister Benn – Jeff Buckley (the atmosphere and marks in this is amazing, reminds me of life-drawing tutors that used to encourage us to aim for this)
Oosie – Dafty the lamb (everyone who reads my blog will know by now of my love of drawing with the sewing machine but this drawing with felt is fantastic)
Squintessential – starman earrings (I draw inspiration from REM!)
Time to go and do some doodling on my long commute in to work, my aim is to get everyone to own a sketchbook! Have a good Friday and weekend…
I’m so glad it’s Saturday, but even happier that the sketchbook project deadline has been extended until Tues! This gives me the weekend to finish it, take photos and start scanning, as once I send it off on it’s travels I will not see it again unless I get to Brooklyn Art Library. If you can pop in to any of the sketchbook tour dates/venues or the Brooklyn Art Library once it has settled into it’s new home please do… not being from USA means that I won’t be able to visit it or get my friends to and I wouldn’t want it to get lonely or feel rejected. Anyway, I still have lots to do to get my trusty sketchbook in the post on time but seeing everyone else’s amazing blogs made me think I’d give you a sneak peak (after a few moments to myself panicking about the high standard of work.)
I will be back to do a longer blog with a bit more information behind the reasoning/ideas in my sketchbook at a later date, but too much to sketch before then!
Have a great weekend.