So I have been a bit quiet lately - even though I have lots of ideas and projects on the backburner, unfortunately I haven't been able to do too much lately, so I don't have any new illustrations to share - I had a little accident involving my guillotine and my thumb... Yeah, ouch! (And my drawing hand of course) However, I am now back in action and excited to get started on a couple of commissioned artworks I have waiting for me (big thanks to those who are so patiently waiting for me). Just so you have something pretty to look at, I will leave you with a commissioned artwork that I did earlier in the year : )
Just thought I would give a little shout out to Minimoh's - They have just launched their website. Minimoh's is an online children's marketplace. It is a great place to find unique kidswear, accessories and gifts, as well as discover new local designers. Support handmade and bookmark their page today.
I have just started listing some of my products, and will be adding more soon.
Just thought I would give you a sneak peak into my sketchbook and share a couple of my original sketches with you today, as well as a little overview into my art making process...
My usual process is to illustrate using black pen (any ol' black ballpoint pen will do me)
and I draw straight into one of my many Canson drawing pads I have floating around
my home. I prefer to draw straight on using pen, rather than pencil, as I really enjoy the permanence of pen - I embrace and work with any little mistakes or flaws (I find they add to the quirky nature of my artworks). With a pencil I find I can start trying to be a bit too perfect and the essence of my usual illustrations is often lost as it all becomes a bit too rigid.
I am all about promoting small business, especially creative business, so thought I would start to regularly share with you some of my latest handmade finds. Starting with this list in my favourite colours - Coral & Turquoise : )
All of these amazing creations can be found on Etsy
Here are a couple of pics from my daughter's rainbow themed birthday party. It was a lot of fun and so easy to do. Lots of bright balloons and streamers... rainbow coloured fruits and lollies in separate little dishes... I also made rainbow jelly cups, which were a big hit and super yummy! (You just have to remember to plan ahead as you have to pour in each layer one at a time and then let it set before adding the next colour). I did the same layered effect with the birthday cake and stuck skittles all around the edge (which was quite time consuming but looked really effective). I made the invitations myself of course by starting with a hand-drawn rainbow and adding some colourful type. (I have since turned the same rainbow into one of my Grubby Princess prints: over the rainbow).
My blog starts today! Not that blogging is my dream, but all part of the big picture... working towards a successful illustration career. Currently I am a work-at-home-mum, working part time as a freelance graphic designer, which I do enjoy, however my true passion lies in illustration. I hope you will follow my journey as I share sketches, artwork, stories, inspiration, creative finds, kids arts and crafts projects etc.