Live drawing in Milan & travel sketchbook

sketchingLast week I spent some time in Milan working on a live illustration project with story telling agency Make Believe. I have worked with them on various live illustration projects over the last couple of years and they are always fun yet challenging. You can see a post from my first project in 2014 with them here. I have travelled to Munich, Switzerland and now Milan with them illustrating as part of a small team. This time we attended the European Patient Innovation Summit where Martin and I worked together on creating x34 A3 illustrations over the course of a day and a half. The illustrations were created after sitting in and listening to patients discussing the effect migraines and heart failure had on their lives. While Martin captures the stories and quotes from the day in note form, I illustrate them, we scan them and Martin colours them in Photoshop. They are then printed and displayed on the day as a gallery wall for the attendees to interact with after the conference. The illustrations created are kept under wraps and used internally for pharmaceutical company Novartis. I don’t have anything I can share here from the project but I flew to Milan for a few days before the job and took my travel sketchbook along so here are some of the sketches I did whilst out and about in Milan, I hope you like them… sketching2sketching4


New Botanical themed Pattern

botanical-patternWednesday on The Great British Bake Off it was botanical week. I particularly loved Candice’s show stopper – it was so creative and unique! Did you see it? There’s a pic here…  I decided to create a new botanical inspired pattern this week, it’s not food related but it was nice to have a word prompt for a new illustration.

This afternoon I’m off to Milan to spend a few days with my mum, a few days working on a live illustration job and the rest of the time working on my travel sketchbook – I’m excited! Hope you have a lovely weekend too.


Our first home, two months in

two-months-inThis month I’ve started feeling more settled in our new house. Some of the initial stress and overwhelming feelings are starting to subside and I’m feeling more relaxed and remembering all the factors of the house we fell in love with. I feel lucky that we found this house and the excitement is building again with all the possibilities it will bring. Read more

Rose Lemon Tea pattern & new greetings cards

rose-lemon-tea-patternHappy Monday! It’s a rather bleak one with rain showers and grey skies but I’m not letting the weather get me down today. I saddled up the dogs in their matching waterproof dog coats for a refreshing walk under the raindrops earlier and I’ve since been sat at my desk editing and planning new work to launch in my etsy shop. I’m delving into the world of giclee prints and I’ve been excitedly testing out new papers and ordering proofs so watch this space for some new items coming soon. The above pattern was inspired by a Rose Lemon tea I picked up from M&S (seriously delicious!) I’ve had it printed alongside my GBBO biscuit week inspired illustration and I’m now selling them both as greetings cards in my etsy shop. You can purchase them here!
I hope your Monday is going well, stop by on Wednesday for my regular GBBO inspired illustration for pastry week!


‘The Great British Bake Off,’ inspired illustration – Bread week

Bread weekThis week on ‘The Great British Bake Off,’ it’s bread week. I’m looking forward to seeing the contestants efforts and I’m intrigued about the show stoppers this week. I love baking bread and have been meaning to create a new sourdough starter so hopefully this week will give me the encouragement I need. After last weeks show Viennese whirls go on my baking to-do list too! In between work and planning a work/sketchbook trip later this month I came up with this GBBO inspired bread illustration. I hope you like it, are you enjoying the new series?


Our first home, one month in

One month inA little update from where I last left off… Our offer had been accepted on the new house and as the above title suggests we moved into our first home just a month ago. What a huge learning curve and whirlwind being a first time home-owner is! We’ve started to slowly settle into the new house. When we first moved in it was overwhelming. As someone who wants everything to be done immediately I learnt rather quickly that’s not physically possible and to slow down a bit, breathe it in and try to enjoy the process. The house itself doesn’t need a lot of work per say but there’s a lot of things we would like to do to it cosmetically to make it feel our own.

In this first month we…

– Cooked our first meal in our new kitchen (Hemsley & Hemsley Feta and black bean burgers,yum!)

– Took weekly trips to the dump after clearing,cutting, weeding and mowing the garden. In the first day of gardening we ended up with 12 bin bags of rubbish plus two huge garden sacks full.

– Painted our bedroom and repainted our wardrobes, all hail Annie Sloan chalk paint! Our wardrobes are painted in Paris grey with grey rose knobs and we love them.

– Ripped off the wooden mantel to our fireplace to discover lots of broken bricks, slightly heartbroken but making plans for a fireplace makeover. I’m hoping we can keep some of the original brickwork.

– Added plants to our space. Even if everything is slightly chaotic having flowers or plants around makes my heart happy.

– Made proper plans for the new studio (eee!) It’s the thing I’m most excited about. It needs the electric re-wiring, insulating, plasterboard put up, the walls plastered and painted. We are also adding wooden slats to the front and painting the outside. There’s a lot to do! The work starts Friday and I can’t wait to see it transform into a little creative haven…