Hello and Happy New Year! This year I thought I’d do something a bit different and instead of sharing a round up of commissions this post is entirely made up of personal work from 2016. It’s interesting to see the work like this in order of when I made it and its clear to see my love of line and pattern remains unwavering. The first four months of the year I took to drawing a combination of food & pattern. I was inspired by seasonal fruit and veg and the beautiful home-ware I saw in Anthropologie. After using a white background for these images the next month I decided to work on building up a fuller scene… The above piece was inspired by a change of working environment and the new things I could see out of my studio window. The colours also featured in my new workplace and influenced this piece too…
In 2016 I spent a lot of time outdoors and nature is a big source of inspiration for me but hasn’t necessarily influenced my work until now. I wanted to focus on drawing the things I love most and flowers are definitely a favourite thing of mine.
I started a travel sketchbook in July and just in time to document in drawings some memories from my time in Romania for my brothers wedding.I got really into the Great British Bake Off in 2016 and created a series of illustrations to coincide with each week of the show. Above & the two images below: Biscuit week, bread and batter week. I discovered Rose Lemonade tea in M&S and oh my, its good. It gave me the perfect starting point for this illustrated pattern that I have since turned into a tea towel (which is going to be part of a range to be released soon…)I took my travel sketchbook along with me on a job in Milan and took some time to enjoy drawing & relaxing the weekend before the job. It was the best fun drinking, eating, observing/drawing in a new place. Nearer the end of the year I thought about potential projects I would love to work on and I created some speculative work based on my ideas. I’d love to work on a range of jam packaging…And this series of book covers was SO much fun. I had a bit of an end of year panic which led me to stepping away from the
warm embrace comfort of my mechanical pencil and exploring new mediums. (Yes this is an admission of guilt, I definitely need to experiment more with new materials.) These covers were created with white pencil on black paper and just a few Photoshop tweaks. I heartily recommend ‘The Secret Life of Bees,’ by Sue Monk Kidd. I listened to it on Audible and it is beautiful.So that’s it. If you’ve managed to come to the end of this lengthy post, thank you. Thank you for stopping by now and in 2016 and thank you for supporting my illustration business. I hope 2017 is a wonderful year for you.