New illustration: English country garden

An english gardenIn between commissions I’ve been working on some new self initiated work. This is a little garden scene I’ve just finished, wouldn’t it be nice to have a garden that looked like this? We visited our new house last week and discovered we have cherry, apple and fig trees in the garden. I’m excited to have a garden and outside space and hopefully a place to sketch when the sunshines out :)

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New illustration: Cherry Floral

Cherry FloralI think flowers are set to be my new favourite thing to draw this month. They don’t feature heavily in my work yet they’re something that inspire me on a daily basis. Truth be told I find them quite tricky, not to draw (I love the details and layers of petals) but to colour. I always start my illustrations with a pencil line that I scan into Photoshop and I usually keep this line black (which doesn’t work overly well with a floral subject.) So for this illustration I removed the black line! I made sure there was still a lot of line work visible as it’s really important for me to retain the handmade feel in my work. I think it’s worked and I’m pretty excited to start building up a new body of work with this in mind.

Sometimes I feel my tools hinder me, do you ever feel that? I only really use a pencil (with photoshop and occasional collage) which feels very boring but I can’t seem to escape that combo and maybe that’s ok? As long as I try to push out of my working comfort zone I think it is. Do you ever get stuck in a rut with materials and only stick to certain tried and trusted things?

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Life lately, old studios, new studios & buying a house!

Lif latelyHello to my little space on the internet, it’s been a while. I thought I’d post an update as theres been lots going on lately and it’s nice to throw a random life post into the mix now and again. May was a busy month: we moved out of the chalet and into my parents house, which meant leaving my cosy home studio and changing my work routine up a bit. I’m currently working in a lovely garden studio down the road, the interior colours are grey, petrol blue, turquoise and pink, a dreamy colour palette (and my current favourite!) It’s been nice to have a place to go to work that isn’t an extension of my home, something of a luxury for some of us freelancers.

Talking about studios and workspaces… in the top right photo (in black & white) you can see a sneaky peek of a very exciting new space. We have had an offer accepted on a house and fingers crossed we should be home owners in the next month or two! The process has definitely had its ups and downs as I’m sure most home buyers experience but so far the last stretch of things seems to be going smoothly. I hope I’m not jinxing things by speaking too soon… The best bit is that our new house has a studio in the garden (yay!) The studio (in the black and white pic) has power and lighting and double glazing. It is essentially a big shed but I am oh so excited to transform the space! It needs a bit of work and I’m building a list of things we need to do that we can work on over summer. I’m planning to take lots of before and after photo’s (of the whole house too!) and share the progress here as I think it will be a fun project to look back on and hope that it might be inspiring too.

I’m soaking up ALL the inspiration at the moment (falling down the Pinterest rabbit hole…) scrapbooking interior spaces, discovering beautiful new home-ware shops, planning artwork for the new house and making lots of to do lists. It’s very exciting and a little overwhelming! I’m trying to bear in mind the famous William Morris quote “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful,” but to me that feels limitless, or is that the point, what do you think?

Work wise quite a few of my projects are still under wraps but I hope to share some new pieces soon. I’m working on broadening my portfolio with new personal work focused around nature and animals and I’ve embarked on a creative course so I hope to share more about that soon too. Until then, bye for now.

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