Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Coming Alive

I haven't updated in ages because I have been busy with this current uni project and xmas. I'm still working on finishing off my uni project as it has been such a large topic... I have created a narrative and I'm doing a huge series of drawings and prints to illustrate it. Anyway I thought i'd share a couple of my development prints with you. 

I did the black version first but wanted to try it with brighter colours, although I don't really like the blue... I think the ultramarine looks too much, maybe a different type of blue would have looked better.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Cedric Laquieze

I have just come across these gorgeous sculptures by Cedric Laqieze. I already really like taxidermy but these animals covered in flowers are amazing, its interesting how covering them in something so pretty can make them look even more creepy!

The World As We Know It Is Changing.

I'm making good progress with my uni project in that I have it all kinda mapped out and my narrative sorted, all I need to do now is produce the final pieces. I know that I wanted to include some prints in my final series of images, although when I have worked with monoprints previously I have just worked mainly with one colour... Therefore I produced a few quick experiments just from images in my sketchbook, trying out layering bright colours.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

More Sketchbook

A few images from my sketchbook for my Human and Animal Relationship project. I have started trying to take my images forward a little bit and think more about concepts, and what meaning I want to put in them. I also looked back at the historical uses of animals, and looked at Anglo-Saxon England and Paganism, which was interesting.

That last one is really quick drawing where I was trying to develop an idea - I keep coming back to the current climate change crisis while researching my project, and how it is predicted there will be a crash and decrease in human population. I thought it would be interesting to imagine this future Earth where we have been effectively thrown back, maybe people will become more religious or become 'closer to nature'. I thought it could be nice to really run away with the idea and design characters like this, maybe strange shamanistic creatures or something. I don't know... I still have to decide what overall meaning I want to portray in the final outcome.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

First Prints

A few prints done from my sketchbook drawings, I have a lot more that I still have to scan in, and a lot more that I still want to work into.

Here is one so far that I have worked into a little bit, with a theme of 'Deforestation' as this was one of the causes of Bears becoming extinct in England:


Heres a little experiment where I have been trying to develop my ideas. I redrew out some of my bear drawings to get a better composition going, then scanned in some extra drawings to represent hunting and deforestation. I was going to add more in, but I thought it was already starting to get full so have left it like this... plus it is only an experiment so I don't want to spend ages on it at this point! I was also going to colour it, which I still might do if I have the time... or maybe not.

It doesn't look it, but just getting this illustration this far has somehow taken DAYS.

To quickly see what the image would look like with colour I quickly printed off a copy and got out my felt pens. I thought it might be interesting to apply really unnatural colours, in order to make it look really appealing and decorative, to contrast with the more negative theme.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Human Animal Relationships

For my new University project I am looking at the Relationship between Humans and Animals. One of the first things I came across was an article about animals who used to live in the UK, but are now extinct. The article said that they were thinking about reintroducing certain species back into ecosystem, which is quite interesting. Anyway I decided to start here, and made some studies in my sketchbook of the extinct animals.

I have also briefly looked at foxes, which I think are quite an interesting animal due to the way they have adapted to live alongside humans in cities. For someone who lives in the country, especially farmers, a fox may be seen as a menace whereas someone who lives in a city may see them as cute. I also read an article in National Geographic Magazine about the domestication of foxes... so maybe in the future they will have an extra role as a domestic pet. 

Newest Dog World Illustration

Quick new illustration just finished for Companion Dog World, to accompany an article about Crufts and the different levels of shows, and varying amounts of prizes. 

This was quite a fun one to do, I drew each section out separately then worked them together on photoshop... Couldn't decide which composition I preferred, so I sent over both so they could try them out on the page. I'm fairly pleased with it, it would have been nice to add in a background like a bit of wallpaper, although I didn't want it to end up too cluttered on the page.

Monday, 26 September 2011


Watercolour and Pencil, A3.


A couple of drawings

Saturday, 10 September 2011

We are all addicts of Fossil Fuels.

I don't think I ever posted the final series of this project before, these were the three prints I chose to represent the quote by Kurt Vonnegut - "Here's what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey.

Done in one of my favourite 'monoprint on newsprint' techniques which I seem to use a lot, I actually felt the technique really suited the quote. I feel the roughness compliments it well, and each print has been chosen to represent one of three different factors which I felt were important - the age and time it takes to produce fossil fuels, how important they are to us, and our 'addiction' to them.

Doe's Heart

Heres a two colour monoprint done last year that I just found out, it was for the 'One Eyed Doe' project based on the Aesop's Fable. Although it didn't make it into the final book I still really liked it.

The print is done onto newsprint, which I prefer to work on as you can get super fine detail and line work but also gives the print a nice off-white background colour :)

Friday, 12 August 2011

Don't Run Before You Can Walk.

 Another illustration produced for Dog World, to accompany an article about the importance of lead training your dog. The article was really interesting and spoke about some people who owned a Collie who used to be taken out to the park, but had never be trained to walk properly with a lead, and all the fun they got up to teaching him to do so.

I started sketching this out last night, then worked on it today. I really like the subtle colour on it, its a bit different from the bright colours that I usually use!

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Work for Dog World

I have been doing a work placement with Dog World recently as part of my university degree, and thought i'd share some of the work I have been doing. Its been really good working with them as it manages to combine my love of art and my love of dogs :)

One of the first things I was asked to work on were some cartoons for their newspaper. I was slightly apprehensive at first as I have never done any sort of cartoons before. However after sketching out lots and lots of ideas I started to come up with some that I was pleased with, and I actually really enjoyed producing them. I think as I can usually spend so long working on an illustration, these quick cartoons which I could do in 30 mins were really refreshing. Here is my favourite one, and a developed strip that I produced from it:

Either you like this sort of silly humour, or you don't. All drawn out with ink, then digitally coloured (obviously). I worked on and submitted about 6 cartoons in total.

Also, here is an illustration I produced for an article about show bag essentials, and what you should (and shouldn't!) take along with you: 

Detail of the Contents
To get the x-ray effect I had to draw out all of the items separately with brown ink on white paper, so that when I scanned it in and inverted it on photoshop they got that ghostly blue colour that x-rays have. 

Thursday, 4 August 2011

New Painting + We Draw Dogs.

New commissioned painting, Approx A5 size, Ink and Watercolour. 

Also, you can now see some of my Dog paintings over at We Draw Dogs! There is some lovely work over there worth having a look at, all doggy themed :)

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Present for my Mother

 Thought I would share this little drawing of my dog Bilbie done as a gift for my mother for her Birthday. You can't tell from the photo although its only very small... the size it shows on your monitor is probably about life size.

I did it to match with the drawing of Dita I did earlier in the year, as they are litter brother and sister. My mother had the drawing of Dita framed in a really nice cream frame, which I think looks really effective. (Bad photo)

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Moths Ruin My Life

Well, my clothes at least. SOB :'(

Friday, 8 July 2011


"M O O N"
White Pen on Black paper

New piece which I have just finished off today. I have been really busy recently and haven't managed to do very much work for myself. I am back in London now after spending almost two months traveling around the country, although I have to quickly nip up back to my parents house this weekend as we are going to the East of England Show at Peterborough. Wish me and the Show Team luck! :)

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

New Stud 'Woof Woof' Earrings

Speech Bubble Stud Earrings (with gold filled fittings) now available in my Etsy Store. This was just a fun little project, developing a concept that I had. They are cheaper than my other jewellery as without the gold leaf (and also the resin) it cuts down the production time a lot. At £7.99 per pair I think they are quite affordable and a bit of fun :)

Woof Woof! Now you can speak the same language as your four legged friend!

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