100 Days Project: First 10 Days of Illustration

Over the past 10 days I've undertaken my first 100 days project with the aim of re-defining my drawing style making it more versatile and appealing. Some days it is hard to find time, energy or headspace to sit down and get something done but if you force it upon yourself it is ultimately worth … Continue reading 100 Days Project: First 10 Days of Illustration

Watercolour Insects Design Challenge

This week I have entered a new design into the Spoonflower design challenge. This weeks theme is Whimsical Watercolour Insects. I've greatly enjoyed doing this design and am pleased with it - I feel like I'm getting the hang of the repeating pattern and think this design looks much closer to a 'professional' one than … Continue reading Watercolour Insects Design Challenge

Jackalope Jinx Fabric Design – Spoonflower Competition

I've been working hard in the evenings over the last few weeks on a new venture of pattern design for fabric and other applications! Getting back into drawing and illustration has been really great as it has been a long time since I did any. I entered my first Spoonflower Design Competition last week themed … Continue reading Jackalope Jinx Fabric Design – Spoonflower Competition

Foray into Surface Design – Patterns Galore!

It's all been a bit quiet on the blog here - I've been re-learning Adobe Illustrator and re-working drawings from sketchbooks into designs and repeating patterns for surface design! These I hope to print onto fabric for creation of many home ware and soft furnishing pieces. Working with nature based designs and animal illustrations plus … Continue reading Foray into Surface Design – Patterns Galore!

First Experiments – Ink Swirls and Animal Illustrations

Following on from my last post I've created some quick first experiments using Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks and I really am pleased with the results. Especially for a first try.   I went for three fairly earthy colours as I wanted to keep the palette fairly natural. This is definitely worth pursuing for me. Now … Continue reading First Experiments – Ink Swirls and Animal Illustrations

Antique Animal Illustrations – There’s Potential Here…

I recently found a book on a Brooklyn street sale which I wrote about here: Fanciful Animal Illustration Find. Since then I've been looking at other books by the same publisher (Dover) who have a array of great sounding titles like: 'The Day Of The Dead: A Pictorial Archive Of Dia De Los Muertos' 'Art … Continue reading Antique Animal Illustrations – There’s Potential Here…

The Amazing Bowerbirds on BBC Planet Earth 2

The last episode of the amazing Planet Earth 2 BBC nature documentary series has just finished airing. One of the animals featured was my very favourite and company namesake the Bowerbird! This cheeky bird was stealing good looking items from his neighbours Bower to try and impress the ladies. What goes around comes around though... … Continue reading The Amazing Bowerbirds on BBC Planet Earth 2

Indoor House Plants – Getting Started & How Easy It Can Be!

If playing The Sims has taught me anything, it's that having a plant in a room can increase happiness. Other more scientifically back benefits include cleaner air plus improved memory & productivity. Recently I visited a dear friend in Sweden, when I went into her flat it was brimming with potted plants. The atmosphere was … Continue reading Indoor House Plants – Getting Started & How Easy It Can Be!