illustration friday: freeze

August 15, 2012 § 5 Comments

It feels strange doing wintry drawing in the middle of summer. This is Snegurochka, a character from Russian folklore. She is the child of Winter and Spring, and is given to childless human parents who look after her until she falls in love, and melts. Cheerful stuff. I wonder if she inspired Carol Anne Duffy’s the duke of fire and the duchess of ice?



illustration friday: refresh

July 2, 2012 § 2 Comments

Being an Englishwoman, I don’t think there is anything more refreshing than a decent cup of tea.

Playing around with pattern, Photoshop, and strong warm happy colours, and enjoying all three. I can’t get enough of rusty reds and burnt oranges at the moment. They’re cosy and vibrant all at once.

Illustration Friday: space

June 25, 2012 § 10 Comments

The first image that came to mind when I thought about the word “space” and its connotations (I defy anybody to find a pair of bed-sharers that this rule doesn’t apply to!). Other people’s interpretations are available for your perusal here.

On an unrelated note, you can see more drawings (and a picture of me winning a prize) from this Dr Sketchy session on Gina Brookes’ gorgeous blog here. Along with some mouth-watering cakes, examples of her enviable dress-making skills, and some fair isle knitting. Go and have a mooch.


illustration friday: imperfect

August 8, 2011 § 1 Comment

Today I took my imperfect eyes to the opticians. Now the world looks all crisp and shiny and new. Here is a speedy and imperfect sketch of my happy-with-new-lenses face and imperfectly-home-cut-with-inappropriate-scissors fringe. Doodling fast and carelessly in pencil was a welcome break from my developing lino-printing habit.

Through freshly focused eyes today, I also looked at gorgeous textile prints by Dia Batal. They somehow managed to be folksy and elegant at once, which is something I can only dream of!


illustration friday: sleep

June 2, 2011 § 3 Comments

This is a companion piece to the illustration I did for ‘stir’. You can see that drawing, and read a bit more about my thought process by clicking here.

They are the Twelve Dancing Princesses from Grimm’s fairytales, sleeping off their sore feet.

illustration friday: soaked

May 22, 2011 § 8 Comments

Water generally is a big theme for me at the moment, so here are some watery things. Up there are a series of origami boats I’ve been making in preparation for the Random Family‘s album launch next weekend. They’re pretty straightforward once you get your head around the last stage, and look lovely. If you feel the need for a fleet of your own, the instructions I used are here.

As well as obsessive paper-folding, I’m also engaged in the early stages of a stop-motion animation project. Here is a picture of one of the sets as it stands at the moment:-

Here is (some of) the creative carnage in my flat today:-

And here is a very basic attempt to make it rain using watercolour and Photoshop:-

Hope you’re all having wonderful Sundays; I’m off to the beach to blow away the cobwebs x

illustration friday: safari

May 18, 2011 § 4 Comments

It is a paper woman dressed up as a zebra in my aloe. No. I have no idea why. Cute, though…

Oh yes, just remembered, I have an ostrich as well. He is less cute, but you can see him here.

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