When I was a little girl I had an Elmer book which was one of my favourite books in the whole world. Elmer is colourful. Elmer is fun. Elmer is kind…
Elmer taught me that it was okay to be different, something that I only really understood much, much later.
So Elmer is one of my all-time heroes even after all this time.
This is why when I heard that Elmer Day was coming, I HAD TO draw and paint him.
Happy Elmer Day everyone!
Here is the first recap of the 2018 edition of the 100 Day Project (you can read more about the 100 Day Project and my plans for it in my previous post).
Happy new year!
I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and wish you all the best for 2017.
I promised in my last post that you would get to see the presents that I worked on before the holidays and well, a promise is a promise!
I made the most of the fact that I had many presents to make and used this as a way to try some new techniques and styles, and to have fun.
Some of the materials I played with include:
As for style, as well as working in my usual Indian ink + watercolour combo style I experimented ‘vintage’ as there are a lot of gorgeous illustrations in this style that I like and I wanted to try it for myself; and just because it came out of nowhere I painted one illustration in a style that I would call ‘dreamy modern art’ (the blue planet with a poppy one).
It sure was a lot of work but it also felt very liberating to be able to try so many things and work on so many different subject matters.
In short, I loved it and I am thinking of doing it again next, erm… this year!
Hopefully my family won’t get bored of getting illustrations as presents too quickly!
Now it is time to get back to work!
For ages I wanted to create a collection of patterns (by ‘collection’ understand a family of patterns that work together in terms of theme and colour) and I got the extra push I needed when I read about the latest UPPERCASE competition.
I finally made some time for it since to take part you had to be able to submit between 5 and 8 patterns that worked well together, which is a lot more than I normally create.
I ended up creating two collections of four designs:
and Walk In The Meadow
If I had to sum up the process I followed, I would say that I made three key creative choices when I designed these two collections:
Most importantly, I tried to be free and have fun in the process.
And part of the fun was to see my patterns applied to products! (Unfortunately I didn’t win the UPPERCASE competition; but it didn’t stop me!)
You can find all the products above and more in my Redbubble shop!
Those of you who have been following my blog for a little while may have noticed that some of my recent illustrations have been more – what to call it?… – more ‘adult’ in a way.
How did I get there from my light-hearted and sometimes quirky children’s illustrations?
Well, I do still love drawing for children. A lot!
But sometimes I also feel like I want to draw something else.
I started doing it ‘in private’ (my boyfriend owns a whole collection of such drawings and doodles) before I even considered posting them anywhere on the internet. Then I realised that it wasn’t incompatible with what I was already drawing.
It’s still ‘me’. Just a different aspect of my art and my personality, a different ‘mood’ for a more grown-up audience.
Hungry devices (below) is my latest one.
If you like this, why not go take a look at the other ones:
Here are my inktober drawings for the past week. Only one week and a bit to go now!