Category Archives: THINGS I DRAW

Bye Bye Bootcamp

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Hi everyone!

As some of you might know already, at the end of last year I enrolled in the Make Art That Sells (MATS for short) Bootcamp class. As a result I spent the first five months of this year creating artwork for the course in my spare time. MATS Bootcamp 2018 ended a couple of weeks ago and I thought now would be a good time to look back and share the artwork I produced.

JANUARY

Mini assignment: the contents of our bag

Big assignment: a book cover showing the contents of a famous person’s bag. I was assigned Tina Fey.

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FEBRUARY

Mini: tea-related ‘stuff’ (from tea cups to tea leaves, anything and everything ‘tea’)

Assignment: cover for a journal around the theme of tea leaf-reading

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MARCH

Mini: Victorian hats

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Assignment: portrait of a suffragette for a magazine

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APRIL

Mini: sewing supplies

Assignment: tray and other accessories for the home décor market

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MAY

Mini: random objects from Lilla Rogers’s collection

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Assignment: one page of a graphic novel (reusing some or all of the elements drawn for the mini assignment)

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Voilà!

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Things Change, And It’s Okay

Hi everyone!

Here is an early May update on my 100 day project.

All in all, things went okay-ish until roughly day 16. What happened is that little by little drawing for the challenge started to feel like a chore and it started feeling like a lot of the things I had been drawing were all over the place and like it was going nowhere (or at least not somewhere I want to take my art right now).

I was clear from the start that the challenge wasn’t so much about what I drew or how well I drew than it was about pushing through and moving forward.

But when you feel unhappy, stressed, frustrated and you’re not enjoying what you’re doing anymore then it’s not really good, is it?

So I reassessed what I wanted to get out of this challenge and the best way to get there.

I’m not quitting the 100 day project just yet. But I would rather take my time and come up with a hundred illustrations that I like rather than ending up with a hundred illustrations that make me feel bitter.

Things change, and it’s okay.

These first 18 illustrations weren’t all bad though. They helped me figure some things out, like the style I am going to work in for my next ‘big’ personal project (it’s still a secret for now) for example. I also really enjoyed working with Posca pens and adding pencil texture to some of my illustrations. So probably things that we will see again at some point in future illustrations.

While I slowly get back to it, here are illustration 7 to 18!

Posca Faces

Hi 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).

 

 

 

Exotic week

Hi everyone!

It looks like this week I have been fighting the gloomy weather with some exoticism!

Tropical trees and plants – if you watched my previous videos you saw that I started sketching tropical trees and plants a couple of weeks ago. I got some new Inktense pencils (by Derwent) for my birthday and this week’s coloured sketches were an excuse to try them – they’re absolutely brilliant and I love them already!

Peacocks – they are one of my new obsessions at the moment. I am drawing and painting lots of them. What for? I am still to figure it out.

Etsy – my new products are up! Click here to have a look.

Doodles – Crazy what you can draw when you’re on the phone/Skype! When I came up with this whole page of bacteria I was like “What?!“. Have a go and see what happens!

Admin and database work – Not the most exciting job but necessary! I’m sure ‘Future me’ will thank ‘Past me’ for being so organised.

I didn’t mention it in the video but this week I also worked on some character concepts for one of my clients – exciting! Hopefully I will be able to tell you more about this in the near future but for now let’s just be patient.

Unwrapped

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:

  • gouache
  •  Fimo (polymer clay)
  • my new dip pen
  • I got my acrylics back out
  • pastel pencils
  • and of course: black Indian ink, coloured Indian inks, watercolour and colouring pencils!

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!

(The poppy-on-the-blue-planet illustration was inspired by the work of illustrator Cécile Hudrisier and the sausage dogs by the illustrations of Emma Block.)

Branching out

Hi everyone!

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.

electricals

If you like this,  why not go take a look at the other ones:

Look! I am a unicorn!

Shitty days

Strangely Silly Things

 

 

Looking back on Inktober 2016

Inktober is over!

The rules of the challenge were quite simple: make a drawing in ink everyday, every other day or every week and stay consistent with it.

I decided to add a few rules of my own: although it was technically allowed, I decided that I wouldn’t trace outlines in pencil before inking (everything was drawn 100% freehand). I also decided to try my best to keep the overall style consistent; this is why, alhtough I could have, I didn’t use my nib pen at all. I started with ink and brush so I had to stick with it. Finally, I chose that I would only work in black and white.

Looking back on the past month, there were some “meh” moments:

  • I didn’t really like most of the “official” themes; I felt that they weren’t always adapted to the type of illustrations I normally like to draw and I felt that there were a lot of serious/dark themes. This being said, it forced me to get out of my comfort zone and sometimes, to find ways to deal with the subject matter in a more light-hearted way.
  • It was freakin’ hard to ink freehand, without any outlines!
  • I often felt pressed for time. Although Inktober was a fun challenge to take, I had to make room for it… on top of everything else (understand work but also usual house chores and life obligations like cooking/eating dinner, etc.).
  • Sometimes I felt a bit frustrated about the fact that I couldn’t make more time to develop my illustrations further; I had to keep them minimal so that they wouldn’t take me too long to draw.

But there were also some brilliant ones:

  • I liked the fact I got to practise ink drawing even more (this is something I had wanted to do for some time but I was struggling to make the time for it)!
  • It made me want to go a step further and add colour (and not with Photoshop, no. I mean paint!).
  • It made me want to draw in that style even more.
  • It made me want to keep a consistent practice. Although I do draw everyday, it can be easy to get caught up in work and only draw the type of illustrations that you are commissioned to draw. Inktober made me want to add more experimentation of subject matters, techniques, etc. and to do it more often.
  • Inking freehand for a month made everything else seem easy in comparison, even if my Inktober illustrations were only small pieces!

So all in all, I feel relieved that the psychological pressure of Inktober is over but I want to keep the positive habits and I generally feel happy and energised. I am thinking of starting Illustration Friday again (once a week should be manageable!) and/or to give myself a new theme or technique to explore every month.

We’ll see how it goes!

In the meantime, here are the last Inktober illustrations of the year.

You can see the whole collection on my Instagram.

 

Happy November!