A short week in the studio

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This week in the studio

Hi everyone!

After much thinking about where to take my blog this year it was time to take action!

I really enjoy sharing the ‘behind the scenes’ side of things on Instagram so I decided to carry on along those lines, make a video and see what happens!

I hope you enjoy!

Don’t hesitate to let me know what you think.

Have a good weekend!

Blogging review

I was just watching some my friend Trista’s vlogs and today she really got me thinking.

In one of her latest posts she talks about the changes she is going to make to her vlogs and why. One of her main reasons for making changes she says is that she hasn’t been happy with the quality of her most recent vlogs.

That totally struck a chord because I feel the same way about my blog posts.

When I look back at 2016, a lot of improvements where made to my blog at the beginning of the year (in terms of the overall look, I was posting twice a week, etc.) and then things changed a few weeks (maybe even months) before Christmas.

So what happened?

One of the major changes is that around October I became more active on Instagram (it was Inktober remember?). This means that all of a sudden, the content that I was posting on here I was also posting on there. And when people come to see what I do, they don’t want to see the same things everywhere (I certainly find it more intersting when I follow somebody and their content varies from one platform to another).

This was confirmed by an illustration and portfolio consultant I spoke to around that time.

I was advised to use my blog to talk more about my creative process, and Instagram for the images that I was posting on my blog until then (both finished pieces and behind the scenes snapshots).

I thought that this piece of advice made perfect sense and to be fair I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of that myself as it sounded pretty obvious.

But quickly after that I realised that:

  • A lot of the time, I don’t really know what to write about
  • The lack of inspiration means I can’t keep posting as regularly as I used to, and to be honest I liked that frequency
  • Writing takes time and I don’t have much of it these days (I know, I know, it’s a question of reassessing my priorities and changing some of the ways I do things in order to make the time; except that I am not ready yet to make the change)
  • And finally, I don’t enjoy writing that much (ironic for a post that is all text). When I say “writing” I mean essay-type content. I am more of a “lots of pictures with a short blurb” than an “lessons learnt” type of person

So in the past months I have been posting less, I have enjoyed blogging less, I have been unhappy with the quality of the whole thing and as a direct result I feel that I have let you, my dear readers, and myself down.

This needs to change!

So while I spend some time reassessing what I want to do, write and show on Camille’s Land and if you’ve made it this far in your reading, now is your chance to let me know what you would like to see/read more of this year (FYI I can’t post videos on here). I’m all ears!

Thank you all for your support, comments and your suggestions so far!

 

 

 

 

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.)

Christmas presents and other news

I know it’s been a little while since I last posted, sorry. Things have been pretty busy in the studio recently and as if it wasn’t enough already, I decided to make all my Christmas presents this year.

I can’t show you anything just yet as images would contain spoilers for the people on the receiving end, but I can show you this:

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Sixteen homemade presents carefully wrapped and ready to be put under the Christmas tree and five birthday presents (not pictured). So twenty-one presents in total!

By now I think I know what it feels like to be an elf in Father Christmas’s workshop.

And yes, I have been eating chocolate – I find it makes the wrapping phase more bearable, especially towards the end.

I am sure that you really want to see what is in those packets, and you will in due time!

To make the wait more tolerable, I leave you with some images of two of my latest commissions (since they are not a secret anymore) including pictures of the work in progress.

Enjoy!

For the first commission I was asked to create an illustration using things that are very personal to my client’s boyfriend and herself. The result is a very unique and quirky piece. I love that it is so personal that only them and maybe a select few will understand what this illustration is about!

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The second illustration was commissioned to celebrate my client’s nephew’s first birthday. I was asked to make the family look toddler-friendly, like the people on the train that I drew for Templar Publishing. I was sent a few photos to work from showing the parents and their little boy from different angles. One of the photos had trees with gorgeous red leaves in the background which I decided to use for the background of my illustration.

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Creating a pattern collection

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:

Autumn Flowers

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and Walk In The Meadow

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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:

  1. I chose my theme: back when the competition was taking place, I wanted to draw flowers. Lots of them!
  2. I chose a limited colour palette: for these patterns I decided that three colours (and their hues) worked best. I was in a mood for soft, almost vintagey colours so I chose a soft blue/pink, a golden yellow and white as my key colours.
  3. I set the tone and decided to be bold: I liked how some of the flowers looked when they were really big so I decided that for these two collections I was going to work with two bigger designs, one intricate/slightly more complex design and a supporting, very simple one.

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!)

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You can find all the products above and more in my Redbubble shop!

 

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.

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

Look! I am a unicorn!

Shitty days

Strangely Silly Things