Friday, 24 December 2010

Bookshelf Illustrations

As a little break from a rather heavy workload of uni projects over the Christmas holidays I took on a little personal project to paint my art book collection. The first part is done in gouache... this is the 'Art of..' concept art books section! Starting to fully realise I may have a bit of an obsession with collecting them, but they're all so beautiful and great to leaf through when you need some inspiration. The second part of the shelves should follow next week!

Whilst I'm on the topic, I'm getting quite excited for the release of Disney's new film Tangled (the art book for which is on my shelf above, and highly recommended - full of great character design pages!), and stumbled across these lovely pieces of work created by Disney concept artist Claire Keane.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Interesting Items # 1

As I’m in a festive mood I thought I would compile a little Christmas wishlist of various illustration-related (and not) items that I've been pining after or bought recently! Maybe this will be a regular feature… I certainly have a backlog of beautiful bookmarked things ready to share! Hopefully it’ll work like sharing the burden of a trouble or a secret, and once I’ve posted them here I won’t feel the need to buy them all myself anymore ;)

Steampunk dragon ring by chinookhugs @ etsy

Hand screenprinted birch forest cushions/fabric by Lara Cameron on HabitatTextiles @ etsy

Bathing Girls tea set @ Dutch By Design

Dish Bunny by Chris Koen @ Dutch By Design

Coat rack hooks @ Urban Outfitters

Hot Air Balloons wall stickers @ Belle and Boo

Creature Kingdom hooks @ Anthropologie

Patterned Evoke Mio Radio (and kitchen items) @ Orla Kiely

Mug for Habitat by Hennie Haworth

Wire Tree by Louise Hederstrom

Circles coffee table by Michael Arras @ etsy

Private Cloud rocking bed by Michael and Manuel Kroker

 Inked Octi Apron @ Anthropologie

 'From The Deep' tableware range @ Anthropologie

 'Woods' wallpaper by Cole & Son

Pencil Sharpener Desk Tidy @ Utility Design

 Wire Blooms cable clips @ Lazyboneuk

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Christmas card

A quick Christmas card design to send around my friends and family this year! If you'd like to buy some for yourself then you can do so here!

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Owl Calendar

 Something lovely I found today... The owl lover's calendar 2011! A project by where 30 artists have contributed their owl-based artwork to create a customisable calendar to download - you can pick your favourite owls from these 30 pieces to create a unique calendar for yourself or as a gift for friends. And the best part is that it's free!

Owl Lover 2011 Calendar

Wednesday, 1 December 2010


A project from a few weeks ago on female aviators, I chose to do a cover featuring Bessie Coleman (with a little spot illustration of her), Amelia Earhart and Amy Johnson.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Apps # 2

The second app illustration...
Business man carrying his apps around work (slightly less enthusiastically than the other guy!)


One of my favourite projects so far this term... two illustrations based on phone apps aimed at two different audiences, one for a bundle of business apps and the other for more entertainment-based apps. I used the same main concept for both, which is a visual representation of how much a smartphone can contain - and how much we would be carrying around with us if they were physical objects rather than apps!

Here's the first 'entertainment' one - this one was aimed at maybe a slightly younger, funkier audience so I went for a one-man-band/explorer look. There's around 30 apps in this one... see if you can spot them all!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010


The result of a morning of severe procrastination... 
Thought I'd have a go at filling out one of these things, which actually turned out to be a really fun and inspiring exercise. I hadn't realised how similar a lot of my favourite artists are, and that they share a lot of common influences too. Feeling inspired and ready for an afternoon of much less procrastination and a lot more project work now!

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Case Studies

Just handed in today... this was a project on illustrating mental health case studies; mine was about a man who, after an accident, was convinced that his left leg was not his own. Trying to do something a bit different and less literal than my normal work, this idea is a little paper doll with various cut-out legs for him to try on, hopefully one will be the right fit!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

The Glass Ceiling

One of my most recent uni projects; we had to produce an illustration on anything related to Feminism. I chose to do a piece on the 'glass ceiling' effect (when somebody can't progress higher in an organisation because of discrimination due to their sex, race etc). The perspective on the feet/legs in the upper floor was tricky!

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Catch up

Just to catch up... some of my favourite bits and pieces from uni projects from last year...  3 pages from a gift book on gardening, and a cover for Ernest Hemingway's 'The Old Man and The Sea', a project set by the talented Will Scobie. The last four are some children's nursery rhyme designs which were my first attempt at doing papercuts; the ones above are digitally coloured versions that I used to create a proposed range of baby/children's clothes and accessories/items.
On with current work from now on!

Tuesday, 9 November 2010


A few of my favourites from our summer project - we were given a starting word (mine was 'pink') and had to produce 25 illustrations that linked together in any way (visually/conceptually/wordplay/rhyming etc) and finished back with the original word.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Fresh page

I thought it was about time I started a blog for all my illustration work and general rambling.

As an introduction, this is a quick sketch of how I wish I look... me in 'summer mode' done a few months ago over the summer break from uni. 

(I freckle and burn very easily, incase anyone ever needed an excuse for such a fantastic umbrella/sunshade!)