Sorry for the lack of posts lately...I've been busy writing my Christmas cards - around 60 this year(!) - and sorting out various stuff and things. December is always a bit hectic!
Still got a few more Christmas pressies to buy but I'm reluctant to go into town to face the ridiculous chaos and crowds. And it is freezing outside, brrrr!!
Here's a new illustration of a lion I did, and an old sewing on felt of a lion and dolphin I found whilst rummaging around in my studio. The felt pieces are based on constellations. I used to sew quite a bit, but haven't done in a while. Maybe I will get back into it in the New Year...
Oops, I forgot to crop the images so please excuse the messy edges...
Anyway, here are some personal Christmas card illustrations I've just done. I've ordered them to be printed as greeting cards. I hope they come out ok...I am a little nervous!! Typically it's all last minute stuff with no time to spare for any mistakes. hmmm.
But I like to at least make an effort each year. I enjoy sending Christmas cards as it's a great chance to get in touch with people and actually write something using a pen :)
They are the cards I worked on for James Ellis Stevens at the end of last year. I mentioned it in the early days of my blog. There are 6 different designs. I'll post about them properly the next time...(it's 3am and I need to go to bed!)
It's been a while since I last posted something...
I've been looking at lots of things for inspiration!
I recently visited The Museum of Everything, a great museum in North London, crammed full of everything! It's a brilliant space, with lots to look at and interesting background information on all the artists. I loved it and hope to visit again soon.
I've been enjoying a bit of time off lately...a rare treat! It's a little strange at first to have all this free time after being chased by deadlines for so long, so I'm trying to keep myself busy and stimulated by feeding my mind and eyes with lots of treats :)
I watched a couple of great films recently at the London Film Festival:
Both films were full of beautiful imagery, landscapes, music and colour, really really inspiring!
Another film I watched recently full of beautiful imagery is Beau Travail by Claire Denis.
I also LOVE this animation by Jonathan Klassen and Daniel Rodrigues, called "An eye for Annai".
With all this inspiration and free time, it's the perfect chance to start creating some personal pieces of work, and think about what to do for my exhibition in Japan next Spring.
I missed the Bologna Illustrators' exhibition this year as it coincided with a big deadline (I was really disappointed with myself, as I try to enter something every year), but I'm entering these 3 pieces for Ilustrarte 2009 instead, an exhibition of children's book illustrations which takes place every 2 years in Lisbon, Portugal.
With my latest project completed, I suddenly have lots of time on my hands. It's amazing how quickly the hours and days disappear doing nothing much in particular. As much as I love this free time watching films and mooching about, I now need to be really disciplined, resist the comfy sofa and TV, and get on with some personal work I've been meaning to do for ages!
I've been invited by a gallery in Osaka, Japan to exhibit some work for next Spring, so am starting to think of pieces for that. I'm very very excited!! (and a little bit nervous too).
At last, the light at the end of a very long tunnel! I'm free!! I feel like a mole stepping out into the world - everything is so bright and colourful! It feels good to walk, and be part of the outside world :)
After a good 10 days or so of locking myself in the studio and working non-stop, I've finally finished the artworks for the Lion Hudson book.
I can't show the finished spreads yet, so here are pictures of the mess left behind...
Things get very messy during projects - there's bits of paper all over the desk and floor, which get stuck to my socks and travel all around the house. Sometimes I find miniature paper trousers in the bathroom and tree branches in the kitchen.
Here's another piece I did for Gemma's Flickr group What I wore today,in between working on the picture book spreads.
I've finished one spread - just 27 to go, hurrah!
I will post the spreads from the book soon.
For my picture book work, I realised I spend a LOT of time trying to decide what the characters will wear. Hours, sometimes days disappear just trying out different outfits for all the children. I can be really indecisive sometimes...
In real life, I spend much less time deciding what I will wear as I am mostly at home. I am a bit of a slob. So yesterday was pretty exciting as I wore 3 different outfits in 1 day! I left the flat for the first time in 5 days to go to my part-time job. Yes, I still have a crappy part-time job. The pay is poo, it's not particularly demanding and there are lots of silly rules that annoy and frustrate me, but it gets me out the house, I get to see lots of lovely people and films for free :) I can't be a hermit all the time. It also makes me appreciate the freedom I have in being a self employed illustrator. No uniforms, no rules, no one to answer to and cups of tea, coffee and treats whenever I like :)))
I've barely left the flat since coming back from my mini-break in Wales, just sitting at my desk, with occasional trips to the kitchen, but otherwise working working working towards my deadline. So sometimes it is nice to take a little break and do something different! I've done a piece for What I wore today, a Flickr group set up by the very talented illustrator Gemma Correll. It's a nice idea, and a great way to quickly work up pieces for fun :)
Now I must get back to my messy studio and face the world of deadlines and 28 unfinished illustrations...boohoo!
Maybe I've been a little bit too relaxed the last couple of months...suddenly it is almost September, my deadline month!! It's time to become a hermit and resist all temptation to see friends, spend the afternoon watching films or have a little snooze on the sofa.
I've got to illustrate 28 spreads for my second book for Lion Hudson. I'm about half way through...got to do a bit more before I'm off to Pembrokeshire for a 4-day break next week. I shouldn't really be taking time off at this crucial stage, but I work better under pressure. I say this now but I'll be crying and stressing and cursing and panicking in a couple of weeks.
It'sbeen lotsoffun,makingpicturesalloverthewalls, spreading onto the ceiling...it's hard to know when to stop! I'm not used to so much white space as I usually tend to fill up whole spreads with lots of colour, but on a canvas this size with the time that I had, it was impossible! Maybe it's good to have a little breathing space sometimes.
The private view is this Saturday 15th August 6:30-9:30pm, Flat 61, Cotall Street, London E14 6JX
It's a group show, so there will be a whole variety of works, each artist responding differently to the space, which is a squatted flat currently in the process of eviction.
I make pictures with paint, scissors, paper and glue. I love colour. My studio is messy, with paper trails often leading to the kitchen. I used to be a night owl until I became a mum. Now I am just a little bit of a night owl, with big bags under her eyes, yearning for just a few more minutes in bed.