I was super happy to have the opportunity to work on the latest range with my buddies at Erstwilder – ROCK CATS! It was super fun to work on, and because we missed some champs – hopefully another round will come!
This year as part of a wonderful group I’m involved with we decided to find a quote for our studio wall and create an artwork based on it. I’m interested in finding out my purpose with drawing, find out why I’m here, and what energizes me to keep going. I found this quote by Susan Sontag,
“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.” Susan Sontag
Here is my artwork, which I’ve also made into a giclee print for anyone else that would like it for their wall too….
By coincidence while I was posting this, I’ve been listening to this inspiring podcast by Andy Pizza: http://www.creativepeptalk.com/episodes/2017/1/12/116-unlock-your-true-potential – have a listen on your next art making session to get revved up for the year.
Over on Instagram, I’ve joined some wonderful artists in a Christmas celebration and been drawing away some themes for the month, from puddings to pine trees. (Check out @the_portfolio_project).
Our last theme was polar bear, and I create this process video as a reminder to myself on my plans for next year… yes, there are the creative ones, family ones and health but also to tread a little lighter on the earth. There’s terrible politics at work, but I’m going to do my small bit to try and lower my own usage of our planet’s finite resources. Suggestions from coolantartica.com include:
It’s about cutting power use and consumption generally – not so simple in a world where consumption is often admired and sometimes envied and where power use can make life more convenient or more interesting.
As a rule of thumb though anything you can do to use less energy and buy locally produced items of quality rather than cheap and cheerful in quantity will help. There are many guides as to what to do, some very effective, others less so, the most effective are:
Get a less polluting car and use it less often.
Get more efficient refrigeration – fridges and freezers are on 24/7/365 and as a result use the most energy of any domestic appliance.
Reduce the amount of heating your house or office needs, use insulation, stop draughts, turn the thermostat down 1 degree.
Reduce water heating requirements, takes showers not baths, take normal showers, not power-showers, get a more efficient washing machine.
Get low energy light bulbs and turn them off when not needed.
Fly less or not at all.
So my big resolution for next year is to do my own small steps to do as much as I can above.
In the mean time, a big Merry Xmas from me – thank you for reading and supporting my work this year. I’m looking forward to a break now and starting the new year refreshed and ready for a big year of work and play. x
Over the past five weeks I’ve taken an intensive children’s course via the great team at Make Art That Sells. This course was my favourite topic – children’s books (!) and was taught by the lovely Lilla Rogers and very knowledgable art director Zoe Tucker. It was very exhausting but fantastic to be learning new skills in this area, and I focused on the story The Owl and the Pussycat. My assignments below.
It’s been busy times here, I’m working on a kids book and other client projects, doing a children’s book course and as a result, the studio (and perhaps my mind) is a bit of a mess! Rather than break down project by project, here’s some images from projects and more updates can be read in my monthly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/ciiMqj
Hola! I was so excited to recently make it to the top 50 from almost 1000 entries for Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search (details below). The assignment was based on Sunny and her cafe cookbook, and as she’s a pretty cool babe I was inspired by my local cafe who delivers bread to create a dessert bike bar.
Today is the last day you can vote for my entry – I’m hoping to make it to the top six – egad! If you have a momento and you don’t mind throwing my entry a vote, you can do so right here (along with four more votes – so go get some eye candy!). THANK YOU xxxx
I’ve joined the wonderful community of illustrators taking courses through Make Art That Sells this past year, and it’s been invaluable to push my work, learn more about different markets and presentation and develop friendships with talented artists I’ve long admired who are also taking the courses. So I was thrilled to recently make it into the top 50 for the annual “Global Talent Search” with this entry (you had a fun assignment designing a tea set!). Now I’m busily working on the next project and having a ball, details will be out next week 😬
The good folk at Erstwilder have released another range of brooches I worked on and they make me happy! My brief was cats and a couple of birds, and apparently Rebel Rebel (aka Bowie cat) is going great guns, along with Puss in Books and Peace Dove. You can find them all at Erstwilder.