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New print!

This new print's now in the shop!

I'm going through some of last years digital portraits and this one jumped out at me. I love the colours and her pose - she also featured as my Queen of Clubs when I started my deck of cards project in the autumn... I wonder if that will ever get finished?? If you missed out I've popped the handful of designs I have so far at the bottom of the post... Just looking at them again is inspiring me to keep going... ha! Wish me luck.

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Hey! Look who's back?!

Look who's back in stock! I've spent today tidying up the webshop and making some of the prints look super fancy (aka, popping them in a frame) and I totally stumbled across a couple of these dudes! I thought I'd sold out last summer, whoops! Well turns out not to be the case so there are 5 left in the shop at a bargain price of £15 each.

This A3 print is a risograph I designed and made during a print workshop hosted by the awesome team at Dizzy ink here in Nottingham. The creative community here in this fine and bumpy city is growing and growing and it's amazing getting opportunities to team up with fellow makers.

Anyway this 3 colour print is super limited so snap one up while you can! Here's a link to the shop!

portrait time...

This original painting of a lady is now in the shop. I did a little progress video too (sped up of course, sometimes I forget how long they actually take after watching too many of these videos). The painting is on A3 thick watercolour paper and painted using waterbased paint pens on acrylic paint. The colours are rich and vibrant, and quite tricky to scan or photograph so please make allowances for slight variation in person. The watermark won't be present on the original and the painting will be signed and dated on the back. Here's a link to the shop!

sketchbook number 3!

A while back I published a cropped version of this video on instagram. Here's the full edit! One of my completed sketchbooks from cover to cover. A lot of people ask me what paints I use so here are a few details - I prime the pages with acrylic paint, mainly because the papers very fragile and the ink seems to make it fall to bits almost instantly. Then I draw straight onto it using paint pens - mainly posca and molotow, if you're curious about brands. These are waterbased acrylic pens, everything I use needs to be waterbased because I'm very skilled at dropping things. I consider it one of my many talents, ha! Anyway, I use the same process for all of my sketchbooks. It yields maximum colour output and that makes my eyes happy. Hope you enjoy!

Sketchbook number 2!

Video time! Here's the other sketchbook I'm using at the moment. This ones the neater of the 2 and gradually filling up with patterns and portraits. I prime the pages with blocks of acrylic colour and then draw on them with paint pens. I probably don't need to prime the pages in this one but I find the ink from the pens causes the pages to fall apart in most of my sketchbooks so this is a tactical way around it. It uses up excess paint I've accidentally mixed for other projects too which is an added bonus. Not to mention the obvious block colour background helps make the colours pop. So there's 3 good reasons! It's definitely work in progress.

sketchbook video number 1!

As promised, here's a little video I made taking you on a tour around my messy sketchbook (ignore the cheesy radio drama in the background, ha! busted....). I call it my "messy" sketchbook, even though it doesn't look all that messy, because I try to be less precious with the drawings I do in it. I scribble ideas down and play around with patterns, styles and colours. I sometimes take pages I'm pleased with and develop those ideas in neater sketchbooks I have or just dive in and start painting them up bigger! A few of the pages have half finished drawings on them, I probably fell out of love with whatever I was drawing at the time, but guaranteed I'll go back to it with a fresh brain and finish it another day. Some of my favourite pieces have come about like that. 

Anyway, enjoy! Next week I'll show you one of my neater sketchbooks!

COMIC time

Hello lovely humans!  

'Want to know a fun* fact about me? (*Debatable) I'm a diary keeper. It's nothing fancy and most definitely not a number one best seller but I started writing a few things down last October and I've managed to keep it up to this day - which is less than a year so it's not saying much! But it speaks volumes to me, ha! It started out as one of those 'line a day' journals and now it's turning into a 'line and a bit a day' journal. I try to pick out little moments in the day that either made me laugh, cry, think, pause or simply pat myself on the back. Some of the entries can literally be as dull as 'I hung up the washing', but sometimes that's exactly the kind of action that needs to be recognised because not every day can fill you with that sense of accomplishment. And also I figured in years to come (possibly) it might be actually quite interesting to look back and read about all those little moments...

ANYWAY! I thought it'd be fun to try and put a few of these little memories into pictures - I've always wanted to have a go at scribbling down some little autobiographical comics and thought what better place to begin. Who knows it might be a new little side project that takes off, no pressure, but for now it's refreshing to try something completely new. 

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