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Illustrate April – my April drawing challenge #illustrateApril

Last month I participated in #MarchMeetTheMaker, a daily challenge on Instagram to produce a creative response to the list of prompts set by designer Joanne Hawker.
This was a positive experience and built my momentum, so I wanted to continue through April with a daily challenge. I set a list of prompts of my own with the hashtag #illustrateApril that other creatives are welcome to join in with too! You’re welcome to use and repost the prompt list below. Post your creations with the hashtag #illustrateApril.

Illustration daily challenge prompt list #illustrateApril

My #illustrateApril submissions thus far:

Day 1: What Spring means to me:
Spring is a time of growth, so I do enjoy seeing plants emerge from hibernation, and also I start crawling out of my cosy nest a little more.
Spring illustration for the Illustrate April challenge by Heidi Burton

Day 2: Lighthearted news story:
Illustrating the BBC news story “Searching for the sublime: The man who paints in the ocean.” You can read the original article here if you wish. It’s about an artist who paints incredibly beautiful abstract pieces while submerged in the ocean. I genuinely love his work, it was a special find!
Illustration depicting a man painting a picture whilst floating in the sea, inside a blue tea cup, with hand written text in ribbon banners.

Day 3: Sentence/paragraph from book:
“She waited for the train to pass. Then she said, “I sometimes think that people’s hearts are like deep wells. Nobody knows what’s at the bottom. All you can do is imagine by what comes floating to the surface every once in a while.”
Author: Haruki Murakami
Book: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Black and red ink illustration depicting a woman with two overlapping faces, holding an anatomical heart.

Click through the images to see them in their original environment, and search #illustrateApril on Instagram to view submissions from the currently tiny group of participants for this challenge – feel free to join in; any creative discipline and any level from stick people to Michaelangelo!

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Christmas cards – tonttu girl with pet plant

I’ve added some Christmas cards to my Etsy shop, featuring a Nordic Christmas elf with her pet plant.

Finnish Christmas elf girl holding plant illustration

Christmas card with plant and festive lightsChristmas card with Nordic elf holding plant, photographed among wooden mushrooms and a tree stump candle holderChristmas cards with same design, laid out on table.

Christmas card illustration on an advent calendar style card, available on the Thortful.com website.

Advent calendar card available from Thortful.com

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New Home card – illustration for Colour Collective

I haven’t participated in the weekly #Colour_Collective illustration challenge since March 2016 but yesterday posted an illustration for the chosen colour ‘Iris Blue’. I was thinking about the things I do now that I live by myself – talking to plants being one of them. They are good listeners by the way, and they never answer back. Score! Then I made the image into a New Home card by adding text and it’s now available to purchase on Thortful.

Congratulations on your new home card small

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Drawing into 2017 -Valentine’s, weddings, and easter illustrated!

2017 brings a new creative urge to make use of ideas that have been hibernating in sketchbooks and journals throughout 2016! I’m not going to lie, some of them have probably been waiting since 2012 to be born. Half of my time now is dedicated to Digibloom, my one-woman-business that champions and supports creative small businesses.
Desk and workspace of illustrator Heidi Burton

The other half is spent working on illustrations and fulfilling my need for creative expression. 2017 is about sustaining a work/life balance for me, so there is also yoga and t’ai chi, family time, and long nature walks to keep the inspiration and wellbeing tuned up.

So what have I been working on?

Valentine’s Day cards:

Bogies!
This card is my best seller at the moment!
Funny Valentine's card: If you were a bogey, I'd pick you - Valentine's Day card

Funny Valentine's Day card - If you were a bogey, I'd pick you. By Heidi Burton on Etsy

Want to send this card to your favourite bogey? You can order one here on Etsy.

Sloths!
Sloth Valentine's card - I love you more than hibiscus, by Heidi Burton
My new sloth Valentine’s card is currently only available via Thortful.com. You can find it here.

Valentine’s Day gifts

Personalised couple egg cups with names on the back.

The names on the back are handwritten in ribbon banners. They come as a pair so make a thoughtful and personal gift idea for a couple celebrating Valentine’s Day, their wedding, or an anniversary! The egg cups have multiple uses, such as little succulent planters, ring holders, and candle holders.

Custom couples gift for Valentines Day - egg cups with names on the back
Valentine's Day gift for couples - egg cups with faces by Heidi Burton

The smiling couples set of egg cups can be ordered here. Also available – a single personalised egg cup here (see images below).

Personalised happy egg cup with your name or word

Egg cups with faces, mini succulent planters and ring holders

Currently in stock is a cat face egg cup, and I’m about to list a sloth and a bat. Keep checking back as more are added to my Etsy shop!

Happy new year! x

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“If I Was You” Illustration

My submission for the project/website  IF I WAS YOU created by Sandra Dieckmann.
“One illustrator a week will be invited to create a response to the previously
featured artist in illustrating their answer to the question:
‘If I was you, I …'”

I was asked to illustrate Amy Rhian & read somewhere that she likes Peter Andre.

Check out the website for my little interview as well as many previous submissions by illustrators (including a couple of my favourites – Mohan Ballard & Emma a.k.a. Benconservato!)

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