I’ve been working my socks off illustrating Moleskine journals this past week. Here are two of my very recent additions to my Etsy shop.
I Like People Who Smile When It’s Raining – a cute lilac pocket journal featuring raindrop elves and the words “I like people who smile when it’s raining”, revisiting a sentiment of mine from back in 2008 that I once made illustrated prints of. This is the first time I’ve worked with a pastel coloured journal cover, and have a yellow one, and pink one waiting to join the pastel trio!
The River From Which She Rises – for this grey pocket journal I illustrated the beautiful, sombre poem ‘Lorelei’ by Sylvia Plath. An excerpt:
“Deep in your flux of silver
Those great goddesses of peace.
Stone, stone, ferry me down there.”
I hope you like them! I’d be interested to know which you prefer – my cartoon style journals or the more sombre, detailed pencil style journals?
I finished illustrating this new journal just last night and listed it for sale on Etsy
. It depicts a scene from the curious Victorian poem ‘Goblin Market’ by Christina Rossetti, written in 1859. For some reason I keep returning to this poem, it’s steeped in intrigue and I need to keep drawing it out time and time again, almost as if I should find some answers at the end.
My journal depicts Laura and Lizzie entangled by their sisterly bond, with tear drops cut into the cover, symbolising their anguish. I have left the ribbon banner blank for a name or short message of one’s choosing.
Excerpt from the poem:
“Evening by evening
Among the brookside rushes,
Laura bowed her head to hear,
Lizzie veiled her blushes:
Crouching close together
In the cooling weather,
With clasping arms and cautioning lips,
With tingling cheeks and finger-tips.
“Lie close,” Laura said,
Pricking up her golden head:
We must not look at goblin men,
We must not buy their fruits:
Who knows upon what soil they fed
Their hungry thirsty roots?”
Howdy folks! Long time no post.. I’ve been very busy working on my new business, Digibloom. My work involves helping small businesses to grow – using my experience/expertise in social media, branding, marketing, etc. More on that another time!
I’m back working on my Etsy items until Christmas with a new series of journals, and thought I’d share some pictures with you. It may seem very early to be listing Christmas items even prior to Halloween, but November can be a busy time so it’s good to be prepared! Click on images to view listings with more/larger photos on Etsy.
Custom illustrated Moleskine cahier journal with your name or word:
Christmas journal – Tonttu is Watching. Custom name optional:
Peeking Elves Christmas Journal – original altered Moleskine journal full of Christmas cheer:
I’d love to hear what you think!
An illustration about depression, the disease that you can sit on. For a while.
After such a long time spent without feeling creative, I’m slowly getting back into drawing and painting by making mini sketches in my sketchbook. Also I have a new set of watercolour paints so am playing with them. Here’s a tiny sketch – need a smaller brush!
Happy new-ish year!
Thank you for continuing to read and follow my shenanigans into 2015!
Somehow a miracle happened and I got my creative mojo back after over 4 miserable years of creative block. I needed a challenge, and after participating with a Twitter challenge in December (#illo_advent), the same superstar that organised it (Penny Neville-Lee) decided to start an ongoing challenge, #Colour_Collective. Anyone can join in, all levels from stick man artists to Renoir proficiency. Each weekend a new colour is announced (currently working on Ultramarine) and we all post on the Friday at 7.30pm (GMT). Then there is lots of sharing and caring.
This week our challenge was to create an image using the colour Opera Pink. The first thing I thought of was of course sloth related – feeding a mother and baby sloth bright pink hibiscus flowers when I was in Costa Rica last year. Apparently hibiscus flowers are like chocolate to sloths. Here’s what I came up with:
I used Winsor and Newton watercolour paints, HB pencil, and some rare Karismacolor pencils that Gavin Berriman gave me. Hope you like it!
Draw your sELFie with this very simple guide. Start with a teardrop shape and add a few features – job’s a good’un!
Elves are so quick and easy to draw that I’ve made little hand-doodled elf stickers for the gifts I’m giving this year.
I would love to see your elf attempts, should you wish to share 🙂
Simple gift label doodles:
This illustration was inspired by a recent trip to Canada where I first tasted eggnog (with rum & cinnamon, yum), and sat in the back garden (sorry, “yard”) surrounded by snow, with a bonfire to keep warm. I created this image for a purpose – Christmas cards for myself & family to send out to friends/family, some of which live in Finland – not a dissimilar scene from the one depicted.
I have made this design available in my Society6 shop incase others would like to share with their friends too.
I also have a version with a sausage instead of a marshmallow that is available upon request – my mother said Finnish people don’t eat marshmallows WHICH I FIND HARD TO BELIEVE!
This image is available on a variety of formats from tote bags, to cushions, to clocks, to baby clothing.
There are a couple of things missing from the picture that were present at the original scene. A sweet Mexican dog called Rita chasing a moustache-ball, and two beardy dudes listening to The Darkness. Have I missed out the best bits?
I’ve curated a collection of six Christmas gift ideas for those Nordic/Scandi design appreciators of the world (like me!)
Fjorn tote bag > Cally Creates, Wooden wine rack > John Lewis, Moomin 2015 calendar > The Moomin Shop, Nordic Reindeer clock > KateWu, Gold Tree Rings framed print > Cat Coquillette, Cloud bread board > Snug Studio.
Always curious to know of other products that fit this theme, still haven’t finished my Christmas shopping, so ideas are welcomed in the comments section for my own selfish reasons. Thanks!