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New illustration print for the lost souls

Here’s a new print in my shop, taken from a pencil drawing in one of my sketchbooks. “I don’t know what the fuck I’m doing” is a feeling I keep returning to throughout my life. I guess it depends if you focus on the bigger or smaller picture, but every so often this reality check comes back around and I question everything.

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This is the first of my illustrations to be professionally printed on 300gsm white recycled board with a textured look. It comes in A5 size as part of a signed, open edition.

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Revisiting Goblin Market using the medium of a journal

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.


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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.


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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?”


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Moleskine journal in the Observer New Review

Mmm I love the smell of newsprint on a Sunday afternoon…

Lovely surprise in the  Observer ‘New Review’ newspaper today, page 7, a feature about Moleskine journal art. A friend Milena kindly informed me that one of my pieces is included. This journal based on the poem  Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti is still for sale! The Victorian poem is one of my all time favourites, and it has inspired a great portion of my illustration work from my degree course onwards.

The laptop journal pictured is immense!

Detail image from my journal:

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?”

I present one-of-a-kind Moleskine cahier journals for sale in my Etsy shop and in the Moleskine Artist Marketplace. You can view a selection of my recent journals in my Facebook album.

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Norwegian Wood poster contest – notes on image construction

Norwegian Wood hand drawn typography by Heidi Burton

Work-in-progress photographs from my recent poster design, created for the Don’t Panic contest to produce a film poster for Norwegian Wood – directed by Anh Hung Tran and based on the novel by Haruki Murakami.

As some of you may know from previous work based upon Murakami’s writings, I absolutely love Norwegian Wood, it’s my favourite book – not just of his, but of all books. I wasn’t much of a reader but his books broke me in to reading, in a sense.

Below you can find preparatory images created during my design process.  These show my laborious and time-consuming approach. First I brainstorm on paper, then sketch a few initial ideas. Next is the research. A lot of research. Hours of it. Sometimes the best idea will emerge while walking to the shop or drifting off to sleep – I always have a journal handy to scribble it down.

Next stage is to combine research with ideas and create the characters, it can take a long time and a lot of practice to produce a likeness of a person, if I’m lucky enough to do that at all.  Each element is worked on separately, scanned, edited, and the whole lot  woven together (in Photoshop) to create the final image. I’ve included some of the ideas that were dismissed due to a lack of time, would have liked to explore them further for this contest.

 

Here is the final result:

EDIT:

As a lot of searches for the contest winner have led to my blog, I’ll mention here that the winner was announced yesterday on the Norwegian Wood Facebook page as Bertie Simpson with this poster. It was the second highest voted in the contest, and looks fantastic! See his blog here.  I also really like this poster design by Lucie Rauer as it evokes the atmosphere and emotion I felt when reading the story. More of her work here.

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Deep wells and love spoons – new altered Moleskine journals

I’ve been working on a series of Moleskine journals based upon quotes from books & songs.  Please do let me know what you think?

‘People’s hearts are like deep wells’ (from Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami):

‘I wonder what ants do on rainy days?’ (From the book Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami):

Below is a Valentine’s journal based on ‘love spoons’.

Love spoons were popular in Wales from the 17th to 19th century. They were wooden spoons carved by gentlemen for their sweethearts as a token of admiration (as mentioned in the book ‘Welsh folk tales’ by Robin Gwyndaf.) Needless to say I have been painting wooden spoons as well!

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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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