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Additional illustrations from my self-initiated Illustrate April project.

Some more illustrations from my self-initiated #IllustrateApril project.

Prompt: “Character representing how I feel right now.” April showers!

Children's illustration of small girl in yellow anorak holding mushroom umbrella in the rain.

Prompt: “Something someone does that makes me smile.” Bringing me a cup of tea or just any demonstration of care/affection as I recover from migraine will bring a smile!

Illustration of woman in bed being handed a cup of tea or coffee.

Prompt: “Wanted to be when I grew up.” I’ve always been fascinated with crime and forensic psychology. As a child I wanted to combine my passion for art with my fascination of crime, so naturally I wanted to be a police sketch/photofit artist. Yes I did subscribe to a serial killer magazine…

Illustration of a little girl who wants to be a police sketch photofit artist when she grows up.

I did several other illustrations, but these were my favourite. There’s another one, illustrating nostalgia, though I decided to take it further than the initial sketch and am still working on that. I’ll post it on my blog when finished.

You can see these and more on my Instagram account.

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My illustration in the book “Drawn from Life – Contemporary Artists, Timeless Techniques” by Helen Birch

One of my sketches is featured in a showcase of life drawings in the book Drawn from Life by Helen Birch. This is a lovely little book for those interested in drawing the figure from life, and provides inspiration from a variety of artists and traditional (yet contemporary) techniques.

My drawing comes under the heading ‘informal practice’ as it’s a sketch drawn while lounging on my parents sofa a few years ago (hence the Marimekko Unikko design blanket – Finnish mother!) This sketch came at a time when I was trying to rebel against my natural desire to perfect what I was seeing, to draw what I see without improving on the truth. Society inflicts images of perfection upon us with Photoshop, make-up, filters, and fakery. Life drawing should be about what is real. I love the truth and all its imperfections!

Drawn from Life book by Helen Birch with Heidi Burton

Drawn From Life drawing by Heidi Burton - legs on Marimekko sketch

If you’d like a copy of the book, you can buy one here.


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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.

i don't know what the fuck i'm doing mockup zoom2

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.

i don't know what the fuck i'm doing small new text

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Mischievous Elves collection

The elves have taken over!

If I’m not mistaken, Christmas is about mooning elves, sELFies, disco boogie, & ice skating within millimeters of a glacier edge. I mean, I could be mistaken, but… look at the evidence below.

mischievous elves

holiday baubles blog

This repeat design, inspired by Finnish ‘tonttu’ (elf) is now available in the following formats on my Society6 page:

Art prints, framed art prints, t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, baby clothes, iphone, ipod, laptop & ipad skins, ipad cases, cushions, clocks, cards, and tote bags. Lots to choose from! Phew!

Here’s a sELFie I made earlier:


I hope you like it! Feel free to share this post to spread the mischief…

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