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!
If you’d like a copy of the book, you can buy one here.
New items in my Etsy shop, ideal for Christmas gift giving.
This little elf has been busy in the elf workshop painting on ceramics and personalising journals. My hand-painted porcelain egg cups can also be used as tea light candle holders, tiny succulent pots, or little ring bowls. These are indeed a great size for stocking fillers or token gifts for friends, colleagues, and family.
You can pick an egg cup to adopt from my Etsy shop. They are hand-painted, so no two are the same, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.
My shop wouldn’t be complete without ‘little peekers’ aka Finnish tonttu (Christmas elves) sneaking peeks out of Moleskine journal windows! I’m currently working on new journals that people can have personalised with a name or word as well. So keep ’em peeled in my Etsy shop.
See all my latest bits and pieces on my Instagram: MakingStrangers.
Fresh in my shop – a personalised Moleskine notebook with cut-out cover and illustrated 1st page.
This journal depicts a naiad/water nymph, a female spirit that presided over fountains, wells, springs, streams, brooks and other bodies of fresh water.
There is a blank ribbon banner so the journal can be personalised into a thoughtful gift with a name or word of your choice.
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.
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.
New altered/illustrated Moleskine cahier pocket journals now listed in my Etsy shop. As I travel quite a lot and enjoy scribbling and doodling my adventures into these wee journals, I figured others might too. These journals are ideal size and weight-wise as the last thing you need when backpacking is a cumbersome journal. They also have a little pocket-fold inside the back page for keeping bits and bobs such as receipts and tickets… or is that just the
hoarder collector in me?
The blank cut-out space at the top is for personalisation of name/country/word, etc.
Followers of my artwork from years back (any of you still out there?) may remember my little “I like people who smile when it’s raining” illustrations. Now they have been buried in Google searches under many other works using my quote (without credit – tsh!!) I’ve resurrected the idea for some new work and my sentiment is still the same, albeit I’m mostly liking the people who smile when it’s raining rather than the actual rain itself these days – too many music festival experiences involving torrential rain and mud have been endured since that positive meteorological outlook of mine!
You can find these journals in my shop!
I’m still visiting Fernie in BC, Canada, and I think the wildery aspect is getting to me! Here are some sketches from my sketch book:
Some of these line drawings will be making their way onto fabric for a dress I’m designing!
I’ve launched a giveaway for a chance to win a Moleskine cahier pocket journal that I’ve altered/illustrated! The giveaway is worldwide, and closes on December 5th 2015.
If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning this unique, one-of-a-kind altered Moleskine journal, please enter via this link: Digibloom Small Business Journal Giveaway!
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!
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: