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Monday, 27 September 2010

Eat me Magazine

One of the commissions ive been working on these last few weeks was for Eat Me Magazine,  a funky publication all about food (my fav topic yum yum!). I created illustrations for one of their spreads featuring several articles, and was a pleasure to create for! 
The september issue has just been released so now i can show you the images.

This image went with an article about choosing wines to go with certain deserts.

This image was for an article about the amount of different beers brewed around the world (quite alot if your interested!). I originally made the image with a banner, but for the spread they used it without, so as not to confuse with type.

This image was to go with an article about the history of cider, which apparently originated from the Egyptians!
And here are the images in the magazine.
I loved working on these images as it was fun to learn about alcohol! 
The magazine is pretty good as well, this months cover is Gizzi Erskine, (who cooks good food healthy!), and has some really good articles if food is a passion for you. 

You can see more about the magazine HERE.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Little Red Riding Hood

I received another little package in the mail yesterday, something ive been after for a while. 

The wonderful illustrator Julia Staite, who does kooky yet lovely mixed media collages, sent me a copy of her hand made book 'Little Red Riding Hood'. 

Its handprinted on brown paper, and a really good mix of hand drawn type and illustration. 

This was her last copy for a while, but check out her work anyway over at her website.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Helpful Video

I want to share with you a video I found very helpful about childrens book illustration.
Lynne Chapman is a marvelous childrens book illustrator whose blog I follow avidly, as she very often has great tips and helpful insights into the work of being a childrens illustrator. She has posted a video (the first of a series) about starting to illustrate a book, and is a must for anyone interested in getting into the book industry.
You can check out her blog HERE.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Uppercase Issue 7

Im very happy that after being in the Feeling Bookish . . . exhibition my book cover is also going to be featured in the next issue of Uppercase.

Here it is again if you missed it:

Friday, 17 September 2010

Edu-Play Theatre images

So these last few weeks I've been working on a really great project with the lovely Laura and Lisa of Edu-Play Theater. They are a touring theater company that visit schools and put on performances about historical topics to aid education. They are re-doing their website and asked me to produce several images for the plays they are producing at the moment.

The first is in production at the moment and is about the great nurse Florence Nightingale. Narrated by her beloved pet owl Athena, they tell the story of her work and travels to help the wounded of the Crimean War.

Here you can see the image on their website.

The second is still being written, and is about Famous Inventors . . . . 

I loved working on these images and having to learn a thing or two while doing research! Cant wait to produce some more for their up-coming performances.

You can check out the Edu-Play Theater and what they do HERE.

Relaxing Holiday

Well im back (rather grudgingly!) from a very relaxing break at Centerparcs, I have to say the place is amazing! There is such a variety of things to do, or you can just stay put and do nothing, and its so peaceful. I feel like I've spent the last week in a secluded bubble.

A few shots from the main plaza. 

A cute little guy I ran into in the woods.

All in all, I would deffo recommend if you need somewhere to go to get away from the hustle and bustle of London (or anywhere else for that matter!).

Now that I'm back I can get posting on some of the new work I've been working on these last few weeks . . . . 

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Well deserved break.

Im off for a well deserved break tomorrow, going to the wonderful CenterParcs Longleat Forest, Wiltshire. Looking forward to a week of doing nothing, doing something and relaxing!
Cant wait!

When I get back I'll finally be able to show what I've been working on these last few weeks as well, until then . . . .

Friday, 10 September 2010

Knitted Beanie

Here is my latest knitted creation, a really cute beenie hat! 
I love the pattern on this, though it took me a few goes to get it right.

Even though I did the smallest size, it actually is quite roomy, so im thinking I need one for myself! Perfect winter warmer.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Uppercase Exhibit!!

Im very excited to tell you that im part of an exhibition over in Canada!! 
After the success of the Uppercase Book Cover submission (you can see my blog post HERE) editor Janine decided to put together an exhibition of the best submissions in her gallery, and mine was one of them!

They are almost 60 covers in total, can you see mine? 

If not heres a hint!

The were put up last thursday, as Janine puts an exhibition up every first thursday of the month, will post some pictures of the event when i get them.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

The Greatest thing on Earth . . . . Almost!

I just had to do a blog post about this little beauty as soon as I descovered it, as for an illustrator especially, it is something of a little godsend!!

Introducing the 'Pen Roll'. 
At first glance perhaps you cant see why I love this little piece of material. Until . . . 

Ta Da! 
The creation of Michael Ruthenbury, the pen roll can be attached to sketchbooks via a velcro strip underneath, and can hold your pens/pencils (and lipgloss!!) on your sketchbook! Brilliant! Why hasnt someone thought of this before?
I discovered the pen roll while at the Sketchbook studio one day, as they had interviewed Michael and where doing a blog post about it (which you can read HERE). So naturally as soon as the samples were in I grabbed one!

Its a great little tool. I tend to carry my sketchbook alot, but hate carrying around a pencil case too, and often find myself digging around in my bag looking for various loose pens or pencils. With the Pen Roll, they are there where I need them. I also think people who go on drawing trips would find it quite handy too.
Its made from sturdy cloth, much like canvas, and has pen holes on both sides:

(taken from Pen Roll website)

Sketchbook picked up theirs from the Sunday Upmarket, The Old Truman Brewery, where Michael had a stall, but they can also be brought from the website in various sizes