Thursday, 2 December 2010

Hey Little Lion Girl

Here's my very first portrait of my darling rabbit, Hergé. She's one year old, and her favourite things in life are raisins (including hearing the sound of the raisin packet pre-raisin), hiding under cupboards and being groomed.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Ballad Of Nanny Floff

On a recent trip to the Tate Modern I picked up a copy of the latest Ballad Of magazine. A bright, colourful issue I thought. Other than my own spread (which held my gaze because there really is nothing more satisfying than seeing ones own work in print!) I loved Emma Block's contents page, a fellow illustrator from Middlesex University. A very envious skill with paint and collage.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010


I'm not really sure where these came from... I have always been fascinated by capturing facial expression, and the faces people pull whilst enjoying their meals are very interesting and not all together flattering. So I decided to single out just the face and the hands that are feeding the face, to focus purely on the act of eating. I don't know... a little exploration to keep my hands in practice. Do they make you hungry?!

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Ballad Of Issue 4

xciting news. The lovely people of Ballad Of magazine chose my work to be included in their magazine- and its out now! I first came across the mag in the Tate book-shop and absolutely loved it. It was so beautifully printed and featured a huge selection of great illustrators, artists and photographers, that I thought to myself 'I want my work in here' And now it is! I am actually pretty proud of myself for the work I produced and for achieving a goal I set myself. It might be a small, non-profit goal, but if I'm being honest I've really struggled since becoming a graduate, with working a full time job and desperately scrabbling out of my over-draft, I've felt I have little time, energy or motivation to produce work. So to see my work in print will definitely put a smile on my face. :)

Christmasy Feelings

I haven't blogged in a while, but heres my most recent creative exploits(?!). These paintings were a failed attempt to secure a commission. Apparently the clients were delighted with them..but found them to be too 'directional and arty' for the brand. However, I quite like them, so here they are for everyone to see.
I'm thinking about printing them on a few sets of christmas cards. Any takers?

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Fashion Is Not Really My Thing...

...but I thought I'd try a quick fashion illustration anyhow. I actually quite like this... the colours, the patterned skirt...but maybe thats purely because I like the collection. This rather beautiful outfit was by Christopher Kane. You can also see this illustration on Nothing Bad Magazine's blog here.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Turkey (frogs) Legs

These are some little commissions I've done recently. The first one relates to the commissioner's christmas a few years ago when the family were away from home. They decided to buy a turkey to kill and eat for a home from home Christmas dinner- only to discover they had cooked the skinniest turkey known to man! Et voila, a weight conscious turkey bird. The second is another in-joke piece depicting the relationship between a french lady (a frog) and an english man (roast beef).
In other news I am now busy working the restaurant as winter approaches. I shall barely have time to breathe as Christmas creeps closer, let alone paint, but I WILL try! These little commissions keep my hands in practice and remind me what I want to do with my life...ultimately. But for now, I wait tables.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Gabriel's Making Pizza!

Gabriel's Book Of Recipes

This is a birthday present I made for my boyfriend that I thought I'd share with you. Ever since we came back from our holiday to Italy he's been saying he wants to learn how to cook pizza, prompting me to create yet another 'holly-made' present. I researched pizza recipes and added references to his love of sci-fi and other personal touches, all hand-bound, hand-drawn and hand-writen. Luckily he was delighted with it.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Wrapping Paper!

This was my submission to Wrap Magazine which is being released around christmas time. Sadly I wasn't picked. They said:
"We really enjoyed seeing your work, but I'm afraid it wasn't selected to be printed in Wrap. We had over 140 really strong entries and it was a tough decision picking the final 11 to be printed."
Which is just the way it goes I suppose. I'll just try again.

Little project for Sketchbook Magazine

Some work for SketchBook Magazine that will be in their next rather marvellous 'The Editor's Choice' issue, issue number 3. Here I illustrated the work and path editor Paul De Zwart took to produce Alef Magazine, a magazine celebrating modern middle eastern culture without the pretence of a westernised view. The illustrations had to have a slight fantastical element to them, as the story of the editor was a slightly fantastical one, focusing on his uncovering of middle eastern culture.
I'm STILL not sure what I think of them, mainly because I was forbidden to use my beloved paint box, and instead used ink. It certainly was a challenging brief!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

100 Voices Magazine

I haven't blogged for a while- but don't think thats because I've been sitting on my hands! I have NOT! It's actually been a pretty hard few months. I've moved away from my beloved London, and have struggled and struggled to find work. Now, I am a waitress in a lovely restaurant in Bristol and when I'm not building on my 'live in london fund' I am painting painting painting. It really is tough out there! I am away from the safe bubble of university and its quite scary.
Also since becoming a 'tweeter' I am shocked and amazed at the sheer amount of talented illustrators out there, and most are just like me, holding down a day job and frantically creating in the spare hours.
ANYWAY, heres a recent success for me- publication! This is a magazine aimed at students and specifically about money, which is ironic really, considering I probably have less money than my audience!
It was a fun job, one of my first real tastes of what a commission can be like- challenging, quick and rewarding. MORE PLEASE.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Ballad Of

I am now featured on Ballad Of magazine's website. A lovely magazine made by lovely people.

See it here.

Amelia's Magazine

Here is a piece I did for an interview with fashion designer Masha Ma for Amelia's magazine. This my first serious fashion illustration, and it was definitely a challenge. Must practice more! See the article here.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Condiments. Before & after

This is me trying my hand at the old computer thing. I'm SO terrible at producing backgrounds for my work; they usually just remain floating in white space. Sometimes this is 'my thing' but sometimes I'm just at a loss at how to fill that space. I really don't know how I feel about the finished image.

Thoughts anyone???

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

What I've been up to lately...

I've been trying a few new things out...apologies for the jumble of images. Just a sneak peak at what my hands have been up to.