Monday, 28 June 2010

Pencil not brush!

Today I tried my hand at some good old fashioned sketchbook drawing. I've always loved the 'fancy' breeds of chickens you sometimes see in zoo's, I'm hoping to do a little sketchbook project 'The A-Z of Chicken Breeds'.

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Done and dusted

I was at the private view at the Truman Brewery last night. It was very hot and I was slightly disappointed with the turn out. Some of the illustration work exhibited was so incredible, its made me realise I have to up my game if I want to stand a chance! Bye bye sunshine...

Thursday, 24 June 2010

To My Sister


This is a (very late!) birthday present I made for my sister. She's making bunting to hang in her room so I wanted to make her things that would go with it.

D&AD New Blood

I will be exhibiting at the Truman Brewery again this weekend. I'm very excited to be exhibiting amongst the best creative graduates in the country, and for a second chance to mingle with creative professionals. I would LOVE a commission...
Runs from 24th-27th June.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

New City, New Studio



A few photos of my beautiful Bristol garden and my new work space all set up. I have lots of work to do, can't wait!


Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Benjamin Phillips



Had the pleasure of exhibiting with illustrator Benjamin Phillips in June of last year. I love his animals!

Monday, 14 June 2010

Demetrios Psillos



This is my first 'inspirational' post, and I've chosen this amazing artist, Demetrios Psillos. I've been looking at his work for a while now, starting when I flicked to the back page of the Guardian Weekend where he still has a weekly spot. See here for most of the articles: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/series/lucy-mangan-weekend-column
I don't actually buy the Guardian, but every time I'm home and any time my mum posts me anything, a magazine cut-out is always included.
The work is so different from mine (oh I wish I could be more similar) but the passion for paint is there! Beautiful colours, awe inspiring compositions and so much imagination. I LOVE.

Alex Monroe Ring. Yes Please.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Recession Cookbook



More spreads from the book I illustrated. Despite this being a small side project I think I've learnt from these pieces. I used gouache for the brightly coloured backgrounds which works well with the detail of the watercolour. I like the matt thickness to the paint, especially with my favourite font Futura.

Design Week Online Blog



A nice little surprise after the degree show:




Keyrings


If you're lucky I'll send you one.

Introducing...

Hergé the rabbit in one of her cutest poses.

Monday, 7 June 2010

MoDA Museum's Arthur Silver Award 2010




I was 'Highly Commended' for my entry to the Arthur Silver award. It was a cookery book inspired by food of the 50's and 60's- all artifical colouring and elaborate garnishing. I thought the 'make do' attitude was rather relevant to the current economical situation. More spreads can be seen on my website.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

New site


New online portfolio of my best and most recent work. Visit at www.hollyexley.com.

Degree Show!





Some pictures from my degree show at the Truman Brewery from the 3rd to the 5th of June.