It’s been a little while since I’ve written a blog post, as there has been so much going on. Christmas seems to come and go very quickly these days, mainly because I tend to exhibit at Top Drawer in January, and there is lots of preparation to do for that. I’ve also been working on some new pieces of art for a licensing collaboration. I’ll write more about that when it launches but there’s a few pieces below.
I have also been working with local food company Whitby Seafoods. I created two pieces of art, designed to showcase the British manufacture of their products, with emphasis on their HQ in Whitby. It has been great to collaborate with another local business.
January also means the launch of new cards and licensed gift wrap and bags. I showcased my brand new ‘Colourful World’ range at Top Drawer earlier this week. The designs showcase my love of architecture, finished with a lovely shiny gold foil. I have been working with the lovely people at Deva Designs for 3 years now, and I am delighted to have some art on their 2017 product range, as seen below.
It will be 7 years this year since I graduated and I can’t believe where the time has gone! I exhibited at New Designers ‘One Year On’ in summer 2012, when my business was still in its early stages. I am thrilled to have contributed to their latest blog post which discusses the show and why it’s such a good opportunity for new designers to showcase their work to an exciting but competitive industry.
I recently headed to mainland Europe for the weekend to spend time with some friends. The four night trip saw us explore Ghent, Brugge and Amsterdam. It’s obvious from my portfolio of work that I love architecture, so it was a delight to see some inspirational buildings in every location I visited. A group of us booked an air Bnb in Ghent, which was beautifully decorated from top to bottom.
Our stylish Air bnb in Ghent.
A sunny day in Ghent
Brugge had some beautiful buildings, and there is an image of some of my favourites below.
The final was spent walking around the quaint streets of Amsterdam. I love the reflection of the buildings opposite in this shop window.
I came back to the studio feeling inspired and continued working on an architecturally themed card collection for 2017. It will launch at my next trade show (Top Drawer, stand Y46) in January and the designs will have a gold foil finish.
I was recently commissioned to create a black and white illustration for Bradleys jewellers. The company have numerous shops, but this piece was for their Northallerton store, which is relatively close to me in Yorkshire. I love drawing buildings so this was a nice little project!
Whitby Book Shop is one of my favourite stockists. Situated on a quaint cobbled street a few minutes walk from my studio, this outlet is somewhere that I am proud to have my work stocked. We have been talking about me creating an illustration for them for some time, and I finally got time to do it earlier last month. We opted to put it on to tote bags initially, and they arrived in store this morning! They are already out on the shelves ready to purchase, and I popped in this afternoon to see them for myself. I often get commissioned to create artwork with an architectural theme and I am working on a few more pieces for other clients at the moment, and I will share the details of these in due course!
The Whitby Book Shop is situated on Church Street in the old part of the town, which is lined with unique shops and cafes. The street leads up to the famous 199 steps, at the top of which is Whitby Abbey.
Today I decided not to answer my emails, or do the admin waiting for me, and instead focused solely on doing something creative.
After spending a couple of hours drawing letters of the alphabet, I put them in to format below, and then decided that I would have a browse on Skillshare. I enrolled on a course taught by Ed J Brown entitled ‘Speedy Sketch Challenge: Learn Fast Inking & Combat Mental Blocks!’ This sounded like it would be right up my street, so I watched the videos and then did the challenges. My drawing style isn’t what I would necessarily describe as energetic – whilst quirky and a bit off kilter, each and every line in my illustrations are generally quite considered, so it was really helpful to do some timed drawings and not actually worry what they looked like. I’ve added a few of the sketches below. We were encouraged to use ink in the class so I did this for a while, and then experimented with pens and pencils too. I have thoroughly enjoyed my day and I plan to take part in lots more classes so watch this space!