I am still busy beavering away at creating wonderful creatures for a lovely commission which made me think that maybe I should share a few other commissions I have done…So…
This one was commissioned by a friend of a friend to celebrate her sisters first book
It was quite scary but very exciting to do as the background is actually based on the cover of the book. The mouse at the typewriter is the lady writing her book.
I had so much doing this one! My brief was to create a Christmasy painting and a few cards of the family drawn as their nicknames.
The lovely lady loved it so much that she wanted a load more cards printed so she could send them out to all her friends and family.
This still tickles me pink when I look at it! 🙂
What comes after Christmas? Valentines! Squeee!
My brief was to ‘cartoonise’ this couple, I had some photographes to go from and this is the result! I really love this as it is so cute and colourful! 😀
It is so exciting and slightly scary creating other peoples ideas and bringing them to life. I love it! 😀
Remember my last post about doing #marchmeetthemaker ? So yeah…think I managed about half of the posts on instagram…Well done to those that managed the whole month!!
I have been pretty busy though, I have a huge on-going commission that I am working on and loving every minute of it! I don’t really want to say more at the moment so Shhh…and apart from failing to do all of #marchmeetthemaker, here is a little update of what else I have been up too…
I have started on some new cards that can be used for any occassion. These are A5 in size and adorable…
This little card is currently waiting to be photographed and then listed for my Etsy store. Though if you are too impatient to wait for me to do that then you just drop me a message as it is available to purchase.
These three little cuties are waiting to be scanned and printed as cards.
New doodles in my sketch book!
I really love these, I am thinking of maybe doing them as cards and framing the originals to sell aswell. The unicorn one, especially as that would look awesome in a nursery room, don’t you think?
Oh and look my three little characters are still causing mischief…I have no idea what they are up too here!! *sigh*
Crikey! I haven’t been here since June! Sorry! I hope to much more frequent this year but I haven’t been idle, I have been so busy doodling in that time.
2016 was my first year at actually making my doodles into a little business, I have learnt a lot in that time, I also had quite few commissions! Squeeeeeeee!
I spent most of summer creating new Christmas cards, I ended up with 8 new designs and they were a big hit! I have to say myself, they were the best I have done so far and sold really well. I really loved packaging them for everyone and all my pops to the post office to send them on their way.
Then came Inktober; where you do an ink drawing a day throughout October. I have been joining in on that for a couple of years and it is an awesome motivator. This year I concentrated on three little characters; a girl – Sprouty, a mouse – Mouse and Kitty the Cat and their little halloweenie, pumpkin activities. It was such fun to do and the three little characters gained quite a following!
Since then I have been re-thinking on how to make my work more wantable, more sellable. My cards sell well so why don’t I do other occasion cards! Yay! I have done three so far.
I am currently working on another couple of commissions. I really love getting comissions and creating other people’s ideas.
Other new plans are to start creating little paintings in frames where parts of the painting carries on onto the frame, if there are flowers or stars or something like that they go on the frame as well. I also want to paint little characters onto wooden boxes which can be used for treasures, jewellery, pencil cases. All different sizes and shapes of boxes.
I am very excited for this new year and my new plans and will keep you updated on my progress.
All through my twenties I painted like a crazy little doodler. I painted in Gouache, mastering the art of it. I painted beautiful ladies, mermaids and fairies. They took me forever to do. My style was similar to manga and comic books. But then, as it does, life took over and I stopped painting for…I guess…almost ten years. It broke my heart to not paint but I lost my confidence, I lost my ability to paint. I lost myself. Well, that is how it felt. Every so often I would pick up a pencil or paint brush and I would fail to do what I used to do. I had changed, my focus was different. My lifestye was different. It hurt to keep trying.
My OH convinced me to ty a different style, maybe try watercolours…I had never used them before so had no idea how to paint with them. One day my best friend gave me some descriptions of some cute little characters that she wanted drawing and all of a sudden my head exploded with images and ideas. I hadn’t felt this for so long it felt amazing! I doodled, I painted, I got to grips with watercolours and Ta Da! A whole new world of cuteness appeared in my sketchbook. I couldn’t stop and still can’t. I feel whole, again but with a new style and new way of painting.
I taught myself to use watercolours, I created all of the cuteness and whimsy and then…confidence created this…
My beautiful mermaid, finally I feel like I am bridging the gap between how I used to paint and how I paint now and it feels GOOD! 😀
This is little chap is all finished and now ready and waiting for a new home along with my other little creatures on my Etsy store. Isn’t he just a little cutie 🙂
While I have been busy getting all caught up in the dullness of reality, this little dude of a dragon has been patiently waiting for me to sit down with him and begin! He is such a good dragon 🙂