Thursday, 20 September 2018

Illustrations - Weekend Uniform

I'm getting really into gouache paint at the moment. I think it's really great for small illustrations, so I wanted to do more of those.

I started with a fun little self portrait of me in, what I like to call, my weekend unform; an oversized t-shirt and a pair of leggings. If I don't plan on leaving the house, this is probably what I'll be wearing.
I then thought it would be nice to document my over sized t-shirt collection. I think it all started with the Sunnydale High shirt which I got at a sci-fi convention when I was 15. They didn't have one small enough but I really wanted it so I just went with the bigger one.

Most of the other ones were gifts. One of my sisters gave me the CSI: Stotfold one which was custom made from Ebay (it's my hometown), my other sister gave me the 'I'm kind of a big deal on my blog' shirt, and my parents gave me the Eminem t-shirt after I pointed it out in the men's section of Peacocks. 

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Novelty Hairbands

It will come as no surprise to you when I say that unicorns are very on trend right now. I've seen a lot of unicorn hairbands complete with horn and ears and always think that it would be fun to make my own, so I did.

Usually this is the sort of thing I would make completely out of felt but since the unicorn horn is special I had to dig through my regular fabric stash until I found this gold and sparkly fabric which, with enough stuffing, stands up on it's own.

I made one as a test and put it on my craft stall a couple of months ago and it was one of the first things to sell! So I bought a pack of hairbands to mass produce ready for Christmas craft fair season.

I also wanted to try some other styles, starting with this cute felt crown. I'm already thinking of different colour combinations.

And a little party hat! I think this could easily be modified especially for Christmas. Red with a white pom pom and trim? Or red and green complete with felt elf ears on the side?

Monday, 3 September 2018

Miniature House Ornaments

Do you remember the miniature pink beach house I made? After I posted it on my Instagram I was contacted by my favourite Etsy customer with a commission to make two miniatures houses; one of her previous apartment building and one of the house she lives in now.

Having spent most of my time at university making miniature models I always get excited at the opportunity to make something tiny. I like drawing out the plans, scaling everything down and seeing how much detail I can include.

Google street view was my best friend when working on this commission. The customer gave me the addresses of the two buildings so I was able to find them online and see them from different angles. Being able to view images from previous years on Google maps meant that if there was a blossoming tree obscuring my view one year, I could check to see if there was a photo taken in winter when this wasn't a problem.

I also find it really interesting looking at houses from other places. These buildings are in America and they look nothing like the houses I live around here in England.

I added ribbon loops to the backs of the models so that they can be hung on my customer's Christmas tree. She already has a felt dog ornament and another custom ornament so I'm slowly taking over her tree!

Friday, 6 July 2018

Clay Cartoon Figurine

I've been doing a few cartoon style illustrations recently and got the idea to try making a 3D figure in the same style. As I've done enough self portraits over the years I decided to make a miniature version of my boyfriend.

I got my air dry clay out and starting moulding but quickly discovered that having a sketch of the figure would help me keep everything the right size. When I've made figures in the past out of Sculpey I've constructed a wire skeleton first, but as this model would be pretty bulky in comparison the only structural element I added was a bit of a wooden skewer through the neck and down one leg to put the head on.

Once I'd added all the details I left my model overnight to dry out. As it's been particularly hot here in England recently I thought I might have a few issues with cracking which can happen when clay dries out too quickly. When I went back to the model I found the head had detached from the neck. Lucky I put that wooden skewer in!
To fix this, I cut the skewer down so the head would touch the neck again and used watered down clay to glue it together.

To paint the figure I first covered it in a coat of white primer...

... and I painted it with acrylics.

And now I have a little craft room companion!

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Wood Burned Dog Keyrings

It's been a while since I picked up my pyrography tool. To get some more practise using it I decided to try making some keyrings guessed it; dogs.

I bought these wooden ovals from Ebay, which already had a hole drilled in them. Perfect for making keyrings.

I roughly drew out the image in pencil first and then got going with the pyrography tool. The trickiest part is that you can only go darker, you can't make something lighter again. So if you accidentally go too dark in one spot, you just have to make it work.

Check out the process out drawing one of these below!

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Things to Draw

Whenever I see pictures of artist's sketchbooks, usually on Instagram, I think 'I should probably do that'. I think it's a good idea to keep your drawing skills in check if you're an artist.
A little while ago I stumbled on Phil McAndrew's Big List of Stuff to Draw which has 400 drawing prompts. I found an old sketchbook and decided to start working through the list whenever I feel like drawing something. I started the list going in order, but now I don't mind skipping prompt if they don't inspire me.

I decided not to stick to one style of drawing to make things more interesting, so I've got realistic sketches, simple line drawings, colour pieces and drawings with added watercolour paint.

Here's some of the ones I've done so far.

Trophies - Naked People - Sad People - Your Neighbours
Dogs - Bicycles - All of the houses you've lived - Statues

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Quick Painting: Stonehaven

I made this painting as a little break from sewing all the dogs
I keep a folder of my photos that I think might make good paintings so when I decided I wanted to do a little painting I just picked an image out from there.

The picture is of Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven, near Aberdeen. I visted there two years ago with my cousin and friend as my cousin went to university in Aberdeen. The trip was something of a castle tour as we hit up three in two days during our visit.

To create the painting I roughly sketched out the image on to water colour paper before painting it. I then went over the painting with colour pencil to add more details.
See the video below for the whole process.

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