Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Doodles With Daddy #1

Doodles With Daddy...#1

So, officially, in our household I'm the artist. But hang on a minute, how dare I covet that title! My other half has over 20 years experience in print, graphics editing and retouching. Granted, he doesn't tend to draw anymore but that's not to say he can't or never did.
For a lot of people drawing is something they used to do as children, reserved for a place in the past. Who has time to draw (unless you're lucky and it's your job) with the busy constraints of life today?
Our 5 year old daughter gets a lot of enjoyment out of drawing and over the last few months i have seen that this drive in her has rekindled my partner's passion for doodling.

It's joyful to watch the two of them giggling away over funny faces, or a particular challenge that Daddy has set. Perhaps as a professional artist I am in some ways less spontaneous when it comes to picking something to draw, a bit more safe! Paul's choices are inspired...pantomime baddies, fruit with funny faces and my favourite...zombies!

by Charlotte and her dad!

Scary subject matter is not out of bounds and quite rightly. It  is somehow made more comical and less worrying for a little one who might be wondering what's lurking under the bed at bed times. If she's worried what better way to confront the fear than by drawing a funny picture of it?

by Charlotte, age 5

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Brrrr! Inspired by hats!

Pardon the pun but I take my hat off to all those parents who are able to get their children to wear  a hat to school! My little girl won't wear hers at the moment. This morning was one of those lovely crisp winter mornings but boy was it on the chilly side.

Inspired by all the wonderful winter knit wear I saw at this morning's drop off I have created a quick sketch.

Enjoy x


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Fi & Me and Sarah Sunshine Parties

Fi & Me
handmade. illustrated. vintage

Excitingly, we have a brand spanking new design for our online shop at Fi & Me! You can visit http://www.fiandme.bigcartel.com/products to see our products.

Summer seems to have revitalised our passion for all things handmade and illustrated, helped along by the beautiful weather and our involvement in a new market Romiley Artisan Market, Stockport.

I am due to have baby number 2 in the next few weeks so have been busy alternating between nesting, making puppets (more on the in another post) and sewing owls! I will be taking a break for maternity leave so Fi & Me will be in the very capable hands of my sister Lu. I will hopefully still get time to do the odd drawing over the next 9 months before I return to work.

Sarah Sunshine Parties

Another exciting piece of news is that some of my illustrated characters are now featured on the gorgeous Sarah Sunshine Parties website.

For parties to remember, visit the website here and meet the wonderful Sarah Sunshine!

Friday, 10 May 2013

Crafty Pets #BEDM 7

First there was Sharky and George, a couple of gold fish. Then came Baldrick a little hamster with a penchant for sleep. Somewhere along the way I think we had some stick insects and the odd colony of sea monkeys. Now we share our house with the very beautiful Zeta (aka Cat Face!) or rather she allows us to live here with her.

Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had our ups and downs; she’s bought many a mouse in, in various states of aliveness, the odd frog and occasional mole (eek!)
Anyway, I thought I would search for some other crafters and illustrators who are featuring pets in their art practices. Hope you enjoy having a look as much as I did finding them.
Wow! Spot the difference
By TimeTravelersWares on etsy

Wooden wedding topper with pet cat
By iislands on etsy
Boston Terrier earrings by Pooch Tags on etsy

Custom couple portraits by Rose Hudson on etsy

Project Cherrywell (Bank Holiday) BEDM #6

Blue skies over the UK!
Last Monday was one of the most memorable Bank Holidays I have had for a while. I took my daughter to Mayday in The Meadow, a wonderful event near the town that I live in. Attractions included traditional Maypole dancing, worm charming, a huge bubble machine, pancake stall and to top it off the weather was unusually hot. Here in the North West of England we are used to the odd cloudy, rainy day to say the least!
Yum yum!
I am involved with a local community organisation called Project Cherrywell, consisting of 6 ladies who call ourselves the Cherrywell Cherries! We tend to meet on Thursdays with a wonderful community organiser called Laura, who is highly motivated, supportive and positive and together we plan events to raise money to refurbish a community space with the intention to turn it into a vibrant community café.

On Monday we ran the pancake stall and held consultations with the attending public in order to gage and idea of what people feel is needed in their community.  

You can follow Project Cherrywell on Twitter and Facebook!

Community Organiser Laura interviewing the public.

Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/ProCherrywell

or visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ProjectCherrywell

Fit and Healthy BEDM #5

I'm really behind with my BEDM challenge but I'm determined to complete it! Here goes...

I've not had a particularly healthy tea this evening, but when I am in ’getting fit’ mode, there is no better way for me than Pilates. I get a lot of my ideas for illustrations and off-shoot projects when I take part in a class and that must be down to the meditative nature of it. Plus, I have a great, motivational teacher.

If you’re interested you can read about Joseph Pilates, the founder at the link below.

Joseph Pilates

Saturday, 4 May 2013

My Five Favourite Blogs #BEDM Day 4

Today's challenge is to write about my five favourite blogs. Each blog provides something slightly different along the lines of illustration, the first two I mention, Lynne Chapman's and Holli Conger's are the staple blogs I always refer to. A good blog should obviously resonate with your interests. My favourites offer that glimmer of hope that becoming an illustrator (with a lot of hard work and determination, and obviously very good work) IS possible.

Never Give Up on Your Dreams!

An Illustrator's Life For Me

I began following Lynne Chapman's blog after she visited our local library during a summer festival that our town holds. Lynne's passion and enthusiasm for illustrating, sketching, sketch crawling and anything creative is completely infectious. She visits a lot of schools and library and talks animatedly and entertainingly about her work. She even drew a Koala character in front of the children's very eyes which astonished them! She is a testament to how much hard work you have to put in if you want to make it as an illustrator or author, she never seems to stop – even sketching on train journeys across the country with very beautiful results. The way she captures character is extraordinary.

Holli Conger

Finding Holli Conger's blog was a revelation for me and marked the beginning of my journey.
Here is someone who is living the dream! Holli's wonderful work extends into licensing, character design, typography and I find her style really appealing. She also talks really honestly about taking that step from a regular day job into the scary world of freelancing; in fact she documented a whole year of her life when she made that decision which you can see here.

The Owl Club

Now, I lurve a good owl! In fact I am currently designing an owl puppet for a new children's theatre production. This opportunity arose from making my small squidgy owls so it just shows you where crafting can lead you.
The Owl Club is aptly dedicated to all things owl so bob over if like me you're into anything ornithological!

Twit Twoo!

Illustrated Jam -Jam Grantham Illustration

Ooh, I kind of came across Jam Grantham's blog by accident but I'm really glad I did. I think I blogged about making some damson jam and how I planned to give it away as gifts, thinking that a nice addition would be to illustrate labels or lids for said jam. Anyway, I must have Google 'Illustrated Jam,' and Jam's blog page is exactly what I found! Jam has an incredibly friendly style, absolutely perfect for illustrating children's books. I particularly like his Monster and Me illustration. I definitely recommend checking his work out.

Water Colour Wednesdays

If you like a challenge (and if you're here from BEDM you probably do!) you will like this concept. I found it through Illustration Friday and although I haven't submitted to WW yet, I really like seeing what everyone comes up with each week.

So, these are my top 5 blogs! I'd like to say a big thank you to them all for providing such entertainment and inspiration.