Category: Illustration

Yoshitomo Nara – Greetings from a Place in My Heart

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drawing_naraentranceYoshitomo Nara has been one of my favourite artists for a long time. I love his childlike girls and boys looking wistful, smoking cigarettes or just being generally sassy. And lets not forget his dogs with their cheeky expressions. He’s been a huge inspiration for me over the years but I don’t think until this exhibition I’d actually seen any of his work IRL! From October 3rd till 7th December this incredible exhibition is on at the Dairy Art Centre. Not massively promoted, I thankfully heard about it in time on Twitter. I was blown away when I got there and saw the vast quantity of work on show! There are over 200 pieces on display.
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Winter clothes wishlist, illustrated! ASOS, Zoe Karssen, Vagabond & more.

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I thought I’d draw my current winter clothing wishlist instead of showing you photos. It’s more fun this way?! Also sometimes I think drawing clothes gets out the need to want to buy them. Is that weird?! Actually.. who am I kidding!

Anyway! Here are all the items:

1. ASOS Bonded coat with pocket detail – This has gone in the sale and I love the 60’s style of it – except it’s kind of more modern with it’s slouchy fit! I think the colour is perfect.

2. Zoe Karssen bat jumper – Well I’ve been wanting this for ageesss! I’m not into bats very much to be honest but this has been in my wishlist for a couple of months. I think it’s the fit and the messy style of the bat?!

3. COS contrast panel dress – Black. Loose but not too loose! And simple. All 3 of those things are good traits in a dress.

4. Petit Bateau iconic heavy jersey breton top – A warm and good quality version of a simple piece.

5. Vagabond Kenova Chelsea boots in black – I tried these on in Urban Outfitters (I now wish I didn’t) and they are soooo comfy! They are also the ultimate perfect height for boots. At £90 they’re not the cheapest but they are leather so probably would last!

6. Mulberry Kensington in black – Basically everything about this bag is the best. “A cross between a bucket tote and a smartly structured satchel” – can it get any better? At £995 – we can dream on buddy.

7. American Apparel ‘Easy Jean’ – To be totally honest, no jean is easy. Jeans are the worst nightmare piece of clothing to get the right fit and size in ever. I’d like to test these jeans at their claim of being easy. They also look like they would suit short legged people like me.

What’s on your winter wishlist? x

Lapin & Me – Illustrations for Christmas 2014

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Hooray! It’s almost THAT time of year again. You can now buy all of the Christmas products I’ve illustrated for Lapin & Me here. The Christmas illustration above is this years advent calendar design and below are this years gift tags. I think they’ve turned out super pretty! Lapin & Me also is worth a browse as they sell really nice items  – perfect for Christmas gifts and stocking fillers!
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Art School 101: Art University – Should I do an arts degree?

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As it’s that time of year, I thought it might be quite useful for some of you if I wrote about my experiences of arts education. As the fees are now averaging £9000 a year, going to do an art degree might seem like a huge risk financially and something that you might want to consider very carefully. Questions you might be asking yourself: will I get a well paid job at the end of it? Will I even get a job at all!? Is it worth it? What will I learn – if anything?!

When I went to university the fees were still around £3000 a year, so the loan didn’t seem as big as £9000 a year. I imagine with any degree now at such high costs, a lot of people will be contemplating even going ahead with a degree at all, especially an art degree.

There is SO much to cover, so I’ll try to write a couple of posts over the next few weeks. In this first post, I’ll highlight a couple of things you may want to initially think about before starting your course. I hope this will be of help to someone! I’ve also fished out lots of my old illustration work that I made on my degree (the fun – omg so much bad photoshopping!) so all photos/drawings on these posts are from my time studying.

Grab a cup of tea… this isn’t short!
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My blog has had a makeover!

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In case you haven’t spotted already, I gave my blog a makeover! Woohoo! I’d wanted to do it for a while as I had the previous one for almost 2 years and was so bored of it/it felt quite template-y as there was not much customization really.

Design wise I have been making various mock ups for a couple of weeks of what I wanted it to look like, but could not get it quite right. I find design for web quite hard – it needs a lot of practice to be good at it!wipAnyway, I spent a lot of time this week on the design and it all started coming together. YAY! Then it was on to actually building it…
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