British birds

bullfinch

This week I’ve been attempting to learn about British birds (a subject I realised I knew next-to-nothing about) and can now confidently say that this is a bullfinch- not something I could have told you a week ago!

Next week prepare for more astounding bird-related facts, as well as the odd illustration.

House of Illustration

gardentigerLast week I went on a little escapade to London and the new area around King’s Cross to visit the House of Illustration, which as you might have guessed, is a gallery dedicated to illustration, and is therefore right up my street. I had gone to see their Comix Creatrix exhibition and generally to have a nose around, as it was my first visit to the place. The exhibition – celebrating 100 women who make comics – was a real treat with original artwork making up the bulk of the displays including pencil roughs by Tove Jansson (the Moomin creator) and Audrey Niffenegger (the Night Bookmobile), as well as finished books.

I spent hours soaking it all up.Continue Reading →

The Etsy Challenge

oakeggarAt the end of last year, I mentioned a few of my illustration goals for 2016. One of those was to open an etsy shop*.  So for the next few weeks I’m going to be working on creating a range of products to eventually sell in my very own etsy shop!

Each range will consist of a selection of cards and prints themed around a particular subject and the first of these will be illustrations of British moths (which goes some way towards explaining their abundance on the blog recently).

As I’ve finished one already, you get a little preview now of the first in the series and at the end of next week I’ll show you another one. This one’s an Oak Eggar moth.

*Etsy is an online marketplace where artists and makers can create their own virtual shop and sell their work direct to the public.