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.

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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.

Purple moths | Two

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Lately, I’ve been playing around with some new brushes as well as trying to be a bit braver with colour (hence the purple and ochre which is a bit of a departure from my usual black and white).

It’s given me some ideas for making some prints, so expect more on this theme!

Purple Moths | One

purplemothsAs you may have noticed, things are looking a bit different around here since I finished work on my website. (That’s one of my 2016 goals ticked off- phew!)

Now, as well as the blog, I have a portfolio section where I can show you my latest projects. The blog will still continue just as before, with a new post added every week.

And speaking of which, here is this week’s drawing.

Insects

 

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These two lovely specimens are from the Oxford Natural History museum, which is filled with a lot of weird and wonderful things in Victorian glass cabinets and absolutely no interactive displays for school children.

I love museums like that. If I had my own museum, it would be something like a cross between the Pitt Rivers museum, the Horniman and the V&A. And I would fill it with all my favourite kinds of things, starting with strange beetles with really long arms.