October already

A week of nieces visiting and a vomiting bug has set me back a little (the first lovely, the second most definitely not), but I’m now up on my feet again trying to remember what I’m supposed to be doing.

Still, I’ve been making a bit of progress on my branding for my shop packaging. Take a look at the logo design I’ve come up with here. I also picked up my first batch of giclee prints from the printers last week, which have come out lovely. They’ll be listed in my shop very soon, but in the meantime here’s a couple of photos I took of them.

Don’t forget, there’s more to see over at my facebook page.

British moths greetings cards for sale!

greetingscard_upright_emperorrmothTo round off a productive week, I’ve uploaded another set of greetings cards to my etsy shop- my British Moths collection. These cards, which are my favourites so far, feature illustrations of an emperor moth, a garden tiger moth, an elephant hawk-moth, an oak eggar moth and a bedstraw hawk-moth. They are available to buy along with my other collections in my etsy shop here.

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!