Monday, 30 June 2014

New designs on a quiet weekend

I had a kid free weekend this weekend as Grandma and pa took the kids to the beach house for some fun so I got stuck into some work! Firstly and most importantly, I worked on some designs for the next round in the Spoonflower/Robert Kaufman Fabric8 competition. Did I mention I got into the top 8!? SO EXCITING. I still can't believe it!!

Also, I have made it through all the review processes with hardtofind, an Australian online store similar to etsy but much more curated. So I have been crazy busy filling my new store with lots of designs. I'm getting there slowly. You can find my hardtofind store here. Check it out and let me know what you think :)

My Constellation design that got me into the top 8!

My second design for the fabric8 competition. 

New print designs for my hardtofind store

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Pencil and Watercolour

I love pulling out my pencils and doing some drawing and shading. I find it so therapeutic, sitting there, listening to music while I slowly work away at a sketch. I decided to team these little sketches up with some watercolour. What do you think?

Abstract Watercolour

When my friend Alex calls to asks me to join her on a shopping trip, I always jump with excitement and groan at the same time because I know my bank account is going to take a serious beating! But I'm always glad that I go because Alex is just one of those friends that inspires me and gets me working on all sorts of different projects. This time it was abstract art. I decided to dig out the watercolour paints and brushes and have a play.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

The Yeti and the Bird

Not much work got done over the weekend. My two little ones discovered the joy of riding after we purchased a new saddle for our miniature horse. I did manage to get a little bit of work done last night though (staying up till the early hours of the morning) and got this cute Yeti and the Bird illustration finished. This is another design for my HardToFind store, opening soon...

Friday, 13 June 2014

Day 4 - Elephant, Bird and Balloons

Day 4 and it's another print design for my HardToFind online store that is opening soon.

More Budgies!!

I worked on a few more budgie prints last night. I really enjoyed doing these. It's a nice break from working in vector.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Budgie Illustration

I needed to take a break from creating cute animal characters today. I find that if I work on one type of illustration for too long, I get bored and lose the joy of creating. I believe that 'joy' is something that shows in your work so I try to keep the joy levels up. So today I decided to work on a budgie using lots of paint splatters, digital painting and hand drawn elements.

Day 3

A Pirate Bear for day 3 of my print design a day challenge.

Pretty Pink Bear

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Sailor Lion

Another design for my 1 print a day for the next 2 weeks challenge.

One Print Design a day

I have a goal! One print design a day for the next two weeks. I started yesterday and, well..... yesterday was a disaster! I worked on five designs and hated every single one of them! Oh well, I've got to take the bad days with the good. Today I have started off with a blast, finishing this cute Cat and Dog design. Now on to the next to make up for my horrible day yesterday.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Ice Cream Van

I've been having lots of fun playing with my Artline pens and creating simple drawings and colouring them with simple palettes in Photoshop. I tried to use the same technique for this Ice Cream Van illustration but after much playing around, I found it just wasn't working.

Today I received an amazing book in the mail - Creative Block by Danielle Krysa.  After reading a few pages, I was filled with energy and enthusiasm.  I jumped straight onto Illustrator and off I went. I'm really happy with the final design.