Illustration Friday – Refresh

Illustration Friday - Refreshing
Illustration Friday – Refreshing

This weeks Illustration Friday theme is quite appropriate and timely considering I just changed domain name and rebranded my blog to run with my Little Love Boat business name.

While wondering what I could draw for this weeks theme, my mind actually had a little refreshing moment as I reminisced the European holiday Joel and I went on last September. I remember that in Italy it was hot, and that I would eat gelati at least twice a day, not only was it refreshing but wonderfully delicious! At that point I was drawing and rating every flavour of gelati I could… you could say that I was somewhat obsessed.

Below is a snapshot of a page from my holiday drawing diary.

Drawing diary - a day in Rome
Drawing diary – a day in Rome

Freshly printed singing kitty card

Freshly printed singing kitty card
Freshly printed singing kitty card

You’d probably be surprised to know that I haven’t owned a printer for years (unless you count my gocco printer)… me too actually! Anyway today I bought one, and I thought I’d celebrate and test it by printing a singing kitty card. I created this design a year or so ago with the intention to make gocco printed cards from it, I still want to do that and will get around to it eventually.

In the meantime owning a printer will mean I can quickly whip out emergency birthday cards etc… not that I ever need to do that of course *cough*.


Illustration Friday – Shiny

Illustration Friday - Shiny
Illustration Friday - Shiny

This weeks Illustration Friday theme is “shiny”. This coincides very well with my current hunt for a wedding ring! I’ve been doing research on rings and the cost of them… some are wow… quite expensive. I’m not limited to wedding “band” shopping either. My engagement ring, which I do totally love, is curved and wont sit flush against a wedding band and it’s also a teeny tiny bit big for my left hand but fits perfectly on my right. So pushing all traditions aside I’m going to move my engagement ring over to my right hand and pick a ring I like to wear as a single wedding ring on my left.

I’m pretty astonished at the price of diamonds… I’m really not one to have ever thought, noticed or cared about them and they cost a motza! I also question the ethical practices and process of diamond mining. I’ve been researching an alternative stone called moissanite, it has been found in meteor craters (so basically it’s from outer space… right… awesome!), and is apparently just as dense as diamond, however it seems less common (in stores etc that is). I have more research and deciding to do and I do want to select something that lasts forever and I might just end up picking diamond… but I’d like to think I’d made an informed decision if/when I do.

Is your engagement or wedding ring made using something something unusual or different… something other than diamond? I’d love to hear about it if it is!

Inspiration Thursday – One of a Kind canvases

Isabel the Astronaut painting
Isabel the Astronaut

I was pleasantly surprised when Joel came home with a surprise today. A beautiful heart touching painting attributed to our little Isabel. Of course again, it made me tear up a little. It will hang on the wall in our future nursery where one day Isabel’s little brother or sister can see it.

One of Kind – Unique handcrafted children’s canvases are created by Melbourne artist Felicity Hargreaves, you can see more of her paintings, including many commission works on the One of a Kind Facebook page and the One of a Kind Etsy page.

Fun designs with shapes & lines

Over the last month or so I’ve been working on quite a few “basic” designs which I’m planning on using for multiple projects such as wrapping paper and laser cut brooches.

Although these designs come across as smooth and basic, I have spent a lot of time in illustrator just playing with the shapes and lines to come up with balanced, cute and original designs.

Here’s a sneak peak of a few of the things I’ve come up with so far.

Basic designs
Boat, Nessy & Mr Cloud… just a few of the designs I've been working on

Singing cats illustration

A few moths back I saw some amazing ornamental ceramic cats own by my lovely friend Jess, they were so pretty they just stuck in my mind and popped up in my dreams, so I decided to do an illustration using their basic shape & style.

These kitties will be the basis of my next gocco print design, I would kind of like to spend more time on details and embellishments to make them better… but I would probably never get to a point that I would consider finished, so simple kitties they will stay.

Singing cats
Singing cats like to sing

Here is a photo of the ceramic cats mentioned above.

Ceramic cats
Inspiration - Jess' ceramic kitties

People inspiration – Julie West

I thought I’d take a quick moment to share with you artwork by my favourite gocco print artist (so far) Julie West. I love the lines in her illustration and the colour combination’s she uses.

She also does some great letter press work and vinyl toy design – two things I’d love to play with one day. You can see more of her work at the Julie West shop or the Julie West Flickr stream.

Pink ice cream people by Julie West
Pooping deer by Julie West
Pooping deer by Julie West