One of my all time favourite books is ‘The Lion and the Bird’ by Marianne Dubuc. I was firstly intrigued by the gorgeous illustrations which then blossomed into total love as I read the story.
My illustration for week 4 of the 52 Week Illustration Challenge (2017) was an attempt to copy the style and characters. I’m pretty happy with the results but even happier with the experimentation and use of mixed materials – adding pen and coloured pencil to my usual watercolour and lead pencil mix was fun, and I feel I’ll be more open to using more materials from now on.
While slowly chipping away at a long term illustration project, I’ve also been spending a lot of time finding inspiration and researching different illustrators and their styles. At the top of my inspiration list this week is Isabelle Arsenault. Isabelle is an award wining illustrator who lives and works in Montréal, Canada.
I love the mood created by the lines and textures that Isabelle brings to her work with mediums such as pencil, charcoal, watercolour and gouache. Isabelle is well known particularly in Canada for her illustration work in books such as: Migrant, Virginia Wolf and Spork.
While searching for a unique new baby card in Pepe’s Paperie (Canberra Centre), hidden on a bottom shelf (why!), I came across a total winner. This cheerful illustrated card by Anni Betts. How gorgeous is it?! This is just my kind of illustration at the moment, I’m breathing in the inspiration before sending the card across the ocean to some wonderful friends in the US.
My order of cards & postcards by Anke Weckmann arrived this week, yippee! I love them! I first became familiar with Anke’s work after stumbling upon it in Franke Magazine a while back, I found her Etsy store last week and couldn’t help but buy a few things, you can check our more of Anke’s work on her Linotte website and blog.
A few months back, I did some designs for a company in Slovakia (yes, random!). They were nice enough to send me some of the the finished magnets in the mail. I’m pretty proud that these guys are being sold somewhere on the other side of the world! I’ll note that they changed a few things including the fonts/text and had them painted in different colours.
I ordered myself a little birthday present last week, both editions of Print & Pattern – books compiled by the creator of the blog of the same name (printpattern.blogspot.com.au), and today they arrived – hooray!
These books contain pages and pages of loveliness and inspiration. I’m looking forward to getting a few hours to sit down with them and really soak in the colours, images and inspiration.
Little Cloud Brooch has turned out to be one of my favourite brooch designs… he just seems to go with a lot of my clothes and whenever I wear him I get lots of compliments from strangers… it’s a wonderful little ego boost for my creative side.
In fact just yesterday a lovely lady in a nice shop filled with handmade goods complimented me on my Little Cloud brooch, I thanked her and slightly nervously told her that I made him, conversation went from there and just maybe I might be putting some of my brooches in that store very soon. Stay tuned, I’ll be sure to share if/when it happens.
Sometimes… or in my case most often, it’s the projects that are for yourself that you find yourself pushing to the side all the time. Well… I finally put a stop to that and got these done today. All nicely printed by my new printer on paper from Pedigree Paper in Preston (Melbourne, Australia) – there is a fabulous factory outlet shop there you can get a whole box of nice paper at a very reasonable price. Now to package and post them!