Monday, 2 November 2020

31 Sloths of Halloween 2020

This year for Inktober, I decided to revamp my 31 Sloths of Halloween I did back in October 2016.
You can view the original ones here
Originally, each one was hand painted in watercolour, then scanned. I didn't manage the full 31, but I gave it a good go.
This year, however, I manged to complete the full 31. It's great to see how my illustration has developed. These sloths are a lot more refined.

It was such a great feeling to complete this mini project.
Choosing a favourite is hard, but its between Ripley and Swamp thing for me.
Which is yours?

Friday, 2 October 2020

Little Ginge - Diary Comics from the 90s

 Meet Little Ginge.

I always fancied having a go at doing diary comics, but felt I had nothing new or interesting to add to the world of diary comics, especially during the lock down. 
I had the idea to turn the memories I had as a child into comics. I have a huge love for nostalgia, its such a heart warming comfort.

Little Ginge was a very creative, shy, nervous and curious child and she felt like she often didn't understand things. 
Some stories are sweet memories, some are nonsense from my imagination and others are heart breaking facts of life. You'll notice I often switch from first to third person in these, inconsistently. I found when writing the stories I was reliving the memories and separating the character I've created based on a person I once was and the feelings I feel tricky to separate.

Enjoy ♥

I think the original lunchbox I had was a my Little Pony one.
The cello tape held up well, for a while. Lara looked a little melty after a few washes.
Cheese and pickle was a top sandwich filling.

We were about 8 years old. It turned out, one of my school friends knew exactly what it was and later told us it was a tampon. 
I had no idea what that was. 

Oh America. I really did love it there. I think what I actually discovered is that I love to travel and visit new places.
I mean honestly, my hair was always a mess. a curly mop of orange hair. It still is now.

I hope you enjoyed the first four, you can view upto date Little Ginge comics over on my Instagram

Friday, 17 July 2020

I ♥ Animals Sticker pack

Animal Rights has been something I've been passionate about since my late teens. Throughout college and uni it was a constant theme in my artwork, I'll maybe share these projects in future posts.
I enjoyed making the plant club sticker pack, and wanted to make some more, so naturally I created an animal rights one.

6 colourful vinyl stickers

I make stickers at home at my mini studio under the stairs. Each sticker is hand cut

Stickers are packaged in a biodegradable cello bag ♥

It seemed only right to help support an animal sanctuary through selling these, so I decided that I would donate £1 from each sale to FRIEND.

' FRIEND is a farm animal sanctuary with nearly 200 animals. They find their way here through being unwanted, abused, neglected or abandoned. The sanctuary offers a free roaming (as far as possible and safe) home to chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, cows, goats, sheep and one alpaca who thinks he’s a sheep, on a 10 acre site nestled in between the orchards and hop farms of rural Kent. The 35+ pigs live in their own paddock with wallows. '

You can read more about FRIEND HERE

Me and a piggy at FRIEND farm animal sanctuary 2019

Friday, 3 July 2020

New online shop

After having a short break whilst travelling around South East Asia for almost three months (incredible, I can't wait to go back again), a little trip to Poland, a wedding, a holiday in Spain and moving back up to Scotland, it's been great to get creative again.
Despite the lock down happening, I've found my head buzzing with ideas.

I have previously used Etsy, as an online shop. Back in 2014 when I set up my account, it was straight forward to use and a great platform to find unique and handmade items.
With the growth of social media over the last 6 years, Etsy has changed into a social media platform of its own, requiring even more input and paid ads to get your products seen in searches.
There has also been an increase in mass produced art, where the shop owner does not have the copyright to be selling such artwork. Which means these shops can cut costs and sell at much lower prices than someone who creates their own art and products.  
With all this in mind, I decided to leave Etsy and create my own online shop using Big Cartel.

Below are some of the new products I have available.

Prints, in A5 & A4 of my digital artwork. Printed on luscious matte paper ♥ 

I have a selection of prints available of my artwork, here are two of my favourites.

Plant club sticker pack, 6 vinyl house plant inspired designs ♥

I love stickers! I  make these in my mini studio at home. I plan on expanding my range of stickers, watch this space!

Sloth portraits, I offer individual or couple custom portraits ♥

 Sloth portraits. I love doing commissioned artwork. A nice little treat for yourself or a gift to a loved one. 
Digital files provided, ideal for use on social media, avatars or for printing at home.

Sloth Girl Comic ♥

 My most proud creation I have ever done, apart from the Stephen Hawking Tyrannosaurus Rex sculpture I made in Uni.

' An empowering story of facing your fears, conquering challenges and self belief, for those who sometimes feel a little lost '

Sloth Girl artwork. Original paintings in watercolour ♥

 I painted lots of conceptual artwork for my comic.  Originally, Sloth girl was going to be entirely painted in watercolour, but with moving to London, starting a new full time job and an impending deadline ( I had two months to be ready for Thought Bubble 2017 ) I decided to digitally draw it instead.

I'm proud of all the work I've managed to get together, and leaving Etsy behind to start my new online shop. I'm excited to expand my range of products and artwork, I have lots of cool stuff planned. In  the meantime, I hope you like what I've created so far.

You can view my new shop here ♥

Friday, 26 June 2020

Sloth portraits

Since creating my comic Sloth Girl, I've enjoyed drawing people as sloths.  
I love the challenge of trying to capture the likeness of someone in a portrait. You see it in the small details, whether that's the way someone smiles, a pose they always do, their favourite outfit or how they style their hair.

Sarah, Sara, Erin & Jo
Here is a selection of portraits I have done.
I enjoy picking a colourful and striking palette based on the reference photos.

Self Portrait
This one was a self portrait. I can confirm I am currently wearing red nail varnish and a Vans tshirt.

Tom & Mark

Tom broke his fingers and Mark was very excited to receive this tshirt in the post.

I love the colour palette on this one.

Jo & Alanna

If you're interested in having a sloth portrait of your own click here for details.

Monday, 22 June 2020

Tiger King

The Tiger King documentary on Netflix caught the attention of the world, during a global pandemic.
Eccentric people and a roller coaster of tragic events had us all in shock.
The animal rights violations in these private zoos and 'sanctuaries' are truly obscene and it seems unjust that these businesses are allowed to profit from animal cruelty.

Here are some illustrations of the people involved.
Joe Exotic & Carole Baskin
Digitally drawn on Procreate

Howard & Carole
Digitally drawn on Procreate

John  Finlay & Jeff Lowe
Digitally drawn on Procreate

John, Joe & Travis
Digitally drawn on Procreate