Monday, 30 September 2013

Top Ten - Blogs du Jour - Part 2

    So here is part 2 of my Blogs du Jour: my favourite blogs of the moment. I hope you enjoy!!
     
  • Oh My Handmade: a friendly and supportive community of creative entrepreneurs, Oh My Handmade or OMHG, is led by the inspiring Jessika Hepburn. This blog is all about community, collaboration and support and they run a tweetchat every Thursday from 1-2pm EST (which is 5-6pm GMT). Just use the hashtag #omhg to join in. There is so much content on the blog, I don't even know where to start: articles on creating your community, photographing your products, and tutorials, you name it, OMHG has it!!
  • Project Eve: inspiring women reinventing their careers. I originally came across this blog via Twitter and  knew I needed to check it out. It covers issues such as the  status of women in business, social media, work-life balance and funding. Again, so much inspirational content, and some great stories about starting up your own business and also about career changes and quitting your job!
  • Oh Joy: inspiration, design, style and other cool things, from blogging hero and author, Joy Deangdeelert Cho. Joy has also co-authored Creative Inc, a book about becoming a creative freelancer, and Blog Inc, one of my favourite books about blogging. Her daily doses of inspiration include snippets of what is going on in her own life as well as fashion and lifestyle tips (plus adorable photos of her gorgeous daughter!)
  • Design Seeds: colour palettes created by designer, Jessica Colaluca. If you like colour and are inspired by the myriad combinations available in everyday life then this is the blog for you. Trust me, you will drool when you see the images on this blog. And this blog goes to prove you don't need to be a write to be an amazing blogger!
  • Noisette Academy: a creative business blog by business strategist, Isa Maria Seminega, this blog covers thinking outside of the box for businesses, and covers everything from PR, product launch, social media and business planning. It's a beautiful blog too, muted colour palette, eye-catching imagery and well written and easy to follow blog posts, which make business terminology and concepts more simple and easy to understand.
If you have a blog or even a favourite blog you love reading then please leave a comment and share...

Friday, 27 September 2013

Featuring - Ashley Percival

The Pretty Owl - image courtesy of Ashley Percival

Whilst browsing the visual treasure trove which is Etsy the other day, looking for a print for my newly decorated spare bedroom, I discovered the delightful artwork of children's illustrator, Ashley Percival. I was initially drawn to the quirky owl characters and as I started exploring Ashley's shop I found lots more beautiful work on offer.


Ashley is based in Falmouth, Cornwall, and graduated from The University College, Falmouth in 2010 and since then has been steadily building a reputation for quality illustrations. A keen photographer Ashley is inspired by wildlife and nature.


Lion - all images courtesy of Ashley Percival

Don't you just love them?? If you want to see for yourself all of the work on offer, please pop on over to Ashley's shop and see what you can find. Prints are available as limited editions and there is a huge selection to choose from. You can also follow Ashley on Facebook here.
 
All images are courtesy of Ashley Percival.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Top Ten - Blogs Du Jour - Part 1

I just wanted to share a few of the blogs I've been reading lately (I've found some great new ones recently via Twitter). I always love reading other peoples' blogs so it was difficult for me to be able to narrow down my list of faves!! Watch out for Part 2 next week!


  • Creative Boom: is a UK-based blog by Katy Cowan, championing art, design and creativity across the globe. It's chock-full of inspiration, interviews and gorgeous pictures and there is something there for everyone. This blog started out as a hobby for Katy but now readership has hit a staggering 20 million a month! Now that's what I call impressive. It just goes to show how you can achieve blog success with hard work, passion, determination and great content. Check it out for yourself, there's even a jobs page for the Creative Industries Sector.

  • The Art Of Work: a blog by Pete Mosley, creative mentor, writer for Craft and Design Magazine, author and very nice man! It covers some great business topics which I have found extremely useful over the past year. These include pricing, effective communication skills, financial tools, challenging issues that are commonplace amongst the self-employed creative community. Also there's info on there about Pete's mentoring packages, talks and seminars and Pete's book, Make Your Creativity Pay.

  • The Dexterous Diva: the blog of the lovely Jo Gifford aka The Ideas Girl. This blog's brand is creativity for life, blog and business so it ticks boxes for me on all counts. Jo's interest in the creative process shines through here, and blog posts about ideas generation, organisation, blog tips, as well as her Ideas generation and Creativity for Bloggers E-course, will have your head spinning with ideas for creativity!

  • Emma Frances Designs: the blog of surface pattern designer, Emma Frances gives an upclose and personal account of life as a Surface pattern Designer. Emma shares her experience of running her own design company as well as interviews with other designers, what's inspiring her at the moment and a peek into her life. It also takes us through her process of taking part in the 'Art and Business of Surface Pattern' by Rachel Taylor and Beth Nicholls, and it gives readers an idea of what it's really like working in the Surface Pattern industry, sharing with us what she is learning along the way.

  • Crafting Fingers: inspiring blog by Anna Simmonds who is taking us through her self-imposed challenge of learning a new craft every month throughout 2013. A new craft every month I hear you exclaim.... why on earth would you want to do that? Well I'm sure Anna has been asked this a lot and her reason is simple - Crafting is good for the soul! Anna's blog is all about living a simpler, fuller, handmade life. Follow her on her journey, from crochet to pyrography, this is a fascinating glimpse into Anna's year of crafting possibilities.

So there you go, if you need some inspiring blog reading...

If there are any other blogs of note you would like to share then please leave a comment with a link to the blog and we can all get reading...

Monday, 23 September 2013

BCTF favourites - Naomi Southon - Brownberrie Art

Brownberrie Art is run by Naomi Southon an artist, designer and maker from Horsforth in Leeds with many strings to her bow. She creates large felted wall hangings which she embroiders and beads, paints, lino prints and mosaics. Her work carries through it a passion for nature, colour and detail often from a microscopic perspective. She works from a converted garage which she calls her studio but her children call “Mummy’s Little House”.



I met Naomi at BCTF in Harrogate in April of this year. She was in the Newcomers section and I got chatting to her on one of those rare moments I got to escape from my stand and go off and explore!!

Having seen Naomi's work I was fascinated with the 'biology' connection and I asked her if she would liked to be featured on my blog. Lucky for me, she agreed. This is what she had to say...

'I read Applied Biology at Leeds University after which I studied to become a teacher and that is what I did for the next 10 years. All the time I kept my hand in with my painting and drawing and three years ago I gave up teaching to pursue my primary passion, creating beautiful art work. I work in many medium from resin in my jewellery to acrylics, felt, paper and wire in my larger pieces.
Whether they are small pieces of jewellery or large felted wall hangings all my pieces are created as individual works of art.

Ever since I was young I have been encouraged to explore and investigate the flora and fauna we have seen on walks, holidays as well as around us in our everyday lives. At the same time I was growing up in a household where creativity was encouraged and supported especially by my Mum who was artistic herself. Both influences have helped foster a passion within me also mirrored in my formal education where I have been keen to study biology, art and design.

At university the microscopy element of the course fascinated me. The amazing cell structures and colours taken on by the tissues inspired me further in my love for both art and science. My enthusiasm for Natural History and the microscopic world continues to inspire my art work today.


I also asked Naomi how she found her experience as a Newcomer and how she had found the whole experience of her first trade fair.

As for being a Newcomer at BCTF, I had been planning my stand on and off for a year (I like to be organised!) and knew all my figures but still was really anxious before the show began. Very soon any nerves disapperared and I really enjoyed being amongst some amazing artists and crafts people and having the opportunity to talk to some interesting people about my work. It has been a great experience, I have several new stockists, made some great connections and the whole process has made me evaluate my business and products which has been really helpful. I have booked to do it all again next year and am already planning my next stand!

If you want to find out more about Naomi and her work please check out her website here

Friday, 20 September 2013

Creative Twinning Event - Global Craft Conversation


Remember last year when I took part in some of the Creative Twinning Events in and around Nottingham? Well this year the Creative Twinning Team have been working hard to bring another amazing creative opportunity to Nottingham. This is an amazing chance to get to make your own opportunities, form your own links with members of the creative community in Germany and USA and also have your own work seen across the globe!! Wow, how exciting is that???

Here are all of the details:

Creative Twinning would like to invite you to a unique FREE event!

Designer Makers- Join Creative Twinning and Projector for a ‘Global Craft Conversation’.

Date: Thursday 10th October 2013

Time: 6-8pm

Venue: Broadway Cinema, Nottingham NG1 3AL

Free: Booking Essential


Creative Twinning and Projector are hosting a ‘Global Craft Conversation’ in

the heart of Nottingham’s Creative community.

In discussion with designers in New York, the conversation will focus on ‘Creating Your Own Opportunities’ in which designers/makers from all disciplines can discuss and exchange ideas and to transform craft practices.

With a Live-streamed 1 hour video link and discussion between the cities, followed by a chance to network and exchange ideas, you’ll have the chance to make those all-important contacts both within and beyond Nottingham.


To book your FREE place email Carrie Blake projector@broadway.org.uk 

Find out more on the Creative Twinning Event page: http://bit.ly/CTEvents



That sounds great doesn't it? As well as the opportunity to attend the event there is also an opportunity to have your work seen across the globe too. During the Live 1 hour video link from Broadway Cinema to New York for a 'Global Craft Conversation' members of the creative community will be discussing how we make creative opportunities and Creative Twinning wants to give you an opportunity to be involved. I asked Jayne from the Creative Twinning Team to tell me a little about it and this is what she had to say....

'Creative Twinning and Projector at Broadway have invited eco-designer Lucy Renshaw to dress the room with The New York Sky Line in local design! We want to promote you and your work. Can you donate 2D imagery in the form of your design sketches, product photographs, photocopies, fabrics samples, design and product close ups of textures? All 2D forms are welcome from A4 – A0 

The event and your work will be documented by Broadway Cinema - we think this is a fantastic opportunity to be part of this unique event and for your work seen in the UK and across the Atlantic!'

DEADLINE: 

Work must be received by Thursday 4th October 
Please include your name, email address and social media links in your package and post or deliver by hand by Thursday 4th October to:

The New York Skyline Project 
 c/o Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop 
18 St Mary's Gate, 
 The Lace Market Nottingham 
 NG1 1PF 

 Deliveries Monday to Saturday 11am – 5pm

 Please note: We won’t be able to return any donated work you provide. The creative process involves collage and montage, and the piece will be re - exhibited at future Creative Twinning events. 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Three great #twitter #chats



If, like me, you love Twitter, and love tweeting about art, design, and creative business, then here are some great #twitter #chats you can join. I've been taking part in the following ones on and off for a while. There's a great sense of community and everyone I have e-met so far has been just lovely.

If you aren't really sure what on earth I'm on about and are wondering what a twitter chat is, I will explain. Basically you can talk to other twitter contacts or 'tweeps' by using the hash-tag # and then the 'magic word' - and you can share a few hours of chat with other like minded creatives like yourself. I found this really useful explanation here courtesy of Janet Fouts.


#TALKT  - started up by my e-friend artist and fellow creative Sarah Hamilton of SarahHamiltonPRINTS, #TALKT or Take A Look Tuesday - is a promotional campaign by creatives for creatives. It takes place every Tuesday all day and will put you in touch with loads of other like-minded creative folk who will retweet and share as well as provide valuable feedback on the things you post. Just look for #TALKT and see where it takes you.

#CBUK - this lively tweet chat is hosted by Hilary Pullen from Craft Blog UK This one takes place on a Sunday evening from 21;00 to 22:00 GMT and covers topics such as social media, blogging, creative communities, imagery online, promoting yourself online,. It's really useful and full of great info as well as lovely people. Keep your eyes peeled for this one, it will be back very soon after the summer break.

#weblogdesign - my newest tweet chat discovery takes place on a Tuesday evening from 21:00 GMT and is aimed at bloggers who blog about all things 'design'. It is hosted by We Blog Design, an independent network that informs, inspires and connects design bloggers. I have taken part in a couple of their chats and once again they were very friendly and made me feel really welcome. You can become a member of WeBlogDesign, which gives you access to the tweetchat transcripts, member forums and loads of extra goodies: all of the details are on the website.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Why Blog? - Curious Clare

This week I'm talking to Clare Taylor (Curious Clare) whom I met via Twitter. She is going to tell us all about her blog and why she does it. This is what she had to say.....



My name is Clare Taylor (aka Curious Clare) and I am an artist, teacher and community co-ordinator from Cheshire. I have a studio at Local Creation in Altrincham where I have been based since December 2012 (featured on Creative Boom’s site http://creativeboom.co.uk/features/readers-studios-clare-taylor-aka-curious-clare/) I fit in studio visits around being a blogger, an Art teacher and Community Co-ordinator. The idea of having the space was to give me somewhere to focus upon my own work (after designing/making pretty much everything for my wedding last August) and to stop leaving my art stuff all over the house (although I just seem to be leaving creative mess out at both my home and studio now!).


My own art work is quite mixed and I work with Ceramics, Textiles, mixed and digital media. Since acquiring the studio I’ve designed flyers for a local business (Vintage Afternoon Teas), designed a postcard and a logo for French Knots Craft Studio and I’ve made laser cut Perspex trophies for a local charity’s Fun Run (The Joshua Tree in Northwich). I’ve been making a range of ‘Tiny Transport’ brooches to sell on Etsy, Folksy and they are soon to be sold through What I’ve Always Wanted.

How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging for 11 months now. My first post, last September, was entitled ‘The Built Environment’ and focused on artists using buildings as their inspiration. I created a Pinterest account at the same time and created a board of the same name. http://www.curiousclaredesigns.com/2012/09/the-built-environment-part-one.html http://pinterest.com/curiousclare/built-environment

Why did you decide to start blogging and what was the main purpose of your blog when you first started?

My blog is designed to help my students and other Art Educators gain inspiration from an eclectic range of sources. I decided to start blogging as a way of broadening students’ understanding of artists and techniques. I wanted them to have a way of accessing information that we had been using in lessons at home. I had been inspired by reading the blogs of others and the book ‘Blogging for Creatives’ by Robin Houghton really fired my imagination.


How often do you post?

I aim to post at least twice a month on an artist, technique or something that I find inspiring. However, this can vary due to work commitments. I love writing my blog and if I was to put pressure on how often I posted, then this would spoil the pleasure of blogging for me. Having said that, I have got hundreds of blog post ideas just waiting to get out!

 

Who reads your blog and why do they enjoy it?

I have been pleasantly surprised at the wide range of people who read my blog. My pupils read my blog if a post is relevant to them and I‘ve been heartened by the fact that pupils take pride in having a teacher who blogs. As well as pupils, my blog appeals to fellow Art Educators, friends and other artists. I really enjoy looking at the stats to see where my audience is based. I have a growing US, Chinese and German readership. It excites me to know that my musings are reaching out to people across the world.

What do you think are the important ingredients of a successful blog?

‘Success’ is hard to define and means different things to different people. For me, successful ingredients have been writing from the heart and having a real enthusiasm for my subject matter. I try to limit the length of posts so that busy people aren’t put of by too many words. I would say my key ingredient is quality visuals. I spend a lot of time taking and editing photographs, and take pride in how my blog looks. It can be frustrating to find that the little quirks of Blogger have bumped text next to an image. However, I can’t fault a medium that has enabled me to have so much fun publishing my own material for free! In a nutshell, I think that a successful blog is created by putting in a lot of hard work, writing passionately and having a strong visual appeal.

How do you promote your blog?

I promote my blog through social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Occasionally, I will email a company or individual if I have mentioned them on my blog or if I think that they will find a post interesting . Earlier in the year, my pupils compiled a list of questions for the artist Mr Finch which he kindly answered. I then posted his interview responses and contacted him about my post. His promotion of this blog post resulted in a huge surge of traffic to my blog. http://www.curiousclaredesigns.com/2013/03/across-pennines-for-interview-with-mr.html www.facebook.com/CuriousClare www.twitter.com/CuriousClareArt

What kind of opportunities have arisen as a result of your blogging?

A wealth of opportunities have arisen as a result of blogging. I have had conversations with people all around the world. My own art work has been noticed by galleries and shop owners, allowing me to develop my own practice in new directions. Recently, I have been approached by The Harley Gallery to be a guest blogger which is incredibly exciting.

Fab imagery taken from Clares'blog

How do you manage your time with our blog and your other commitments?

I aim to post twice a month but it can be tricky balancing blogging with full time work, my own artistic practice and family life. As I mentioned earlier, it is important that my blog is 100% pleasurable and free of pressured deadlines. To be honest, I could quite happily sit blogging all day several days a week but that is just not practical!

What are the benefits of blogging?

Blogging gives me great pleasure and allows me to have an international voice (however small!). It has given me the opportunity to connect with other people.

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

I would advise new bloggers to get stuck in and avoid worrying too much about the appearance right at the beginning. It takes time to develop the blog aesthetic and it is better to start posting whilst getting used to the technicalities. When I see more sophisticated blogs I like to refer to John Acuff’s sentiment, ‘Don’t compare your beginning to someone else's middle’. Your blog will take time to evolve, enjoy that process.

Great advice Clare and very inspiring I'm sure you will all agree. If you want to find out a bit more about Clare you can find her at these following online places...

http://www.curiousclaredesigns.com
www.twitter.com/CuriousClareArt
www.facebook.com/CuriousClare
http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CuriousClare
http://folksy.com/shops/CuriousClare
http://pinterest.com/curiousclare

A big thanks to Clare for taking the time to tell us all about her blog, and another really interesting insight into how blogs can bring people together and also bring great opportunities! You really should check out her blog, its a great read!

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Knowing when to say 'No'....


Don't worry this isn't a 'moral dilemma about eating cream cakes' blog post, I just thought this was an apt picture to include for a blog post about knowing when to say 'No' as this is something that has been on my mind for a few weeks... (FYI the answer above would usually be a big YES for me!!)

As you may know last year I had the opportunity to work with a Creative Business Mentor and I found this to be a most fulfilling and valuable experience, one which I personally and creatively benefited from hugely. As a result of my new found confidence and enthusiasm I found I was more inclined to say 'Yes' to opportunities which came my way and as a result my business was improving and growing which is all great!!
I was finding that I was stepping out of my comfort zone more often, collaborating with other creative practitioners, doing things I would never have thought possible (live-drawing at the Festival of Words Launch event springs to mind!!).

So, my new motto was to say yes more, and to do more of the things I would normally say 'No' to. A good motto don't you think?

The reason I'm telling you all this is to share a little story about a lesson I recently learned about not ALWAYS saying 'Yes' and knowing when you should say 'No'. I was approached a few months ago about a commission, which sounded like a fantastic opportunity to work with someone new. Always liking to keep my customers happy I tried to think of a way to work with a new media on completely different scale to that which I'm used to. I did have my reservations but there was a little voice the back of my mind niggling away at me, telling I should have politely thanked the customer for their interest but declined.I didn't, I said Yes and committed to delivering something I wasn't sure I could. Long story short, I was really unhappy with the outcome. The customer came to the studio to collect the work, I was ultra-apologetic but they were understandably a little disappointed I think.

The moral of the story - it is ok to say 'No' sometimes. Listen to your instincts, whilst new opportunities are fantastic, they won't always be right for you and sometimes it is better to listen to your heart and decline!

Has this ever happened to you??
I'd love to hear about your experiences of this, and whether anyone else has been in this position, how you handled it and what the outcomes were....

Monday, 9 September 2013

BCTF Favourites - Sally Dunham

It's been a while since I shared one of my BCTF favourites from this years show and this week I thought it was about time I shared with you the thought-provoking and skilful work of ceramic sculptor, Sally Dunham, who was my next-door neighbour at the show.




You have probably seen Sally's work around as she has been making now for 14 years. Her work consists of human and animal figures, both surface and wall-mounted, as well as her humorous 'Mr Herbert' range.

 
AS well as sculpting and bringing up her family, Sally also organises Art Unequalled, an art and craft fair in The Maltings in Ely, which is now into its third year. I'm pleased to announce I'll be exhibiting there this year on 19th and 20th October. If you want to find out more then click this link for details. I'll be heading down there with my caravan and staying for a long weekend with husband and dog, so hopefully I'll get to see a bit of the area while I'm there. Looking forward to a new show and a new unexplored part of the country... If you're in the area come and say hello!!
 

Friday, 6 September 2013

back to work


So hello there!! I told you I'd be back soon. Here we are in September already, those with kids will be breathing a sigh of relief as they all go back to school and those who have been away for the summer will be going back to work. The summer break is officially over for me too. My well-needed and much-enjoyed August break went far too quickly but I feel like I have really benefited from a few weeks away from the blog and the constant bombardment of social media, although I have had a sneaky peek every now and then.

So what have you all been up to over the summer and how are you all feeling about being back at work?


We went off to Dumfries and Galloway, an undiscovered (for us) part of Scotland, and what a pleasant surprise we got when we arrived. All of the stunning scenery of Cumbria, delightful coastal villages and the amazing Galloway forest full of walking trails and rivers. Needless to say, we had one very tired but happy dog and we did lots of walking, one of the things we really like to do when we are away. The weather was unusually warm and fair and the midges were bearable. All in all, a great break and one which has left us feeling like I'm raring to go with new plans for my business, a few of which I can reveal next week. I've made a few decisions about how I'm going to be spending the next twelve months and have made a few changes in my plans.....

So, what have you been up to over the summer and what exciting things do you have in the pipeline?? Please feel free to leave me a comment and share your news...

Monday, 2 September 2013

Sketchbook Peeks - Becca Kelly


 

 

Before we start, tell us a little about yourself/how did you get into art/craft/design career and how it all started and where you are now

I’m a freelance illustrator currently based in Leeds Yorkshire. I’ve been drawing for as long as I can recall, I remember being bought a wooden case of colouring pencils when I was younger, which seemed to accompany me wherever I went, my mum used to bring home fax paper from work, which I filled with an endless strip of sketches.

Since then I’ve gone onto complete a Masters in Graphics Design, specialising in Illustration at Sheffield Hallam University. Alongside my studies I have also exhibited my work and undertaken internships at various companies including Lemonade Illustration Agency a global Illustration Agency representing some of the leading artists working in the industry today.

At present I work freelance and intern for the lovely Moonko a creative platform supporting emerging designers. Moonko also stock my illustration collection, this includes t-shirts and greetings cards.

How long have you been using sketchbooks?

I’ve been using sketchbooks for around five years, this was encouraged during my foundation course where I started to really experiment with utilizing the medium. Following that I’ve spent the last four years at university obsessively scribbling throughout the pages of books in various sizes, dimensions and formats.

 

How often do you sketch?

After recently graduating I’m trying to get into the habit of drawing for the sake of drawing again, however after being graded on my work for so long I find it hard to impulsively illustrate anymore, which I hope to progressively change. At present I draw every week both for clients and for my own personal portfolio. I’ve been told that a good illustrator should sketch every single day, but in reality I believe that luxury to sometimes be impossible!

How do you feel about the prospect of starting a new sketchbook?

Despite filling the pages of countless sketchbooks, the prospect of starting a new book still scares me. I’ve found the main problem is the notion of starting a drawing on a blank white page. To tackle this reluctance I have tried various things, from using pages made of different material, to painting pages with ink, to working on top of pre existing pages such as sheet music. I’ve found that the answer is just to experiment with different mediums until you find the format which fits your work. For me personally, I find starting a sketchbook a few pages in and trying not to fill the entire space makes the process of starting less intimidating.

When/where do you get your inspiration for your sketchbook pages?

Inspiration from my sketchbooks comes from many places, the first being music which is really important to my practice, as I always work better with music playing. A secondary inspiration is people. I could spend hours sat in a cafe people watching, doodling the figures which pass me by. I’ve got sketchbooks full of observations and snippets of overheard conversation. The people I momentarily sketch on to the pages of my book, become inspiration for characters I draw further in the future, I love the idea that some of the unknown faces of Sheffield have been applied to later work, which they may or may not ever stumble upon.


How would you describe your creative process?

My creative process strongly relies on research, my background studies of Art History means that I have an insistent need to research every subject I portray, ensuring that my artwork is always visually and contextually correct. After collating research I then like to gather lots of visual references from numerous sources, these are then stuck, glued, pinned and pasted onto the pages of my book and also onto the space around me as I work. I then go onto roughly sketch ideas before working on a final piece. I never really have a predetermined idea of what I want my final outcome to look like, I just like to experiment and see how my work develops, I often rely on a string of unintentionally enhancing mistakes.

Have your sketchbooks evolved over the years and if so, how?

After years of testing different formats and observing how other people work, trying to emulate busy books cluttered with ideas and minimalist jottings applying graphic structure , I have found that I work best somewhere in-between the two - creating sketchbooks packed with cuttings and sticking, but in a way that is neat and simple, demonstrating a narrative from start to finish.

What is your favourite medium to work with?

My favourite medium to work is pencil and paper. I’ve tested various pens to sharpen up my illustrations, but there’s something I like about the dexterity of working with a pencil. I like that my work is imperfect and that you can see every inadvertent mark, dot and line on the page, preserving even the smudges on the paper where my lead stained hand has rested in-between drawings.

Do you have a favourite sketchbook?

 My favourite sketchbook is a personal sketchbook full of random drawings, imagined and exerted onto each page. The illustrations have no purpose and haven’t been drawn for any particular reason other than to get the ideas in my head down on to paper.


If you had to pick one favourite page which would it be and why?

One of my favourite pages in this book is a piece I drew a few years ago, I think I like the piece so much because I had no real references to draw the piece from.. Looking back at the sketch I feel it was a starting point depicting the type of work I wanted to create and the artist I was going to be.


 
If you want to find out more about Becca Kelly and her stunning illustrations you can visit her website here where you can find links to more sketchbooks as well as her bio, clients list, stockists and contact details. Thanks Becca for taking part, I'm sure everyone will agree with me, your sketchbooks are gorgeous!!
 

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