House Portraits

Saturday 27 October 2012

A man and his pet elephant

Another piece I did for the opposites brief - finding a way to make contrasts with my passion for illustrating tiny, detailed things.

Close up detail

Wednesday 24 October 2012


Here's some experimental work I've been doing recently. My MA tutor shared with me some of the briefs that get given to the first year Illustration students, so I could just do some exercises to loosen me up. For me, I want to keep doing this at the moment to keep experimenting with different media and finding out other ways to put my own spin on different ways of working.

This brief was 'opposites' - in black and white.

Close up

Near and Far
Generally being a bit messy with ink and a brush
(those funny people who can be far away one minute then very close the next)

Wet and Dry
Pastel for the man on dry land and Ink/Wash for the sea
(a little man who just wanted a bit of fresh air)

Sunday 21 October 2012

Santa's coming...

I was delighted to see a sample of my card I did artwork for long ago at Hallmark (seems like long ago anyway...) for Waitrose. It was one of my first designs I did when I started freelancing for Hallmark and I'm quite fond of it because the card itself is very much just like the original artwork - I combined line drawing and paper cutting on one piece of paper. It is on nice uncoated board with embossed design. A different designer added the page 3 so it was a nice surprise to find my illustration on the inside too. Time to put on your snazziest christmas jumper and get yourself to your local Waitrose now!

Sunday 14 October 2012

Twelve Days...

Hooray! A box of Christmas cards I worked on for Hallmark have hit the shop floors of Tesco. They are Tesco Finest charity cards, contributing to Cancer Research UK. I just drew the pictures for this and another designer formatted them, added text etc. It can be nice to work like this sometimes because it's always a nice surprise to see someone else's spin on my illustrations.