Drawing, Illustration

Artistic Revival & Retail Therapy.

So I recently had a not so productive day in which I began to doubt my abilities. We’ve all been there, and for some, it’s more often than others. You wonder whether you’re putting enough work into what you love, whether you have the resilience and the discipline required to pursue your dreams, or whether you’re even really any good in the first place. Well that’s precisely the predicament that I was in, and whilst doing my routine grocery shop, I decided to stop by an art supply store and take a peek inside to revive my faith in artistic freedom, trial and error, and most of all the excitement and experimentation that got me here in the first place.

I only really meant to take a walk to get a few ideas and look at all of the different colours of paper, but before I knew it my feet were planted firmly infront of various seductive sets of alcohol markers. I knew I didn’t really have the budget for these illusive and exquisite pens, but yet I was frozen there, unable to move. I studied the different boxes and colours and smelt the dried out testers, but it just wasn’t enough. What was I to do? Have you ever been in this position?

Anyway, to cut a long story short, £40 and 2 sets of pens later, I found myself driving home with my purchases tucked safely in the front seat of my car.

My question to you is, do you think that your various supplies are what make you the artist that you are? Would you still be as resourceful and as savvy with pound shop supplies – is this bohemian dream ever viable? Or do you think that certain supplies are absolutely imperative to your creative process?

What was the last purchase that you made that inspired you?

As for me, I regret nothing. I whole heartedly stand by my decision to make purchases that contribute to my sense of progress and creativity. I absolutely love my Spectrum Noir Pens, and at a retail price of £29.99 I think I bagged myself a pretty sweet deal at just £19.99 each! I got the Core essentials to start me off, and the Pastels because… well, I just love pastels.

Here’s my first attempt at using them on a few doodles of my Mutt, Dora.

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Let me know in the comments!

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Textile Art

Iconic

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The absolute object of my desire right now is this super cool Grace Jones tee by designers Deer Dana in collaboration with critically acclaimed RnB singer Miguel.

Worn by the likes of the talented Thandie Newton, and the beautifully elegant Lupita Nyong’o, the tee celebrates the absolute icon that is Grace Jones. Their other shirts all feature various pop culture icons and quirky designs, my favourites being Kanye West, Sade, Frida Kahlo and Lil Wayne.

You should go and check ‘em out!

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Home Decor, Personal, Textile Art, watercolor

It’s The Thought That Counts!

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So it was my mum’s birthday a few weeks ago, and I decided to be super cute and make her some home made goodies!

I’m so happy with the tote bag, it’s the first time I’ve ever sewn one! I used fabric paint to paint Pyaar (it translates as Love in Hindi/Punjabi/Urdu) in pink, and I embroidered the “Home is where your mum is” onto some cream calico cotton.

^3^ she loved it!

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Drawing, Personal

The Big Draw – Illustration With The Community!

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So I recently attended an event at The Waiting Room, inviting the local community to come along and get drawing with some very talented local illustrators, and I managed to snap some pictures of the fun! It was my first time at The Waiting Room, and I wish I could have captured the atmosphere and bottled it, it was incredible! Gemma Golland held a workshop showcasing her fabulously quirky and nostalgic ‘Shrinky Dink’s‘, on another table Mandy Roberts orchestrated her brilliantly bold tote bag portrait painting, and lastly, local Illustrator Rob Lock acquainted us with the brilliantly fascinating and crazily cool Sumi Ink Club.

I can’t wait to attend my next Maker Wednesday, and who knows, I may even become a resident artist at The Waiting Room, myself…

(Hint, hint!)

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Drawing, Personal

Am I A Digital Artist Yet?

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So my birthday was on the 17th, and my boyfriend ordered me a beginners tablet for about £20-30. A few days before it was due to arrive, we discovered a Wacom Bamboo tablet nestled in the back of a display cabinet at a second hand shop in reasonably good condition. After giving it a quick google, we realized that it’s original retail price was £75, and it was being sold for £40!

After a few friendly words with the store owner, he agreed to give it to us for an even lower price of £35, and I’ve been playing around with it ever since.

From what I’ve seen so far, it works wonderfully! I’ve chosen to use mine in Pen Mode, as opposed to Mouse Mode. This basically means that when you lift the pen from the tablet and lower it onto a different part of the tablet, instead of staying in the same place on the screen like it would with a mouse, it moves to the location on the screen in relation to where you have chosen to map your tablet to. So it’s essentially like writing or drawing on paper, which I personally find much easier to use, but either way is still usable.

My favourite discovery so far is definately the pen pressure sensitivity, which I accessed on Photoshop through Window > Brush. A Little menu should come up with different boxes to tick.

sashay awaypressureClick onto Shape Dynamics then click on the Control drop down menu and choose Pen Pressure & Voila! Your pen should now be ready to use!

Anyway, I thought i’d share my very first doodle with my Wacom Bamboo Tablet, a sketch of my next embroidery design, inspired by Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

If anyone has any tips or tricks they use with their Graphics Tablet, they would be greatly appreaciated! How did you learn to use your Tablet? Was is through tutorials? A local college course, or did you have someone there to help you?

Let me know in the comments section below!

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Home Decor, Personal

“Build Your Own Dreams, Or Someone Else Will Hire You To Build Theirs.”

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Drawing, Personal, Uncategorized

Geometry, Vintage And The Act Of Self Love

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I’ve just returned from a hectic week visiting family, attending restaurant launches (pictures to come soon!), and catching up with friends, and I must say, I am so relieved to be back home.

I arrived home yesterday to find that one of my indulgent eBay purchases had arrived! In an act of self love, I decided to order myself a piece of nostalgia that combines my two greatest inspirations in life: Geometry, and Vintage. Does anyone else remember these? I absolutely loved them as a kid… And now I am even more enthralled with them as an adult!

When it arrived, I curbed my excitement long enough to take a couple of snaps to share with you guys.

So there you have it, my very own complete 1960’s dennys spirograph!

I can’t wait to get drawing!

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