Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Blooming Marvellous Pretty Designs by Caroline Pratt!

Caroline Pratt was also recommended to me by an ex-student, she clearly knows my creative taste very well. Of a lover of all things birdie like I just had to include this quirky budgie pattern flooded with textural qualities, geometric shapes and bold colours. Caroline's line drawing have an imperfect hand drawn style that combined with her blocked screen prints provide a beautiful contrast.

Various techniques are used within Caroline's work, particularly traditional printmaking methods but incorporates drawing, collage, paper-cutting and digital manipulation too, which all makes for a very versatile portfolio."Usually the starting point for my prints, is the humble fine liner and a sketchbook, I can keep myself amused for hours!"

Monday, 30 July 2012

Sketchy Scribbly Fashion Illustrations by Antoinette Fleur!

Antoinette Fleur was kindly shown to my by one of my ex-students and i instantly loved her loose and sketchy style! Antoinette is a French artist who specialises in fashion illustrations and portraits. Her dynamic sketches are full of layered and colourful line work that looks like rather speedy drawing.

Her illustrations contain subtle, elegant and fluid lines that express a great sense of movement and energy, adding a quirky slant to her beautiful feminine portraits. If only I could doodle like this!

Friday, 27 July 2012

The London Olympics Begins ... with Steph Loves to Draw!

Steph Prior is the designer and illustrator behind 'Steph Loves to Draw'. I have been saving her stunning line drawings to share with you today to celebrate the start of the London Olympics 2012.

I think Steph's illustrations beautifully capture the historic landmarks and well known features of London. "I really wanted to highlight what makes London so special, not just for tourists but also for residents, commuters and regular visitors." I love how Steph has combined images that range from Big Ben, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace to pigeons, fish and chips and bicycles.

Steph lives and works in London, however she says London still manages to surprise her. "Amongst the rich culture, heritage and fascinating history this city has hundreds of new things to offer everyday."

This is London 3

Notting Hill House Print

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Sorry... Summer Sun in Somerset!

I am sorry for my absence this week but due to the beautiful sunny weather we have been blessed with, I have taken a short holiday to visit friends in Somerset. Here are a few holiday snaps. I promise I will be back inspiring you next week x

Friday, 20 July 2012

Emerging Design Talent: Poppy Maxfield

Today I am introducing new and emerging design talent which has become a regular addition to Creative Sketchbook. I was instantly drawn to Poppy Maxfield's quirky and contemporary designs exhibited at New Designers 2012. Poppy has just graduated from Leeds College of Art with a Ba (Hons) in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design.

Poppy takes inspiratio
n from the simplicity of everyday and the beauty of the natural environment that surrounds her. Her aim is to "make what we see everyday interesting and quirky and with a sense of humour and fun," and she certainly achieves this.

I love Poppy's creative approach to typography, she transforms simple lettering in to beautiful illustrations that she floods with washes of fresh candy like colours. "I am often influenced by nostalgia and colourful prints of eras such as the 50's."

Thursday, 19 July 2012

The Bookshelf: Mr Marshal's Flower Book

This little gem of a book jumped out at me from the shelf in The Palace of Holyroodhouse gift shop, Edinburgh. Once I turned the first page of this small hardback book and saw the beautiful watercolour paintings, I just knew I had to have it.

This book has been designed to be in keeping with the original 17th century version and captures a year season by season in the life of a garden in this era. It is the only example of a flower-book painted by an English artist in this century. It is such a stunning book and I would recommend it for both art lovers and gardeners alike.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Handmade Ceramics to Treasure by Virginia Graham!

Virginia Graham's handmade ceramic pieces instantly caught my eye when I spotted them in a little local art gallery. I particularly love Virginia's range of unusual teapots and tea cups, the vintage colours and victorian floral patterns work beautifully with the metallic lustres she finishes them off with. Surfaces are decorated my a mixture of slip painting and enamel transfer printing which result in real individual and precious pieces.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Bohemian Festival Fabrics by Lila Tueller!

Today I am sharing a little bit of summer sun with you through the colourful printed fabric designs of Lila Tueller. Her work is like a feminine patchwork of pattern and colour from candy pink to zesty lime, cool turquoise to warm tangerine. Lila's fabrics beautifully complement each other offering bold florals, stripes, paisleys, ditsy florals and polka-dots.

"Most of my life I have been either sewing, drawing, painting, or creating in some form or another." Interestingly Lila is mostly self-taught, she has clearly worked very hard. "I had an indulgent mother who would spare no expense to provide me with materials and do-it- yourself books." Sourced

Monday, 16 July 2012

Cheeky Birds in Hats by Alice Tams!

I was overwhelmed when I stumbled across the stunning illustrations of Alice Tams when I visited the quirky Backyard Market, Brick Lane on a trip to London. The insane attention to detail, soft colours and humorous content in Alice's work instantly grabbed my attention.

‘Birds in Hats’ is a project by illustrator Alice Tams, and interestingly has been most accurately described as a ‘joke that got out of hand’. Currently Alice has painstakingly created over 70 combinations of lovable feathered creatures wearing the widest range of hats and headwear I have ever seen. Alice is certainly a talent to watch!

Common Kingfisher in the Imperial Crown of Austria

Friday, 13 July 2012

Emerging Design Talent: Nicole de Havilland

Today I am introducing new and emerging design talent which has become a regular addition to Creative Sketchbook. I was instantly drawn to Nicole de Havilland's fresh and contemporary designs she exhibited at New Designers 2012.

I love the mono-chrome hand drawn base to Nicole's work, the simplistic lines beautifully illustrate quirky aspects of nature. "My inspiration derives from the abstract shapes and patterns found within nature. I am especially attracted to poison and the ambiguity it presents. The concept of a plant seeming beautiful but actually being extremely harmful is very interesting to me. This idea influences my design development and refined colour palette." The accent highlight of canary yellow and magenta adds an interesting contrast.

Nicole has just graduated after studying for a BA (Hons) Surface Pattern Design at Swansea Metropolitan University. Below is a selection of designs from Nicole's 'Poison' graduate collection, inspiration is taken from poisonous and carnivorous plants. Enjoy!

Thursday, 12 July 2012

The Bookshelf: Ornamental Flowers, Buds and Leaves by V. Ruprich-Robert

Today I am sharing with you a book a came across whilst browsing in my Art department. It is a beautifully illustrated book full of textural flowers and foliage. Motifs are layered, combined and built up into interesting compositions. The absence of colour highlights the interesting line and textural qualities of these natural drawings.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Neisha Crosland's Sophisticated Interior Textile Designs!

Neisha Crosland, a textile designer and my creative choice for today. Neisha studied at the Royal College of Art, London before starting her own textile design company specialising in home furnishings. I particularly love the sophisticated and clean lines in her work across a wide variety of oversized graphic and geometric patterns. Neisha selects muted and tonal colour combinations but introduces unusual highlight colours in to her designs. I love the dramatic enlarged scale of Neisha's designs which make them perfect statement wallpapers. I decided to present her designs below like a patchwork as I feel many of her designs beautifully complement each other.

Zebra Wallpaper

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Hola from Beautiful Barcelona!

I could not resist sharing a few photos from a recent trip to Barcelona, Spain. I have picked a few of my favourites but believe me it is such a beautiful city I could have gone on for ever. 

It was spring time when I was lucky enough to visit and I finally got to view the stunning mosaics and architectural creations of the world famous Antonio Gaudi. I have always been a lover of his work since studying for A-level Art but you can only truly appreciate his talent by viewing his work up close.

Antonio Gaudi's Park Güell

Monday, 9 July 2012

Vibrant Watercolour Illustrations by Stina Persson!

Today I am showcasing the work of Stina Persson, a very talented watercolour painter and illustrator. Stina's work is a little different to the detailed work I usually share as it is simple and fluid in style. For this reason I was instantly drawin to the natural drips, splats and watermarks in her work.

Stina uses a combination of watercolour paints and inks to create vibrant, colourful illustrations with a modern twist. I particularly love how simplistic shapes are transformed with loose watery and painterly effects created when colours bleed, disperse and blend into one another, resulting in usual marks and colours. Stina explains her illustrations "take on a life of their own almost as soon as the ink touches the paper."

Friday, 6 July 2012

Emerging Design Talent: Katy Hackney!

Today I am introducing new and emerging design talent which has become a regular addition to Creative Sketchbook:

Katy Hackney is an experienced surface pattern, print designer who studied for a National Diploma Foundation in Art, at Northampton Nene University beofre completing a Ba (Hons) in Multimedia Textiles at Loughborough University.

Katy uses hand drawn techniques, including paints and pen and ink to create her unique designs, then she manipulates them her creations on the computer to develop both placement and repeat prints ready for industry. It is the natural qualities captured from the original artwork that I love in Katy's designs, the watery brush strokes and natural gradients in washes of colour. I love thr fresh and naturally inspired colour palettes in her work, this combined with the loose and detailled line work results in really delecate and feminine designs.

Enchanted Garden

Night Shade

Thursday, 5 July 2012

The Bookshelf: Old Bear by Jane Hissey

I am thrilled to share one of my favouite childhood books with you. Old Bear is an enchanting children's classic, richly illustrated by Jane Hissey in coloured pencil. 'Old Bear' himself was actually given to Jane as a gift from her grandmother when she was born and after much travelling has become rather worn out and thread-bare. He features in the story along with a range of other soft-toys and everyday objects that all belong to Jane and her family.

"Old bear has been up in the attic for a very long time, but he hasn't been forgotten. Bramwell Brown leads the toys in a rescue mission to being their friend, Old Bear, safely back home."

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Hundertwasser's Magical Muliti-Coloured Paintings!

Today I am sharing with you an all time favourite artist of mine, Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The bold, bright colours and organic shapes are what instantly attract me to his work but on close up exploration the loose and inaccurate shapes, patterns and abstract detail fascinate me. 

Hundertwasser disliked and rejected straight lines, instead he commonly used and was fascinated with spirals. I particularly like how Hundertwasser used different paints in the same painting and combined them together, this enabled him to contrast both colours and textures. His work provides me with a great wealth of inspiration, I hope it inspires you too!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Jennifer Collier's Paper Collage Creations!

I am excited to share the creative work of Jennifer Collier with you today. Jennifer uses a wide variety of different recycled papers, both natural and found objects to create innovative sculptural textile pieces. "My practice focuses on creating work from paper; by bonding, waxing, trapping and stitching I produce unusual paper ‘fabrics’, which are used to explore the ‘remaking’ of household objects."

I love how Jennifer uses interesting papers as if they were fabric, she stitches, traps and embeds unusual things, contrasting both the traditional and contemporary with an element of recycling. "I enjoy the idea of working with disposable organic materials that are transient in nature, imbuing them with worth and creating something intriguing and of great beauty."


Teacup with Spoon and Milk Jug

Monday, 2 July 2012

Si Scott's Unique and Inspirational Typography!

I stumbled across the work of Si Scott, an illustrator who specialises in graphic ink drawings whilst researching inspirational typography. I instantly fell in love with Si's intricate and ornate monochrome lettering; he beautifully illustrates and explores fonts in a way that I have never seen before. The compositions and scale of Si's illustrations make them really unique and the limited use of colour give his work real visual impact.

Si's work despite its graphical appearance is nearly all handmade, ‘I like to be very hands on with my work’ using paint, fine-liners and pen and ink. Si then tweaks his designs, using a computer to add colour. Si says most of his inspiration comes from surrounding himself with music and listening to lyrics.

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