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Friday, 23 December 2011

Home made bilberry gin labels


Back in the summer I spent an afternoon picking billberries. I ate a lot of them and made cakes with some but the most exciting thing I did with them was to make some billberry gin! I just filled empty bottles with the berries, poured over caster sugar then topped up with gin. You have to give it a shake now and then but it turns a nice purpley-red almost straight away.

It makes an excellent cocktail when mixed with Champagne. This is how I intend to drink it!

I wanted to make the bottle look nice, so I created these labels. The "Festive Cheer/Dear, Oh Dear" idea came from Merrydown Cider (and others). One of my favourite illustrations for Merrydown is by Jonny Hannah.

Hopefully it will go down a treat.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

lines


I have been busy creating patterns to use in an illustration but I like the way these lines look on their own. A man in the park was enjoying watching me draw them, he said it was like meditation.

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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Stay!


Illustration for Illustration Friday for the word, 'stay'.

Inspired by the men and dogs of Sheffield!

Click to enlarge.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Self Portrait


I have been experimenting with the pattern tool in Illustrator and decided to use them to add a bit of interest to this self portrait.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Paper Magician











Popset Paper Co. launched a competition to create 3D paper characters based on a pattern by Shin Tanaka. By the time I heard about it the deadline for entries had already passed but I decided to make one anyway.

I then got rather carried away and made a rabbit and a stage for the magician!

It is all just hand drawn in black ink.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Strange Pigeon: Tribute to Amsterdam

Strange Pigeon: Tribute to Amsterdam: "Visiting Amsterdam last year, I got really excited about all the clogs hanging in the shops and markets. I bought a pair to paint myse..."

Tribute to Amsterdam







Visiting Amsterdam last year, I got really excited about all the clogs hanging in the shops and markets. I bought a pair to paint myself but when I got them home I couldn't decide what to put on them so they have been painted and repainted a couple of times.

After finishing my PGCE I finally have some spare time so I pulled out the clogs! I decided to draw the houses and canals but I wanted another link to Holland. So, the design is inspired by dutch lace. It is so beautiful and intricate, I want the drawings to have the same quality.

I sanded and painted the clogs with white acrylic to give a smooth, blank surface. I am using a .25 Rotring Isograph pen filled with black ink to draw the design onto the clogs. It's slow but cathartic work!

I have been listening to the audio book of 'The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet' by David Mitchell whilst drawing on the clogs too - it's very fitting! My partner's Mum lent it to me and I didn't know that it was about the Dutch in Japan. Really enjoying the story and the drawing.