Friday, 21 February 2014

But the greatest of these is...

 Today I felt the need to play with font, an in particular the work 'hope' as we so often need it, or at least I felt the need of it today. Focussing on these lovely three words helped me feel a lot better.
Done using parker ink and dip pen with some digital colouring (something I'm still new at) for a nice touch.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Red Riding Hood

Today's little sketch was made with charcoal from last year's barbecue. A response to the weekly drawing challenge by Artisthour. To view the other artist submissions go here.

Life After University: For the love of Drawing

Now that I last spoke to you about pricing your art, I'm here to tell you to forget all about it. As artists, we crave the freedom to be creative without having the stress of finances. As newly emerging (and dirt poor/starving) artists, it is easy to be so trapped by the lack of income that it brings to a halt all creative productivity. As far as I have figured it out, there are only two options (other than becoming somehow spontaneously famous and rolling in money) and they are that you can either stop thinking about your income or you can get a part-time 'normal' job and stop thinking about your income.

The reason I mention this is because during this past year's experience of going to comic conventions with David Hooper, many young aspiring artists have come up to us for advice and guidance to help them progress. David is a wonderful person to talk to about comics as he is so knowledgeable and encouraging. The one thing that I am able to bring to the conversation is this: Is drawing in your blood? If you had a full-time job in something unrelated to art, would you still be creating drawings in your spare time? If you had an unfathomable number of rejections from art directors, galleries, publishers, etc, would that stop you from drawing? If you knew you would never make any money from your art, would you quit? If your answer to those questions is that nothing will ever stop you from drawing, then you are already ahead of so many others; you have already reached the essence of it. We draw because we simply can't stop.

Stubbornly continuing to draw not only helps us improve but also increases the chances that people will begin to notice. So whether you are new to drawing or looking for a successful career in art, take comfort in your love of drawing because at the end of the day, your love of it is what really matters. Go out there and create beautiful work.

Till next time,

Wednesday, 12 February 2014


Valentines is almost upon us and I must show you this little drawing before it is too late and I have to wait for next year. I have been looking a lot recently at Henna bridal designs and have been inspired. Step one: draw henna patterns as commissions and other artwork, step two: buy henna and start doodling all over people. I look forward to it.

Created with ink and more ink. :)

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Life after University: Pricing Your Art

I am currently sitting in a sad little creative block but I have enjoyed a month of looking more seriously at myself as an illustrator with the help of Outset Plymouth and their Business Start-up classes. I mention this because one of the things I've been challenged by is the pricing of my own artwork. I know all too well that I am not the only person who struggles with this and that we often fear the "It's too expensive" comment. There are many factors which determine how much something is worth such as fame, fashion, people's perceptions, and your own belief in your work, etc. So, even though I do not have all the answers, here are two sites selling original artwork which have gained my respect and approval: New Blood Art and Artists & Illustrators.

Here is your challenge: have a look at the displayed artwork and their prices on these sites and gage, if possible, where your artwork would fit amongst them. It is a simple exercise, one which I hope will help some of you fellow artists become more confident about how you price your own work.

Until next time,