illustration · surface pattern

repeating bats

I was sifting through paintings the other day to take to The Curiosity Gallery in St Ives who stock my artwork, and I uncovered this little pattern tile. Since it had not seen the light of day since I made it some time last year, I thought it was high time I finished it! So one short burst of activity later I had added some black ink to what was originally just a watercolour image, scanned it and tried out repeating the tile. I was highly delighted to discover that it works quite well as a pattern! I love trying to figure out pattern tiles by hand, it’s such fun and gives you a great sense of achievement when you find it all fits together nicely. Here is my (still a bit rough around the edges) finished pattern.

ML-pattern-bat-and-moon

illustration · surface pattern

tropical

I realised a couple of days ago that Gifted? had opened their new competition with the brief “tropical” and I thought it would be fun to enter. Then I realised I was a little behind the times, in fact the deadline was the end of the very same day… I decided to fish out my watercolour set and get going despite the tight deadline – after all there is a certain freedom to feeling like you have so little time to do something that if it doesn’t work, well, so what? Anyway, I managed to paint these two little watercolour pictures and submit them before the end of the day,  which made me happy and also made me realise that sometimes it’s actually quite nice not to overthink things!

snakes-for-web

illustration · surface pattern

To His Coy Mistress

A little while ago I was asked to create a piece of artwork inspired by and featuring the poem “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell which was to become a print. An unusual job for me and a challenging one too! I wanted to create a piece that was somewhere between a pattern and an illustration and it was also important to keep the background fairly neutral to allow the poem to be read. I used the motif from a pattern I had previously made because this “Queen of Diamonds” just felt like the right character to me. I gave the image a completely different background pattern and overall colour, and placed the poem over the top. Below is the finished result – the print is 50cm high so it’s a bit easier to read!

Lady-Diamond

To-His-Coy-Mistress

illustration · surface pattern

a little inspiration

I have been trying my hand at something a little bit different just recently – Make It In Design are running a competition to illustrate an inspirational quote with the winner earning a place on their Ultimate Portfolio Builder course starting in a few weeks. If I’m honest I’m already signed up to do the course but I couldn’t resist entering the competition anyway! “Damn the torpedoes” has long been a favourite quote of mine and I recently discovered the wonderful “nothing is impossible…” said by Audrey Hepburn. These two images were made by hand with ink and collage and were positively therapeutic to work on!

ML-web-possible

illustration · surface pattern

red critter and the cowboy snowman

I woke the other day to thick flakes of snow falling past my window. It didn’t last long before turning to so much slush, but whilst it was falling the world was silent and beautiful. I can’t help it, I love snow!  Here is a little red critter who has just come across a cowboy snowman. I liked him so much I turned him into a pattern too.

red-critter-blue-critter

surface pattern

Print and Pattern!

I am over the moon to find that my work has been featured on both Print and Pattern and the Make it in Design blog today! Earlier in the year I submitted work for the “student showcase” after graduating from Rachael Taylor’s e-course The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design and they chose to show my rainy sky pattern alongside the beautiful patterns created by some of my fellow students! I’m thrilled to bits and it just makes me want to make more patterns – in fact here are some below…

rainy-sky

pink-and-green-crocs

floating monsters