Saturday, 26 January 2013

Illustration Friday - 'Wings' (etc...)

I made this today, and did a few other blackbird sketches ~

This week's Illustration Friday topic fit pretty perfectly with my next children's book project!

The story is still in its early stages, but basically it'll be about a baker named Leo who gets his donuts stolen by a gang of blackbirds.

This is what Leo looks like right now. He's not sad here, just really, really sleepy because his job takes a lot out of him. And he's a little over-worked if you ask me.

So really, this is a mini sneak-peek of my next children's book. And as usual, I'd love any feedback :) 

Soph x

RedBubble Being Awesome Again

Just wanted to post this, for anyone who likes my work but doesn't follow me on facebook - RedBubble has featured my Bear & Fox t-shirt design for a second time in their promotions for their site!

My doodling is now being showed to the world in banner form on their homepage, and I couldn't be more honoured.

A mini-model wearing my shirt in a RedBubble e-mail!
View of the t-shirt section.

I'm not a huge seller on RedBubble, but it's a good feeling to know that someone in charge of the site has seen and appreciates my work. If you're reading this, thanks guys, you have gifted me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.

Soph x

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Bramble Wood

Finally, I have photographed last semester's massive undertaking!

The brief I set myself was to create a woodland-themed activity book, using as many drawing methods and interactive features as I could think of. The result was the Bramble Wood Activity Book! With thanks to my lovely auntie Sue for the name. I was super-pleased with the feedback I got for it. Thinking about creating a mini book series around this project, what do you think?

Here's a page-by-page view of it. Enjoy ~

And here's a few close-ups, etc ~

Hope you like it. I would really appreciate any comments!

Soph x

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Hello 2013!

Millie, having what I'm sure was her Best Day Ever.

Okay, so Christmas has come and gone, and the turning of the new year was over a week ago. My apologies for not blogging, but I've been 'busy' having an especially wonderful festive season! I hope yours was equally as merry, and you got everything you wanted from it. I certainly did, and more - which is really saying something, because in the past few years Christmas hasn't really done much for me at all.

You can tell it's Christmas Day because of the turkey hat.
Sure, Christmas is about family and happiness and lovely food and merriment, but damn, the presents I got this year were really something too. I'm sort of jealous of myself, really. Basically I've spent the last few weeks watching ungodly amounts of Twin Peaks and finally playing The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. In the New Year sales I bought my own personal Xbox 360 too, just to make things even more awesome for myself (so, if you have any unusual game recommendations you want to share, please do!).

So yes, it's been a lovely, and very welcome, break from things.

I've done a little bit of work too, though! The other day I created a new Facebook page for my illustration work, which I will try to update as much as possible (along with my Facebook page for my crafts and stuff, that I've had for a while), and I've also been adding lots more stuff to my Etsy shop! Please do check them out if you get the time :)


I went back to Uni earlier this week to take down the Christmas exhibition, and rearrange the studio in preparation for going back and starting a new project next week. I am excite, and anxious at the same time. I'm hoping that the skeleton of an idea I have for a children's book will still sound good to me when I go back... in short, it involves a blackbirds, squirrels, a bear, a baker, and lots of donuts.

Next week, once I get my activity book back from Uni, I'll finally photograph it and post all about it. I hope you'll all love what I was slaving over for so long last year :)

Until then, thanks for reading. I hope 2013 will be great for you!

Soph x