I haven’t posted in simply ages! By way of an apology, here’s just a few of my latest arty bits and bobs:
Art and illustration by Vintage Guinea
I’ve started doing some more illustration-based pieces, including lettering. These pieces, along with lots of others, are available over on my Redbubble page. Please do head over there and have a look.
A lot of what I draw ends up on my own walls, so although it might not look like it, there is a sort of commonality running through my work. Obviously, animals are my primary source of inspiration but occasionally I do draw people – as you can see here.
I decided to upload my work onto Redbubble as it’s a site that enables artist, illustrators, photographers etc. to showcase their work and sell it on a range of different products. Products are printed and created on demand, which means that as an artist I can offer a wide range of products and deigns that I simply wouldn’t be able to if I was having them printed myself. The site also lets you follow other artists, so I get weekly updates on new pieces from other artists I admire.
The most popular piece on my Redbubble site is Hazel Squirrel. There are clearly an awful lot of people out there who love red squirrels – I’m pretty sure the cute little face and big bushy tail help! It’s hard for me to choose my favourite piece; it would probably be a draw between Lucian Hare and Lord Byron. Both are pieces I drew because I wanted them on my own walls. Despite being very different subjects, the style is similar, as is the colour palette. A couple of people have asked me if I was going through my ‘blue period’ when I painted them.
As I mentioned earlier, it’s only recently that I’ve started doing more illustration and lettering work. I think this has stemmed from how much I love clean lines and working with pen and ink. I also love the way lettering looks on a white background – all crisp and defined. I’m still slap bang in the middle of writing my MA dissertation, but after that is finished I would love to write and illustrate a children’s book featuring Beatrice Hare and friends. I’m sure that if I’m determined enough, this will be attainable and not remain the pipe dream it has been for a number of years. I might also design a colouring book too – so watch this space!
I’ve got a few pet portrait commissions to complete for Christmas so I shall endeavour to take some work in progress (WIP) pictures. I love seeing WIP photos on sites like Instagram, as I’m always intrigued by how other artists approach their work. Hopefully, if I remember to take photographs I’ll get my act in gear and start getting a few blog posts uploaded too.
On a slightly different note, I have also started crocheting but I guess that’s a topic for a post in itself. You can have a look at my
attempts creations on my Instagram account or over on my Facebook page (link below).