30 August 2009

back...

...to the same game. here we have a page from aye you guessed it - the sketchbook. from when i went to Stoke at the end of July. one evening we went to gala bingo. we had fun. we didn't win but i got to draw many bingo lions. the second job i ever had was working in a bingo hall. i used to call the table top bingo out but sometimes would laugh and get the giggles. i have been working on a new batch of purses and the screen pattern designs but all is going tad slow at the moment. i have just finished a batch of five days straight at the cafe.

27 August 2009

where am i...

...i have been busy busy busy is all i can say. doing various different things, most are not illustration related. there is some new stock of mine at PAD in Preston. the cafe keeps getting in the way at the moment as i do need the pennies to pay for print studio hours etc. i will return as i can. thank you for staying along with me.

21 August 2009

oliver jeffers...

...yesterday i went to a special event that was at the Waterstone's in Manchester Arndale Centre. Mister Oliver Jeffers was there, drawing pictures while a lady read from two of his books! he showed us all how to make a paper plane and then held a paper plane flying competition. he did a bit of book signing and so i took along my copy of The Great Paper Caper for him to sign and he drew me an owl. in return I gave him a pirate lion postcard and a bird and button print. i also got one of the pictures that he drew whilst the lady was reading! the afternoon was super cool and it was amazing to meet and speak with Mr Jeffers as is one of my all time top illustrators! what a great day. i was tempted to draw a lion on the board before he arrived as he was a tad late but i didn't dare. maybe next time.

20 August 2009

another page...

...while i try and do twenty million things at once, i am still finding the time to sit down and draw. most of this was drawn at the mister's place of work. i also took some photos of his work area and the lab so that i have some reference later for proper background work. the sewing machine is calling me and so is mike the pencil. i need to work on some screen print designs.

17 August 2009


lion hunting...
...here is one that is in my hometown of Huddersfield. he lives above the Lion Chambers building/office which is opposite the main entrance of the train station. i took a few photos of him when i last visited.
page two and six...

...drawing all the time is making my brain think more about what to draw next. i often do draw the same thing but it helps me relax after a long day at the cafe plus it helps my brain when it goes on then to draw the 'new' things. at the moment i am drawing horse riding lions, cycle lions and footballers. i tried to take photos of the purses for here and for etsy but nope, they looked horrible and same goes for the ones i tried to take of the AOI book. might try again later with the camera. the purses are off to PAD as soon as i can get them there. i would like to thank all those who went to The Turnpike Gallery at Leigh to see my work and to those who bought some of it!

12 August 2009

new and old...

...a page i started while in Blackpool (end of June) and filled in as and when i wanted to. i am working hard at the moment and feel like i have three separate lives. one is illustration/print/craft, the other one is the cafe and the other one is just everything else. i am starting to lose sleep and constantly feel tired with a big fat headache. in a way it is good as i am forced to think quick and fast but some decisions take a bit longer. i am chuffed to bits that i have taught myself with guidance from friends, how to make purses. i have rediscovered some fabric that may be suitable to print on - bit better than calico. i am in the process of designing a pattern of which to print on it to then make purses. must dash as the sewing machine beckons.

10 August 2009

drinking...

...during my week away, we often went to the local pub or out and about. being the drawing geek that i am, took my sketchbook with me a couple of times and drew. we did visit a pub called 'The Famous Lion' !!! how super cool is that? today i was back in the print room to finish off the wedding invites and this second batch printed a lot better. thank you to everyone who left comments about them. it must have been one of my quicker designs! i am off for a mini wander into the city centre of Manchester and may do something creative later but the wedding to-do list now beckons some of my attention.

07 August 2009

on the motorway...

...in Betsy the little red mini. last week, the other Debbie and i went on a little trip to Tamworth. on the way back, i decided it was time to do some travelling drawing and drew this page. i think it is amazing as i do not draw these types of things at all plus trying to draw whilst sat in a little red mini that is doing 50mph down a motorway is quite difficult! i used to draw while i travelled on a bus and the pages would always be full of houses. can you spot the camper van, car and caravan or the motor home? i think there are a few Eddie Stobbart lorries in there.

06 August 2009

computer...

...to drawing, to computer then to the print room. here we have a lion card design, for me and the mister. we are getting married in a couple of months. i went to a new but familiar print room today and since my last visit things have changed. i was a bit unprepared and so not everything went according to plan. some cards came out ok, some did not, some may be rescued and some were left blank until next time. there is some relearning to do with this new place of printing but i foresee an increase in print output as it is closer to home and that makes me smile inside. i have the purses to tidy up and finish plus a spot of Mad Monica cleaning, so off i go.
early bird...

...with an early worm. i am up early today putting some finishing touches to a screen print design. i am off to play in a new print room later on today. here is a page that i drew in Stoke. i do have a new cactus and we saw a lot of rain. the other Debbie found a 20p piece without a date on and well, everything that i have drawn on this page happened except for the sunglasses!

04 August 2009

made with a zip...

...while i was at Lo-Fi DIY's first birthday party this evening. We meet up every first Tuesday of the month and craft and create together, though nothing much gets done amongst all the talking! This was the second time that I managed to complete something within an evening as I usually take robotingtons along with me to sew or finish off. it is nice to take a break off these projects to do something new. the new zip brooch will be going on my coat and i hope to make more in the future. maybe a purple one. the purses look good. it took me three different ways but the third way looks the best. more about these later in the week.
houses...

...i quite like drawing houses, what with the 'drawing things in context' project. it has just come to me but i should try drawing a lion in my office, drawing at the desk and using the sewing machine. mmm...well i have purses to sort out today and then this evening it is Lo-Fi DIY's first birthday so i am off to go and craft at that. i also have a very special card design to draw out properly. we shall see if today has enough TIME for me!

02 August 2009

where is the time...

...the time to do everything you ever need to do, get done and wish to do in a day? here is a page from the on-going sketchbook project. i know that i should be and want to be drawing 'things in context' and that is what i shall do in time. today i photographed some of the skyride cyclists that were riding through Manchester city centre. i shall use some of these photos for reference for drawing the bike lions. i am back from a lovely busy week visiting the other Debbie who lives in Stoke. photos of Betsy, monkeys, a fancy park, rain and the AOI Images 33 book to follow as and when there is TIME!