This illustration is a personal work inspired by a mocktail in the Midnight Apothecary book by Lottie Muir. I wanted this to be a deep, rich illustration to reflect a grown up drink. The plants in the illustration are apple, tansy, lemons and rose branches – the ingredients in the mocktail.
I am having a bit of a thing about drawing rose branches and thorny images at the moment – like a flower fairy gone nasty. It’s because a friend of mind always sends me images of paintings she’s seen and liked, and she recently sent me a gorgeous one of a madonna and baby with roses in the background. I basically just took that idea and ran with it.
I’ve said it here before but the quieter this blog is, the more I’ve been working (and, ahem, partying) on projects and commissions. A fantastic break in Holland, where my art agency is based, and then guests over from the same country (you will be hard pushed to find someone who loves Holland as much as me!) had meant I am quite thoroughly pooped.
Above is a personal project I’ve been working on, the city of Hoorn in the Netherlands which I lived in for two years. Drawing the place that I’m missing is my way of day dreaming about it while being productive.
This illustration was a pitch for a magazine editorial inspired by the cover of Gemma Bovery, a graphic novel by Posy Simmonds and one of my favourite writers and illustrators. This doesn’t have the punch Posy’s cover does because the lead has a shifty look in her eyes but I’ve always loved that crimson flash on danger on a deep blue background.
I’m really chuffed that I will now be working with creative production agency, Shop Around. Based in the Netherlands and the USA, they are far cooler than I could ever be. The fact that I used the work ‘cool’ says it all really.
I’m always thinking of ways I can inject colour into my work, I feel it needs more although I’ve been assured it doesn’t. Well, I’m not listening on this particular occasion so this week I’ve bumped up some food illustrations with a zap of cyan and magenta. Yum!