I like to work from photographs, loosely sketching the outline before detailing the shading and texture in coloured pencil or oil pastel. Animals are my absolute favourite thing to draw as I enjoy capturing their furriness. I drew the red squirrel and Bella, my chinchilla, as personal pieces. The guinea pig, mouse and ladybirds were part of a degree project to create a set of three motivational postcards.
I drew Chewy the rat for my cousin, and designed the 'Mice in Love' card for a family wedding. 'Kayleigh and Owen's House' was a keep-sake for my daughter and her partner when they moved into their first house last year. I have since had more requests for commissions, and may take them on again in the future. For now though, completing my graphic design degree has to take priority.
This is an area I am just beginning to explore. As part of my degree I have had to learn to use Adobe Illustrator. Using the pen tool takes a lot of practice, and while I am beginning to master the technique, at this level I can't achieve the same results as I can with a real pencil. More practice is needed!
I love the beautiful, organic nature of screen printed images, and the incredible patterns created by repeated prints. My designs are inspired by plants, leaves, petals and animal shapes. I transferred my owl print on to a tote bag, and I am hoping to put more of my prints on to merchandise soon.
Latch Hook Cushions
I designed the owls as a pair of fun cushions for my own sofa. The purple aster flower was a request to see if I could turn a photo into a cushion. I like to plan out my designs on graph paper before watching them grow into woolly pictures!