Monday, December 16, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
I'm feeling more confident about the screen printing - based on today anyway, but it comes and goes! But here is a clever French cat, hanging out on his own on a park bench and reading his favourite book!
He's four colours and the book is collaged on - I'm going to put them up for sale, and if anyone fancies them the idea is to choose your own book for him to read!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
I decided that I'd have a go at four colours this time! Which means four stages at which things can go wrong... BUT I'm happy with how these came out, and actually felt like I was slowing down and feeling calm and patient, ish. Having four colours is making me think of everything I can do next!
What kind of thinking are these cats doing? Why, the deep kind of course. They are French Left Bank intellectuals, and they have lots of ideas.
When I've got some nice photos I'll put them in my Big Cartel shop!
And here's a toucan having a break:
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I'm getting to the end of some projects, and thinking about screen printing more, and cards and things. Also just playing around too! It's nice doing some stuff for it's own sake, I get to be self-indulgent and just do more animals and instruments. My horns are improving though I think! All the pipes (mostly) go places now - they used to tail off into mid air...
Also thinking in terms of screen printing is nice as it makes me think in more minimal colours, and also outside the lines a bit, which looks more relaxed I think.
I bought some trousers very like this recently, and I wear them with stripy socks! Basically all my animals wear clothes I want, and very occasionally have.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Had a few much more successful printing hours, phew! So the key is: smaller, and less layers. Pretty obvious really.
And now I've finally cleaned the screen, yay! Poor desiccated hands feeling less thrilled about this whole new craze, but hey ho. And sorry for the horrible picture quality, will take some nice ones with my camera before putting them in my Big Cartel shop!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
I did this yoga cat screen print as part of a Halloween workshop - it has two layers, black and a glow in the dark layer. Unfortunately I hadn't really understood how the GITD bit would work, that it wouldn't glow through the black. So when the lights go out you get half of a big cat's bum and half a face... I tried taking a photo but the glow wasn't strong enough! Never mind, every time I print I learn something new! The thing I often learn is that I'm impatient and want things to work NOW!!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Lots of a cat playing with her boa!
I've decided to give up on the idea of separating my children's drawings from my more "grown-up" ones - I didn't seem to be sticking to it anyway, and I'd rather keep everything on one blog. So if you do happen to look at this with little ones, be aware - but really I don't post anything THAT saucy, and if ever I do, I will be sure to flag it beforehand. Thanks for looking!
Monday, November 11, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
Lots of little guys, bits from bigger pictures! My favourite animal here is the flute-playing bear below in the middle. I quite like her shirt and that she looks very serene, and I imagine she practises hard and does her music homework without having to be nagged first.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Today I went to the Discover Children's Story Centre in Stratford. It's a really super and unusual place - a literacy centre and children's museum, with a story trail, crafts and lots of interactive play areas, a great adventure playground and a semi-permanent story installation downstairs (currently set in space and created by the talented Jim Field). They also run a regular programme of storytelling events, and host workshops with writers and illustrators.
I did two Toucans talks, and drew expressions with the children. They were attentive groups, although the afternoon gang were fairly disparaging about my snake AND my giraffe, labelling them both ducks. I tried to tell them how sensitive we artists are, but they seemed unmoved by this. So then I looked like the cat below on the left... just kidding!
It was a great day and I really recommend the Discover Centre for anyone with children in the area, or indeed as a destination - there is so much to keep children (and adults) happy and stimulated there.
Before the harsh and wounding critique of my giraffe skillz
Signing some Toucans!
Thursday, October 24, 2013
I'm going to be doing an event at the new Bush Theatre in Shepherds Bush on Saturday November 2nd. This is part of the first Angels & Urchins Storystock Festival, for which there is a great line-up.
Tickets for my event, which is at 9.30am, are £6 and are available HERE.
I'm going to be reading from The Toucan Brothers, and we're going to draw expressions together and draw other things and generally make merry with animal characters! Please come down!