Illustrators Auction for War Child

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My ‘Love Birds’ print is now up for auction along with many  illustrations by an amazing array of illustrators. Now is the time to get yourself a lovely bit of artwork and help the charity War Child.

War Child gives help and support to children whose families, schools and communities have been hit by war.

The auction is live, and ends on the & 7th September at 2.06pm.

Click here to go straight to the auction and see some brilliant pictures.

Thanks to top lady Leigh Hodgkinson and Nosy Crow for arranging it.

Go on, put in a bid!

 

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Mr Rabbit.

I don’t have fairies at the bottom of my garden. I have a rabbit.

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I was playing with building up different washes of colour to add texture and depth. I’m hoping there will be more to come..

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Black, white and a little bit of colour..

I’ve been trying some new things. I was imagining a world with these two characters, one a spy and one a detective and them constantly hunting/ hiding from each other..

I’ve left a lot of white space as I was imagining this as if it was for a children’s chapter book, so the white space would be where text would go.

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Hurrah!

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I’m thrilled and delighted and oh so very very happy to announce that I am to be represented by the lovely Helen Mackenzie Smith of Bell Lomax Moreton.

For anything book related, you can contact her here.

Hurrah hurrah hurrah!

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More Open House.

As I said in my last post, we’re half way through the open house season in Brighton. Here are some more detailed pics of what I am selling..

Some greetings cards,

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Some woolly bear badges,

 

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Some lovely bear notebooks,

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or how about a mermaid temporary tattoo?

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or has Mr Sausage Dog tattoo taken your fancy??

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My smashing Bird House stamp, stamped on everything!

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Go on, come and see us!

If you can’t make it, it will all be available on my Folksy shop very soon..

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Open House

Hello! It’s been a while since I last posted, I’ve been busily getting ready for our open house, www.thebirdhousehove.co.uk. Open houses are part of the Brighton Festival, open for four weekends in May, with over 200 houses and studios being open to the public. Look at some art, have a nose at a house, what’s not to like..AND lots of them have cake!!

We have 5 artists showing in our house. We have the amazing Chrissie Davies, ‘Little bird creations’ whose machine embroideries are stunning.

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Helen Locke (also my sister-in -law) screen printing whizz

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Anne Maxfield, beautiful handmade bags, cushions and quilts (and my mum).

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Leigh Hodgkinson illustrator extraordinaire, showing prints, spoon dollies,snippy sew kits and badges.

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And last, but not least, me. I am showing some screenprints, giclee prints, badges,notebooks, cards and temporary tattoos!!

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Come and see us, we have cake!!

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Bird Bath Birds.

This was a black and white project started late summer last year. I was approached by the marvellous Matthew Sheret to do a series of drawings of British birds for Berg‘s Little Printer. After discussions with Matt, I hit upon the idea of birds at a bird bath.

‘Little Printer’ is a cute little internet printer for your home, a thermal printer for techno people. After a few experiments, we discovered that it didn’t like my usual dip pen line, so I produced two sets of everything, one in dip pen, shown here, and the other in a black pen for the printer. I have shown some on twitter and this blog, but here are the set in their entirety. Including the few that didn’t make it, as they didn’t reproduce well.

They are being released 1 a week, so you can still sign up for them if you have a Little Printer.

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Grey Heron (Ardea Cinerea), it can move at lightening speed when it wants to.

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This is how it printed on ‘Little Printer’.

 

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Robin (Erithacus Rubecula), a gardeners friend.

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Red Legged Partridge (Alectoris Rufa), an elegant attractive bird,with bright red legs(funny that!) and beak.

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Pigeon, even in the cold they co-operate with each other and readily accept outsiders to the flock.

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Thrush (Turdus Philomelos), known for it’s habit of smashing the shells of snails to get at their bodies.

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Mute Swan (Cygnus Olor), Pure elegance.Makes strangled trumpeting, snorting and hissing noises.

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Wren (Troglodytes Troglodytes), has an amazingly loud voice for one so small.

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Greylag Geese (Anser Anser), known for its loud clattering and honking.

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Blue Tit (Cyanistes Caeruleus) it’s acrobatic skills make it a firm garden favourite.

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Magpie (Pica Pica), it has a fondness for eating bird eggs and chicks. Likes shiny things. Bit of a bully.

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Snipe (Gallinago Gallinago), feeds in areas where soft oozy mud lets it probe for food with its extremely long beak.

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Owl (Tyto Alba), often seen by day, especially when feeding it’s young.

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Starlings (Sturnus Vulgaris), a common, noisy, social but quarrelsome bird.

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This was a lot of fun to work on, some of theses characters have taken on a life of their own. I’m not sure where they’ll be reappearing next, but this isn’t the last of them…

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