Thursday, 3 August 2017

Cinema Illustrations coming soon!

I am working on a set of three brand new designs for a cinema to be unveiled at the end of the Summer! One will include an 1895 projector developed by the Lumière Brothers- the pioneers of cinema.
These images show the process from my original sketch to fully illustrated version, and will make up the back of a greeting card design, celebrating timeless nature of the cinema experience.

Final design / contact information yet to be finalised.

Friday, 21 July 2017

EXCLUSIVE: The Big Sleuth Outlet Window Display

I am so proud to share this huge piece I have been working on for the last 3 weeks.

Today, I visited the finished Big Sleuth window display at the Great Western Arcade.

I have been working closely with Birmingham Children's Hospital to create a window display to celebrate The Big Sleuth in the historic Arcade to help raise funds for an incredible cause.

A scout bear uses his Trail app to hike his way over to find all his bear pals who have migrated to Bearmingham for the Summer.

Bear's sidekick Bee looks on at some shop visitors..

New work on the horizon

Here is a little teaser banner of a new piece of work I am putting the finishing touches on exclusively for The Electric Cinema, can't wait to share it!

BBC Radio West Midlands Interview at mac Birmingham

My manager kindly set me up with an interview to discuss the arts, how to practice drawing as well as a Lego drop-in workshop I delivered on the day.

It was a pleasure to shine a light on mac Birmingham and discuss the importance of the arts in problem solving and confidence building.

We made Lego and had fun outside at a BBQ :)

Wedding invitations!

I am working on some wedding invitations inspired by Havana - the honeymoon destination - done in a style reminiscent of the Independent Birmingham membership card colour palettes and Birmingham feel.

I am attempting a combination of vintage travel posters, industrial Birmingham and Havana, set in a naked cake.

The Big Sleuth Mary Beary Selfies!

One of my favourite parts of The Big Sleuth project is seeing the influx of selfies from visitors discovering my bear along the huge trail!

After 3 weeks mixing colours and painting into the night, the reward is seeing the finished bear in it's proper context with happy families spending their day finding all the bears!

The Big Sleuth Launch Night! 4.7.17

Lovely night at The Big Sleuth Launch Party with a full reveal of all the bears!

Standing with my Bake Off-inspired contribution to this fantastic initiative: Mary Beary's Soggy Bottom!

Sunday, 2 July 2017

The Big Sleuth is coming...8 days to go!

I am working on a lovely secret project leading up to the huge public art trail The Big Sleuth, alongside Wild in Art and Birmingham Children's Hospital. Watch this space!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Thinktank / Yew Tree visit continued!

Here I am adding some last touches on the front of the bear before the poems are added!

Year 4 pupils during a mocksidermy Butterfly workshop. I encouraged the pupils to use their favourite seasons as inspiration for the colours of their leaves.

Here are all 59 of Yew Tree's Year 4 group with their leaves decorating a scene on the back of the bear!

Images courtesy of Anne-Marie Hayes.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

The Big Sleuth Yew Tree workshop at Thinktank Science Museum! 7.6.17

This is the moment Year 4 pupils unveiled Yew Tree Primary School's new family member for The Big Sleuth 2017! No details just yet but here is a glimpse of the design from the front, such lovely feedback and a pleasure to work on this bear!

Here is some progress on the flamingos showing the layering of differently coloured feathers!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Bear painting at St Francis, 18-19th May 2017 :)

I spent 2 days at St Francis Church of England Primary School, meeting all the children from nursery up to Year 6 and they all painted onto their bear.

The bear has been christened Fioretti, Italian for 'Little Flowers' and also the title of a book on the life of St Francis, a friar and lover of nature.

This is such a lovely opportunity to encourage children's contribution and love of the arts. I met so many pupils who said they loved drawing and painting and that their parents were artists too.

I had keen pupils submitting their ideas for bears too, including Fred Francis, named after the big red bus in their school field.

In keeping with St Francis' love of nature, in the centre of the school is the quad, where 8 ducklings are being nurtured :)

Friday, 19 May 2017

Independent Birmingham Membership Card re-design finished!

I am so proud to share this design for the brand new Independent Birmingham membership card. IB are all about championing Birmingham as THE destination for the independents. Fitting the city within a location motif was the main concept for this design with an after-work mood visualised by a sunset colour palette.

Photoshoot: Mary Beary's Soggy Bottom

I have this week finished painting Mary Beary, and next I will varnish her so she is weatherproof for her 3 month stay at Resorts World

I love tiny details and have put meticulous detail into her pearls ...

... and array of dessert spoons, always prepared for a piece of cake or a well-baked bakewell.

The face has eyelash details and some realistic eyes to emulate Mary's baby blues!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Mary Beary BBC News publicity!

Mary Beary's Soggy Bottom was featured on BBC Midlands Today a day after I finally completed varnishing her! Very proud to see her in her glory!

Monday, 1 May 2017

Holly Golightly at The Electric!

I am working on a Breakfast at Tiffany's themed design for the Electric Cinema, taking it back to the early 60s with pastel and champagne colours.

The design features both the Tiffany's store seen in the opening credits along with the closing segment including the yellow taxi.

The design will be available as part of the gift voucher in early summer 2017!

Update: The Big Sleuth 2017 and Painting Progress!


The Big Sleuth Learning Resources

I worked on a great project in November 2016 for The Big Sleuth's learning pack as part of the education programme.
They have since been published and distributed to schools with the illustrations as chapter headers telling the story of the sun bear.