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March sketches

Another month down and I’m still writing 2016 everywhere!

This month seems to have flown by without me spending much time with my watercolours. Instead, I’ve been sketching and using the computer to edit photos and experiment with some digital art.

Here’s a few of the sketches from the last few months.

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‘I’ll never be like other people, but that’s alright, because I’m a bear.’ Paddington Bear

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‘But I made ‘em cocoa.’ Queenie Goldstein from Fantastic beasts and where to find them

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This is a sketch for a story idea I have been thinking about, with a girl called Zoe and her puss cat Shadow.

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and this is one of my favourite sketches, a Fox and the Hound style boy and his best friend!

Now to dig out the watercolours!

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I’m on Redbubble!

As you may be able to tell from the title, I’ve now added some of my illustrations to Redbubble!

Redbubble is a website where I can upload my illustrations and they handle all of the printing and distribution of them on lots of products – notebooks, phone cases, art prints, mugs, etc etc, lots of stuff! Check it out here.

So, in theory, all I need to do is pop my artwork up there and then everything is taken care of!

I ordered a few tester products and I’ve got to admit, results were mixed!

The first item I received was my spring fox illustration on a cute little mug.

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I’m not 100% happy with the colours, they seem a little overexposed (radioactive fox anyone?!), but I’m hoping it’s just due to printing on a shiny ceramic surface! It’s certainly doing a good job for my afternoon tea :)

The next items that arrived were my giraffe and otter illustrations on tote bags.

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I’m so disappointed with these! I had super high hopes of strolling into town with a cute giraffe bag on my shoulder, but it’s not to be. Again, the colours aren’t quite right, faded and a bit weird, and the illustrations are soft/blurry because of the print being so large – which on the one hand, is my fault for sizing it wrong, but on the other hand, they looked brill on the mock ups, so i didn’t realise!

As I’m unhappy with these tote bag prints, I’ve removed any fabric versions of illustrations from the redbubble shop. Hopefully, I’ll find a solution and then we can all walk around town with Bethany Robyn tote bags!

The last item to be delivered was my ducky illustration as an art board print.

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I’m so happy, it’s an adorable addition to my shelf :)

So, definitely a mixed reception for my test products!

Currently, I’ve got 12 animal illustrations uploaded on the site, each of the designs is available on a variety of products (click on the illustration to see what other products are available) and I’m planning to add some of my childrens illustrations later this week.

Please have a look at my redbubble shop and let me know what you think!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

It’s that time again; nights are drawing in, there’s a chill in the air and mince pies are sneaking into the shops… it’s the lead up to Christmas!

So to help spread the festive cheer, I’ve added a pack of 8 Christmas cards to my etsy shop!

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There are a couple of traditional cards

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A couple of cards for animal lovers

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And a few cards filled with Christmas characters embracing the festive spirit

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So hopefully, with this selection, there is something for everyone. Stock is quite limited, so head on over to my etsy shop if you’d like the chance to buy!

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Good weather for ducks

No matter how strongly the sun is shining, you know it’s only a matter of time before it starts raining again. After all, it is the Great British Summer!

Even as I write this, I’ve just had to dash outside to bring the sun lounger in. What started out as a glorious August morning has turned into an unpredictable day swinging between toasty sunshine and spots of rain. Oh well, it started brightly!

When I used to visit my Gran in the summer holidays, we’d look out on rainy days to see ducks merrily gliding along the river at the end of the garden. They’d be swimming along in the rain, diving in, in search of food or an unlucky holiday maker handing out bread under cover of a large umbrella. I’d huff and slouch my shoulders at another day wasted and my Gran would cheerfully say ‘well, it’s good weather for ducks.’

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So maybe, it’s time to stop frowning at the rain clouds and embrace the British weather.

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And perhaps, it’s also time to invest in a good anorak and wellies!

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Even more cards in my Etsy shop!

My card empire is growing! I now have a grand total of 28 card designs available in my shop!

Following on from adding my Happy Cakeday cards to my Etsy shop a few weeks ago, I have now added another 3 sets of cards to my shop!

Firstly, as it’s wedding season, I thought I had best add some of my own designs to the card choice:

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I’ve also added some cuddly teddy bear cards for new arrivals, either new babies or new pets :)

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And as previously promised, I’ve finally added my animal cards to the shop!

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Here’s a quick snap of a giraffe card that I sent out yesterday, along with all of its postal packaging:

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So, this will be the last card announcement for a little while (phew!), as I’m already back to my sketchbook trying out some new designs and trying to build up the courage to add my custom name illustrations to my shop! Is it silly to be nervous of adding it in case someone actually orders one?!

So, I will leave you with the new offer I have running in my shop, you can buy 4 cards for £8.50 – go on, you know you want to! And as always, thank you so much for supporting me on this journey! I appreciate every like and share as much as any purchase!

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Spring inspiration

So finally, Spring has sprung! Thank goodness, I didn’t think it would ever stop drizzling.

Spring is the time for new beginnings, and as you may remember me mentioning once, or maybe twice… my spring has started with my band new etsy shop! Please check it out and if you like my cards, please spread the word and send people my way!

Since designing the cards, I’ve been thinking about what else I should stock in my shop, and recently I seem to be filling my sketchbooks with animal illustrations, here are a few I’ve been working on.

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Daffodils are my favourite flowers, so bright, sunny and spring-y, so I love any chance to sneak them into a painting!

easter bunnies

I don’t think all Easter bunnies are the same, I think some love their job, they are dedicated and serious bunny-types, whereas some others are a little more relaxed, they take the time to enjoy the flowers as they do their egg hiding duties!

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I have two words… otterly adorable :)

adorable aardvark

I know an aardvark is an unusual choice, but after seeing you can bottle feed them at the zoo, I’ve found them fascinating. They had some aardvarks on the ‘Secret life of zoos’ programme on tv and they essentially spend all day snoozing on their backs, licking at imaginary termites in their sleep – too cute, I love them!

twoo of a kind

It’s official, life should have more puns – it took me days to come up with this one, and it’s extra special as this was the illustration I did for my mum’s mother’s day card.

llama love

And finally my loving llamas, no pun here unfortunately, but I am open to suggestions!

These are what I’ve done so far, and now I just have to decide whether I want to sell them as cards or prints, or both – what do you think? Do you have a favourite?

Thanks again for all your support, it all seems so exciting!

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Plans for the future!

In the hope of convincing myself that I’m a real illustrator-in-training, recently I’ve been looking into printing some cards and possibly setting up my own little etsy shop.

There, now that I’ve told you, I’m going to have to do it!

I’ve spent the last week sketching, painting, inking, photographing and tweaking a few designs, so hopefully I’ll have 11 cards ready to go when I open up.

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I’d like to say it’s been seamless so far, but I won’t lie to you… the sketching and painting has been the easiest part!

Yesterday I tried to print some test cards, only for the blue and pink inks to run out 4 cards in – not ideal! It turns out that four leaf clovers look both ill and unlucky without the blue…

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Here is a little preview of said gradually-less-blue mock ups, I’d like to say the blurriness of the photo is to add intrigue, but actually I had to rush the photo before the cat could jump on them!

So today, I braved the outside world for the first time in 4 days, (does that make me sound terribly lazy?) on a voyage to speak with a local printers to see what my options are for getting a lovely professional finish.

I arrived to see that although they are indeed open Mon to Sat, just below these opening times it states ‘Closed Wednesday’. I wish I had spotted that a little sooner. What a waste of eyeliner and outside clothes!

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So it looks like another journey into the wild for me tomorrow – I will not give up!

If any of you are unfamiliar with etsy, its a website where you can buy lots of things from artwork and knitwear to jewellery and homeware. Each seller has it’s own page, a bit like it’s own shop window.

My lovely friend Flo has an etsy page selling her bright, colourful and quirky cards and prints and she also has a Facebook page with more of her wonderful artwork which you should definitely check out!

My first purchase from etsy was an amazing Audrey Hepburn print which is on my wall along with some of my favourite paintings. It’s by an artist called Ileana Hunter, who it turns out is based near Norwich, her beautiful portrait sketches are well worth a look.

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So that’s a little update on how I’m spending my days at the moment. Elsewhere in the house, I managed to catch Midna making this face while enjoying some dreamies yesterday, I hope you have something in your life that gives you this much joy!

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What a difference a day makes…

So we’ve made it to 2016! All the wonders and woes of 2015 are officially behind us and it’s a brand new year ahead of us.

What better way to start than by wishing you all a happy new year!

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You may have noticed I’ve also started the year with a new Facebook page header:

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We went to Banham Zoo back in October to visit the Boyf’s sponsored snow leopard, and I came away in love with the two cheetahs in the neighbouring enclosure. They are gorgeous and have such cheeky personalities, I think they’ll be next on the sponsor list!

For Christmas this year I scaled up two of my Gran’s photos as 50cm canvases for my Mum. My favourite is the photo of my grandparents shelling peas in the garden. They would have been in their late teens/early twenties and it’s one of the only ones where they’ve been caught unaware, rather than posing for the camera!

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As I’d been looking at this photo so much over the last few weeks, I couldn’t help but try my own version.

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Seeing these side by side, it’s easier to spot what I still need to improve on, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction!

This week I treated myself to a couple of late Christmas presents in the shape of a couple of art books. I had done a little illustration before nipping to the shops, and after reading the books that evening, I wanted to try again the next day.

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Hopefully, it’s obvious that the before is on the left and the after is on the right! The improvement was, in part, what inspired the title of the post, as I was humming the song to myself as I painted on the second day, pleased with the change in just 24 little hours!

So I hope this is a sign of the year to come, filled with improvement and of course, bubbles!

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Summer painting update

Over the last few months I haven’t been painting very much due to a mixture of working hard and lack of inspiration. But now that the sun is out and I’m managing to sneak more days at home, I’m trying to track down some inspiration and rediscover my pencils and paints.

So here are a few things that I’ve been painting recently:

bakery dog

This is based on an instagram pic of a cheeky little labrador at a bakery window. I’m still going through a painting cute animals phase, so this popped onto my feed at just the right time! I update my instagram more often than the blog or Facebook, so follow me on instagram for more frequent updates!

Talking of cute animals, I went to see Jurassic World at the cinema last weekend, which inspired a little birthday card that I did for my cousin’s little boy.

dino cardPersonally, I think little dinosaurs are adorable, but that might just be me! I’m thinking of doing a few more of these to make a cute little group as my go to for young age cards.

Another card I did this month was for my friend who recently moved in with her boyfriend:

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I’ve only met her boyfriend once so far (I know, I’m a terrible friend), but they seem very happy together, so I’m really excited for them!

The final painting I’m going to share is a quick sneak peak…

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I’ve been working on a name illustration for a different cousin’s little boy (I have a lot of cousins), with a riverside theme, so this is a little snippet of the final thing.

This is the fifth name illustration I’ve done (I’ve previously shared Hattie’s on my Facebook page and Ella’s here) and it is definitely my favourite thing to paint! I’ll share them all in my next post, once I’ve given this one to it’s new owner.

I’m always open to requests, so if you know anyone who’s nursery or child’s room is missing that something special, please get in touch!

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Happy Egg Hunting Day!

Happy Easter everyone!

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We had an early Easter gift yesterday when my mum and step-dad came over wielding an arsenal of garden tools to help us tackle our jungle of a garden!

The boyf pointed out we should have taken a before picture, as it was truly a huge mess, but now we have proper borders, healthy plants, a tidy little lawn and cute hedge ball things! Weeds have been scared away, wild honeysuckle has been tamed and we actually used our outdoors tap for the first time (turns out it wasn’t covered in as many spider webs as we thought)!

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So although it isn’t quite egg-hunt ready yet, by summer it will be the perfect sunbathing and barbecuing spot!

I hope you all have a day filled with egg hunting, chocolate and bunnies :) and I’ll leave you with this little close up as he’s just so cute!

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