Project thoughts so far for May

Here is a little selection of the sketches, studies and work I’ve been doing over the past several weeks for my portfolio development work.

I love researching about different subjects, it can be difficult to stop researching for me sometimes. I know it doesn’t sound exciting to some people but I love research and discovering and furthering my knowledge about new things and old things and then expressing it through art (well thats the plan…).


Just a little update on my progress so far…

I’ve been doing a set of varied weekly self initiated Illustration projects and I’m up to project 8 now. I’m doing this to challenge myself and develop a portfolio of work. I’ll get my stuff together soon and show some of the development from the different projects.

Many of them so far have developed in unexpected ways, for example one of them introduced me to the art of stump work

This week I’ve started another mini Illustration project to do with folklore. I’m looking into Scottish and my regional Shropshire folklore as well but I’m still not sure which one I’ll go with yet.

I also realize this blog looks pretty boring right now, but I’m saving the re-design until after I get some new work done and I finish the Nnewts 2 pages I have to do so I can really give it my attention.

Reasons for Illustration

As part of my studies and exploration into learning more about Illustration (now that I’m really focusing on the subject and practice full time), I made a little document for some of my brainstorming thinking about the subject “reasons to use illustration”. I have no idea if it is useful to anyone else, but if you have any thoughts, edits or additions please let me know- it’s a work in progress.

reasons to use illustration (PDF)

Bee Embroidery Workshop

My mum held a workshop for the British Beekeepers Association at their annual conference Harper Adams University 18th April. They used hand dyed wool fabric from Weeks Dye Works North Carolina.

It was an introduction to hand stitched embroidered techniques on wool felt. They used an original folk art bee themed project designed by me.

Line Art Colour Bee Design Line art bee design

You can see more of my mums work at annies patch

Garden Wildlife Article Illustration Project

Last week I wrapped up another week long self initiated Illustration project to find out about how to attract wildlife into the garden. It was very educational for me. I’ve actually been doing a lot more gardening myself and I have all sorts of birds in my garden now including Sparrows, Robins, Dunnocks, Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Long Tailed Tits and Goldfinches.

I haven’t finalized it yet because I’m moving onto a different themed project every week finished or not, but here are some studies from this one so far (from books). It is hard to do life drawing of birds because they move so fast, but I am going to do so while the weather is nice.

Drawings of British Birds