Monday, 15 August 2011

Illustration Rally - Typography!

I love Illustration Rally and I've taken part in some of their fantastic rallies before, but I can't tell you how I excited I was to see they were having a TYPOGRAPHY one! :)

These are the pieces I entered:

This is a piece from an old University project on bullying.
Red, Yellow AND Blue Make Black.
My pieces are HERE and you can see the other hand drawn entries along with the digital typography pieces on the Illustration Rally blog HERE!

Follow Illustration Rally on twitter to find out about future rallies at


Nunnington Hall.

These are some photographs I took of the gorgeous Manor House in North Yorkshire. (see last blog post!)

Kid Acne and Jane Pinkney.

On Friday I went into Sheffield with a friend to see Kid Acne's exhibition, Kill Your Darlings at the Millennium Galleries. This is his first exhibition in his home town and boy does it make an impact. From brightly coloured walls and canvasses, two cabinets full of his sketchbooks, massive floating ghosts and even a hanging copy of books and zines with his work in. I am a huge fan of graffiti, zines and art and this more than meets my expectations. I left feeling so inspired! The exhibition is there until the end of October and is really worth checking out!

Kid Acne's Blog.
Millenium Galleries - Exhibitions.

On Saturday I went to Nunnington Hall in North Yorkshire to see an exhibition of Jane Pinkney's illustrations. She creates gorgeous little mice characters in very different scenarios. The exhibition spans two upstairs rooms and a corridor in this amazing manor house. You know when everyone says 'don't use to lots of colour and don't overcrowd your image?' That's exactly what Jane does but it works so well and you can see just how much everyone loves these mice from their smiles. 'Awww's' can be heard all around too. There are pictures of mice cleaning and eating and some are lost and some are roaming the bedrooms of the hall itself!

I bought 'The Mice of Nibbling Village' featuring Jane's work and with verses from Margaret Greaves. There are little poems to describe the daily lives of mice and Jane's illustrations accompany each one so well.


You can find out a bit more about the exhibition HERE and find out more about the minuture house collection there too :)


Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Roche Abbey and Gainsborough Old Hall.

So yesterday I went out exploring with my best friend, camera and sketchbook. First we visited the Medieval Manor House, Gainsborough Old Hall. It is 'over 500 years old and is one of the best preserved timber framed manor houses in the UK.'

Roche Abbey is one of my favourite places. Sadly it wasn't open to explore. It's all been fenced off since I was last there :( 
'Beautifully set in a valley landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown in the 18th Century. Roche Abbey has one of the most complete ground plans of any English Cistercian monastery, laid out as excavated foundations.The soaring early Gothic transepts of this Cistercian monastery still survive to their original height and are ranked in importance with the finest early Gothic architecture in Britain.'

A quick sketch of the ruins entrance.

The Lake District and some pretty ribbon.

A few weeks ago I went to the Lake District. It was really strange as it was the first holiday without my younger sister. But never mind, she's sunning herself in New Jersey so we're even :)

We stayed in a tiny and beautiful village called Grasmere. We had a lovely week and I left feeling so inspired and full of ideas! It's no wonder that Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth and Alfred Wainwright fell in love with the Lakes.

Here be a few of my favourite places...

 Bassenthwaite Lake.

Easedale Tarn

Boat Sheds on Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere

A waterfall at Elterwater.

My parents took me to a lovely garden centre full of lots of quirky things. My favourite was a bright red tea pot with white polka dots. Sadly I don't drink tea, so I couldn't justify buying it! I did however buy a couple of rolls of ribbon.

Enjoy! :) 


Wednesday, 3 August 2011

there is always HOPE.

Here's my latest typographic piece. The most time consuming I've ever done. Also, the most rewarding.

Secret Garden Party Review with Married To The Sea.

I've been at it again, illustrating for Amelia's Magazine! :)

This time for Jessica Cook's review of The Secret Garden Party. She asked me to illustrate quirky band, Married To The Sea. If you haven't checked this band out, click on THIS LINK for videos and more information.

Along with some lovely bright images, Jessica gave me this information about the venue. [It is] "an interesting one as the entire room glows with red light and the room is filled with sofas, chairs, cushions and sleeping inhabitants. It also only serves tea, crumpets, and all things quintessentially British." - Sounds like a great atmosphere to me!

This is my illustration:

You can read Jessica's review at the link HERE and see the other bands and other Alice in Wonderland-esque pictures from the festival.

Enjoy! X