In My Shoppe: Original Watercolour Illustration – “Merci”

Posted Thursday 27 September 2012 and filed under: In My Sketchbook,Prints, Patterns & Fabric

Inspired by travel and those happy accidents when you’re exploring a new city, turn a corner and find a gorgeous little lane!

Please note that I’m selling the original illustration (not an Art Print).

Watercolour + markers + ink on 300gsm Daler & Rowney Aquarelle watercolor paper.

You can find it in my etsy shoppe here: “Merci

I really enjoyed working on this one! And here’s a little animated GIF on its progression (sorry for the poor lighting – I was working on this one at night!):

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In My Shoppe: Original Watercolour Illustration – “Cold Out”

Posted Tuesday 25 September 2012 and filed under: In My Sketchbook,Prints, Patterns & Fabric

Keeping warm in a coat of her own hair! :-)

This is an original illustration using watercolour paint and ink on 300gsm Daler & Rowney Aquarelle watercolor paper. This is the original, so I only have one of these and won’t be making Art Prints of the illustration.

I had a lot of fun working on this one! The size of the paper is standard A4-size and looks great in a simple white frame.

You can find more photos of the illustration in my etsy shoppe here: “Cold Out” by One Red Robin
(If you would like to purchase this illustration but don’t have an etsy account, please do drop me an email and we can arrange payment via Paypal!)

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Best “Fashion” Quote I Have Ever Read

Posted Friday 21 September 2012 and filed under: In My Sketchbook

:-)

Pencil + Watercolour Paint + Digital Lettering

Happy Friday!

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More New Art Prints in my Shoppe! “Suspicion” & “Audrey H.”

Posted Tuesday 11 September 2012 and filed under: In My Sketchbook,Prints, Patterns & Fabric

I’ve been trying to get back on-top of my To-Do list lately (I haven’t been as diligent as I should be!). I found a few little pockets of time here and there and managed to finalise a couple of my illustrations into prints.

I’ve blogged about these two illustrations previously, and now they are available as Art Prints.

Suspicion”:

Available in my etsy shoppe here: Art Print – Suspicion.

Audrey H.”:

Available in my etsy shoppe here: Art Print – Audrey H.

I should probably also add that if you do like something in my etsy shoppe but don’t have an etsy account and not interested in signing up for one, you can drop me an email instead and we can arrange payment through Paypal.

And finally here’s a something I was working on over the weekend while my family were happily napping :-)

I’m hoping this new burst of energy/inspiration will remain for the rest of the week!

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In My Sketchbook: Ah. Escape. Recharge. Bliss.

Posted Monday 3 September 2012 and filed under: In My Sketchbook

I love drawing. I really do.

I’m thankful that I have a day job and most days I do enjoy it. But my day job simply cannot beat those quiet moments at the end of the day when the kids are happily in dreamland, and I’m sitting in front of a blank piece of paper, paints/markers/pencils on hand, inspiration in mind, a hot cup of tea and a sweet treat sitting not too far away.

I don’t have to analyse anything; no one is asking me “how do you think we should handle this?”; I don’t have to think about how my decisions will please/displease others or how it will impact other projects; I don’t have to check a schedule to see how I’m tracking; and I’m not sitting in front of a computer screen.

Ah. Escape. Recharge. Bliss.

I completed this illustration over the weekend. I’m loving fashion-inspired illustration at the moment. It’s a fun challenge – working on the human form, the outfit details, and trying to do both within some kind of composition.

Inspiration is from Hong Kong Harpers’ Bazaar (I think it was the July 2012 issue?). Pencil + Markers + Watercolour Paint.

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In my sketchbook: Audrey H.

Posted Friday 31 August 2012 and filed under: In My Sketchbook

Thanks to all who took the time to vote for my t-shirt design on Threadless.com! I really, really, really appreciate your support! Seems like the official voting period is over but the design will remain on the site for another 90 days or so, whilst the Threadless-Powers-That-Be determine which designs to print (which in turn means that if you haven’t voted yet, you can still VOTE!!)

I can’t believe this week is over  – it has completely kicked my butt (especially at work) and I’m feeling exhausted. So happy that the weekend is almost here!

I didn’t get to do any drawings this week but here are two that I completed last weekend. I’ve always wanted to draw the beautiful (inside and out) Audrey Hepburn in black/grey/white, so here she is in markers + pen:

I might develop this drawing of Audrey a little further…

The one below is the result of me playing with markers + watercolour paint together:

Hoping to get time this weekend to work on some illustrations – hope you get a chance to do something you love this weekend too!

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An Illustration for Australian Fashion Label, Gorman!

Posted Sunday 12 August 2012 and filed under: In My Sketchbook,Just Sharing

There are moments when I am absolutely gobsmacked by the opportunities that pop up unexpectedly – this is one of those moments.

Back in March, I created an illustration featuring clothing from awesome Aussie fashion label, Gorman, just for fun. The wonderful peeps at Gorman stumbled across the illustration and put it on the front page of their website! I was so stoked and so grateful for the opportunity!

Fast forward to a few weeks ago, and I received a request from Gorman to create an illustration to promote their Summer’12 collection. How could I refuse?! The collection was released this past Friday, and you need to go over to their website (or pop into their stores) to see it, if you love patterns and colour.

I couldn’t wait to start working on the illustration!

And I’ll be posting some more sneak peeks on my Instagram (@oneredrobin) stream and on the One Red Robin Facebook page.

Very excited to be sharing the progress with you!

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New Illustration on RedBubble: “Evanesce”

Posted Tuesday 7 August 2012 and filed under: In My Sketchbook,Prints, Patterns & Fabric

There’s something about working with watercolours that makes me want to experiment more, try different techniques and stop trying to control the process so that everything is “just so”. I think that’s a good thing!

This is another watercolour painting I completed a few days ago. This one has a definite ‘fashion illustration’ bent, that seems to be influencing my work more and more these days. My challenge was to keep to a limited palette of 4 colours.

“Evanesce”:

It’s available in my RedBubble shop, as various types of prints in different sizes such as:

A poster:

A framed print:

A canvas print:

You can find it in my RedBubble shop HERE.

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New Illustration on RedBubble: “A Moment’s Reverie”

Posted Saturday 4 August 2012 and filed under: In My Sketchbook,Prints, Patterns & Fabric

I’ve been having so much fun with watercolours! I’ve been doing a few portraits and this is the first one I completed last week.

A Moment’s Reverie:

I’ve been getting quite a lot of questions as to whether I can provide my work in larger sizes, framed or mounted, or even as canvas prints! So I decided to put this illustration (as well as a few others) up on my RedBubble shop. I’ve had a RedBubble shop for a few years now (actually 5!) but I’ve never really out anything up to sell on it. However, the great thing about RedBubble is that you can choose the type of print you want.

So ‘A Moment’s Reverie‘ is available as a matted print, mounted print, canvas print and framed print, all in a variety of sizes. All products are professionally printed using high-quality materials and shipped to you in sturdy, protective packaging.

You can find ‘A Moment’s Reverie’ in my RedBubble shop HERE.

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In My Sketchbook: Playing with Watercolour

Posted Tuesday 31 July 2012 and filed under: In My Sketchbook

I’m not much of a painter. To be honest, paints in general have always scared me – I can just barely manage with acrylics and have failed big time with oils. But watercolours have scared me the most. Not sure why – it may have to do with the fact that they seem so … uncontrollable? unpredictable? umm, fluid? I think you know what I mean :-)

This past weekend, I decided it was time to overcome this fear and start playing with watercolour paint again.

My first attempt:

I didn’t get the paint at the right consistency so it was still quite thick. I like how the dress turned out but the skin needed more blending.

My second attempt:

I like how this one turned out. I used more water on my brush and experimented with the skin tone. So I think the blending turned out much better than the first attempt. I like how the wash turned out on the dress too.

I also tried a portrait:

I think I’ll need more work on blending the colours and probably a steadier hand for some of the finer lines. But I’m really having fun with watercolour paint. I’m glad I decided to put the fear aside and just do it!

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