Wishing everyone a new year full of positive energy!
It's been a year of huge changes, a few setbacks and (multiple) stresses, and a LOT of learning-new-things for me. It's been quite amazing and I've loved every second of it, even those moments (a few) when I felt like giving up completely. Well, I can be pretty stubborn when pushed, and that comes in handy sometimes ... I refused to give up, have ploughed on, and am looking forward to the changes speeding my way (oh yes, they are there) this coming year. Yes folks, I'm taking my own advice and embracing a life full of infinite possibilities.
I received a lovely parcel through the post that wraps my year up beautifully: the calendar created from the monthly free printables I illustrated this year as give-aways for the subscribers of the Floating Lemons monthly newsletter. Couldn't believe how well it turned out, I love it. I haven't got my good camera with me (had to use the trusty iPhone) and of course am still in temporary quarters, so excuse the not-too-great quality of the photos below. Hopefully you'll get a goodish idea of how lovely it looks, up on the wall. A huge thanks to Zazzle for the amazing job printing it ...
I don't want to overburden this post with too many images, so have placed the last 6 months of the calendar over at the Floating Lemons Treats blog, so if you'd like to see them just click HERE. And if you want to gift it to yourself or anyone you know who might appreciate some positive motivational quotes, click HERE.
Let me know what you think of it, and please forgive me for being just a teensy bit proud of myself at the moment -- not just of having created the art, but for having stuck to my promise and delivered an illustrated quote monthly even through the chaos of moving to a new country and (re)joining College!
So, have a fantastic and safe New Year's Eve and an even more fantastic 2015. Cheers.
ooops, almost forgot! As of the 30th of January the "I Choose" free printables from 2014 will no longer be available for download, as I'll be starting something new for 2015.
So if you're a subscriber and haven't yet grabbed one of the above, then do so very soon (you can see the 12 designs HERE, though they are formatted as A4 pages for you to download, for easier home-printing). If you haven't subscribed yet and you'd like to be able to grab one or all of them as free printables, please sign up for the newsletter soon as I'll be mailing out an extra issue just before the 30th, with the download link, before it disappears for good. Cheers!
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a fantastic New Year!
This alpaca is one of two that friends of mine are looking after at the moment. I've taken some creative liberties with proportions and perspective, but I'm sure they will forgive me for it. They are sweet, playful, and perfect for wishing everyone a warm, woolly Christmas and a friendly, positive, wonderful end of 2014. Have fun and be safe! Cheers.
Still learning and playing with watercolour. This little image came to mind and I decided to experiment. Here are a few progress sketches ... the first pencil sketch was so light I had to darken it a bit in photoshop or it would have been far too faint to be seen clearly here:
Good things are happening around here, and change is in the air. The days are getting cooler and shorter but it's still strange working on Christmas pieces when the pool is tempting and beckoning us to jump in while we still can. We give in to temptation quite often around here ...
This quirky Polar Bear decided that the weather wasn't stopping him and he sat with purposeful determination at the end of my pencil, leaving me no choice but to follow his contours around on the blank page before me. The penguin popped up out of nowhere. It had to be done, and I had an absolutely great time drawing them out.
I then worked on him further, as one must, and with great delight cleaned him up ready for presentation:
After which, as usual, I was stuck on how exactly to present him. But I just went with the 'flow' and ended up churning out three different choices:
And this time, instead of fretting over which one to pick, I'm going with all three of them. You can see the results - CHRISTMAS POLAR BEAR - over at my all-new store at Zazzle, QUIRKY CRITTERS. Hope you find him as much fun as I do.