Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Pounce

Merry Christmas to you all!

'No one's looking, so I think I'll re-arrange the tree', thought Marmaduke.

 

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Saturday, 24 December 2016

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Snow Elephant

 

Festive drawing challenge - Day 16 - #adventcalendarart: Snow elephant.


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Monday, 19 December 2016

Winter Wanderer

 

Festive drawing challenge - Day 15 - #adventcalendarart: Snow boots.


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Friday, 16 December 2016

Let it Snow

 

 

Festive drawing challenge - Day 14 - #adventcalendarart: Snow.


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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Winter Trees

 

Festive drawing challenge - Day 13 - #adventcalendarart: Winter Trees.


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Monday, 12 December 2016

Stag Globe

 

 

Festive drawing challenge - Day 12 - #adventcalendarart: Stag Globe.


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Olive & Lance

 

Festive drawing challenge - Day 11 - #adventcalendarart: Polar bears.


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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Festive Wreaths

 

Festive drawing challenge - Day 10 - #adventcalendarart: Wreaths.


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Friday, 9 December 2016

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Christmas Table

 

Festive drawing challenge - Day 3 - #adventcalendarart: Christmas Table.


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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Friday, 2 December 2016

Winter Warmer

 

Festive drawing challenge - Day 2 - #adventcalendarart: Winter Warmer - Hot chocolate and tiny marshmallows.


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Festive Shocker

 

Taking part in a festive drawing challenge in Instagram (#adventcalendarart), counting down to Christmas. First week is all about food and drink, day 1: Cocktail Recipe.

 

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Festive Tales

Ada Lovelace and Mrs Puff - learn more in December's newsletter: HERE

 

 

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Print Social

 

From January 2017, I will offering Printing Workshops for groups of up to 10 people, in the the northern Netherlands. For more information: Alison Day Designs

Printing using a silicone plate, acrylics and with a variety of techniques, resulting in a collage or greeting card.

 

 

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Saturday, 5 November 2016

Five Weeks

 

 

A pin board of final illustrations, created during a 5-week online course: Illustrating Children's Books. Including characters and subsidary characters, character development: emotions, poses, as well as scene. Cover is still in the pipeline...

 

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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Bloomin' Lovely




Bloomin' Lovely - no. 1 - thoughts and musings from daily life.
Better than a 'don't get mad get even' attitude and with the full knowledge that karma is slways watching.


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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Cat Clowder

 

 

 

Sketches of cats auditioning for Mrs Puff - Ada Lovelace's cat.

In case you're wondering, yellow-coloured cats really do exist, although they are in the minority. I have only ever seen one—the mother of my tabby cat, Luna, was the most amazing colour yellow.

 

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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Emotional Crowd

 

 

This week is all about exploring and sketching a variety of emotions for my character, Ada Lovelace.

 

 

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Ada Emerges

 

 

Work in progress - character sheet, depicting the young Ada Lovelace with Lupin the rabbit and her adult self.

 

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Garb Choice

 

 

When it comes to creating a character, accessories are key and interestingly enough, sometimes you don't always get to choose what they wear—the character does!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 8 October 2016

Ada Lovelace

 

 

Currently, I'm following a 5-week, online, illustrating children's books course.

After one week of research, sketching and and painting, here is a sneak peek of my character study of Ada Lovelace.

Isn't imagination a weird and wonderful phenomena? I was quite surprised, upon finishing, to find that my 18th century character had sneakily updated herself and become a young woman of the 21st century.

Fun fact: 11 October is Ada Lovelace Day - celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths.

 

 

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Thursday, 6 October 2016

Autumnal News

 

 

You may or may not know that since July, I've been sending out a monthly newsletter, filled with recent illustrations and creative projects. If you'd like to see October's newsletter: and learn about the illustration above: here

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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Today's Admiral

 

 

Although my preferred seasons are Spring and Summer, the onset of Autumn has its attractions too. For the past couple of weeks, the garden has been filled with Red Admiral butterflies, honey bees and the odd wasp, all enjoying the flowers from the Ivy (Hedera Helix), which grows up, along and over the white-washed, stone, garden wall.

In contrast with the odd, end of the summer, flowering from other plants, the ivy wall is alive with a buzzing and fluttering and has decided to flower in sections and in abundance. Added to this, as I walk down the garden path with an excited cat at my heels (because we're heading for the studio), there is a scent of Jasmine in the air.

 

 

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Food Play

 

Playing with food whilst waiting for my lunch—no prizes for guessing what I'm making! ;) Tomato and flowers come from my garden.

 

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Saturday, 10 September 2016

Whose Shoes

 

 

Having designed a cover for a 1920s colouring book, as part of a creative bootcamp, earlier this year, I decided that I'd like to create the contents too.

Since May, I've been designing colouring pages, of a story-colouring book. In it we follow the life and loves of socalite: Clarissa and Podge (her poodle), as well as touching on social occurrences of the time.

In their creation, the colouring pages are influenced by styles and themes from the 1920s, but with a modern twist.

Above is a sample of one of the sketches, which go into designing a colouring page. Below the initial cover from the bootcamp, which inspired this project.

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Living 9

 

 

The top 9, according to my Instagram followers, from my #100daysflowersandplants project.

 

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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Journey's End

 

 

Well, I made it... Illustration 100/100 - Cacti !

The last illustration from my second project: #100daysflowersandplants.

In the last four months, I have been working on not one, but two projects from the #100dayproject. Why two? Purely because I couldn't decide between: #100daysfoodanddrink or #100daysflowersandplants. It has been an interesting challenge, running the two alongside other work and during which, I have seen my style develop. Plus, I now have 200 illustrations for other projects!

Journey's end? ... I doubt it...

 

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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Monday, 22 August 2016

Nutritional Green

 

 

 

 

Interesting fact—seaweed is classed as a superfood, because it is filled with vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants and can also aid weight loss. Consumed in moderation it can be eaten: raw, cooked, powdered and in supplements.

 

 

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Friday, 12 August 2016

Marine Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seaweed—the underwater garden, providing food, medicine and marine life refuge.

 

 

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Airborne Offspring

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn't it wonderful watching the changing of the seasons? Although I have a preference for the seasons which build up to a heady glory, as opposed to the end of year decline, there is something magical about the process and it's annual repetition.

Autumn is long busy before we name it so, with the subtle turning of the leaves, ripening of fruit and dispersal of seeds.

Sitting in the garden, I watch the wind blow tiny butterfly-shaped seed pods everywhere. There is a light sprinkling covering the ground, a guarantee of the survival of that particular plant for next year, with the exception of those that land in my coffee.

 

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Sunday, 7 August 2016

Plum Crazy

 

 

This year the plum tree in my garden has excelled itself—in comparison with previous years, it has produced more plums than I can use, have inspiration for, or care to deal with.

 

 

 

 

So far, I have only plucked about a third of the plums from the tree (about 7kg). Seeing the enormity of the process ahead of me, I also googled diverse possibilities of what to do with them. Apart from eating them fresh, I have made: 2 litres of plum vodka, 11 pots of jam, a couple of plum crumbles, some dehydrated plums: prunes and some fruit leather.

 

 

 

 

I'm pleased with the outcome, but exhausted by two days in the kitchen and daunted by the remaining two thirds, stlll attached to the tree! Then there's the wasps and a couple of Jays, who, although I'm not adverse to sharing, sample several plums each visit and then leave them to rot!

All this fruit processing, reminds me of my childhood summers and my mother's jam making.

 

 

 

Luckily... I am able to call on friends, who's stocks of plum jam are dwindling and who are happy to help me pick the rest from the tree. *phew*

As I pick, I weigh, curious as to what the grand total will be, once the tree is bare again.

 

UPDATE:

As of today (09/08/2016), the tree has been relieved of it's load —20.5 kilos!

Friends have come and gone, taking with them bags filled with plums, destined for jam, cakes and to be eaten fresh. I thought it only fair, to leave about a kilo on the tree for the jays, wasps and any other fruit loving wildlife.

The tree really excelled itself this year —thank you tree!

 

 

 

 

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