latest work in progress

I started taking up untutored life drawing classes at a nearby art institute in the last month or so and I’ve found it to be such an invaluable exercise. Within a three hour class, the improvement to my drawing ability is so significant. Every two weeks they select a different model and one of the recent models, Katy, was just beautiful to draw. I’ve started developing a few of my sketches of her and here’s a sneak peak of the first one.


finding watercolour inspiration in ordinary things

Over the last few months I’ve been a bit preoccupied with the latest season of Masterchef. So to ease my guilt about an absence of productivity whenever I settled in for an episode marathon, I started sketching in an A6 watercolour moleskine, using the fresh produce as inspiration.

It turned out to be such an enjoyable exercise and it reminded me how important it was to just play and create without the high expectations of producing a polished, finished piece.

So I spent some time looking for inspiration in every day objects to draw and here’s one of my favourite watercolour sketches from a recipe catalogue.

inbox 12

I stumbled across a beautiful project this week that brings together 5 cities (London, New York, Berlin, Madrid and Tokyo), half a dozen illustrators from each city and a whole lot of hometown pride into a gorgeous collection of postcard love. The project in essence creates an illustrated guide to each city with each postcard being a recommendation from a local or souvenir of the city.

To read more about it, check out this interview with Inbox 12. If you love these as much as I do, you can purchase them here.

meet shani bijoux

I love discovering inspirational fellow Brisbane creatives, it gives me such a warm fuzzy feeling to see what wonderful things can bloom and flourish in this small and often underestimated city. Shani Bijoux is a street artist and illustrator who recently curated her first exhibition in Brew on Burnett Lane last month. Her graffiti style is so unique, I absolutely adore her use of intricate patterns, bold colours and swift lines, and can’t wait to stumble across her work next time I’m wandering through the city.

made in the now

This is one of my favourite sources of daily bite-size pieces of inspiration. Every 24 hours, Made in the Now creates a new t-shirt design inspired by interesting current events and global news headlines. Each clever design is only available for 24hrs so you have to snap them up real quick.
I absolutely adore this particular news story and the design created in response to the article.
Shirt #98, 23 October 2011:
From the Times of India: “More than 200 girls whose names mean “unwanted” in Hindi chose new names on Saturday for a fresh start in life. A central Indian district held a renaming ceremony, it hopes it will give the girls new dignity and help fight widespread gender discrimination that gives India a skewed gender ratio, with far more boys than girls.”  
Georgia Perry’s design fused the colours of India with a strong, simple statement for women everywhere. 
You can read more about it here.

a mild obsession with tentacles

This is the latest finished illustration I’ve been working on. Trying out watercolours as a new medium but my experiments have been a little bit of hit and miss with the colour blends so I dropped it into Photoshop to undo alot of my amateur watercolour work. It’s also the first illustration I’ve left in pencil, I usually ink the drawing before applying colour as my pencil work can tend to be quite messy.


hello again!

It’s been a while since I’ve seen you last and I thought I’d show y’all what I’ve been working on lately and hopefully kickstart a new habit of posting regularly again.

I’ve started a new project with my sister to create illustrations based on beautiful inspirational quotes. She sends me a new one every time I finish an illustration and it’s been nice touching base with her more frequently as she lives so far away.

Here’s the first one. It’s inspired by the quote:

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else” – Judy Garland