Lady’s Back

I had learnt a lot whilst taking my Life Drawing class and wanted to extend my learning in my spare time. After class I would experiment with papers and textures of which I wouldn’t whilst I was there and to also try and help develop my discovery for my own style.

This is done on plastic sheets with a coloured tint and a black, thin marker pen.

These 2 sheets are layered on top of one and other the incorporate the outline and shadows from the mark making. I enjoy these pieces both apart and together as it shows simplicity but also detail; I also found that I very much enjoyed working with marker and felt tips as a result of this piece.img_1914



I created this, tonight, to represent emotions and how only a small part of the body can send massive signals. I used a blank piece of cartridge paper to draw and paint eyes and allow watercolours to drip down to create the appearance of tears.

This is a very natural piece in the sense that I allowed the paint to drip and smudge where it desired. I used the watercolour first to create a base for the shadows and skin, then I went in with colouring pencils to create deeper shadows in the creases and create more colour in the eyes and brows. The last few steps were working in with an ink pen to introduce dark lines for hair and the pupil’s detail. The last step was going in with white acrylic to create a water/glass effect on the eyes and emphasise the reflection of light on the tears and eyes.

I really like the outcome of this piece because of the style of realism mixed with a slight abstraction of the disappeared face. I think this would look nice as a collection, built around this style, of multiple pieces.


Comparing VOGUE Covers from 1920’s to 20th Century

This was a piece that was incorporated in my recent A Level ‘Spirit of Art Deco’ Exam project. This was to compare the differences and similarities of Vogue covers over time.

I started with the date my project is based on (1920) and found it was very illustrating based in its style. I then looked at 1940 where it was still heavily illustrative inspired but the side text on the front covers started to appear and there was a more realistic approach to the style. The next was the 60s where it had taken a massive jump to photographs and its recognisable font and appearance that we see today.

This whole piece was done with watercolour and ink using a range of sizes of paintbrushes to create techniques from realistic skin textures to fine lines for the fonts.

My favourite is the 1940s one because I feel this shows off my skill the best and enjoy how the layout out is presented on the page.


1920, 1940, 1960, 2016


My favourite

Art Deco Patterns

I decided to play around with Art Deco patterns more and see how they can be incorporated into an illustration piece.

The first two patterns are from secondary sources, printed from the internet but the last is painted by myself. They all are created using watercolours; the thin black lines are made using highly pigmented watercolour and a size 0 brush to get small, smooth, controlled lines.

I like these pieces a lot and would like to work more in this style as I think it’s similar to my own map idea (earlier post) so is quite original and it’s also fun to work with.


Printed pattern, done with watercolours


Printed pattern, done with watercolours


Self-created pattern, done with watercolours


V&A and The National Gallery

Recently I visited the Victoria and Albert Museum and The National Gallery in London.

I did this to inspire my recent work for my Art Deco project. I was looking at not only the artwork on display but also the architecture and structures of the buildings around me.

I found this trip inspiring but was down that the Saatchi Gallery was taken over by a single exhibition at the time I visited; I would like to re-visit this gallery in the future. I found a few artists and artworks which have developed in my project, mostly focusing on patterns of the 1920s Art Deco movement.



Developed Art Deco Illustration

This was a development I made to my last art deco style with illustration. I focused more on the face due to inspiration from the artist: Katie Rodgers.

I still ran with the idea of making it Art Deco using patterns instead of the fashion during the 1920s. I really like how these turned out and want to work more in this style and with these different medias like watercolour and ink and also fabric.


Primary image inspiration, using watercolour and ink


Done on Fabric with watercolour and felt pen


Secondary image from fashion magazines, using watercolour


Secondary image from fashion magazines, using watercolour

Cardboard Study

This was an experiment I did using cardboard and glue. I enjoyed doing this and feel the outcome was quite good too. I used a craft knife to cut sections out and created layers by cutting down some more than others and creating curves on the edges.

Portraiture with Maps

I took my own spin on the artist: Ed Fairburn’s work, so instead of creating realism in maps, I used illustration to create similar pieces. I find that using the illustration to copy straight onto the map gives a slightly etched style which I quite like.

It was done in biro which gives a more precise, clean look and makes it more subtle in the map but then still insures it is seen.



This was an experiment in preparation for a final piece of my AS coursework. This was done using layers of maps, cut on the contours and stuck on top of each other to create a 3D appearance.

The illustration was then hand drawn and worked into with coloured fine-liners and sewn into with thread then placed between the frame glass and box frame. This made it stand from the background and gave room to add lines of thread to replicate how to measure on a map and tie in the sewing on the drawing.

My whole project was to do with Portraiture and maps.thumb_IMG_0014_1024thumb_IMG_0013_1024thumb_IMG_0016_1024thumb_IMG_0012_1024thumb_IMG_0017_1024

Life Drawing~September 2015

This was my first term in Life Drawing- Septemeber 2015. It was something completely different to anything I’ve taken part in and experienced before; I thoroughly enjoyed discovering skills in materials, poses, the human form, dimensions and how to measure/scale bodies on my page.

These are a few of many pieces I created whilst attending this class, these are the ones I’m most proud of whether it due to the outcome of the piece or what I learnt during the journey of creating it.


Mix of materials with pencil and felt pen



Capturing time and direction with a set of poses



Listened to jumpy, exited music whilst creating this piece



Capturing the movement of sound and how this effects the style of pen lines



Focusing on dimentions


Using charcoal