Tuesday, 20 February 2018

A Doll Painting Project

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It's not easy being six years old. Just getting started in this world. Learning to understand social cues, school rules, spelling codes, being told how to do art, and... well, sometimes it can be a bit much for anyone. It can get to be a long day when you're six.

Little K had expressed her desire to make a 'daddy doll'. So yesterday, after school I surprised her with a cookie cutter shaped cloth doll for her to  paint. I was invited to join in with the painting, which I did, but only by adding a couple of details. I wanted this to be Little K's thing.

There were no rules to decorating the doll. There was no right or wrong technique. This was about letting one kid do something creative, thoughtful, with no worry about a finishing time. It was great! Watching Little K paint, she was relaxed, and the stress of the day had evaporated.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Fun Fashion Dailies #36-42

Six weeks of Fun Fashion Dailies. Can you believe it!

I began this illustration project partly to build a routine within myself. I wasn't quite sure if I would take it to a full year. However I told myself to do it week by week. The result of doing this longer than three weeks meant it became habit, which is a fantastic outcome. Fun Fashion Dailies opened me up to the act of fast creative warm up. There were no hard rules beyond being consistent, but it was important that I draw quickly, and use whatever was already floating in my head. No over thinking.

After six weeks of Fun Fashion Dailies I'm ready to rest the project. I have made gains from it, and also know it is time to direct my energy into other projects.

And now, here is the sixth week of Fun Fashion Dailies:

Day 36

Day 37

Day 38

Day 39

Day 40

Day 41

Day 42

Monday, 29 January 2018

Fun Fashion Dailies #29-35

Five weeks ago, I began an illustration project. It was one fashion drawing per day using the same illustrated body template. Occasionally I reference something from pop culture, but most have been my own ideas.

Day 29

Day 30

Day 31

Day 32

Day 33

Day 34

Day 35

Monday, 22 January 2018

Fun Fashion Dailies #22-28

Four weeks ago, I began an illustration project. It was one fashion drawing per day using the same illustrated body template. Over that period I have drawn 28 different looks. Some of which were inspired by pop culture, and most were my own ideas.

I initially thought to make this a 365 day project, but I wasn't sure I could maintain that. So I took it on a week to week basis. And if I managed to keep it up one month then that would be an achievement. So now the question is, do I take the project to five weeks?

Day 22
Dusty Rose

Day 23
Purple & White

Day 24
Lagoon

Day 25
Sci Fi

Day 26
Funny Face

Day 27
Palm Trees

Day 28
Hydrangea

Monday, 15 January 2018

My Poppet – Kids Craft Doll Backpack

My Poppet tutorial
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Now for the latest and greatest... Head on over to My Poppet and you'll find this super easy, and totally fun kids craft project – Making a backpack for little dolls. How neat is that?

Fun Fashion Dailies #15-21

Recently, I began a new illustration project. One fashion drawing per day using the same illustrated body. I have been doing this three weeks straight. In the scenario that I miss a day, then I play catch up by doing two drawings the next day.
Day 15
Inspiration: loom bands
Day 16
Inspiration: flowers

Day 17
Inspiration: Veronica in Heathers

Day 18
Inspiration: leaves and fence

Day 19
Inspiration: hooded dress

Day 20
Inspiration: blues

Day 21
Inspiration: Romana the Timelord

Monday, 8 January 2018

Fun Fashion Dailies #8-14

Recently, I began a new illustration project. One fashion drawing per day using the same illustrated body. I have now done this for a whole fortnight. 


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Day 14

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Apple Bomb is Here

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After many hours of work, Apple Bomb has finally landed. Apple Bomb is a thoroughly modern Snow White. At concept stage her name became Snowdrop. Through development her name changed to Apple Bomb as her fiery personality developed.

Apple Bomb is a royal and an activist. She raises awareness and is aiming to make social changes to end child slave labour.

Apple Bomb is mostly hand sewn, has hand painted facial details. Most of the fabric used came from left over fabrics; The denim jacket was originally from my old pants. Decoration on the headband was needle-felted. And the body has an internal wire armature.
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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Fun Fashion Dailies #1-7

I have begun a new illustration project. One fashion drawing per day using the same illustrated body. I have now been doing this seven days straight. Will take it to another week, see how far I can push it.

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Day 2

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Day 3

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Day 6

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Day 7