I’ve been busy designing the brochure for this years Art on the Hill – the arts trail in my local neighbourhood Windmill Hill, Bristol. This illustration is for the front cover. I’m really happy with how it turned out! Looking forward to opening up my house on the trail so get the dates in your diary and come pop by and say hello – October 6th/7th 11am-5pm – I’m venue #17 and will be selling prints and cards.
The nights are getting darker and colder and so Autumnal leaves and colours are coming to mind. I’ve taken a more minimal approach with these new designs and hope that people will like them. Going to get some cards and larger prints of these made up to sell at the arts trail in October. Hope you’re all enjoying the transition between seasons…
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? What is it that makes a place a home? I’ve had this design idea in my head for years and have finally got it down on paper. Think it would make a nice editorial illustration so do get in touch if you hear of any opportunities, would love that. The weathers due to get warmer tomorrow so happy dreaming of summer travel adventures…
I have relocated and this is my new home in Bristol, isn’t it cute! Was a bit of a transition moving from having just the one room in a flat share to a whole house, whaa! Lots of work to do and havn’t totally got it how I want yet (will take time) but have a functioning desk where I can draw and lots of space to pack cards, so that’s pretty amazing!
Illustrations by Sophie Swindells
Here are some drawings from my recent travels. I’ve always been shy about drawing people so wanted to practice. I found a wonderful stationary shop in Thailand and topped up on pens. Do find it interesting how much my style changes depending on which thickness and type of pen I use. In fact it changes drastically depending on the medium, so you almost can’t tell it’s the same person behind the creations!
Lately i’ve been doing some new work that is beginning to explore emotions and feelings, something i’ve not done for a long time. It is refreshing to step outside of the greetings cards world for a bit and try something different. Of course I am still doing my greetings cards as I love it and that is my business, but they are not the only thing I do. These illustrations are larger scale pieces. I am going to create a series of them. Please let me know what you think. Thanks for reading.
‘Let it Go’
I’m busy getting ready for a show in London called Top Drawer (17-19 January). New brochures and a card order have just arrived in the post. I’ll be launching some brand new designs. My cards and prints will be on display in the stationary section, stand ZB43. If you’re visiting the show do drop by and say hello.