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Round up of recent commissions

 

I’ve been a busy bee with a new course at the House of Illustration, learning how to make children’s picture books alongside commissions and commercial illustration work. It’s been a brilliant couple of months and I’ve loved every minute! I can’t show you the commercial work yet, but here are one or two recent commissions, they make a lovely gift – £100 unframed with background or £120 in a simple wooden frame. Alternatively the portrait illustrations are £45 or £60 in a frame.

 

Bespoke Christmas cards

Now that my Christmas cards have been delivered I can finally talk about another exciting project I’ve been working on, designing a special Christmas card for ACE Training, a construction training centre in Oxford. They wanted something seasonal that reflected their business, their director also specified the wording “Have an ACE Christmas” so I came up with this….

If you’re interested you can find out more about ACE at www.acetraining.co.uk – they do great work with young people, training up construction apprentices – gorgeous website designed by my brilliant friend Adam from Wilkinson Moore (www.wilkinsonmoore.co.uk).

I love love love working on bespoke illustrations! More like this please!

Sophia in the woods

Here’s a Christening commission I’ve just finished, really enjoyed this one! Little Sophia loves bunnies and her Auntie wanted an illustration of her in a woodland glade, we managed to include her family cat, lots of rabbits, 2 of her cousins peeping out from behind a tree, as well as a rainbow and lots of butterflies!

Christmas commissions are fully booked now, but these make lovely gifts for all sorts of things – Christenings, birthdays, a starting school present…

Christmas cards have arrived!

My Christmas cards have arrived!!! So very exciting! There are 2 designs to choose from – one is Ruby & the Bear, and the other is Peace Man… Cards cost £2.20 including delivery, and if you wanted to go really wild I am doing 10 cards for £15, that is a serious bargain.

I’ve been madly busy lately with graphic design work, illustration commissions and a hugely exciting top secret book illustration project which I can’t wait to share!

If you fancy buying some cards just drop me an email at emma@laserra.co.uk and I’ll pop some in the post for you xxxx

 

Christmas commissions

It’s been a really exciting few weeks and I’ve got a lovely mixed bag of work at the moment! I’ve been working on a bit of branding and graphic design for a new company launching in Rutland in the New Year, illustrating a Christmas card for a construction training centre and designing a tattoo for the lovely Brooke of Handmade by Brooke.

The best bit has been working on some fantastic commissions – 2 boys in their superhero den, 3 children walking the dog, 2 busy boys biking at Rutland Water, a seaside portrait with someone else’s dog, 2 more boys with their pallet creations in the garden, individual portraits with guinea pigs, rabbits, and cuddlies! It’s been brilliant! And as almost everything is for Christmas it’s all TOP SECRET!

If you’re wobbling on the fence thinking you might just want a Christmas illustration please get in touch soon, I still have a few spaces left for pre-Christmas commissions, but not for long! They really are such a lovely pressie, and I can now deliver to anywhere in the UK, beautifully packed and ready to hang on the wall.

In other news, I have been working hard on my Christmas cards and I’m really hoping to have them printed and ready to buy in the next fortnight… here is a sneaky peak at the work in progress stage… watch this space!

Portrait illustration

Something new! I’m now offering portrait illustrations!

This simple & stylish portrait costs £45 unframed, and is based on a photo of your choice. The picture is hand drawn in pencil and finished in watercolour. I’ve got space for a few before Christmas, so let me know if you fancy one, I can also frame the picture for you for an extra £15.

I’ve got all sorts of ideas for these… stationery… cards… keep you posted!

Portrait illustration, £30 unframed, £45 in a simple white wooden frame

Portrait illustration, £45 unframed, £60 in a simple white wooden frame

Illustration of your child – a few of my favourite things

I’ve been taking orders for Christmas presents over the last couple of weeks and the ‘a few of my favourite things’ illustrations have been really popular!

The illustration costs £100 unframed, and features your child in the setting of their choice, with some of their favourite things around them. As a sneaky peek in my pile right now there are; a little girl at the funfair, 2 boys in the garden, a Norfolk paddler and 2 more boys, this time as superheroes! And that’s only a few! I am loving the variety of ideas and all the detail I can get in, from nail varnish to guinea pigs, bikes, comics and even favourite packets of crisps.

I have space for a few more over the next few weeks, so if you’re interested do get in touch! I also have some lovely white wooden frames which really set the pictures off, so for an extra £20 your present is all done and dusted, no hassle at all. Finished pieces are 20cm x 20cm, all original artwork.

Original watercolour illustration, 20cm x 20cm, £40 unframed, £60 in a white wooden frame

Original watercolour illustration, 20cm x 20cm, £100 unframed, £120 in a white wooden frame

Collage with Mark Hearld

As mentioned in my earlier post about paste paper & marbling, I spent a very happy 2 days earlier in the summer with the staggeringly talented Mark Hearld. We watched him absentmindedly snipping miniature horses from scraps of waste paper with his tiny nail scissors, we rifled through his personal paper stash, piled high with hand printed fragments, calligraphy and paste paper. We listened as he explained the dark secrets of collage, mesmerised by his fluttering fingers which would spring to life producing charming shapes and structures from the most mundane of cartridge paper.

Mark Hearld is truly a magical genius and I would have paid good money to sit in his studio and sit quietly watching as masterpieces flowed from his fingers like he was born to it.

AND he’s married to the lovely Emily Sutton, who knew! And we collect her books, have 5 of her prints, one of which is beloved and up on my daughter’s bedroom wall. Blimey. Literally like meeting a rock star.

Anyway, so I loved every minute, and tried very hard to scratch the surface of collage, but it’s so very difficult to do. A good collage combines light and dark, depth, complimentary colours, paintwork over cut sections, just the right amount of detail, a focal point, and good sticking (PVA). I found the process really challenging, but I absolutely loved it. Here’s what I produced while I was on site, I plan to do lots more, I rushed myself so I’m hoping to make some more considered collages in the studio.

 

Massive watercolour finally finished!

It’s been an amazing summer playing with the kids and we’ve hardly been at home! Just starting to get back into the school routine now and there are some really exciting projects on the horizon, as well as starting Uni to study Fine Art at the end of the month, can’t believe it!

So the latest big piece was a watercolour based on some photos I took in the Langkawi rainforest, it was great to work on a huge piece of paper (roughly 90cm x 60cm) and I loved using watercolours with pastel pencils and soft pastels to get some really strong colours going.

A couple of other bits I’ve been working on are 2 illustrated scrap books (I’ll post separately about those), some graphic design work and a fantastic collage/paste paper week with Mark Hearld and Victoria Hall which totally blew my mind…

Here are some pics of the watercolour, waiting for some more fixative to arrive before I can frame it up, another one of these in progress right now.

 

Seascape oils

Here are a couple of oil paintings I’ve been working on recently, I’ve included some of the prep work so you can see the idea taking shape. It was a late night thought that began as a very rough sketch on my iPhone before bed…

Then ended up being worked into watercolours, sketched in pastel and pencil and finally went into oils… Here you can see the oil painting taking shape, the third pic is the final piece.

This is the second piece I made, I really wanted to work with a darker colour palette and get a really brooding image. I used several source images as well as working from my pastel sketches which had a real depth of colour in the blacks and blues. I really liked the piece at stage 2 with the lighter blues, but decided to tighten it up a bit and go for the moody pinks, as well as lowering the level of the sea to emphasise the weight of that stormy sky.