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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.

 

Give the gift of illustration

So, I’m now fully booked for Christmas illustrations BUT you can still buy your lovely friends and family an original illustration for Christmas as I’m now offering gift cards!

You decide what you’d like to pay for – a portrait illustration (£45 unframed) or a ‘favourite things’ illustration (£100 unframed), I will send you a very beautiful voucher presented in an Emma Marsh Designs ‘Ruby and the Bear’ Christmas card, to give to the lucky recipient on Christmas day!

It’s a quirky alternative to a photoshoot pressie, and it means that your friend can choose exactly what they would like included – family pets, special toys, their own garden… A really thoughtful, original gift!

Get in touch at emma@laserra.co.uk to order a gift card in plenty of time for Christmas!

xxxxx

 

 

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!

Mary Poppins

My Grandma is 84 today! She is the centre of our family unit and we love her dearly. Two good things have coincided with Grandma (Great Gran)’s birthday, one I have a new printer, and two, Mary Poppins is coming to Leicester Curve…

Cue a happy Friday night pulling together a quick card design for her, whipping it off the new printer, and a secret plan (hatched long ago when tickets were still available) to take the whole family to see Mary Poppins at half term, she will be so excited! My two will also be so excited! I am so excited! We’re all excited…!

Here’s a sneaky peek at the super quick card design I did for her, birthday tea later, flowers to pick, presents to make and pictures to draw now with two very devoted great grandchildren!

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

a bit of chalkboard inspiration

I’ve been working some designs up into a chalkboard style – even got a commission based on the ‘I will be loving you’ format!

Fred’s had a change around in his bedroom and I’ve been wanting to do some knight prints for a while, I also had a few sketches for the mermaid and elderly couple design knocking around so it was good to get these worked up. Really enjoying working in simple black and white and aiming to get a load of these transferred over to the etsy shop soon…

I added colour to the text only designs, and these are A4 size and will go up in Fred’s room for now, but would make good personalisable prints I think.

Portrait of Fred

I’ve been working on a looser watercolour style and decided to try out a portrait of Fred from an image I took of him a couple of weeks ago. It began as a pencil study and ended up as a big watercolour, I’m pleased with it (apart from the hair), and it feels like cheeky Fred, but I want to try again and see if I can keep the lightness as well as the strong colours – it’s a bit muddy.

 

 

Image credit: Lucian Freud ‘Woman in a White Shirt’ 1957 

I want to use the broken colours and shapes that Freud combines to give an earthy fleshiness to his paintings of skin. It’s exciting to try…

personalised illustrations

I’ve been making some personalised illustrations of my daughter and a couple of her friends, I really like the format so I definitely want to do some more.

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