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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.

 

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…

Poster designs

I’ve designed the posters for our local primary school’s Christmas Fair, and decided to do a kids edition as well as a proper grown up poster to get the kiddies excited about the event. My idea was to do a comic strip style for the kids version, and a light, fun, illustrative one for the main poster.

I love these kinds of projects! Look out for my work up around Rutland promoting the Christmas Fair, and if you’d like a design or illustration give me a shout!

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

Illustrated scrapbooks

I love illustration and at the beginning of the summer I was loosening up and trying all sorts of new things, one of which was illustrating a couple of scrapbooks as gifts for our lovely reception teachers at my daughter’s school. All of the parents contributed by sending photos of their children and messages, either hand written, written by the kids or sent to me by email to be transcribed. I used my trusty washi tape and my top fave Faber Castel markers to jazz them up a bit.

The books came from Paperchase and I imported some amazing gold felt from the US to do the lettering on the front which looked awesome against the linen.

And even better, I got a commission to do a personalised book for a friend, so that will start next week and I’m really excited to get going with it!

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.

hare in graphite

I’ve been working on some pencil sketches recently, and we’ve had so many hares around it was the obvious choice for the first piece…

Listed on my etsy shop www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MightyHappy this original A3 drawing is £55.