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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

 

 

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…

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

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…

Norfolk cliffs

I’ve been working up some of my sketches into more finished pieces, also loving catching up on the SkyArts Portrait Artist of the Year series and learning loads from watching their techniques – especially loving the drip paintings as you can see…

The first sketch was done in situ using pen and coloured chalk pencils, then I worked the cliffs up in watercolour and finally added a dark black/blue layer using a thick watercolour mix and drawing with a stick. I’m really pleased with the vitality of the finished piece.

I got the idea from watching Nick Lord use drips to add texture to his large scale pieces

queenie

Image credit: Nick Lord “Queenie” http://www.degreeart.com/sites/default/files/product_images/nick_lord/queenie.jpg

I tried out the stick technique on a couple of old watercolours I did after a trip to Salamanca last year, that have been waiting for stage 2

 

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.