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Christmas gift illustrations

I know this might sound really frightening, but I’m gearing up for Christmas already – there’s a nice to-do list of Christmas cards, special portraits and pressies, and now is the time to get your Christmas order in… go on you know you want to!

So… there are a few options to choose from:

Pen & ink illustrations

£45 for first child, £15 for each additional child/pet. These can be either A4 or A5 size, the price is the same and each illustration is printed onto gorgeous watercolour paper.

Pen & ink adult illustrations

£90 unframed, £120 in a white wooden frame. The finished illustration is A4 size, printed onto premium watercolour paper & hand finished.

Watercolour illustrations with background

£100 unframed, £120 in a white wooden frame. The finished illustration is 20cm x 20cm on 350gsm watercolour paper.

Individual watercolour portraits

£45 unframed, £60 in a white wooden frame. The finished illustration is A6 size, on 350gsm watercolour paper.

 

Or would you like something completely bespoke? I take commissions for anything and everything – give me a buzz on 07890328543 or drop me an email to emma@laserra.co.uk and I can make something just for you.

Can’t wait to hear from you with lots of ideas for gorgeous Christmas goodies! xxxx

 

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

 

 

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…

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

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.

 

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

 

malaysia sketches

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