Saturday, 23 July 2011

giveaway winner!

I meant to post this yesterday so I'm sorry about that!  But the winner of the Victoria Stitch book is Polly!  Please send me your address and I will post the book to you!  Thanks to everyone who entered!  Have a lovely Saturday.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Sugarcube Castle

I know I've blogged about this before but it was a long time ago and at a time when I had hardly any followers!  So I thought I'd whip it out again.  I feel like it's one of my greatest achievements, making a castle out of sugar...

Also I (shamefully) have no new illustrations to post at the moment.  I have taken it upon myself to try and write a book this summer (why?!) and now I'm addicted to writing it and have no time for drawing (which is bad I know as I'm in the middle of my MA course) but I keep telling myself I'll finish it soon and then do a load of drawing before september!

This castle was for a project I did on my foundation course about four years ago- wow time goes so fast!  I can't even remember what the theme for the project was now but I can remember building this in the studio at uni and trying to transport it home in the car in a box with the seatbelt strapped round it.  It didn't work, the whole thing fell apart and I had to re build it again at home.

There were actually a load of other photos that went with this project that had drawings of a witch having tea and a crow flying into the castle and ruining everything.  That's why there's a picture of an upset teapot and cups and hundreds of thousands all over the floor.  The crow did it!

So yeah, that's my sugarcube castle!

Also don't forget to enter my give away! It ends on Friday!  There is a Victoria Stitch book to be won!

Monday, 18 July 2011


So I've never actually had a giveaway before, and I thought it's about high time I did!

I'm giving away one a5 size Victoria Stitch book!

Here's idea of the artwork inside:

To be in with a chance of winning please leave a comment under this post!  Also you must be a follower of this blog!  If you want to double your chances of winning (I'll put your name in the hat twice) re tweet or re blog about this giveaway and let me know in the comment section!

I will draw the winner on friday.

Good Luck!

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Pink Hair!

I'm one of those compulsive and obsessive people who when I decide I like something I don't just like it in moderation, really REALLY like it!  I was looking through some old pictures on my computer this morning, looking at old drawings etc and it reminded me of a time when I developed an obsession with having pink hair.  I really really wanted pink hair, I would dream of having pink hair and envy girls on myspace who had pink hair and imagine what sort of clothes I would wear if I had pink hair but for a long time I didn't dare to do it.  As a result of this any character I drew or wrote about inevitably had pink candyfloss hair instead!

(excuse the unsophisticated-ness of a lot of these drawings, some of them are even pre university!)

Pink-haired fairy in a teacup:
Old Victoria Stitch Character designs:
Pink-haired fairy perched on a cake:
A drawing for a friend:
Another pre-university drawing (I actually quite like the collage aspects of this one):
 Pink-haired girl:
... and so they go on.  (This is just a small selection!) I find it interesting to look back and remember the things that interested me at different times of my life.

Funnily enough though, the thing that cured my pink hair obsession was going ahead and actually dying it!
While I had it I loved it!  it was fun and I liked the attention but after about six months I started to get a bit 'pinked out.'  Every time I looked in the mirror it was pink pink pink! My clothes were pink, my make up was pink, my drawings were pink...
 ...And eventually the idea of having pink hair began to lose its appeal.  I stopped drawing pink haired characters and stopped bothering to do my roots and after a while, dyed it back to brown again.   I felt like I'd had my fill of candy coloured locks!

Since then the pink-haired characters have become few and far between (apart from Countess Amelia Buttonsponge of course) I still draw them occasionally, but much more in moderation now!   

(Though hot pink is still one of my favourite colours!)
So yes, this might seem like a bit of a random post but that was what was going through my head as I was looking through all my old drawings this morning!  Thought I'd share!   

Oh and for the record I still love looking at other peoples pink hair!  It was just too much seeing it on my own head every day! (plus I hated the maintenance, I'm lazy)

Happy Midnight! (it's midnight here right now!)