Monday, 27 August 2012

Snow White and some exciting news!

After making the Ice Dancer that I wrote about in my previous post I felt inspired to make another dancing girl.  So here she is!

 Snow White

I think that really I am just getting addicted to making tiny tulle tutus!

Anyway, this picture is actually FOR SALE.  £40.00 plus p&p
For £40.00 you would receive:   

-the original artwork (ie the cardboard cut out doll, hand-painted with tulle skirt)
-one glossy (approx 9 inches by 6.5 inches) print

If interested please email me at harrietmuncaster(@)hotmail(.)com

Hope you like her! I think she's my favourite so far.  

Also, not a new thing for me (as all this happened back in April) but I haven't announced it on my blog yet. I AM GETTING PUBLISHED!!! I am so excited! My first book will be coming out in 2014 and it will be my Witch's Cat book that I wrote and illustrated for my final major project on my masters course. You may remember it if you are a follower of this blog...
In other news I have become obsessed with tiny letters recently. My mind just seems to get totally fixated on really small things sometimes. Why? I don't know but I couldn't rest until I made some tiny fairy letters and envelopes... no reason!

Not quite sure what to do with them now but at least they look cute.

Happy Monday everyone! xox

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Ice Dancer

Finally, as promised, a piece of illustration work!

This is a recent commission I did of an ice skater. I really enjoyed making her and finally getting to use some of my sparkly netting fabric for the skirt!  I wish I had the skill to make the glitter on the skirt sparkle more on camera.

I think this image goes quite well alongside the ballet dancer girl I did a while back.  Maybe I should make some sort of dancer illustration set...

That is all. Hope you're all having good weeks! xox

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

more drawing and some miniature stuff

Last post I mentioned that I went to a drawing session at the 'Art Nest' near where I live.  I went there again last week and also today.  I think it's really good for me to go and practice my drawing more.  It makes me actually have to sit down and draw something from life looking properly at the shapes and shadows rather than making things up and stylizing all the time.

Last week we drew onions and garlic.  I have to say I was rather pleased with my drawings- especially the garlic. It's been soooo long since I have really drawn something properly (I know that's bad!) so it's nice to discover that I havn't completely lost the knack altogether!
This is the drawing I am most pleased with. It was the last one I did.
I also took the opportunity to draw some of the other people at the session...

This was the same little girl as last week.

Also last week, I met up with two of my friends who I used to play the 'mascots' game a lot with when I was younger and we had a look through some of our old stuff.  It brought back a lot of memories!  I can't believe the amount of stuff we accumulated between us!  We were so obsessed.

Look at the dust covering Henrietta's dolls house! Kind of spooky, like Miss Havishams house...

dusty dining room
tiny puzzle and Henrietta's old mascot
miniature book I wrote and illustrated back in the day!
tiny clothes, a lot of them made by me.
i am jealous of those miniature trains
Just thought you might like to see some of the photos I took as some of the stuff is pretty cute.

Anyway, next post I will definitely be posting a new 3d illustration I did. About time hey! xox

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Paddington Bear and other things

In my town, a short walk away from my house there is a place called 'The Art Nest.'  I have always walked past it and thought it looked like a nice place.  It's the kind of place where creative workshops are held and paintings hang on the walls. 

On Tuesday I decided that I would try out 'The Art Nest' and go to their Drop in and Draw session.  I got my friend Henrietta to come with me and on Tuesday morning we went down there with one sketchbook between us and two pencils.  We wern't entirely sure what to bring!

Anyway I thoroughly enjoyed the drop in and draw session.  It made me realise how little life drawing I have done lately!  The task on Tuesday was to draw a loaf of bread- a french plait.  I have to confess I didn't spend the entire time just drawing the loaf of bread like everyone else.  I took the opportunity to draw the other tings on the table too like the fancy teacups and the other people at the class.  Another nice thing about the session was that they gave you tea and cake halfway through.  I tried apple and cinnamon tea which was really nice and which I now plan to buy.

My attempt.
Anyway I will definitely be returning to the drop in and draw session. It was nice to meet other artists in my hometown and also just to have a break from all my other illustration work.
quick sketch of the woman opposite me.
quick sketches of the little girl who was also opposite me

Also this week, whilst in town, I discovered this old Paddington Bear book.  It was in a charity shop for 50 p.  I was pleased to find it because I love Paddington Bear and found it interesting to see the more traditional illustrations.

There are aspects of this book that I really like. I like the scruffy strokes on Paddington.  I am still not sure whether I prefer these illustrations to the later ones though... Maye I just like them both the same!

I think a lot of people have had a go at drawing Paddington.  The very first person to draw him was Peggy Fortnum. I'm guessing these pictures would have been for the original stories- so for novels rather than picture books.

I think I like these ones best of all actually. They are so full of life!

Anyway, I digress. This post didn't actually mean to end up as a Paddington-through-the-ages post.  Though as we're on the subject I'd like to mention that my ABSOLUTE favourite version of Paddington is the one where he is a stop motion character.  Right here:

Ok enough of Paddington now. Finally I'd like you show you a little character I made the other week. I'm not quite sure what it is. it's maybe a little scary looking actually but I like it's eyelashes. I think it looks quite like a fennec. Sort of.

He/she is now sitting in my unfinished castle dolls house.  You can't really tell from the picture but he/she has a very pointy nose!

Well that's all for now folks! Have a nice day! :) XOX