Tagged: Illustration

Kathryn Wilkins Illustration

Illustration of Bonny and Kiki

I’ve been following the LookBookIllust blog for some time, and its one of my favourites – each time illustrator Kathryn Wilkins adds a new illustration I am super excited!

I love how she takes inspiration from such a variety of stylish and quirky people and turns them into unique illustrations. When I saw she was accepting commissions, I knew I wanted to immortalise myself and my cat Kiki in a special picture for this blog, and for my front room.

I am so pleased with the illustration Kathryn has done for me based on several photos I sent her. You can see how she put together this picture based on the photos on this screencast she ran while producing the illustration on Livestream.

She is so sweet and professional, I cant recommend her highly enough. If you want to know more about her commissions you can see prices and examples on her portfolio site, Kitimation.

New Season Spring/Summer 2013 Liberty Tana Lawn Fabric

Liberty design the most beautiful collections of fabric, and their Spring/Summer 2013 collection is stunning. ‘The Flower Show’ is a combination of modern and traditional florals. I’ve been falling in love with their fresh-yet-retro look. Here are my favourites from the collection:

Amy Jane

Photos of four colour ways of Liberty fabric
Amy Jane in colour ways A, B, C & D

Colour way D is my favourite Amy Jane design: I love the way the blue background sings against the orange of the heart outlines.

Scilly

Photos of four colour ways of Scilly Tana Lawn fabric
Scilly in colour ways A, B, C & D

Each colour way Scilly comes in is perfect. I keep thinking of this fabric and what I could make with it: cushions in colour way C, a skirt in colour way A and a bag lining in D.

Castle

Photos of four colourways of Liberty Castle fabric
Castle in colour ways A, B, C & D

This design is markedly different from the others in the collection – it has a more masculine look and feel, and almost has a touch of the Hieronymus Bosch to it.

Hazel

Photos of four different colourways of Liberty Hazel Tana Lawn fabric
Hazel in colour ways A, B, C & D

Just look at the bright red of colour way A, and the vibrant pink of colour way C! How joyful are these fabrics?! I really want to make a skirt in the pink colour – it would be perfect for spring.

Hugo Grenville

Photos of four colour ways of Liberty Tana Lawn fabtic
Hugo Grenville in colour ways A, B, C & D

A and D are my favourites from this design – I love their surprising contrast colours in what is a more traditional floral pattern.

Irma

Photos of four colour ways of Liberty Tana Lawn fabric
Irma in colour ways A, B, C & D

Imagine floaty summer dresses made from Irma fabric? So light and sweet. Another lovely set of different colour options that are feminine, young and traditional all on one go.

You can read more about how Liberty designed their Flower Show collection on their blog: THE FLOWER SHOW: SPRING SUMMER 2013 TANA LAWN COLLECTION.

Illustrated Me

Over the past week or so I have been getting back into playing with Adobe Illustrator. This is mainly because I am spending a lot of time in hotels for work, and I get lonely and bored, so it seams like a worth-while distraction. For those of you that are not familiar with this, Illustrator is a vector based drawing tool used by many designers to create things like logos, digital art and illustrations.

Illustrator is one of the most frustrating and liberating programmes I have ever used. When I first started using it several years ago, I thought it would be easy as I’m used to using Photoshop… I was very wrong! Illustrator is a completely different beast, and needs a completely different approach. I am by no means an expert or even very accomplished at using it, but I am gradually learning more from following tutorials and videos online.

Self portrait

I have long admired the blogger illustrations done by EssBeeVee however they are not really ‘me’. I’ve also just discovered the cute blogger portraits by Carly Watts, but again, still not me. So, like any sort of crafty-type, I decided to have a go myself…and here we are:

Illustration of Bonny Colville-Hyde

How I did it

In Illustrator, I traced my face from a photo using the pen tool.I then coloured in the face and hair, and added some minimal shading using transparency and gaussian blur. Areas like the blusher were done using a radial gradient fill, transparency and gaussian blur – this helps to keep the effect soft and light.

The photo I had traced was a portrait so it didn’t have a body to trace. I found a picture of a mannequin on Google images and traced the arms off that. I then drew a t-shirt to tie it all together. The photo in the background is one I Instagrammed at Longleat Center Parcs earlier this month.

Its not perfect, but I’m quite happy with how this turned out. I’m planning on doing more illustrations like this – I like the combination of the real background and the illustrated foreground. What do you think?