Beetles, Moths And An Unexpected Visitor

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Well, work is well underway on my new collections and I wanted to share these little critters with you. 

As you may have noticed, I love Illustrating creatures of all shapes and sizes. I particularly like drawing natural structures and repeating patterns such as feathers and scales, so insects are particularly attractive to me. 

Beetle shells are amazing when you study them closely. The geometric sections join together like a suit of armour, and the colours of some of them can only be likened to sequins. Even the matte black of a Lesser Stag Beetle is fascinating for it's depth. I only wish their exact colours could be bottled!

Then there are moths, like winged warriors of the night (apart from some species of Hawk Moths that also fly in the daytime). The symmetrical patterns on their wings allow them to blend like beautiful wall flowers, but they are far from the shy retiring type to me. Their russian hat style heads (please refer to the Festoon Moth) make me think of theatre costume or high fashion winter attire.

These lovely creatures will eventually be part of a large screen print illuminated with bright colours under the black detail so stay tuned!

On a side note: Whilst I was drawing I was surprised to meet this lovely cricket who crept up onto my plate to hoover up the last of my cracker crumbs.

After some research I found out that this is a Dark Bush Cricket. She has obviously been in a bit of a tussle having lost one antennae and a foot at the front. Hopefully, she will be up and hopping again pretty soon. However, in the meantime she has inspired another bug Illustration, so thanks for stopping by!

New Stockist - Selfridges

Monday, 14 September 2015

It's very exciting here at *Artist Not Included HQ (a.k.a my desk) today, as I can now let you know that the *Artist Not Included card range is stocked in Selfridges! Eeek!

If you are interested in becoming a stockist then please get in touch to request a catalogue:

New Stockist - Designers Guild

Monday, 7 September 2015

I am so excited to now count Designers Guild as one of my stockists!

I first discovered Designers Guild when I lived in Bristol. Their Clifton store was my go to for gifts and special homewares. I would often float around in a dream like state, thinking how wonderful it would be to one day stock my work here. Then, it actually happened!

Exciting Times! 

Christmas 2015

Friday, 4 September 2015

Yes, it seems crazy, but the *Artist Not Included Christmas range is here! Then again, is it really ever too early for dog's in Christmas Jumpers? This range has been a long time in the making, it all started with a Whippet, then the lovely Brinkley from The Dorset Finca came along (inspiration for the Lakeland Terrier design) and it all spiralled from there.

The cards are screen printed by hand onto heavy weight recycled card, teamed with luxury gold envelopes, and sealed in a bio-degradable cellophane bag. The designs are printed from my original Illustrations in black ink, with zingy Christmas Jumpers in neon coral and ice green.

The cards are available to pre-order as early as you like from my Etsy shop now! The cards are made to order so they will be delivered hot off the press to you by set delivery dates (All of which are listed on my Etsy page).

So, that's Christmas sorted then! I've already got my head down again though working on lot's of exciting prints for my Etsy shop coming soon! And, just out of interest, have you noticed the shiny new Pet Portraits button I've added recently? Oh, you haven't? Well, whilst your here you might as well put the kettle on and take a look!
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