Needle Felt Brooches

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I’ve just started a new job and a BA in illustration, so I’ve not much time for needle felting at the moment.  A few of these little chaps may appear from time to time ‘though, as I enjoy making them and it makes a change to work in 3D.  They do go in and out of my shop pretty quickly so you’ll need to keep your eyes open if you want one. (I usually post on Twitter and Instagram when I make one.)

Sketchbook

Went to Dulwich Picture Gallery today (more about that later).  Managed a few quick sketches while I was out and about. Not sure I’m comfortable drawing strangers in case they notice…

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Waiting for the train. There’s a ghost platform opposite. I don’t remember it being in use since I lived here.
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The Rubens are exquisite. I also admired the frames in my professional capacity.
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Very leafy indeed.

 

I rarely take a sketchbook out with me.  I used this very small one because it fits in my pocket or bag and feels unobtrusive. I drew without worrying about the results and was pleased with how loose the drawings feel. I started to notice a lot of things I would have liked to draw if I’d had time.  I forgotten how doing this makes you look at things differently.  I will get back into the habit.

Two Exhibitions

Last week I visited two exhibitions of illustrators’ work. The first exhibition was at Mottisfont Abbey 7th July – 2nd September 2018 of original illustrations from ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ and the Mog books.  The exhibition was organized by Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books

Great to see the originals of these books that my daughter grew up with.  Admiring the 29362735967_86774819d0_osimplicity of Kerr’s characters and the very expressive faces, feeling of movement and ‘catness’ she achieves.  Much more simplified characters than Kathleen Hale’s (which I have been looking at this week).

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My sketch

He’s such a kindly looking tiger. I’ve just noticed how the stripes over his eyes give him eyebrows.

The short film of Judith Kerr at the exhibition was interesting. She showed her sketchbooks and talked about drawing things a lot of times before she got them right. She also mentioned drawing tigers from life at the zoo and using the internet to find images when she needed to draw tigers yawning (as the real ones don’t keep still with their mouths open).

Screen Shot 2018-08-27 at 12.01.38Shopped.  Bag and postcard images are from “The Tiger Who Came to Tea.” (Kerr, J. 1968). “Bombs on Aunt Dainty” (Kerr, J. 1975).  My photo.

(Above) Doorway image from “Mog the Forgetful Cat” (Kerr, J. 1970). My photo.

 

A lovely exhibition if you are anywhere near.  Got home and listened to Judith Kerr on Desert Island Discs, which is available on iplayer if you’re in the UK.

The second was Edward Bawden. Dulwich Picture Gallery. 24th May to 9th September 2018

I went to see this exhibition yesterday. I wasn’t very familar with the work of Edward Bawden but several people recommended (raved about) it.

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Fig 1. Brighton Pier 1958. Linocut on paper.

The range of work was beyond what I had expected.  Some of my favourite pieces were the large lino prints of Brighton Pier and of Lindsell Church.   I loved the large amount of black and strong overall feeling of these.

 

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Fig 2. Map of Scarborough (detail) 1931. Pencil, silver foil, watercolour and paper.

 

In contrast to these were finely drawn copper plate etchings and delicate watercolours. I loved his use of collage.  The Map of Scarborough was another favourite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new favourite artist.

 

 

 

 

Splashing about with ink…

As I draw digitally most of the time, I like to break out and make a bit of a mess every now and then.  Last week I got inky, tried out some new water soluble pastels, and mixed in some water colour and pencil to make some original art work badges…

Mixing up media that you may not think will work together is fun. Grab some paper, don’t worry about the outcome. Just go for it!

For these images I used: acrylic inks; water based inks; water soluble pastels, water colour, pencil, a dip pen, a brush pen,  and water colour pencils.

My badges are for sale here.