New Things

There are a bunch of  new greetings cards in my shop this month, including these dinosaur and space cards, cardwhich come with any age badge you like (I sold a 95 years badge last week).  You can check out all my new cards designs at BearsGetCrafty: there’s one for lovers of GIN (with the choice of a super badge or magnet), something naughty,  something nice, and bears, of course.  😉

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Mr Fox Sewing Kit Prototype

As usual, I also have lots of ideas and work in progress. 🙂   Greetings cards with stickers and sewing kits will be arriving soon!   I’m also thinking about cards with moving parts and pop-ups.

digiOver at BearsGetDigital there is lots of new art to download, digital drawings and watercolour paintings to use in card making, on websites….whatever you fancy. 🙂

I have several new illustrations, for poems by Dom Conlon, on www.inkology.co.uk.  universe_boxEnjoy his darkly funny stories while you’re there too.

 

In between all of that, there have been a few fun things appearing on my work desk:

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To see more of what I draw and make you can check out my Instagram account BearsGetCrafty or follow me on Twitterbers

Prints

Just to let you know I’ve added two new prints to my shop.

‘Eloise’ and ‘Hare’ are printed in long lasting giclee inks on fine quality paper, from original watercolour and pencil paintings by me. They are a limited edition of 100 each and sell for £18 plus postage. (Note: if you require international postage please contact me, or wait a few days as I will be adding it shortly.)

 

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The one I forgot to post on Christmas Eve…

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This is my “Merry Christmas!” post turned into a “Hope you had a Merry Christmas” post.

When I drew this illustration I was busy wondering what the story behind it was. Then I was lucky enough to have it included in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators advent calendar.  (Click on the link to view all the other wonderful illustrations in the calendar.)  As well as a splendid Christmas picture everyday from a different SCWBI illustrator, writers were able to create a micro story to go with each image  (You can read these on the #W&PAdvent hastag on Twitter.)   …and so… I got a few stories to to go with my drawing. 🙂

Thanks to Pippa Wilson, Jake Hayes, Janey Robinson and KM Lockwood.

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I’m growing rather fond of these animals…I also drew them decorating their tree:

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I wonder what they will get up to next?

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You can find out about the marvellous SCWBI here.

Wishing you all a very happy, peaceful, prosperous and much drier New Year.

Love Jools X

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Haiku

Three images by me and three Haiku by Dom Conlon which grew out of something entirely different, which you will hear more about in due course.

The images were prompted by a few words, which in turn were expanded into haiku in response to the images.  This is also a very new way of painting for me: very loose, lots of wet into wet, ink, paint, pencil and water. Lots of water.  They were a lot of fun to do.

Update: 12/05/15.  Four images by me and four haiku by Dom. 🙂

1.

A clatter of wood

echoes on cobbled streets as

a bark leads the way

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2.

The wind shakes washing

and a scullery of birds

fly to clean the clouds

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3.

Summer scatters as

rain hammers the window and

morning turns to sleep

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4.

Whispers hide under

awnings of pan-rattled skies

a dog weaves the mist

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Illustrating a Fairy Tale

Because I don’t very often draw bears, when my friend, Dom Conlon, wrote a fairy story about a bear I said I’d do an illustration to go with it. You can read the story here.

This is the picture I drew.

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After I had drawn it, I thought it would be better if the wood was a lot darker, so I had a second attempt.

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I like this one better and so did Dom, so it’s the one he’s used. It made me think a lot about how illustrations help create the atmosphere in a story and I thought I’d try drawing the same scene in different media.

The next one was drawn with my Rotring pen and then a few washes of ink added.

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I’m quite pleased with this, although the trees need a little more depth.

The next version is in acrylic. I like the softer look to the bear and there is about 2 square inches on on the trees that sort of works.. I think if I were going to finish it I would end up reworking the entire thing. It’s headed for the bin.

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And finally…. this version is pencil and washes of ink. It’s a watercolour technique really, but you can do it with any paint that you can thin down.  I like the softer look of this.  I’m quite pleased as this is a method I’ve hardly ever used before.  I think I’ll be experimenting with it again soon.

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I hope you’ve all read the story. 🙂

I’d be interested to know which version of the illustration people prefer, so please comment below if you want or tell me on Twitter

Thank you.