Just a quick update for those of you who are interested in my illustrations, I’m trying to keep busy setting myself little projects.
I did manage to finish my “12 Drawings of Christmas” just in time and had a bit of a break over the holidays.
After getting a bit side tracked with this card for a 50th anniversary…
…I finished this cutie. I think he has to be one of my favourites so far.
As I like to do a bit of drawing and sketching in front of the TV in the evenings (my couch is just too comfy)…
…I have started a new project ‘Watching TV’. If I am about to start a new sketch I have to get my inspiration from what is on the telly. Might as well. This is an ongoing project but might come a bit to a standstill once the days are longer and warmer because I like to spend my evenings in the garden.
“Wild” – the fox doesnt’ have a big part but an important one nonetheless.
“The Shipping News” – no lighthouse in the film but it’s set at the Newfoundland Coast, so I’m sure there is a lighthouse somewhere
“Snow White and the Huntsman” – there are some flowery turtles in the fairy forest
Apart from that, I am thinking about entering an exhibition but that depends on whether I get the drawings done on time and like them, too.
And here’s a question for you. Would you be interested if I started a separate blog for my illustrations, maybe also telling you how I go about things and where I get my inspiration from as well? I am aware of the fact that these illustrations are a far cry from my usual posts about my Welsh adventures and traveling.
I had been asked in the past if I could post my illustrations on here as well, as not everybody uses Facebook or other social media sites. I’m still torn between a more realistic or simplified style, so I tend to jump back and forth between the two. Keeps it interesting as well.
Out of the woods
Apart from my “usual” illustrations I am working on the little project “12 Drawings of Christmas” at the moment. Not sure whether it was a completely good idea though because now I HAVE to do 12 drawings and life gets quite busy in the run up to Christmas. Never mind. These 12 drawings are mainly for colouring in or using in personal Christmas projects and I supply a high res jpeg and a card layout, gift tag etc via a link on my FB page. I will show you the final 12 after Christmas.
While nearly everybody else in Europe is moaning about the summer heat, summer in Wales was on a Tuesday this year. Mild temperatures (I usually dance out of pure joy when the thermometer reaches 20C), lots of grey sky and numerous rain showers are our daily joy so far, with the occasional sun ray thrown in the mix just to keep us from complaining. I usually joke with my friends back home in summery Germany that our UK government had to make cuts and they started with getting rid of summer.
So while I’m waiting for the right weather to tick off all the places from my “to-visit-list” and tell you all about it, I have rediscovered my love for pens and fine liners and started drawing again. Those long summer nights have to be good for something.
After the previous visit to Highgate Cemetery on my recent trip to London I felt in need of something more cheerful and colourful. I could have gone to a museum or art gallery but wanted to stay outside in the sunshine and hustle and bustle of London. Shoreditch proofed to be a good choice and didn’t disappoint with colour.
I’ve never been a big fan of this cheesy stock photography that unfortunately sometimes I have to use in my job. You know, those business people dressed in grey suits, staging ‘typical’ board meeting scenes.
But actually they can be hilarious as this co-operation between iStock by Getty Images and Twentieth Century Fox for the promotion of ‘Unfinished Business’ featuring Vince Vaughn shows.
When I exclaimed ‘Here I am’ as I arrived in London this weekend nobody cared.
When Jim Fenwick uttered the same words as he arrived on Bond Street in 1891 it marked the start of a new era of shopping for Londoners. Fenwick on Bond St was one of the first department stores outside of Paris. Specialising in tailoring for ladies, it soon gained a reputation as being an exciting place to visit and its windows had spectacular displays enticing the glamorous ladies of London to enter this world of new ideas and styles. To celebrate the department store’s 124 years of unexpected collaborations with artists there will be a year-long ‘Here I am’ campaign inspired by those famous first words. ROBU was invited to create the branding and window displays for the first campaign. Illustrated by Andrei Robu, the art installations are bold and bright and incorporate items of clothing in unusual ways.