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The Illustration blog of an illustrator and creative workshop leader living in Cambridge, UK.

A cookbook cover I made for a competition and for fun. The official judging is meant to be unbiased but if you like my design you can vote for it for a smaller ‘community’ prize. See my entry on Talenthouse to do so here

It’s been fun to work on something simpler after spending so much time on my labour-intensive bestiary illustrations. I only have two more of those to do now so once I’m done I’m going to work on some quicker/more casual personal projects to boost my portfolio range.

— 1 week ago with 1 note

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Completed Bestiary Project illustration number 10: Cerastes!

Cerastes is a serpent that hides underground with only it’s plant-like horns exposed, which it uses to lure in unsuspecting prey. Apparently the real snake is named after this medieval beast.

— 1 week ago with 2 notes

#illustration  #digital art  #the bestiary project  #bestiary project  #abi stevens  #artists on tumblr  #cerastes  #monster  #creature  #medieval bestiary  #dragon  #serpent 
Work-in-progress crop. Just finished the outlines on this one today. Time to start colouring!
so…many…small…circles! Wow my hand aches now! :p

Work-in-progress crop. Just finished the outlines on this one today. Time to start colouring!

so…many…small…circles! Wow my hand aches now! :p

— 2 weeks ago with 3 notes

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A little progress gif of the Manticore illustration for my bestiary project. :)

A little progress gif of the Manticore illustration for my bestiary project. :)

— 2 weeks ago with 4 notes

#abi stevens  #illustration  #manticore  #the bestiary project  #artists on tumblr  #bestiary project  #digital art 

I’m running more workshops at the Museum of Cambridge on Wednesday. We’re going to be creating creatures by morphing together the shapes of objects from the museum, so I needed to create some examples. (the kids always make much more interesting creatures than me!)

Monster 1 is made from the shape a pot and a horse’s jaw bone. 

Monster 2 is made from the shape of an old rake head and a set of bellows.

— 3 weeks ago with 4 notes

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More Herbs and Spices from my little sketchbook.

— 3 weeks ago with 11 notes

#sketchbook  #doodle  #doodling  #drawing  #abi stevens  #illustration  #herbs  #spices  #plants  #artists on tumblr 

Sketchbook drawings. Working from my herbs and spices doodles from the other day.

— 3 weeks ago with 4 notes

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Bestiary Project illustration 9 of 12, the Manticore, is finally finished! :)

— 3 weeks ago with 6 notes

#illustration  #drawing  #digital art  #manticore  #creature  #monster  #the bestiary project  #abi stevens  #artists on tumblr 
Working for Free, part 1: When to Say No! →

New blog post is up! This is the first half of a two-parter about when you should and shouldn’t work for free. (totally subjective of course!)
This one talks about when you maybe shouldn’t work for free. Next week I’ll be writing about when it’s sometimes ok to work for free! :)

— 4 weeks ago

#illustration  #digital art  #freelancing  #working for free  #competitions  #charities  #publicity  #portfolio  #abi stevens  #advice 

Some sketchbook pages so you can see what I’ve been up to lately; research drawings, brainstorming and notes for two different illustrations I’m planning this week.

— 1 month ago with 1 note

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Freelancing while ADD →

Ok, so I finally quit tweaking this and posted it. It’s quite a personal topic for me so I was a bit nervous about publishing it! Anyway, I hope some of you find it interesting and/or helpful.

— 1 month ago with 1 note

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Today’s sketchbook page features…quick sketches of people from the Humans of New York facebook page, and a doodle of a bounty-hunter searching for her target in an alien rainforest! :p

Today’s sketchbook page features…quick sketches of people from the Humans of New York facebook page, and a doodle of a bounty-hunter searching for her target in an alien rainforest! :p

— 1 month ago with 4 notes

#doodle  #sketchbook  #abi stevens  #artists on tumblr  #people  #sketching  #doodling 
A quick colour version of the sketchbook doodle I posted the other day.

A quick colour version of the sketchbook doodle I posted the other day.

— 1 month ago with 1 note

#illustration  #drawing  #sketchbook  #doodle  #abi stevens  #leaves  #jungle  #digital art  #pencil 

All my finished Bestiary Project illustrations so far, together in one post! They’re ordered from newest to oldest. I’ve been slowly working my way through this series for over a year now. I think it’s interesting to see how my work has evolved while I’ve been working on this project. :)

— 1 month ago with 4 notes

#illustration  #digital art  #abi stevens  #artists on tumblr  #the bestiary project  #unicorn  #griffin  #mermaid  #phoenix  #dragon  #centaur  #basilisk  #siren 
A sketchbook page. The rough layout for the Manticore illustration I’m currently working on, and a jungle plant doodle. 

A sketchbook page. The rough layout for the Manticore illustration I’m currently working on, and a jungle plant doodle. 

— 1 month ago with 1 note

#sketchbook  #doodle  #the bestiary project  #manticore  #abi stevens  #work in progerss  #artists on tumblr