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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 week 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 week ago with 3 notes

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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 week ago with 1 note

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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. :)

— 2 weeks ago with 4 notes

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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. 

— 2 weeks ago with 1 note

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Working on the Manticore outlines for my Bestiary Project today. :)

Working on the Manticore outlines for my Bestiary Project today. :)

— 2 weeks ago with 1 note

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I’m thinking about writing up a blog post about the pros and cons of being a freelancer with ADHD. Are there any other freelancing ADD’ers out there who have tips or comments they’d like to share with me? :)

— 2 weeks ago with 2 notes

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Ta-da! The Siren is complete! That makes 8 completed Bestiary Project illustrations of a planned 12. Maybe I can get these done by September after all!

In Medieval Bestiaries the Siren is depicted as either looking just like a Mermaid, or with a human body emerging from a bird body kind of like a Harpy, or as a strange combination of fish tail, bird legs and wings and a human body. I chose to try and combine these elements into a single character in my own interpretation.

— 3 weeks ago with 3 notes

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Work-in-progress crop from my latest Bestiary Project illustration: the Siren. This preview is just flat colour but I’m nearly done with it now! Will post her tomorrow morning! :)

Work-in-progress crop from my latest Bestiary Project illustration: the Siren. This preview is just flat colour but I’m nearly done with it now! Will post her tomorrow morning! :)

— 3 weeks ago with 2 notes

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It’s been a bit quiet on the Tumblr front from me the last couple of weeks, but that’s because I’ve been a busy bee over the last month and haven’t had a lot of time to spare for new work! Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Firstly, I was part of a Cambridge Creative Network pop-up, one night only, exhibition at Duke House in Cambridge where art-buying was fuelled by wonderful food made by Stella Pereira. (I sold some prints there so yay!)

Then I was running a stall at the fantastic Illustrator’s Fair at the House of Illustration’s new premises in London, which I reviewed on my other blog here. I spent a week furiously drawing monsters in order to put together the ‘Colour Me, Chimera’ colouring book for this and you can still buy them here if you’re interested. 

After this I had less than a week to get ready for another group show with the Cambridge Creative Network. The private view for this one was on Friday 4th and it will be running throughout July and August. It’s at a slightly remote but really lovely location called The Highwaymans. Check it out if you can, for a chance to see some great work by my fellow network members, such as Alan Rogerson (on Tumblr).

And finally, this week I had a break from frantically preparing for my own exhibitions and took a trip to the capitol to visit the London Illustration Fair at Hoxton Arches and attend the private view for the House of Illustration’s first exhibition; a really nice display of the works of Quentin Blake, including work in progress doodles, page layouts and original artworks for several of his books. I definitely recommend swinging by there if you happen to be at King’s Cross! It’s only a 5 minute walk!

Phew! So that’s what I’ve been up to this month. I don’t have anything big planned now for a while so I’m going to knuckle down and get on with some of my own work again. I’m planning to have my Bestiary Project series all finished by September so that I can print and sell 2015 calendars for them! They should be available online as soon as I’ve ordered them in but will also be making an appearance at the Mill Road Winter Fair and hopefully at a currently only-vaguely-planned Christmas Fair at the House of Illustration.

New work on the way soon! All my best to you my lovely followers.

Abi.

— 3 weeks ago

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My work in the top 30 cover designs for the Computer Arts comp. I’m at the top of the page! (For once, having a name starting with Ab has worked in my favour. I’ve decided this partially makes up for all the ‘my phone is in my pocket’ voicemail messages I’ve received over the years!)

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Ammit, an ancient Egyptian funerary deity, “devourer of souls”, “eater of hearts”…and an amusing cross between a lion, a hippo & a crocodile! Another drawing from my colouring book. You can still order yourself one here if you fancy it! 

Ammit, an ancient Egyptian funerary deity, “devourer of souls”, “eater of hearts”…and an amusing cross between a lion, a hippo & a crocodile! Another drawing from my colouring book. You can still order yourself one here if you fancy it! 

— 1 month ago

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Another drawing from the colouring book I put together for the House of Illustration’s Illustrators Fair on Sunday. The colouring books were my best seller but if you missed out you can still order one from me HERE. :)

Another drawing from the colouring book I put together for the House of Illustration’s Illustrators Fair on Sunday. The colouring books were my best seller but if you missed out you can still order one from me HERE. :)

— 1 month ago

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The Illustrators Fair was great! So many lovely stalls and workshops and it was very well set up (which is even more impressive when you know the House of Illustration did it all in two weeks). Everyone i met on the day was lovely too! Here’s a photo of me at my stall.Hopefully they will be running more of these in the future! My only criticism would be that it was a little quieter than we might have hoped and they could have done with better signage, but that will be easily improved upon at future events when they have more planning time and the success of a previous event to build on. :)
I definitely want to do more fairs in the future. I was thinking about trying to get a stand in the artist’s alley at London MCM Expo in October but unfortunately they’re all booked up already.
(An aside; I found it pretty funny how many people told me my outfit matched my work lol!)

The Illustrators Fair was great! So many lovely stalls and workshops and it was very well set up (which is even more impressive when you know the House of Illustration did it all in two weeks). Everyone i met on the day was lovely too! Here’s a photo of me at my stall.

Hopefully they will be running more of these in the future! My only criticism would be that it was a little quieter than we might have hoped and they could have done with better signage, but that will be easily improved upon at future events when they have more planning time and the success of a previous event to build on. :)

I definitely want to do more fairs in the future. I was thinking about trying to get a stand in the artist’s alley at London MCM Expo in October but unfortunately they’re all booked up already.

(An aside; I found it pretty funny how many people told me my outfit matched my work lol!)

— 1 month ago with 4 notes

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