Tuesday, 10 May 2011

The blog has moved :)

Don't forget my blog is now hosted over at http://www.itslikeart.net/blog so remember to change your feeds/bookmarks etc. and follow me over there - thank you! x

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Cat's Eyes

Music to listen to today.
I'm slightly addicted to Faris Badwan's (The Horrors) new side project - Cat's Eyes with Rachel Zeffira. Its a wonderful album (if a little short)

It makes me want to dance like I'm in the 60s.

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Sunday, 17 April 2011

RubyRaeLove & Mad Men!

I have 2 new loves - RubyRaeLove and Mad Men!

I got this beautiful ring today from RubyRaeLove - Ella Masters' new jewellery collection. It's a black stone set in a antique gold ring and I loove it.

RubyRaeLove is one of my new fav online shops at the minute, there's some absolutely gorgeous and unique pieces (I really wanted one of the agate necklaces too but they sold out, I just wasn't quick enough!)... Read the rest here... 

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Wednesday, 6 April 2011

T&C Badges and Stickers

Us Tea & Crayons girls have been busy gathering some promotional bits and bobs over the last few weeks for our big mailing we're putting together, and our badges and stickers have arrived this week. Yay! They're amazing. Thank you to Fritha for counting out all the badges and stickers (I would've probably lost the plot half way through).

Aren't they cute?

Mine is the little birdy! I'm excited to send them all out now. Hands up if you're an art director - we'll send you some Tea and Crayons goodies!

There's more piccies over at the T&C blog, stop by and say hello!

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Tuesday, 5 April 2011

GaGa for V

Over the weekend, I found a little link via the wonderful world of twitter to a open call for illustrators to draw Lady Gaga for her new column in V Magazine.   I found out about the competition quite late on so I've only just got around to blogging it.

Personally, I'm not a massive fan of the Gaga (I am a fan of V Magazine though) but she's always a crazy character in what she wears and does, so I thought she would be quite fun to illustrate, so here's what I did : )

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Saturday, 26 March 2011

New blog!

Happy Saturday!

If you've been following my blogs the last few posts, you'll know I've set up my blog on my website now so I'm sort of phasing this one out.  It just makes sense to have all my blog content and portfolio in the same place :) I'm going to continue posting on this one for a couple weeks just to give everyone a change to find my new blog :)

Please change your bookmarks/feeds etc to

Thanks! And I'll see ya over there :)

Friday, 25 March 2011

Daily Inspiration

One of my favourite new websites at the moment, is Pinterest.

I just love collecting images I find on my daily travels and now I have a nice little place to compile them neatly into categories. It’s like an ever evolving moodboard.  These are a few of my most recent finds – such talented illustration and lovely photography

Endless fun to be had.

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Thursday, 24 March 2011

Pick Me Up

Myself and fellow crayonette Rachel Lewis went along to the Pick Me Up graphic art fair at Somerset House over the weekend. We met up with  lovely illustrators Jo CheungEmma Cowley, June Chanpoomidole and Emma Block to had a little look around! An ideal sunday day out.

The place is packed full of illustration,  design, typography, collectives, books, prints and inspiring creative types.   The exhibition is on until the 27th March, so if you're in or around London and get a chance, I definitely recommend popping in.

(Nicely designed flyer too).

I love a nice bit of typography, and there was alot on offer at the exhibition, one of my favourite illustrators Kate Moross made an appearance with her colourful prints.

There's alot of letterpress artwork and screen prints on display. It's nice to see the more traditional hand crafted methods of printing are still around, I must get back in to screen printing this year.

I took a picture of the letter R.

It was alot of fun, I think I need to go back and go round again, there's so much to take in.

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Thursday, 17 March 2011

Alliterati Magazine

Local Newcastle based creative writing magazine Alliterati featured my little bird alongside one of their new poems from their latest issue.

"Excuse Me While I Put You On This Pedestal" by William Sebag-Montefiore

Although this isn't a new illustration, it suited the writing - and coincidentally, was created from another piece of prose, so it all ties together quite nicely :)

Read the article here

I mentioned earlier that I've been working on installing wordpress into my main website so I can blog from my domain, and its nearly there or thereabouts, so I think what I'll do is, keep this blog running alongside the new blog just for a little while, so all my lovely followers can change their bookmarks and feeds etc.  so please head over to http://www.itslikeart.net/blog

And, I'll see ya there! x

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Compound Magazine

Happy sunday everyone!

Myself and lovely tea & crayons girls Rachel L and Abby have been featured in the very cool new Compound Magazine.   The mag isn't out for general release just yet, but you can have a little looksee at the download here.

The theme set for the issue was 'Chemistry' and related to a chosen song.  I love that everyone interprets theme's so differently, it's quite an eclectic mix of visuals (well worth having a browse).

My song was Friend of the Night by Mogwai.

A lonesome wolf.

In other news, I'm working on installing wordpress into my website so I can blog from my domain, so I'll let you all know when it's up and running so you can change your bookmarks and RSS feeds. :)

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Illustration Rally - Monaco

Illustration rally's current on-going project is illustrating all the European countries and I got Monaco! I didn't know much about Monaco before I started this I thought it was just all about the formula 1 racing (which, I know nothing about) but it actually is quite an interesting country, very wealthy, historic and cosmopolitan.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

T&C Postcards

Us tea & crayons girls have been busying away making some promo goodies to send out to potential creative types, and our postcards arrived this week!! It'll be a very beautiful creative parcel when we're done, I'm v excited about it!

(Above photo from Abby)

Chase Your Dreams

(Reblogged from Tigerlilly Quinn via Typography Served)

I enjoy a nice piece of typography, especially the inspirational kind.

Saturday, 26 February 2011


I have a new print release! It seems to have taken me a while to get around to announcing this, but here it is at last :)
'Drifter' Is a limited edition of 15, archival giclee print on somerset paper.  Prints are a nice 8 x 8 inch size, I like quite small prints, I don't feel like they're taking over a whole wall when they're framed.

The prints are signed and numbered and available on through my etsy shop

(Please email sales@itslikeart.net if you're interested in framing)

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Old Pictures

I love old photographs, especially in black and white. I stumbled across these rather nostalgic looking images of Alaskan indians on their travels (via Poulet Poulet

(Souce http://www.old-picture.com/)

Monday, 21 February 2011

Worry is a misuse

Daily inspiration :)

(Source: leilockheart)

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

New cards!

I had a couple new little greetings cards printed up, they're available on etsy now.

I made 2 designs, the first was taken from an illustration created for Tea & Crayons 'Home' theme. As the north east is where I consider home, it seemed only appropriate to create a lovely pair of magpies "Two for Joy"

Cards are blank inside and come with environmentally friendly recycled envelopes.
Click here for my etsy shop

Friday, 4 February 2011

Factory Girl

"Remembered for setting the world on fire... creating chaos and uproar wherever she went... she leaves only good wishes behind."

Factory Girl is one my favourite films. If you haven't seen it, I definitely recommend it.
I drew this for my friend who is also a huge fan :)


Tuesday, 1 February 2011

NARC Magazine, February

NARC, one of my favourite music magazines to design for asked me to illustrate a feature in their February issue for the Opinionated article.  The piece is about over commercialised love songs - is the love song nothing more than a cheap and easy way to flog a lame tune, or is it a great medium that's been given a bad name a bunch of mediocrity-mongers

NARC is (free!) and out now and available at Electrik Sheep, The Cluny and various other shops/bars around Newcastle and the north east, so grab yourself a copy :)

Friday, 28 January 2011

Happy Friday

First illustration of 2011! Just a little something for fun

Happy friday! Have a good weekend :)

Wednesday, 26 January 2011


Everybody meet Diana. My lomography camera! I actually gor her for Christmas but I haven't had chance to blog about it yet.  This is the dreamer edition, its a nice minty green/creamy colour.

I don't have a flash for it yet but for now I'll just practice and play and hopefully take some nice pictures.

I go through phases with photography, and I seem to collect cameras, but lomography suits me because its such a simple little analogue camera, there are no complicated buttons and you can do all kinds of nifty things with it. It came with a book full of lovely photos and history of the camera and things to do so I'm feeling quite inspired.


Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Inspiration Tuesday

Show me something pretty.

I can't remember where I found this photograph, but I just loved it so I wanted to share

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Jacket inspiration

My darhlinng sister Steph is going to make me a jacket yaay, so I made a little board of some of my fav jackets for some inspiration!

I very much enjoy Haider Ackermanns 09 / 10 collections so we're going for something along the sort of slouchy angular biker jacket type lines. I'm excited!

Saturday, 22 January 2011

I heart a wolf

(Via heyfoal tumblr)

I love wolves.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Inspiration Thursday

Some more inspiration in the form of American graphic artist and illustrator Cherri Wood.  I actually discovered this artist at a gallery I used to work at, I love her rough and inky style, it almost feels unfinished, I would love one of her prints for my walls.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Tea & Crayons illustration challenge

As part of the Tea & Crayons collective, we decided as a fun, little project to start off the new year, we'd illustrate each other! And I illustrated the lovely Natasha (thesecret-teaparty.blogspot.com)

I know how much she loves pink, so i wanted to incorporate the colour and make it very pretty and soft. Hope you like!

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Inspire me Tuesday

As part of my whole keeping new years resolutions I'm going to try and blog more. I like to share some of the things I find online and on my travels, so I thought I'd try and start and post things that interest me on a weekly basis. I dont know whether this'll be every tuesday yet, but probably once a week.  I'll aim for a tuesday.

I'll start with these illustrations by Italian artist Noumeda. I'm extremely fickle when it comes to buying things - I'm easily swayed by the pretty packaging and immediately fell in love with these illustrations when I saw them on a range of hair products by Umberto Giannini.  I use Umberto Giannini products on a semi-regular basis, its just a bonus that now they're so beautifully wrapped with lovely drawings!

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Hello 2011

Happy New Year!
It's 2011! Time for a list! Just a few things I will hope to achieve over the next 12 months

1. Draw more - preferably daily.
2. Take more pictures. (I got a Diana F+ for Christmas so I intend to take many many photies this year)
3. Collaborate with interesting people (email me interesting people! Photographers, designers, writers, artists of all types!)
4. Print more. And learn all about textile printing/dyeing
5. Travel more
6. Move to London
7. Get involved with lots more creative things - crafty stalls, exhibitions, competition briefs, blogs etc.
8. Get a kitten!

I probably could go on for a while longer, but these goals seem do-able for now, so wish me luck!

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