Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Practicing new techniques

The other night I watched this very useful video about using colour - http://animationtidbits.tumblr.com/post/78224929367/understanding-color (I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who creates art) and decided to test out some of the advice it gave on using colour schemes. That, and I recently downloaded some pretty awesome brushes on photoshop and thought I'd try those out too! Anyway, this was the end result and I think I will definitely continue to develop this way of working further.


(Also I haven't blogged in so long that I've forgotten how to save files so the white doesn't turn grey on here -.-)

Commissions

For the past month or so I have been open to taking commissions for anything from watercolour paintings to digital art. Here are some of the watercolour paintings I have been commissioned to work on.




I'm still open for commission, and if you're interested you can find the information here! - http://honeydewmellen.tumblr.com/post/75158961948/im-currently-open-to-artwork-commissions

Explorer in France

Eep! I've fallen behind a bit with this blog, so it's time to post everything at once - hooray!

I'll start with an illustration I finished a while ago, inspired by a photo I saw of a street in Alsace, France. I felt doing something like this would help me practice my skills when it comes to backgrounds; in this case streets and buildings. I'm planning to do a few more like this with different settings, because it's been quite a helpful learning exercise.


Sunday, 8 December 2013

A little bit of everything I have been up to lately

Well, it's time for another large blog post as I've fallen behind with updating again! For the past month or so I have been getting into watercolour painting, something I'm not all that familiar with as I've always used inks or acrylic. Basically, I got a bit obsessed with painting autumn-y leaves.







A couple of these I decided to get printed as postcards (along with a new set of stickers) which will be available to buy here soon - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/EllenIllustration



Since my last post I also completed this as part of a commission - 


Which brings me to today! Today I have been experimenting using a different type of lino (it's grey, brittle and made my arm ache D:) and came up with this print to use for this year's christmas cards!

                        

...And that's pretty much everything. I really must try to update more often!





Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Greeting card designs

Okay, so I know it's October, and I know I should be doing something Hallowe'eny because it's way more fun, but this month I've been working on Christmas cards. I decided to create two christmassy designs and send them along with two unchristmassy designs to get printed for my store. They arrived yesterday from http://www.awesomemerchandise.com/ which is a great site if you ever want to get stuff printed.




These will be available to buy from my store (right here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/EllenIllustration) soon!

Friday, 27 September 2013

Mushrooms and badges!

It's been a while, so I thought I ought to update with a couple of things I've been up to recently.

Last week I created some bear designs for a set of badges I'm planning to add to my online store. They arrived a couple of days ago and I was really pleased with the quality of them! Today I've been working on the packaging so that they're ready for sale.



I've also had time to do another little illustration, this time with singing mushrooms. Hooray!




Sunday, 25 August 2013

Getting back to some painting.

Recently I've been doing all my work digitally, which has really had an effect on my motivation! Sitting with a tablet and staring at a screen for hours is nowhere near as fun as getting your hands covered in ink. Maybe it's just me.

Anyway, here's a painting I finished today called "Goodbye". Usually after I've scanned a painting I like to edit it in photoshop, but this time I feel like leaving it 100% traditional.