Sketchbook: COLOURS!

March 22, 2013 § Leave a comment











The Rivoli Ballroom’s Gala Ball

December 13, 2012 § Leave a comment






A poster for the Rivoli Ballroom. The actual piece is a little larger than A2 and made entirely out of hand cut paper. Finally a chance to dig into my paper collection! I was really worried about balancing colours as this is the first colour paper cut I’ve done but I’m pretty pleased with how it came out.


Detail Gala Ball





Charini Lingerie for Amelia’s Magazine

February 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

A brief process of an illustration of Charini’s eco lingerie for Amelia’s Magazine. The turnover had to be pretty fast, evening to morning was the time frame I was given which was quite refreshing as a challenge. I’ve never done any fashion illustration before and it was quite a learning curve. I didn’t want to do something I’d done before with inks and lines and on top of that there were a few problems that I was worried about; presenting lingerie elegantly, showing the quality of the garment, making it visually interesting and not just black and white, possible introduction of colour for something a bit more visually engaging, emphasis on the garment and not the figure that it hangs off.

Basic components of the collage.

Under garments added to show the sheer qualities of the robe on top.

The final piece.

I don’t want to live in this house…

February 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

…where no one speaks their mind.

The spirits of things…

December 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

‘Toys and God have a lot in common’ – Grayson Perry

I made these few weeks ago but never blogged about them as I’m still not sure where it’s going. I started thinking about the personal value of objects visiting the Charmed Life exhibition at the Wellcome collection. I like the notion of objects offering comfort to the owner and acting as a silent witness to their experiences and their history. Toys do this very well, for example a child clutches onto a toy to ward off bad dreams and mysterious shadows in a room.

I made the sketches above thinking about personifying these qualities. I thought about Worry dolls and figures from the Horniman Museum and ended up making up my own miniature characters of comfort using some recycled paper pieces from older projects… It’s just a starting point of an idea which I want to look into when university work dies down a bit…


September 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

A card for my cousin on the arrival of her long awaited twins! I wanted to give the card a slight fairy tale theme. Finding appropriate coloured papers was so difficult. As white looks too washed out and plain (even for me!) and pink and blue are not really suitable as they clash and there is one boy and one girl. Yellow seemed to be the best compromise.

I used a lose sheet of yellow tracing paper inside so the card would look slightly different under different lights and give a nice glow to fit in with the fairy tale theme.

A week in papercuts – Part III

July 14, 2011 § Leave a comment





creating patterns??…



Intertwining pattern, dual colour….



Asian style clouds…

Repeating units…









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