Wednesday, 27 April 2011

The Royal Biscuit

Did everyone have a nice Easter? I took part in my very first Easter egg hunt on Sunday, which was fun, and had a jolly nice weekend of barbecuing and badminton in Rowan's parents' beautifulgarden (soon to be transformed into the annual ARTDEJARDIN outdoor sculpture exhibition. See here for all the info ).

And it's a Bank Holiday this weekend too- woo! Not that it makes much difference to me, being self employed n'all, but it does mean I'll know what day it is for once, and that's something. So, in honour of the impending royal nuptials South West Artwork have introduced their Royal Biscuit series (biscuit as in 'take the...') featuring witty one liners and charming imagery, including this limited edition, screen printed @katebride2b tea towel available here and on Etsy  There are only 50 of each design available, so they're very special!

And for my contribution to The Big Day, a sailor tattoo-style ode to the happy couple and their impressive collection of pearly whites. Original prints available over in my Etsy shop, check it out

And yes, those really are their nicknames for one another; a surprisingly-boring-if-you-try-it Google Image search and a hypothetical character from The Tale of The Bunny Picnic (which, by the way, was my favourite Easter-time movie as a child. It starts getting good about 4 minutes in).

Monday, 18 April 2011

Illustrator of the Week

It's been rather slow, illustration-wise, these last few months, hence my lack of posts. On the plus side though, I've achieved great things with my allotment with all my free time. We've now got our greenhouse up, glazed and tentatively filled with 12 small tomato plants and a little chilli kindly donated by our plot neighbour, Barry. Admitedly I didn't have much to do with the erection and glazing of the greenhouse (Rowan was in charge of that, and he built a lhandsome workbench/shelving unit for it too) but I did help digging the site it's sitting on and I've dug over (almost) the whole of the rest of the plot too, getting out all the nettles, sycamore saplings and ancient, naturalized raspberry canes. We saved some of the raspberries and moved them to a sunnier spot along with a whole heap of strawberry plants, so with any luck we'll be overflowing with jam by autumn. We've got our onions, garlic, early potatoes, broad beans and french beans in too, the rhubarb's delicious and the plum tree and gooseberry bush are in full flower and promising good things to come. I've also planted a herb and salad border in our little garden at home, and sown (rather patchy) grass on the 'lawn' which was covered in enough brambles to rival Sleeping Beauty's when we moved in. I promise to show some photos when it's all verdant and lovely.

Aside from my green fingered frollicking, my real reason for this post was to let you all know that I'm Illustrator of the Week over on my agent Handsome Frank's blog. Head on over to where they'll have new work to show every day this week, plus a Q&A session towards the end.