Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Warli inspiration

Since coming back from a week in Corfu I have been doing a few card designs.

Three so far.

They have been inspired by Warli folk art. Warli art originates from the Warli tribes of Maharashtra, India. Usually white painted illustrations on fabric, walls or paper depicting everyday life of the villagers. Very simple and beautiful.

I'm thinking that these three would be good printed in a mono colour, maybe red, blue or green on a white or cream background or even better the black reversed into white on a coloured background.

Just need to find a good card printer now.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Mystery man

The holidays are truly in swing and really I am ashamed to say the not much illustration has been done! A massive clear out of my 8 year old room has taken 3 days but the results were worth it.  Five bags taken to the local charity shop and many bags put in the rubbish bin.  The clearing spread to other rooms in my house and discoveries were made.  The photo shown was found in my dressing table drawer.  I love this photo I found it in a junk shop in East Finchley many years ago.  It cost me 10p and I love the informal very natural pose.  Most probably taken in the 1920's, he looks so relaxed and happy. A very contented face I think and who is the person taking the photo?  A lover, a friend who knows, I will never find out.  A snapshot of someone's life frozen in a sepia toned photo.

Today I made a trip up to High Barnet with my youngest.  When getting off the bus we walked the same route to the local shops that we always do.  The route has always been fun as local artist Ben Wilson's chewing gum artwork was always something to spot on the pavement. Recently the area has been newly paved over and to our dismay all of these small artworks had gone.  But just past the newly paved area today a new one was spotted - hooray!!  Ben Wilson is a artist who creates something unique from something very mundane.

Lastly just one illustration to show (very rough). Done last night while watching the Olympics on TV.  My eldest and our cat Eno who love each other very much!

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

France lining my cupboards!

Yesterday was spent cutting up an old  road atlas of France.  The purpose of this was to line my new glasses cupboard in my kitchen.

I love the look of maps and I justified cutting up the atlas because,
1-  Its dated 1993.
2 - We don't own a car anymore.
3 - We certainly won't be doing a walking tour of France in the near future!

I cut out the shapes and stuck it all down with a light spray of display mount.
I was so pleased with the result that I moved onto my dresser and that was mapped too!

Et voila!