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Illustration, Artworks with PR/ Marketing context. All work copyrighted. @inspirebykim

Ski A-Z ‘E’ for Extreme, Enjoy and Exhilaration…

I wasn’t sure as to whether there is relevance to continuing on with my ski A-Z project in the present global climate. But time is spent in lockdown should be time made better by finding the joy, and I get a lot of joy from making this work, and so I found that it felt best to continue. There’s a lot of people who enjoy skiing and mountain sports and so maybe share in the work can share some joy too.

If you’ve not seen my artworks for the letters from A to D then check out the links at the bottom of this blog post to catch up there.

Next up is the letter ‘E’ there are a lot of words that came to mind for E and I have incorporated this into a large artwork which illustrates some of my favourite ski feelings.

These are:

Enjoyment of the soaring peaks and stunning views of the mountain environment.

Exhilaration of skiing strong and fast, putting myself against the challenge of the mountain slopes. I always enjoyed giant slalom, over slalom courses, when we were ski racing.

Experiences – Skiing is a great switch off as it’s so engrossing physically and mentally that it’s hard to think of anything else meaning it’s a magic kind of mountain meditation.

One of the ways I love to experience and soak up the mountain atmosphere is to get off the piste and find somewhere to just sit, and be in an entirely natural environment, ideally with a semmel sandwich and a refreshing drink. To sit awhile and take it all in. For the non skiers, if you can get your skis into the snow you can use your ski poles between them to make a seat. Alternatively you can sit on the snow, ideally on a rucksack or plastic bag to avoid getting a soggy ski pants.

Extreme skiing needs you to have your wits about you and is so satisfying when you look back up a slope that you’ve achieved. Often having experienced a range of emotions on the way from doubt and fear to joy and euphoria.

My most extreme ski experience was Heli-skiing in the Caucasus mountains of Russia and Georgia. I illustrated an account of this trip which you can read and see at this link.

Here are the links to the Ski A-Z work already created…

Apres-Ski Illustration

A-Z of Ski Glossary

Technical Ski Illustrations

Watch this space for the ski paintings for the letter F…

Thanks so much for being here. If you’ve enjoyed this post please like it and if you know someone who’d enjoy it please share it with them. Let’s spread the joy of skiing.

Kim

West Side Story Poster Design

My submission for the West Side Story poster design brief for #makeartthatsells. Theatre production poster for West Side Story on Broadway, NYC.

Work in progress Letters cut from striking papers I’d painted.

I added dancer shapes cut from paper and, a compass point, then wrote text in Procreate app to complete the design.

Experimenting with bold textured lettering creating using Dr P..H, Martin Liquid Watercolours

You might want to check out Make Art That Sells from Lila Rogers Studio.

Thanks for being here. Come back soon and see my new work.

Kim

Illustration and Animation Solutions

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Peace Bear Design

This is the design I developed for a 6ft tall bear sculpture for the Bears of Sheffield city art trail, a fundraising initiative for The Children’s Hospital Charity for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Sheffield is a vibrant and wonderfully diverse city with many languages spoken. The Peace Bear represents all these languages in a message of peace and unity.

Peace is written on the bear in the languages of Sheffield’s people in community workshops, using their script, so that everyone can find their ‘Peace’ on the bear.

Peace has so many meanings of understanding, acceptance and cooperation, which underpin life in Sheffield.

Trialling paint hues. After enjoying Japanese watercolours and gouache lately I reminded myself of the characteristics of acrylic paint.

I enjoyed the process and look forward to seeing all the brightly coloured bears around Sheffield, raising money for this important and worthwhile charity.

These were my favourite designs from the Herd of Sheffield in 2016 which raised over £610,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital with 58 large and 72 small elephants.

The Elephants were all united at Meadowhall at the end of the campaign.

Unfortunately my design was not commissioned this year but thought I’d share my design to send love and peace to all at this challenging time.

Click here for more information about The Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.

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Thanks for being here.

Kim

Easter Craft Ideas

Happy Easter to you and all your loved ones.

I hope you’re well, and are managing to find comfort and joy at home.

Easter is lovely time to make colourful seasonal creations featuring bunnies, chicks and chocolate. Here are some of my favourite creative Easter craft ideas to inspire.

This is my virtual greeting card design for Easter 2020. The Easter bunnies are enjoying their chocolate egg dwelling which is blooming with tulips. The family have made a fun helter-skelter slide, and will be delivering brightly wrapped house shaped chocolate treats over the Easter weekend.

I’ve created a colouring sheet of this artwork, you can download this at the end of this post.

Painting eggs is a classic idea, but gives beautiful effect. Hard boil the eggs and then paint with acrylic paints, the ones pictured are metallic. The eggs make a lovely table decoration for your household Easter celebration. You could try painting with food colouring if you want to still eat the eggs afterwards.

This was the Easter greeting I created for Easter 2018 – tulips, chocolate, a chick and a bunny.

If you have a space hopper you could bounce around a set course or route and time the races. Great comical fun.

This was a nice family activity from a few Easters ago, to make egg shapes to hide around home or the garden, fried eggs for fun and they are more difficult to find as they camouflage on pale surfaces. You can re-use polystyrene and cardboard from packaging.

This fun Easter decoration was at head height in the cloakroom and transformed everyone to the Easter Bunny as they washed their hands.

This cute little guy was digitally imposed into this egg design as my Easter greeting for 2019. Cute as any bunny to me.

I created this illustration for the local tennis club last year. What would an Easter greeting based on your favourite sport look like? You might like to draw this.

You can download and print this colouring page at the link below. I’d recommend coloured pencils or fine felt tip pens, as there are a number of small areas and details. For best results you might wish to try using just three or four Easter colours.

I hope you enjoy this. If you’d like to share it please use the hashtag #inspirebykim

Enjoy your colouring, download the page at this link…

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Thanks for being here, have lovely Easter and see more at my social media channels…

Kim

Easter Egg Pattern Design

Art and Illustrations To Inspire And Uplift

It’s been a tumultuous and busy past couple of weeks for most of the planet. I’m determined to keep sharing uplifting work, both new illustrations and ones from my back catalogue when I they are relevant.

The situation has moved fast and already has provided reflections on gratitude, for what may have previously have been undervalued, and the situation its is a reset of perspective of who is, and what is important.

Sending heaps of kindness and wellness to all those who are unwell or suffering.

I’ve been busy adapting our home for lockdown, had to make heart wrenching strategic business decisions, as well as finding tech solutions to replace face to face demonstrations. I’ve managed so squeeze some time in for illustration, which is therapeutic and can hopefully brighten someone’s day. This art from my heart follows…

I’ve been finding the terms used such as self-isolating and social distancing as having very negative connotations, and wondered whether putting a more positive slant on staying at home might make this feel more enjoyable and therefore sustainable. Here’s an example of this work, I’ll be developing these ideas and responding the World Health Organisation (@who) Creative Brief to communicate the key messages.

It’s snowing here. But it’s cosy, safe and warm here at home. Enjoy the home comforts. #stayhomesavelives

Home and family are everything. Despite the restrictions we must nurture our minds, bodies and relationships all from within our home. Thankfully technology can bridge between those we love but do not live with. Our families have come together for some great multi-generation live video calls which have been a great distraction and really made us laugh.

Here are a round up of the posts from my Instagram, to uplift and reassure.

This is for all those suffering with fear and anxiety. You are not alone. These feelings are understandable in this situation, so try to go easy on yourself. Comfort yourself with reassurance that you are safe and you are loved.

If there is someone that you feel would also like to see this please share. Spread the love. 💕 #stayhomestaysafe

There can be great joy in nature and this lovely season. Flashback to this watercolour painting from last year created as a book cover design.

The bright flowers are blooming to herald Spring, the birds are singing, daffodils shine bright. The sun radiates low into the rooms to warm away winter. Beautiful weather last week made the first days of lockdown easier as the garden is springing to life and the birds are full of energy and song.

Stunning spectrums that I spotted in our kitchen, cast by a refractive book cover being hit by the sun’s rays.

The March brief for #makeartthatsells was abstract wall art with a limited colour palette. This brief was a challenge when I’m so keen to communicate concepts through my art. I enjoyed the process once I got into it, and now seem to see tennis references in there. Maybe this was due to us building up to the new tennis season. I enjoyed layering of the paint, overlapping and becoming lost in the process.

Have Courage, Hold On. We are stronger than this thing. #alonetogether

I sprayed this positive quote from Audrey Hepburn in our garden, as a reminder, and for a little spray painting therapy.

Relaxing retreating in reading at the end of the day.

Watercolour and digital. You might recognise this scene from my chalet picture. Worked with a work in progress scan digitally to create this piece with a work in progress scan digitally to create this piece. #stayhomesavelives

Backlit beauty. The low setting sun lighting up this stunning tulip. When this tulip got snapped whilst moving pots I brought it indoors and popped it in water in a perfume bottle. First of my tulip bulbs to bloom, love it. If we can find joy in nature, whether it is growing or on TV there is a wealth of good to enjoy in the natural world.

Enjoy the Great Indoors. Whether you choose to scale your stairs for a work out, adventure to far flung places on Netflix or enjoy some Eastern philosophy on your yoga mat, wishing you a lovely day. #stayhomestaysafe

Created this house in watercolours on wet then developed this further to create the composition at the top of this post…

And finally: Only Tweet the good. Trying to only share positive and factual content. The birds are so active around our home, their beautiful song so clear in the stillness.

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#staysafestayhome

Kim

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Technical Ski Illustrations

Last week, before the world shifted on its axis, I worked on further illustrations for my intended A-Z Glossary of Ski. The previous post A-C can be found here.

Apres-Ski in the A-C Post.

Thinking of everyone at this time. We are all existing in a new uncertain era. Whatever brings us joy can be our elixir for hope and positivity so if yours is skiing, or you want some escapism, then read on…

This work seems less relevant with so many ski areas closed, but as I’ve already completed it, here it is. I asked on my Facebook Page and the consensus was to continue to share this work. Follow this blog to see more.

D for Drag Lifts

Next up is D for Drag Lifts. There are the solo kind – button lifts and pomas, and the more challenging t-bar. The t-bar can be romantic but if boot buckles get stuck together or there is a significant height difference it can be a battle to stay on the lift all the way to the top.

One of my closest friends was tiny so the poma lifted her off the snow, and she would be literally sitting, holding on, rotating. We would see her and hope that when she got to the top she’d be facing forwards.

B is also for Bindings

This idea kept popping into my head so I backtracked to letter B, and in addition to the Piste-Basher artwork I created this technical illustration to demonstrate ski bindings.

These vital pieces of ski equipment save your legs, and knees, by releasing in the event of a fall or irregular force.

I used hand drawing and then digital techniques to make this piece on paper and iPad and Apple Pencil. Creating some fun pink and yellow screwdrivers in the process.

Piste Off – Jumping on to S for Signs

This was one of the ideas I had for ‘S’ for Signs for the A-Z of Ski, a play on off-piste, which sadly is internationally appropriate, and how many skiers are saying that they feel online.

I’d next intended to use the letter ‘E’ for Extreme Skiing and maybe eating and adventures when I work on this project. I’m open to suggestions. What’s your favourite extreme skiing memory? Share your memories in the comments, would be great to read them, alternatively email me.

I’ve had a good number of requests for prints of ski illustrations. I’ll be exploring selling these as downloads for print at home, with global logistics in mind. More on this soon.

Regular bright cheery doses of inspiration emerge on my favourite social media Instagram, also on Facebook and my art movies and animation on YouTube.

And finally: Smile

Smiling causes the brain to release endorphins, triggering positive feelings, this lowering stress levels and enhancing your mood.


Follow the arrow directions on the diagram to trigger better feelings.
Even pretend smiling has positive effects. Repeat whenever you feel blue.

If you need creative communications solutions, crisis management support, or visual content, get in contact.

Stay Light, stay home, keep finding ways to feel joy.

Bye for now,

Kim

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Rollercoaster Ride To Remember


The roller coaster turned and accelerated as gravity pulled it violently down the near vertical track. The wind rushed at the riders. Screams of fear and excitement. It plummeted down on its tumultuous course. The track levelled out before climbing rapidly again the momentum from the first drop carrying it along at “speeds of up to eighty miles an hour“. They were at its mercy, powerless beings in the metal framework jerked about in the cars as they sped along the track.

They continued up, higher. The cold damp sea air blew in their faces, it seemed to be mixed with spray from the rough grey sea below. The roller coaster slowed slightly as it began over the top of the highest rise. They looked at each other. Gene laughed gleefully, her daughter returned the laugh but with a degree of foreboding.

“Are you all right Mum?”

Gene had her hand to the right side of her face. She bore an odd expression. She moved her hand.
“Your face has all gone down on one side!” Cally said, and tears welled in her eyes as Gene’s appearance provided an immediate diagnosis of what had happened.

The mother’s eyes flashed with fear. They seemed to scream for help, but she could not speak.

“I won’t cry if you don’t cry.” Cally said as she reached for her phone. “Hey Siri, please call an ambulance.”

This is an edited excerpt from a short story I wrote. I have created this conceptual illustration to accompany the narrative.

This piece follows my recent illustrated travel feature on heli-skiing in Russia. You can see the article at the link in the list below…

Posts which relate to this are.

Thanks for being here. Sorry that this is heavier than my usual content. The good news is that the human body is an amazing thing and in time it can rebuild the pathways and can restore much of what has been damaged. Believe, and if you’re in this situation, try to stay positive and be there for the person, they might just surprise you in their recovery.

The next post will be more positive, I promise.

Kim

A-Z Ski Glossary

I can now reveal my new project, the A-Z Ski Glossary illustration project. This will become an illustrated book, you can follow along as the work develops over the coming months. Here’s my creations for A-C.

A is for Apres-Ski and Alps

Intending to capture the atmosphere after a day on the slopes and feeling everything from euphoria of achievement, to relaxing relief, I painted this conceptual illustration in honey based watercolour paints.

The painting in progress

Because Apres-Ski is reputed to be a party straight from slopes, whilst still wearing ski boots, it’s all happening in a ski boot.

The artwork features a live music band entertaining skiers and snowboarders, some are dancing on tables, two are relaxing in deck chairs, there’s a little romance on the balcony whilst a discussion of the day’s route tales place over a piste map, and a light hearted snowball fight is underway.

There’s a bar and snacks for refreshment and an open fire to take the chill off as the sun sets and the party goes on into the evening.

This will be applied as editorial illustration and wall art for limited edition prints email me for an order form at inspirebykim@outlook.com

B is for Basher, Piste-Basher

Predominantly nocturnal machines they are responsible for grooming the pistes. I love to feel the corduroy they create.

They make the glide magical and the speed exhilarating. It’s a treat to see them in the daytime and enjoy their fresh track with short swings turns. Also referred to by the brand Pisten-Bully.

This piece was inspired by when I was lucky enough to drive a piste-basher. It was challenging and fun.

C is for Chalet

Chalet – a wooden house with overhanging eaves, common in alpine regions.

Copyright Kim 2020

After a satisfying day on the slopes in the fresh air and cold it’s lovely to snuggle up and get warm. In the mountains it feels easier to disconnect and go offline with a good book or watch a movie undisturbed. Get comfy and unwind. There are a number of things which begin with ‘C’ in this illustration.

Here’s a little chalet video..

C is also for Chairlift

They can be anything from one person (brings back memories of Krasnaya Pollyanna and Scotland) to the present highest capacity ones which take eight people. Loading and unloading zones can be eventful.

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Thanks for being here. Stay safe on the slopes and enjoy!

Kim

Apres-Ski Illustration

My latest ski illustration is:

Apres-Ski – Party In Ski Boots

Ares-Ski – Party In Your Ski Boots – Copyright Kim

Intending to capture the atmosphere after a day on the slopes and feeling everything from euphoria of achievement, to relaxing relief, I painted this conceptual illustration in honey based watercolour paints. This will be applied as editorial illustration and wall art for limited edition prints.

The artwork features a live music band entertaining skiers and snowboarders, some are dancing on tables, two are relaxing in deck chairs, there’s a little romance on the balcony whilst a discussion of the day’s route tales place over a piste map, and a light hearted snowball fight is underway.

Apres-Ski – detail

And because Apres-Ski is reputed to be a party straight from slopes, whilst still wearing ski boots, it’s all happening in a ski boot. A nod to the children’s rhyme about the old lady who lives in a shoe, “had so many children she didn’t know what to do”.

Apres-Ski – detail

I’m intending this piece as the first in an Illustrated A-Z of skiing. I’ll be sharing the work as I continue to create it so please follow along here and on my Instagram or Facebook.

Apres-Ski – detail. Copyright Kim

I’ll be putting words with the illustrations so I’m interested to hear how Apres-Ski is across the globe so please share this project with your ski friends, and tell me about Apres-Ski in your favourite resorts.

Here are my other recent ski illustrations.

Ski Illustrations

Heli-skiing in Russia – Illustrated travel memoir

Here is some more related work

Christmas Commercial Illustrations

Best 9s of 2019

Thanks so much for being here. If you know someone who’d enjoy seeing my work please share www.inspirebykim.com or if it sparks an idea of how my illustration can promote your brand or service then please get in touch. To discuss licensing and commissions contact me at inspirebykim@outlook.com

Bye for now and happy skiing. Have fun and stay safe. Don’t be the one who takes it too far, like the guy in the Apres-Ski illustration who’s balancing precariously one the high balcony 😊.

May all your nights have fresh snowfall and your days be blue sky ones, with the magic of sunshine. I love it most when the sun causes a myriad of tiny colours to refract in the snow crystals.

The mountains are a wonderful place for a perspective reset. They are eternal whereas problems are more transient and will pass in time. Have a good day.

Kim