Category Archives: Art Experimenting

Self Portrait Progession

As I needed a new profile image I painted a fresh self portrait. As an illustrator it doesn’t feel appropriate to use a photograph for professional social media profiles. It’s an opportunity to give a sense of myself and my work.

Watercolour on 100% paper February 2021

Lovely illustration agent, and teacher, Lilla Rogers reviewed my Instagram feed in November and seeing the following portrait gave some advice which I’ve now had the opportunity to put into practice.

Watercolour – November 2020

As I’m developing my illustration skills my self portrait timeline is a measure of ongoing artistic development. I’m sharing this as I’m pleased with the progression, and to bare my past work in the hope that this inspires people to keep practicing at whatever you wish to improve. The portraits below go gradually farther back in time.

Watercolour on canvas – September 2020

A self-portrait can possibly be seen as self-indulgence but a lot can be learned by learning to observe and portray the features. As it’s face one sees most often, although in reflection, and it’s always available as a subject it’s a helpful subject to draw or paint.

Ink on paper – December 2017

Learning the techniques, materials, surface, observation, brush dexterity and choice of hues all plays a part in this progression. I find myself using a range of brush sizes, tube and cake watercolours, and am very surprised that I am often holding a magnifying glass to paint tiny details.

Charcoal on A1 size paper (huge) – July 2016

I use the mantra – Practice Makes Better, as I don’t believe in perfect; and I think that the pressure of attaining perfection can stifle experimentation, and thus can also inhibit progress. So I practice, practice, practice…

Acrylic paints on Canvas – March 2016

I look forward, next, to simplifying my portrait and maybe using a concept to communicate more. Here’s to seeing where the future leads.

Watercolour on paper – February 2016

The below is a bit of an anomaly, I feel it’s quite good compared with some of what came after, but no path is ever completely straight.

Markers on Paper, Then Digital – February 2016

I’m sharing this because everyone has to start somewhere, and is a beginner at the start of a new endeavour.

Enjoying the journey, whilst developing is, in my opinion, a wonderful exploration. I wish you luck in your creative practice and those activities at which you’re determined to get better. What is it you want to develop skills at? I’m interested to know how you motivate yourself forwards?

Here’s to a creative 2021, hopefully one where we can all enjoy more freedom.

Bye and sincere thanks for being here.

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.

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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..

Posts which relate to this are:

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if you like instagram you can see my work as its created at https://www.instagram.com/inspirebykim/

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

Kim

Happy Christmas Illustration

Wishing you a Happy Christmas.

I created this design as an online and offline greeting. A still illustration with photographic and digital art, and also a gif with flashing fairy lights.

The design swops Santa’s sleigh for a sports car based on my favourite car design. I originally made the car in cut paper for this ‘Going to the Seaside’ Paperart piece.

Santa is joined by a little white dog, who is enjoying the ride, and a small festive robin.

The little white dog features in that artwork and those who’ve been following my work will know is the character Sam, who I’ve also painted for the Children’s book – The Dog Who Wanted To Fly

Sam – Copyright Kim

I chad created the Santa for commercial Christmas illustration I was also working on…

Using the design I created a limited print run of just 10 Christmas cards. Then my printer stopped working.

I added sparkly details with gel glitter pens and sent the fleet of greetings to family and close friends.

I next went on to bake this design in Gingerbread. See this story here…

Click on the image to see the gingerbread version of this design…

Once created I felt that the robin on the picture needed to ice skate. So I added skates and made an animated gif. A little winter sport fun for my favourite festive bird.

Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas. Thank you so much for the support and to everyone who has read, Liked and Shared my work. It means so much.

Please Like and Share this post, if you wish to. I’m keen to reach as many people as possible to brighten their Christmas.

Thanks so much.

Kim x

Here are related posts:

Christmas Commercial Illustrations

Gingerbread Adventures

Latest Illustrations

September Reflection and October Direction

Paperart Originals – Ready for a new home

Free Download – Christmas Card Design

Inktober 2019

#Inktober2019 – an ink drawing a day for the month of October. Relieved to have completed the task. Here are my pieces. Copyright Kim.

#inktober #draw #creativechallenge #illustration #illustrator #sheffieldillustrators #lancashireartist #creativesolutions #visualcontent #conceptualillustration

Thanks all. Wanted to record this work here. It was a lot of work but I’m pleased with the progress and learned from process.

For illustrations for your product or service see this page and email me at inspirebykim@outlook.com

Inktober 2019 – Week 1

Inktober – Week 2

Inktober Week 3

Inktober Week 4 Drawings

Illustrated Recipe – Buns

Instagram Post: Prompted by @flow_magazine #50waystodrawyourbeautifulordinarylife using the techniques from @tutorbill ’s course #drawpaintclickillustration

With #inktober in mind, and the instructional illustration prompt for #portfolioclub for August, I drew the elements of the recipe whilst travelling to Wembley Stadium and back by train.

One of my favourite books at the moment is, Flow Magazine’s 50 Ways To Draw Your Beautiful Ordinary Life, which set a task of an illustrated recipe, as a family heirloom. I thought it would be sweet to use French for this for my neice.

After adding some colour in Inktense pencils I added water to activate the ink pigment.

These pretty buns made with my niece, who so carefully and beautifully decorated them, were the inspiration for this recipe illustration.

I assembled my drawings in Pixelmator app using a vertical flow for the instructions., I wanted the colour to be subtle and to keep the recipe more drawings than words.

Here is the final outcome,

This is a favourite recipe from family baking as a child, if you bake it do enjoy and it would be lovely to see what you’ve made and hear about it,

This work related to these projects,,,

Portfolio Club – Circus Illustration

How to plant a tree – Instructional Illustration

Tennis Club Promotion Part Two

Illustrated Map

Please feel free to have a look at these and the content on my blog and website.

If you’d like an illustration or bespoke artwork please message or email me inspirebykim@outlook.com

You might want to take a look at Flow Magazine, 50 Ways To Draw Your Beautiful Ordinary Life

I highly recommend Bill Wright’s Draw Paint Click Illustration course and the techniques taught.

Here’s a link to Inktense pencils that I used. You can check out #portfolioclub on Instagram.

May you have a sweet day.

Kim 😊

Brushed Blooms

I was delighted to see that @Helendardik was holding a workshop on this side of the Atlantic. So immediately booked on the course in Rotterdam.

Floral art workshop
Helen furnished the beautiful Rotterdam studio with boundless beautiful bouquets. Wonderful teaching with a lovely group of creative people.

I had seen and followed Helen’s work. Always wondering how she achieved the effects with paint, to create her stunning pieces. I was keen to learn from Helen.

Lovely to meet Helen. I felt like I’d stepped into Instagram. I learned so much and had a truly lovely day. .

I continue to explore the techniques, and materials, here are my favourite pieces so far….

Continuing my bird work. 😊

When I accidentally dropped a huge blog of opera pink on my brand new sheet of paper this snail character emerged.

Sweet flower in the garden

Tulips

Tulip repeat pattern assembled in #pixelmator

Love all life – response to the horrific mass shootings in the US that day.

Cornflower Blues

Flowers, butterflies and balloons
Flowers, butterflies and balloons

Self portrait following this style. Created in stitch and paint to represent my favourite mediums

Pinks and blues - begonia, cornflowers and roses.

Love how the pinks pop against the blues.

Summer Party painting

Summer Party themed painting

Blue flower painting

Even being blue can be beautiful

Helen has a workshop planned in Canada in September. I highly recommend her workshops, more info at her website

Thanks for reading my news..

Here are related posts to this work:

How to plant a tree – Instructional Illustration

Workshop – Final Places Available

Reflecting on 4 Colour Full Years

Fabric Design Project – Window Box Tulips

I hope you’ve enjoyed this time here, I really appreciate you taking the time to spend from your busy day here. Have a lovely day. Enjoy. 😊

Textile Art – Appliqué Embroidered Illustrations

Home – where we are safe to restore and recharge.

Textile illustration in fabrics that I have dyed, painted and printed. Hand and machine stitch. Appliqué art.

Scroll to see the development of the work right back to dyeing the sun fabric with crocus flowers grown in our garden.

Tulips line the garden and colour and energy radiate from the creative studio at the top of the house.

The images show how the project developed.

#textileart #home #house #design #textileillustration #illustration #sew #embroider #stitch #berninauk #garden #rainbow #creative #artistsofinstagram #sewersofinstagram #sheffield #dye #ink #draw #creativeprocess #lancashireartist

Tiny lavender bouquet brought by bluebird, delivering relaxation and sweet slumbers.

Textile illustration using hand and machine stitch with appliqué.

First sketched as part of the #illustrationworkshop process before being made in paper, then fabric.

Inspired by the lavender at #dawnirelandtextileartist group

Poppy stages embroidery inspired by our morning walk.

Saw this pretty poppy on our walk yesterday morning so I decided that it would be my subject for an appliqué embroidery. It’s not quite finished, a little hand sewing to follow, please pop back to see the completed work.

Created at @dawnirelandtextileartist workshop at #stitchedupandfleeced

Other work which relates to this is:

Fabric Design Highlights

Passion for Textile Flowers

Embroidered Dog Portrait

Bell Pepper Allergy Campaign

Symptoms of capsicum allergy result in serious situation like anaphylaxis or mild signs like asthma, abdominal pain, hives, eczema and head ache.

Free Download – I’ve created an illustrated download for those with Bell Pepper allergies and intolerances. This is for use in restaurants, hotels at home and abroad. Please feel free to print and/or share this with someone that it may help, and to raise awareness of this food allergy. Card size set to 9 x 13cm.

Bell Pepper Allergy Advice Card

Awareness/ Activism

Source: Allergy Symptoms.org

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During #inktober I created my first bell pepper allergy illustration. I then saved this on my phone to show when ordering food in restaurants.

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Watercolour painted peppers added to the original many language background

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Now don’t get me wrong it’s not that I don’t like peppers. I find them deliciously tasty, but it took some years to pinpoint that being doubled over with severe stomach cramps, hot and cold sweats, three days when I couldn’t get out of bed, diahorrea until my system was empty, was due to eating bell peppers.

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Bell Pepper Allergy and Intolerance Symptoms – Found through research.

Give me a chilli and I’m happy and fine, but a fragment of bell pepper or a pinch of paprika and I loose the next few hours at least. Until my body has painfully fought the peppers and kicked them back out of my system.

It was suggested to me by a GP that it may be IBS, which is why I believe some people could be thinking and dealing with what they believe is IBS when they might just need to drop peppers from their diet. 

Now peppers are very nutritious for some people, but they can be anaphylaxic for some. However they are almost never listed on food menus and food packaging as allergens. Often they’re not written on food menus, despite them being part of the dish. Due to their colourfulness peppers are often used in ‘food on the go’ meals such as salads. Really helpfully they’re often finely chopped and written in minuscule font on the ingredients list on packaging. 

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So I just want to make people, you even, more aware of the possible reactions and physical responses to peppers. Maybe this work can take away someone’s pain or discomfort. 

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So I’m asking people to think before they eat and serve bell peppers and paprika, I’m asking food retailers to think before they add bell peppers and paprika and to make it as an allergen, and for restaurants to always state where bell peppers and paprika have been used in their dishes. And please use a different chopping board for peppers.

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Thank you for reading to the end. Next time you eat peppers just observe in the time afterwards how you feel. If you have any of the symptoms listed in this article you might want to see if the symptoms clear up or cease. 

Eat happy, be happy, consider pushing aside the peppers. 

See more on my Facebook and Instagram

Related work: Work that relates to the techniques is at the following links. I often find that the work is stepping stones to the next creation, like a bright creative path where the next step is revealed upon completion of the present one. These creative projects led to this work.

Bird and Flower Cushion

Steel Company Brand Art

Satin Cheese Plant

Next Step – in the campaign is to use the content created with supermarkets, restaurants and through PR and social media to raise awareness of bell peppers as an allergen.

Mini Case Studies – If you’ve a bell pepper story please email me as I’m collecting personal accounts and experiences that can demonstrate how this intolerance can affect individuals.

Links that may be of use/interest:

https://www.livestrong.com/article/279402-bell-pepper-allergy/

https://allergy-symptoms.org/capsicum-allergy/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321883.php

https://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/nightshade-allergies#treatments

http://research.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/informall/allergenic-food/index.aspx?FoodId=58

https://wwws.fitnessrepublic.com/nutrition/healthy-eating/does-bell-pepper-cause-stomach-cramps.html

If you have a reaction to chillis…

https://metro.co.uk/2018/02/19/chilli-peppers-capsaicin-intolerance-affect-7315577/

Passion for Textile Flowers

Everlasting passionflower lovingly crafted from textiles.
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The satin cheese plant I made led to my decision to make a textile passion flower….

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I studied the beautiful flowers that I have been growing in garden for 15 years.

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Some all-white varieties surprised me in the garden this year.

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Passionflower study in coloured pencils

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Monochrome study aiming to simplify the forms.

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Watercolour study of passiflora.

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I then took the designs into stitch. This was the first iteration of the passion flower with a little fused Angelina fibre panel for the centre.

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Free motion embroidery and ribbon couching to create the second flower design.

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After considering different fabrics I decided to use satin with scrim behind for the third flower experiment.

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It was important that I create depth for the flower’s corona filaments, anthers and stigmas. I used felt, a bead and embroidery silks.

My intention whilst working at Chelsea College of Arts at the start of the month was to create screen printed designs that I could later add 3D passionflowers to. 

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A passionflower couldn’t exist without its leaves. I created this one using satin that I have designed and printed using Colourcraft products, with felt behind/underside made at Stitched Up and Fleeced in Sheffield.

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The final addition was the tendrils shaped with a little love as inspiration. Photographed in the sun, which is what prompts the passionflowers to reveal their striking beauty.

Thanks so much for reading to the end. I’m delighted with this work and will be looking at the display of it. So watch this space by popping your email address in the box at the top of the page to follow my blog. Normally a maximum of one post per week, a little bright creativity into your inbox

Here is the work that led to the passion flower creation.

Bird and Flowers Design

Satin Cheese Plant

Textile Print Design at Chelsea

And finally here are flowers I painted in pomegranate juice (and a little green watercolour). The juice was a stunning pink so I could resist making art with it. The work is inspired by a great book I’m reading The Joy of Watercolour by Emma Block.

Additional inspiration from the Botanica book by Uppercase magazine. A delightful treat of a book.

Textile Print Design at Chelsea

Had a great week at UAL Chelsea College of Arts, working in the Textile Print and Dyeing Room. Here’s my favourite work – screen prints (including foil) and silkscreen painting.

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This two colour screen print was created using cut paper.

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Experimenting with foil

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Silkscreen print, from hand painted design. My earlier screen potent can be seen where they had marked the cloth.

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Design inspired by element of passion flowers, as part of ongoing study of this plant species. I love how this came out and like the tendrils.

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A productive few days work.

My final and favourite piece was using cut paper and three colours.

I’ll be developing these pieces and creating with them so pop your email address in the box at the top of the page to see how they develop.

If you’re interested in this work here are other related textile work I’ve been busy with…

Fabric Cheese Plant

Bird and Flower Cushion

Designer Dog Coat

Thanks to Lara Mantell for all her help at Chelsea.