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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.

Thanks for being here. Stay safe, stay home and if there’s somebody who you feel would like to see my work please share the blog with them.

Here are my my most recent posts…

Thanks so much for being here. See my Facebook Page and Instagram for more frequent updates and work.

#staysafestayhome

Kim

#washyourhands

Best 9s of 2019

I’ve been reviewing the past 12 months and evaluating my favourite work.

Best 9s are a great way to do this. Here are my Best 9 of the year. Work that I feel pleased with as they broke new ground in terms of skills and technique progress.

It’s been great to apply art to commercial illustration briefs and to monetise my practice, as above.

Here are my painted Best 9. A real break through this year was the workshop that I did in Rotterdam with Helen Dardik. The techniques Helen shared, and the products she’s uses, are a real revelation. With practice and care my painting skills are building.

Fabric and Textiles Best 9 – I enjoy the colours and textures that I create on fabrics. Florals and birds were key themes of my work in these mediums this year.

Here’s to 2020. I’m excited to see what emerges this year. I hope your have a great year.

Please like my post, if you do. Thank you so much.

Here are related 2019 highlights…

Christmas Commercial Illustrations

Illustration Recommendations

Tennis Club Promotional Work Highlights

Bali Parasol – Instructional Illustration Work

Latest Illustrations

Gingerbread Adventures

Developed the Happy Christmas design into a 3D gingerbread model. This was the greeting card design…

I used my structural ceramics experience to plan the build and required panels.

And hand cut the pieces using the templates I created, before baking them.

And the gingerbread creation…

With icing, sweets and spin sugar the car, Santa and snow dog were a great table centre piece.

To complement the gingerbread I also baked a chocolate cake with jelly bunt and spun sugar.

Hope everyone’s Christmas is just as they wish it to be.

Kim x

Here are related stories…

Christmas Commercial Illustrations

Free Download – Christmas Card Design

Christmas Commercial Illustrations

I’ve been busy working on these bespoke Christmas illustrations. It was important that the illustrations were on brand and in line with the style of the company logo, website and social media channels.

I created two commercial illustrations in line with the brief for K Steels to use on social media. The illustrations reinforce key product lines and service messages.

 

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Santa wished that K Steels would do all of his deliveries…

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When a test flight went wrong Santa knew he could rely on K Steels

The illustrations included photographic elements, cut paper and digital art using the K Steels brand colour palette.

Hoping that you and yours have a truly wonderful Christmas.

For more information about bespoke communications solutions for your business or organisation visit the following link:

Please Like my post if you do, and share with organisations who would like am on brand illustration. Thank you so much.

Creative Solutions, Visual Content and Illustration

Related projects:

Happy Christmas Illustration

Brand Art – Steel Company

Tennis Club Promotional Work Highlights

Bali Parasol – Instructional Illustration Work

Football Commissioned Artwork

Breakfast Cereal Design Concept

Great days start with great mornings so I wanted to create a positive, inspiring breakfast cereal in response to the brief: Create a fun sized design concept and packaging for a new cereal product.

I wanted to inspire and uplift women through a positive, confident image of a female pilot. She already has three stripes so she’s doing well; metaphorically and literally she is flying high.

Here are my rough drawings whilst brainstorming ideas for the box creative…

Pilot eating breakfast, sketch
My favourite concept from all the ideas (below)

The character was further inspired by the aviation PR work I’ve been busy enjoying in recent weeks, thanks to my client in Florida.

Female pilot

I thought that aeroplane shaped breakfast cereal would be fun and novel. This idea was warmly received in consumer testing, with enthusiastic feedback.

I later added the fruit, and additional cereal aircraft, into the bowl for the final iteration.

Once I had the character idea I felt the breakfast cereal design concept formed around her.

In order to create the entire packaging concept it was necessary to define the target market, and what would appeal to them, to decide the ingredients, flavours, also to create a cereal brand, logo and product name.

I had all this in mind when choosing the colour palette of gold, red wine and cobalt blue. These were colours I could use throughout to represent the morning sun, and the colourful sunrise sky.

I chose ‘Inspired Mornings’ for the cereal company brand, and after painting a sun in watercolours I recreated the round window effect of my ‘Inspire by Kim’ logo and added the new brand name.

Nutrition and natural ingredients are key to wellbeing, which is fuel for a positive frame of mind, so I wanted the flavours and sweetness to be natural, therefore I chose fruit flavours on a Tropical theme, This flavour choice was to evoke the idea that the pilot is flying to a tropical island destination.

Travel, new experiences and the relaxation enjoyed on holiday/ vacation are fundamental to enjoyment of life, so by bringing flavours that are associated with holidays into the cereal concept the consumer would start the day enjoying a breakfast that the brain can associate with positive, pleasant experiences and help the person benefit from the associated holiday feelgood factor.

Watercolour painted pineapple, oranges and coconut
Watercolour painted pineapple, oranges and coconut

By illustrating the ingredients it was possible to give the consumer quick visual references and these were to denote the fresh, healthy, natural qualities of the product and brand values.

The reverse side of the cereal box was a great fun opportunity to further inspire the consumer and providing positive affirmations to start the day, in the form of a circular word search.

The wordsearch was placed over the watercolour sun using my favourite digital application of present, Procreate.

I created a template to fit the sizes in the brief, 4×3 inches, and arranged the completed panels within this.

The cereal box design before assembly
The cereal box design before assembly

This was the completed concept.

I was delighted that as I completed the design I saw the Virgin Atlantic campaign to inspire young women with a day of activity using the hasttag #seeherfly Wonderful that this timing coincided with my design.

Have a flying start to a great day. 🛫

Here’s my recent work along similar lines…

Bali Parasol – Instructional Illustration Work

Tennis Club Promotional Work Highlights

Bottle Brand Design

Brand Art – Steel Company

Get in touch for inspiring communications for your project.

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

Inktober Week 4 Drawings

My favourite #Inktober2019 work

I’m pleased to have made it through to the fourth and final week of #Inktober. Here are this week’s ink artworks… apologies that they aren’t in order.

A tricky prompt was day 25, tasty. I did a line drawing which has been a bit of a breakthrough piece for me as it has helped me realise that it is conceptual illustration that I really want to excel at.

I did an ink line drawing which I then developed into a painted piece. Painted on the beach whilst on holiday in Turkey, in my favourite watercolours.

“The Doctor will see you now”. Ink and cherry 🍒 juice.

I’m not really into Halloween anymore but the illustration prompts are all part of the challenge. So here is my macabre drawing for the Day 22 #Inktober prompt Ghost and #portfolioclub which gave me the haunted prompts ‘doctor’ and ‘conservatory’.

#inktober2019 #doctor #hauntedhouse #conservatory #drawingchallenge #surgeon #ghost

#Inktober day 23 prompt is ancient.

Happened upon this ancient species today, sadly it was dead. So have honoured it for today’s #inktober2019 drawing.

This fascinating ancient species was a pleasure to study.

#dragonfly #inktober

These next three pieces I drew inflight, whilst travelling back from my holiday. I find the seating and table position on aircraft ideal for drawing.

Inktober day 27 prompt is coat. This and recent observations made me think about how inhibitions, self-consciousness and fear can become a heavy, restrictive coat, holding a person back from fully enjoying life.

#inktober2019 #fear #inhibitions #selfconsciousness

#Inktober day 28 prompt is Ride. This made me think about going with the flow, accepting with positivity whenever possible what happens. It’s all about the journey.

#inktober2019 #ride #rollercoaster #illustrator #illustration #flow

#Inktober day 29 prompt is Injured. This of course took me back to my knee injury and this climb back from injury that I’ve illustrated is ‘inspired’ by the long rehab experience.

I started with a page from #breathemagazine that I thought represented the climb back from the lows of injury, the uphill struggle and having to keep picking oneself up, both mentally and physically. Drawn inflight.

#inktober2019 #injury #rehab #unhappytriad #aclreconstruction

#inktober day 24 prompt Dizzy was apt as I’ve been different from labyrinthitis for the past few weeks. I tried to represent how this feels. #illustration

#inktober2019 #dizzy #labyrinthitis

#Inktober day 26 prompt is dark. When one feels angry and grouchy for no apparent reason, and then when it passes you feel calm ms blissful.

This one is how it feels to have completed the daily drawing challenge!

#inktober #acceptance #beinghuman #inktober2019 #itstoughbeinghuman

#inktober day 30 prompt is catch. At this time of year this has to be about catching a cold when people don’t catch their coughs and sneezes.

#catchacold #inktober2019 #illustration #illustrator #ink

#Inktober day 31 – the final prompt of the month is Ripe. Without colour ripeness if a tricky thing to show so I thought about readiness, strength, mental preparedness in the form of belief, being at your best, in your prime and from somewhere came a superhero strawberry wearing power pants.

And with that I’ll call #inktober2019 officially done. And I’ll sigh, rest my eyes for a moment and then get on to the next project, powered up and ready for creative challenges.

#ready #yougotthis #youcan #ican #powerpants #illustration #strawberry #ink #draw #illustrator

Ps I find this piece kind of weird but haven’t got time to do anything else. 🤣

Also in a line drawn style I recently made this card for the newest bundle of joy to arrive in our family. Tiny sparkles were added to the paper card which was personalised with baby’s name and birth date.

#carddesign #greetingcard #babygirl #teddy #redbaloon #illustration #ipadart #procreatedrawing #cute #Illustration #Art #love #socks

Cheers for being here to see my work. Sharing helps me to continue developing my work. I figure it will only get better with practise and keeping creating. So support and feeling my work is reaching people really helps spur me on. I’m always interested to read comments and hear which pieces you like so feel free to comment. Supportive comments always most welcome.

Here are the previous weeks drawings. I’ll be selecting my favourite ones and then calling #Inktober2019 done!

Inktober 2019 – Week 1

Inktober – Week 2

Inktober Week 3

Here are the highlights from my first Inktober in 2017. I didn’t do the challenge in 2018.

Bottle Brand Design

New drink Jasmine Juice by Inspired Infusions. Bottle brand design.

Promoted by the wonderful portfolio building Illustration Workshop by Mary-Kate McDevitt.

I explored icons related to tranquility, calm and serenity and painted them before cutting them out and playing further with the composition.

I chose pink jasmine which grows in Burma and China and this chose a Birmese Buddha figure to work with. Sunset and sunrise are when the sky’s colours are most striking. A good day always seems to start with a beautiful sunrise or end with a heartwarming sunset. I wanted this to create the atmosphere for this new drink experience.

I created a bottle shape that has a kind of tincture bottle feel to it. I painted the bottle in acrylic gouache.

After creating the hand lettering in Procreate app I brought the elements together in Pixelmator app.

I duplicated the completed bottle design and reduced the size before popping it between the buddha’s hands.

I’m pleased with the resulting outcome.

Thanks so much for being here. Thanks to those who’ve been following my journey. I’m now bringing my ongoing PR career together with my visual art. Watch this space.

Posts that relate to this are:

Brushed Blooms

Latest Illustrations

Illustrated Recipe – Buns

Illustrated Map

#PortfolioClub September -Folk Costume

I cringed when I read the brief for September’s #portfolioclub “Folk Costume”, but illustration briefs aren’t always going to be something I’m jumping up and down to illustrate, so I ploughed on, trying to keep an open mind.

However I have enjoyed the exercise; probably because I decided to illustrate a costume based on my favourite things, the sun, nature and rainbows. If Inspire by Kim was a country this would be the costume, echoing the beauty of life.

This was an early drawing where I was developing the idea of the costume mirroring the environment.

I developed the idea whilst travelling so in black pen and then added colour digitally.

the Inktense version was less effective.

This concept then started to feel a little fluffy and idealistic and wasn’t saying enough about my causes. So I had a think about what the costume would be for this theme…

I might revisit this alternative concept but the first concept felt incomplete. I came to the conclusion that either way a folk costume should be illustrated using fabric.

So I free machine embroidered the design onto a shiny fabric from @sunnybankmills.

I then painted the design with fabric paints from @colourcraft.

Next stage was to hand sew and embellish the dress.

Here’s the completed work with embroidery silks, thread, metallic thread, glass beads and crystal organza.

I’m pleased with the final outcome and now wondering what next month’s #portfolioclub will be. See all the illustrations at the #portfolioclub hashtag on Instagram.

Here are related posts:

Portfolio Club – Circus Illustration

Textile Art – Appliqué Embroidered Illustrations

Bell Pepper Allergy Campaign Part Two

How to plant a tree – Instructional Illustration

3 Years and Beyond

Thanks so much for being here. If you need an illustration get in touch. If you’d like to own a piece of my work you can buy at my Folksy shop.

Have a wonderful time, try to be in your joy.

😊

Kim x

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. 😊