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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

Free Download – Christmas Card Design

A free downloadable Christmas Card to print at home.

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The design for the front of the Christmas Card.

 

I’m so grateful for everyone who Likes and engages with my Inspire by Kim website, Facebook page, Instagram so I wanted to give a thank you. Here it is…

A free downloadable Christmas Card to print at home.

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The design is a winter village scene featuring the Gingerbread House, reindeer, sleigh and snowman that I baked.

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I recommend printing on card or good quality photo paper and just ask that the design is sent in its entirety. If you’re new here please follow the blog to be eligible for the download.

Click on the following link to download.

Christmas Card – Inspire by Kim. Not for sale

Please note this for your enjoyment and whoever you choose to send it to. This copyrighted card design cannot be printed for sale and cannot be sold.

See the Gingerbread House here…

Thank you again to everyone for their ongoing support.

Kim 

Related:

Breakfast Cereal Design Concept

Illustrated Recipe – Buns

Instagram Highlights

Bottle Brand Design

Instagram Highlights

Have a lovely Christmas all.

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Tennis Club Promotional Work Highlights

Reflecting on a great tennis season.

Michael Mason, Chairman of Ridgeway Tennis Club, said, “Our membership numbers have increased this year which is good news and is mainly due to the two Open Mornings we held. Subscriptions were up on the previous year.  

“The publicity for both of these Open Mornings differed from our previous publicity drives in that much more use of social media was made and for this we have Kim to thank for both her creative abilities in producing some eye-catching posts on Facebook etc. as well as A4 posters to put up around the area, so I thank her very much for that and the time she has spent doing the publicity. It has made a real difference.   I hope that the new members enjoyed their first summer of tennis.”

Here are the highlights including social media visual content, promotional communications and posters.

The objectives may were to attract new members and to improve existing member communication and engagement. A new Facebook page, a members’ Facebook group and sharing visual promotional content on local community Facebook pages achieved the objectives.

“I have no hesitation in recommending Kim for her promotional work involving Ridgeway Tennis Club. The social media presence and membership involvement has increased by a significant margin.
Very impressive.” Alan Firth, Ridgeway Tennis Club.

Identifying the club’s key messages at the outset of the work, setting a limited colour palette and visual identity for the clubs poster sites and Facebook page established a brand identity, atmosphere and clear top line information for the public, new and established members.

Event promotion through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using still content and gifs increased local awareness of the club and boosted attendance, adding value for members and bringing new income through the additional membership fees – which allow the club to offer tennis coaching to children in the local community at accessible prices.

Courtside poster sites were fully utilised with posters stating the club’s membership benefits, timetable, coaching programme and key events. Maintained and updated through the season.

Member testimonials with creative photography were used to support the club’s key messages.

Get in touch for creative solutions for your project, business or organisation inspirebykim@outlook.com

See more about this work…

Tennis Club Promotion Part Two

Tennis Club Illustration and Design Work

See more commercial illustration work here.

Inktober 2019 – Week 1

I last did #Inktober in 2017 so decided to use it to develop drawing skills and to illustrate concepts.

Inktober is an ink drawing a day challenge for the month of Inktober with daily prompt words.

Here are my pieces for the first week of #inktober2019. As posted on my Instagram. You can follow my feed here

The first #Inktober illustration. The day one prompt is Ring.

Ring someone who’s day you’ll make by calling them.

#inktober2019 #ring #call #love

Mindless is the prompt for Inktober Day 2 – which for me had to be about guns and killing.

Until all killing is perceived, and taught to be wrong, innocent lives will be tragically lost. Value all life. Live and let live. Whoever or whatever the victim it’s all the same.

#banguns #liveandletlive #lovealllife #inktober #inktober2019

Animated gif of my Inktober day 2

#animatedgif #illustration

Here’s are this year’s prompts, it’s tough to work to the prompts but I’m trying to use it illustrate key messages and things that I’m passionate about,

Inktober day 3 prompt is Bait.

Which prompted an issue that I’m passionate about. I don’t like the way that marketing makes people feel that they aren’t enough unless they buy this or own that.

So the message is, “You are enough.” #buylesslivemore #inktober #inktober2019 #youareenough #anticonsumerism #pixelmator #animation

#inktober

Day 4 Prompt – Freeze

Short on time today so a quick piece for this day.

#inktober #inktober2019 #iceskate #❤️skate

I may develop this concept further when I get a little time to do so as I feel that colour would really bring the concept to life.

Build is Day 5 prompt for #Inktober.

Build made me think to turn it on it’s head and for there to be a reuse, renew and recycle approach to buildings. There are stunning old buildings being left unused and unloved in and new ground is being broken and wildlife disturbed for new characterless box like homes.

Busy day working on an illustration job so just one take and 15 minutes for this one.

#Reuse #recycle renew #repurpose #inktober2019

Inktober day 6 prompt is Husky. I don’t have one of those but I do have a lot of love, loyalty, kindness and fun with this little guy.

Drew this pose a year ago. Scroll to see. Wondered how it would look a year on. Somehow it turned into a poolside pose this year. I do still like the atmosphere created in that earlier drawing.

Cheers to dogs and the wonderful contribution they make to our lives.

Enchanted: Inktober Day 7 prompt made me think of The Magic Faraway Tree. Started with that idea and then built the details from there.

#inktober #inktober2019 #treehouse #magicfarawaytree #enchantedhome #treeliving

So, onto week 2. Interested to see when emerge in the ink this week.

Here are posts that relate to this:

Latest Illustrations

September Reflection and October Direction

Illustrated Recipe – Buns

Inktober 2017 Highlights

Thanks for your presence here, please contact me if you need a bespoke illustration.

Best regards

Kim

September Reflection and October Direction

As September becomes October I’ve been reflecting on the past month and setting intentions for the remainder of the year.

I’ve been gradually working more to illustration briefs and am increasingly align my visual creative activities with my communications, marketing and public relations work. It’s an exciting time as these two fundamentals of my work come together.

Striking visual content that catches attention by standing out, as people scroll for meaning and satisfaction on social media, is key to reaching the right people with messages that will make a difference to their lives,

Watch this space.

So here’s my reflection on my favourite illustrations and artworks from September.

From left to right top row:

Stitched greeting card design, new drink concept bottle design, folk costume design for if Inspire by Kim were a country – we have to love nature, our survival depends on it.

From left to right second row:

Floral watercolour painted on location at Renishaw Hall, ‘Summer Reading’ spot illustration for magazine editorial, and finally fabric folk costume design using free machine embroidery, fabric paints and sparkly embellishments.

To see these pieces in more detail please click on these links.

#PortfolioClub September -Folk Costume

Latest Illustrations

Bottle Brand Design

Looking forward to October it’s a busy time for me with annual property management tasks, business strategy work and putting creative communications agreements in place for the new year.

As well as this I’ll be using #inktober (the ink drawing a day for October) prompts as briefs to visually communicate fundamental messages that I passionately believe in. Pop back through the month to see those or see the daily posts at Inspire by Kim Instagram.

Here’s my first day illustration to kick off the month…

It’s also the time for stocking my shop ready for the Christmas shopping 🛍 spree. Pop in and take a look.

Thanks for being here. Get in touch if you’ve a positive project that you want help communicating.

Have fun

Kim

#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

Latest Illustrations

Here are my latest illustrations and paintings. So loving creating at the moment.

The next task in #illustrationworkshop is a book cover. I thought that as I’m intending to create a book that I should use this prompt in this way.

A family gathering is always a lovely creative opportunity.

Summer Party themed illustration – developing the flower painting and trying out words and other items with the new paints and techniques.

Spot illustration for a magazine article about holiday/summer book recommendations.

Painted in watercolours and the elements brought together in @pixelmatorapp on my #iPhone

I like how this has come together and creating the woman for the glass.

Lovely time painting on location @renishawhallg with my little buddy. There are so many delightful flowers to choose from, some aren’t really in a place to stop and paint.

I’m pleased with how the floral art is developing and enjoying the paints.

I was pleased with this painting as it was a significant development on my previous painting on location at Renishaw. I like the energy and looseness of this piece though.

It’s this kind of work that o like to hold in mind and rest my subconscious on whilst trying to go back to sleep.

We’re getting the Folksy shop ready for the busy festive shopping time so if you’d like an original artwork for your loved one you can buy them here.

The tennis club needed a certificate, so keeping consistent with the illustrations I have done for club posters, social media posts and children’s colouring sheets I drew the club trophies, some are almost 100 years old, and a banner to start the build up to centenary celebrations, to create a certificate template.

I’m developing the drawing stage for my my next illustrations, I’ll share them when completed, but if you’d like to see the process and stages then pop over to my Instagram.

Thanks for spending time here, hope you’ve enjoyed it.

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Happy Creating

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Love Kim and 🐾

Posts that relate to this are…

Reflecting on a creative August

Brushed Blooms

Tennis Club Promotion Part Two

Bye for now.

Reflecting on a creative August

I’ve really enjoyed creating in August. The month started off with the Helen Dardik workshop in Rotterdam which was beautiful and inspiring. The month and art has flourished from there.

I created an illustrated map, an instructional illustration for #PortfolioClub, an illustrated Recipe prompted by Flow Magazine’s book 50 Ways To Draw Your Beautiful Ordinary Life. I also created a party invitation book cover and stitched/painted self portrait.

I added new items to my Folksy shop as we start to get ready for the busy festive period.

To learn more about this latest work follow these links❤️

Illustrated Recipe – Buns

Brushed Blooms

How to plant a tree – Instructional Illustration

How to plant a tree – Instructional Illustration

Visit my Folksy shop here to own and enjoy an original inspiring piece of art.

Thanks

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. 😊

How to plant a tree – Instructional Illustration

How to plant a tree: instructional illustration. Scroll to see the stages of the tree planting process.

Every tree that gets a good send off back into nature will flourish if it’s tended with love.

Watercolour elements arranged in Pixelmator app. @pixelmator on my @iphone__xs

Using techniques from the delightful @helen_dardik workshop and from the wonderful @tutorbill #drawpaintclickillustration course.

My August submission for #portfolioclub 😊

#howto #instructionalillustration #illustration #illustrator #tree #gardening #watercolour #watercolor #sheffieldartist

Thanks for looking. 😊

Posts related to this art:

Portfolio Club – Circus Illustration

Fabric Birds

Illustrated Map

Fabric Design Project – Window Box Tulips

Thank you ☺️