Category: illustration

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Is it too late for New Years resolutions? The dust has finally settled and now I know what I’d like to do…keep a sketch book.  I have a words/ideas book (which apparently is the classic sign of an introvert – who knew?) to keep treasures like assonance and sibilance that otherwise would float away.  But a book of dabblings and drawings? If this Blog is a collection of thoughts and sources of inspiration, then a sketchbook would be those thoughts made physical. I think it’s a calling….

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(All pictures not mine but from Pinterest)

Laters, after an arty online shop for supplies, Kate x

Why?

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It’s dark and raining heavily today as though even the Gods are crying.

And Donald Trump will be the next leader of the free world and President of America.

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How? Why?

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You’ve really chosen a fascist over…a woman?

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The man who epitomises ‘if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail..’?

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(All cartoons from Google)

For all the grieving people in the States – we empathise: This is what it feels like not to recognise your country any more.

Who ever thought Isis could win via democracy?

Laters, Kate x

Today..

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On Wednesday night we had a huge storm over London, well, I say a storm – it just kept on rolling in on waves of ear splitting thunder and torrential rain..locally we lost transport, various shops flooded and the internet…I’ve never known anything like it.

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Except maybe this morning and the news of Brexit.  Astounded, ashamed, depressed.  It wasn’t that Europe didn’t have it’s problems, but we’ve now thrown the baby out with the bathwater because we asked people to vote on the EU…and they voted on something else entirely.  As an act of rebellion my country has given a thumbs up to xenophobia, racism and bigotry. I thought the Americans had it bad with Trump..the laugh was on me.

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Will the last person to leave the country please turn out the lights.

Laters, Kate x

I am Lucky..

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Because I have fabulous neighbours, which is one seriously important cog in the life’s life-enhancing machinery.  Take this Christmas card, drawn by the visually inspired Jane of her dog, Zsa zsa and all her wonderful puppies taking a leaf out of the Great British Bake Off..Talent, verve and festive giggles..

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On Friday I spent the day with another neighbour, Doromy, an ex-actress who knows all there is to know about London and is a visceral, witty joy to be with..we headed to Radio Days on Lower Marsh Street, just by Waterloo to check out vintage dressing gowns for Charlie and to buy deco shot glasses as a present to go with the Sloe Gin I made at Creative Coffee…the place is an absolute treasure trove and well worth a visit if you’re ever in this part of town..

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In fact the whole of Lower Marsh Street is a little gem: Vintage shops, food stalls, chi-chi pubs..the gnarly mixed with loftier intentions.  Further down and just off to the right is this..the underground tunnel leading to The Vaults, a multi-use underground venue and a spray-painted canvas of guttural dipthongs..

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Including female graffiti artists..

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And a female fire-eater to boot..

We ended our day, setting the world to rights, eating takeaway kedgeree from Konditor and cook, sitting in Waterloo Station and watching the world go by.  There’s not many people you can do that with..simple, effortless and full of the unexpected. It was bliss.

 

Laters, Kate x

 

Happy Easter!! xxx

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And what better way to celebrate Easter than with the coolest eggs ever?

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These are by the celebrity Tattoo artist Scott Campbell who’s inked such illuminaries as Marc Jacobs, Helena Christensen and Penelope Cruz.

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 Louisiana born Scott abandoned a career as a biochemist to follow his calling (you can just imagine what his parents thought..)

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I love that he doesn’t consider skin his only artistic canvas – the street aesthetic of the Tattoo style works so brilliantly against the fragility of the ostrich egg.  The snakes and spiders feel like their about to hatch out and all the time there’s an on-going relationship between life and death.

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 A lady..or a skull?

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Refreshing to see talent respected for talent no matter what the roots.

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  I find them utterly compelling.

Wishing you all a WONDERFUL Easter!

Laters, Kate x

Tracing Traceloops..

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Artist/graphic designer/ Animator Mathias Brownis re-working the art of rotoscoping  – an animation technique where animations trace real footage from by frame to create live-action animations with a hand-drawn feel – and then mashing it up with gifs to surprising effect.

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Tumble also choose him as one of their Talents with special access to New York Fashion Week.

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A new set of eyes is always liberating.

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For more pictures and insights check out his website. I so want to play…

Laters, Kate x

Jenny Liz Rome x

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Jenny Liz Rome is an illustrator from Southern Ontario, Canada.  I love her realism mixed with a fine dose of fantasy..she manages to get the balance just right.

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Cousin Elinor – is that you?!

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It’s beautiful work that leaves you wanting more.

Laters, Kate x

Belting up..

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In the ebb and flow of life, the Belt seems to have all but disappeared.  A bit like hats.  I first saw this one in the window of a shop when Christmas shopping and it stopped me in my tracks. I managed to restrain the desire of buying there and then (just) in the hope it would be in the Sale – and it was, reduced from £49.00 to £29.00 which really is a paltry sum for such a peacock piece – You certainly can’t wear it with your hands folded in your lap.

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I want to wear it with a loose silk shirt dress in a dark navy blue.  But it’ll work with most staples, taking them on multiple journeys (such a win win).

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Pieces like this are so important: Mixing opposites, crafting wrong combinations to create something right..they shouldn’t be ignored.

So I say long live the belt!

Laters, Kate x