Thursday, 31 August 2017

Interlude with Bunny and Una.....

"Dressing Room"  Watercolour and Gouache

It's so nice to be spending time with these girls again. Bunny and Una were such a hit in 2015 that I thought I would re visit them - a little interlude before I start work on my Autumnal ideas.

I created these girls with cute 1930's Busby Berkeley chorines in mind. There is also a whole lot of inspiration from the 1937 movie Stage Door which centres around actresses and dancers in a 1930's theatrical boarding house.

You can read my full Bunny and Una character profiles here and here 

I sold the Bunny and Una dolls a long time ago but it's the prints that are having a rather nice moment back in my Etsy Shop I have re sized the image slightly and reproduced them on different paper to the first run. Each illustration (there were 7 in total but I'm just reproducing these 4 favourites) was created in watercolour and gouache. I chose very muted tones and a limited colour palette, which I think suits the style of the times and gives each piece a very vintage feel. They look so beautiful - like colour plates in a dusty old children's book.

"Champagne and Gossip" 


I'm having a lovely time at the moment going through my old sketchbooks and portfolios. It's so good to find little turned down pages of characters that you had in mind but which never quite made it to your work top. I'm gathering ideas for Autumn at present and will be making a start on my ideas and thoughts next week. 

"Little Friend"

Pip x

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Farewell Summer.....

Tutti Frutti Carmen Pins

Little hand drawn tags which went out with each Tutti Frutti wall hanger or pin

Sad to be saying farewell to the characters that filled my Summer, Botanical Percy with her dainty pipe and colourful Carmen in her Tutti Frutti hat. Alas, I am now sketching ideas for a new original Pip character which will keep me company as the new school year starts. I love it when the weather turns chilly and the dark nights creep in  - which, if I haven't told you before is my favourite time of year. As soon as I've had a little Summer trip and the school holidays are drawing to a close I really feel myself start to yearn for that familiar sense of the coming of Autumn - you start to notice the leaves falling and the spiders start their epic web making in your garden. 

Saying farewell to my last Percy doll

I shipped out my last Percy doll today and am putting the finishing touches to the last of my pre order Carmens. But If you are still longing for a bit of bohemian, sun soaked, carefree Percy the prints and mini prints are all up in my Etsy shop.

Tutti Frutti wall hanger

Pip x

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Botanical Percy.......


This little character started in 2015 when I was creating a happy little trio of seafarers. She began as a seaside adventurer, writing novellas, drinking hard liquor and carrying on a wild affair with a fiercely handsome fisherman called Xavier - much to the annoyance of a jealous mermaid named Pearl.

Persephone has an edge - which is what I love about her - but she's also very feminine and sensitive. She's very bohemian and I would imagine her house is full of beautiful Persian rugs, trinkets from around the world and of course lots of leafy plants.

Since that crazy whirlwind of a romance two years ago, pipe puffing Persephone (or Percy for short) ran away from her hearts desire (Xavier) and created a haven for herself in her botanical garden and tropical greenhouse where she now writes and paints about butterflies and cactus.

Lots of people and characters have inspired Percy along the way including model and muse Renee Perle  Polish opera singer and garden enthusiast Ganna Walska Surrealist artist Nusch Eluard, and even Eva Green's portrayal as Miss Peregrine in the 2016 movie by Tim Burton.

During the course of the Summer I have created 4 Percy dolls along with a series of illustrations. I will be listing the prints in my shop on August 16th as well as a little series of postcards which will come a little later. There is still one Percy left in the shop and the last one will come mid August. I hope you've fallen for Percy as much as I have, I shall feel very sad to leave her behind but very much hope she'll spring up again next Summer.

The Shell Garden.......Gouache and Watercolour 

Botanical Lounging.....Gouache and Watercolour 

How does your garden grow?

Textile Percy made with new and vintage fabrics....

Waiting.....Gouache and watercolour..

Ink and Gouache on Pastel paper...

Gouache and watercolour

postcard illustrations....Gouache and watercolour.

Beautiful Percy heads to town.....

Mini Tags.......Ink and Crayon on brown card...

Greenhouse and Coffee....Gouache and watercolour....

Pip x