Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Well, I didn't make it into the final of 
the Global Talent Search, and to be honest
I'm not surprised. The 48 other semi finalists
ALL produced the most incredible work.
The competition is FIERCE!!
I am however really proud to have made it to 
the top 50 this year. 
 A huge thank you
to everyone who voted for me, and a 
special shout out to all the awesome friends
I've made whilst doing Lilla's MATS Bootcamp ... 
your support has been beyond fantastic!
Thank you, you're the best!

There are 7 finalists this year, and you
can check out their eye candy here!

Wishing them all the very best of luck for the 

The AWESOME news is that I now have my
very own studio! How cool is that!!
It's not quite finished, but when it is I'll
post some pics. 

Did a little watercolour piece. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Lilla Rogers The Global Talent Search 2015 - Round 2 - LUXE - THE ROUGHS!

So, the brief for the semi final round of 
Lilla Rogers' Global Talent Search 2015,
in a nutshell ...

Design a tin or tins for Antoinette's shop.

I always mull the brief over for a day or so if time
permits, thinking through ideas, colours etc. 
It enables me to start drawing with a fairly
solid direction of what I want the piece to look like,
and I'm usually gagging to get started!

I choose boudoir tins - for jewellery.
It seems to fit Antoinette's shop best for me.
Four suggested colour palettes, and I dive straight in
with my first dabblings in colour. 

You can see I started favouring a different 
colour palette to the one I ended up with.
And you may recognise the lady with the pink hair from 
my bootcamp journal cover ... I wanted to use
her and have her hair full of clips and bows, 
put in place by a variety of little creatures, but I couldn't
bring myself to re-use an image for the semi final,
and I knew I probably wouldn't be happy
drawing a similar image - I needed a different idea.
So time to sketch roughs - anything I can think of
that is relevant ... tin shapes, boudoir accessories,
 small animals ...

I like the idea of the charms, and the tin
begins to take shape ... I've plumped on the
pink colour palette now.

I like the snakes, charmed by the cherubs!

 Lettering and layout considered as I go.

A change of face for the sun - too childish
for the demographic previously.

The tin loses it's feet and gains a 
temporary partner the end I decided
 the tin was so full on that it didn't need other
 tins beside it, but I may have been wrong!

The background is a darker shade 
of blue here and I felt it was battling
 with the tin a bit.

And finally, the artwork I submitted.


I think I managed to achieve what I was 
intending ... I wanted it to be pretty from a 
distance, yet full of interest on closer

If you like my tin, I would love your
vote - 5 people will be put through to
the final by an esteemed panel of judges,
and one lucky person will go through
as the people's choice ... 

Click on the gallery link to view / vote ...
you can vote until 5pm on Monday 21st September.

It really is full of beautiful tins!

I await my fate ... 6 finalists are announced
 on Wednesday 23rd September ...

Oh, how I would LOVE to be one of them!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Here's my submission for the semi final round!

The brief was to design a tin that would fit the demographic for 
Antoinette's shop's customers... feminine, but quirky ... 

I'll post my process for this brief tomorrow, roughs and all!!

The gallery is open today, chock full of incredible tin designs - 

I would love your vote if you like my tin!  

Friday, September 04, 2015


Can't quite believe I'm posting this!!

Yep!! I made it through to the next round!! Beyond excited!!

Check out the gallery ...

Lots of my amazing chums from Make Art That Sells Bootcamp group
are joining me in the next round - good luck to everyone, and
thank you for ridiculously lovely support!!

I may go a bit quiet for the next 10 days as I get to grips with
Assignment 2 - which is AWESOME!! 

Sunday, August 30, 2015


Well, an awesome brief for the first round of this years 
Global Talent Search, but definitely not easy! 
We were given the demographic for a cool, hipster
girl from Brooklyn, and were tasked with creating
 a pattern for a pair of sneakers for her to wear 
whilst riding her bike to work. "Antoinette" has great
taste! She likes peonies, the mystical, small animals,
birds ... all elements that I love fortunately.
Lilla gave us some on trend colour palettes to
 work with too, if we wanted, which I did!
This is what I came up with, pretty much my
first idea ...

I've seen lots of entries popping up on my Facebook,
 Instagram and Twitter feeds since Friday's deadline, 
and yet again, there are heaps of utterly awesome designs
 from everyone. Bravo!!

Sunday, August 09, 2015

#mygtsprep - getting ready for Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells Global Talent Search 2015

A lovely surprise this week in the form of 5 mini
assignments from Lilla at Make Art that Sells,
in preparation for this year's Global Talent Search.
I won a free place in the competition and I'm
really looking forward to it after a couple of weeks
of painting walls and ceilings.

Mini #1

Mini #2 
Fifty shades of blue

Mini #3
The word "the"

Mini #4

And Mini #5 today is to answer some questions 
about myself ... aaagghh! I'm putting it off 'til
tomorrow - I HATE talking about myself!!

Wednesday, July 08, 2015


Well, June was a bit of a blur - I spent most of it in bed, delirious
with kidney stones and a kidney infection - lovely!
But I was determined to complete the June assignment, the 
last one of Lilla's Bootcamp 2015, and just managed to
make the gallery deadline. 

The mini for June was to draw people, and, if we
wanted to get a head start on the assignment, to draw
them with a digital device ...

The assignment was to illustrate an editorial piece
about being a digital nomad ...

If you're interested in seeing what my classmates got
up to, take a look at the June gallery - there are some 
absolute beauties!

I'm so sad that Bootcamp is over, it's been such fun, 
but I've still got Lilla's  Global Talent Search to look 
forward to. Taking part in it last year gave me such a 
boost, even though I didn't get past the first round!

Thursday, May 28, 2015


This was my final submission to the gallery ...

And here's one that got away ...

The gallery is absolutely heaving with the most incredible
array of crustacean plates I've ever seen!

Have a look - here's the link:

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Swapped the crab for a dark blue lobster.  Not  quite finished, but
a definite improvement I think.

Here is the original page of watercolour painting that I used for
the pattern. 

Might try a dark blue crab on this background next, or maybe
a shrimp.

Friday, May 15, 2015


Cutting and pasting watercolour elements in photoshop ...
I quite like this pattern, but not sure the crab looks right. 
I will try different crustaceans on this background, 
probably in black.

Whilst making a quick mock up plate in Zazzle, I took the opportunity to
change the plate colour. I quite liked this softer background colour,
though the crab looks even worse to me on this one.

I think maybe I just don't like this crab. At all.