Some of my digital work on crepe de chine. I’ve been developing a digital style that retains the hand drawn look of the original artwork.
My card collection is now on sale at evonnelittle.co.uk/shop and can also be purchased at Far From the Madding Crowd in Linlithgow.
The collection features favourite animals and fantastical birds as well as two designs inspired by my hometown of Linlithgow.
'The Palace at Night' shows Linlithgow Palace, the birth place of Mary Queen of Scots, at sunset and 'Greyhound' illustrates the tale of the Black Bitch - which is featured on the Town's coat of arms.
(Children born in Linlithgow are referred to as ‘Black Bitches’ in honour of the bravery shown by the dog in question. Being from the west coast of Scotland originally means I’ve escaped being a Black Bitch myself but the people of Linlithgow are very proud of this name! )
I start all projects with a pen in hand but work digitally to manipulate images without losing the hand drawn quality of the original . My work is inspired by animals and nature and by illustrations of the 1920’s. I like to explore the interaction of decorative elements and patterns to create eye catching imagery.
Foxes and wolves feature a lot in my illustrations, my favourite animals since childhood as they were so often illustrated in my books of fairy tales and in particular the book ‘What’s The Time Rory Wolf?’ by Gillian McClure, the book that I’m sure started my obsession.
My graduate collection was inspired by the novel ‘We have always lived in the castle’ by Shirley Jackson. The collection centres on the themes of youthful optimism, obsession and nature and is influenced by 1920’s illustration and psychedelic posters from the 1960’s.
All of the work shown here has been hand dyed using procion or acid dyes and printed using a variety of techniques, adding texture through flock and foil.
The Pulse magazine - 20/04/11
My final year work used in the tea party themed shoot, styled by Louise Manson.
Isn’t the internet amazing? Being able to connect with other creative people around the world at just a click of a mouse is fantastic news - it means I can collaborate with talented people like Ha Jin (a.k.a Soulist Aurora) from Korea.
Soulist Aurora (http://soulist-aurora.tumblr.com/ - please check out her website) has so many beautiful portraits - I’m very pleased she has included my floral illustration in some of them!
One of my repeat print patterns.
Photographs from a commission I did back in November for a local interior designer working on a new Chinese restaurant. This was my first ever digital print project and I’m really pleased with how well the quality of the original hand drawn images were translated into digital work.
My cards, cushions and screen printed canvas bags are now on sale at Life is Good in Morningside - such a lovely shop! So proud that my work is being stocked there.
Here’s a little photo of what I’ve been up to lately- I was asked to print some canvas bags for St Cecilia’s Hall Museum of Musical Instruments. The museum has a special family day exhibition this weekend based on the artwork found on their collection of harpsichords. ‘Prawns, parrots and paintings’ is the name of the exhibition (look closely and you’ll find some monkeys and poodles hidden in there too) and if you go along to the open day be sure to pick up one of my screen printed canvas bags featuring an illustration inspired by the harpsichord artwork.
The museum is a bit of a hidden gem- if only I had discovered it while still at college I would have been there all the time! It would have been a change from my usual drawing haunts in Edinburgh - highly recommended for any art students out there that fancy a drawing trip.
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