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Feeling inspired after Stylist Live yesterday where I stumbled across the work of Ros Shier, I decided to practice sketching dogs today.

Having not drawn properly in ages there was a point where I wondered if I could actually draw life like animals. I tend to mainly draw cartoon creatures and the last time I drew anything at all was at a life drawing class over summer.

The first below picture is the point at which I got over my moment of panic. Before that, the drawing was merely lines and started to take on a ‘cartoon-like’ shape. I stared at the page for a while doubting if I could even finish it.

I began to draw more freely and stoped trying to be so sharp with features (especially eyes). After a few minutes of sketching fur things looked a lot better. 



I decided to put the little drawing in a frame and hopefully it will encourage me to sketch more.



I went to the Stylist Live event in Islington yesterday and bought this beautiful greyhound print by Ros Shiers.

Her stand had an amazing collection of dog prints (amongst other things!) and I probably stood there for about 15 minutes trying to decide which one to get. 

I chose this print because I have a real soft spot for greyhounds and whippets. Ever since I saw a beautiful greyhound cross called Mollie at Battersea I have wanted to adopt one of these delicate creatures. They just have the saddest eyes and I want to wrap them up in blankets to stop them shivering!

As I can’t have a dog right now, I have decided to fill my room with as many dog related pieces as possible.

This new print is placed right above my bed 💛

I recently went to a writers event hosted by Grazia and Baileys. The lovely Emma Healey, author of Elizabeth is Missing, was there to give advice on writing a novel and her own experiences.

I bought a copy of her book at the event (and got it signed – yay!). I am currently on page 68 and can’t put it down. The novel is beautifully written and I have been captivated since page one.

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Aside from the enthralling writing, I adore the book cover and art work for this novel.

London based artist/illustrator Steph von Reiswitz is responsible for the wonderful imagery. I have checked out her website since and love her style. I know they say ‘never judge a book by its cover’ but if I was judging the below then I would give it all my stars!

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Just as an FYI, ELLE Book Club’s next event features Emma as their author of the month. I went to their last event and highly recommend it!

You can read more about book clubs over on my other blog, Blink and You’ll Miss.

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The creator of Spot the Dog, Eric Hill (pictured right), died this week aged 86. Growing up I remember loving his books and Spot’s adventures. I would relish the chance to see what this little puppy got up to. I was a huge fan of pop-up books, books with texture… pretty much anything that had something I could engage with aside from text/pictures! Even now, I sometimes wish their were more (any?) pop-up books for grown-ups…

“Eric’s ingenious lift-the-flap device turned the reading of a Spot book into a glorious game of hide and seek, enjoyed by children and adults alike,” said his publisher Puffin Books.

While working in London as a freelance graphic designer, one of Eric’s jobs involved an advertising ‘flyer’ design, which had a flap covering part of a funny picture. He showed the design to his two year old son Christopher who loved seeing the flap lift up to disclose the funny picture underneath. He fulfilled his nightly task of bedtime reading by making up stories to amuse him which spurred him on to do a book, this of course turned out to be ‘Where’s Spot?’. Spot was an instant hit and the series of books has now been translated into more than 60 languages and made into films and a TV show.

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Eric’s publisher, Puffin, described him as “a master of simple design. He created one of the world’s most loveable children’s book characters – Spot, the charming, naughty, playful puppy, loved and appreciated across the world”.

You can read an interview with Eric HERE.

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I came across this pic of amazing Meg and Mog nail art recently and it brought back memories of reading the books as a child!

The books written by Helen Nicoll and illustrated by Jan Pienkowski. They were first published back in the 1970s and are about Meg, a witch whose spells always seem to go wrong, her striped cat Mog, and their friend Owl.

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I loved Mog!

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Oh what have we got here? Yet another cat sketch. I guess I like cats…

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Sorry this poor little blog has been a bit neglected of late! I will be back to regular posting very soon! All has been a bit manic and I haven’t found enough time to draw… going to take up some more classes soon to get me back on track!

In the meantime, I have recently discovered Pusheen the Cat – check out how cute this illustrations are!

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Love a good cat illustration! Pusheen also has a book coming out soon too… so Santa take note!

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So I have been a little MIA for the last while… but I am back! Here is my SOTW for this week. Just fancied drawing a cute cartoon-y cat!

Meow – have a cat-tastic weekend.

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I have just discovered the works of Gemma Correll… and I think she is amazing!

Unbeknownst to me I actually had some of her sketches saved on my phone  (including the above cat one!) but only discovered today that she was the artist in question.

While in Topshop over the weekend I was completely in awe when I saw the cutest little illustrated booked called ‘A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette’ by Gemma… the illustrations are wonderful and I already want to copy some for practice.

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Check out Gemma’s website: www.gemmacorrell.com/

PS. Apols for lack of posting lately, I have just moved house and finally have internet again – whoop!

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On my reading list at the moment are the above visual treats. Yes, I am a massive fan of Boo. Someday I will own my own Pom!

Habibi  is a graphic novel by Craig Thompson. Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. I really love how this novel looks and can’t wait to properly get into it. I am a massive fan of graphic novels! If only there was more time in the day so I could read and draw more. There is a great section to see the process of how Habibi came to life HERE.

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All images belong to http://www.habibibook.com

The third book I am reading is Beyond the Page which is the personal account of the work Quentin Blake, released to coincide with Quentin’s 80th birthday. Quentin is one of my favourite illustrators so this book will have a special place on my bookshelf! This book shows unpublished material on his recent projects and commissions, the fascinating story of his working processes, collaborators and travels, brought to life by over 300 full-colour reproductions of Quentin’s instantly recognisable illustrations.

Has anyone else read Habibi? Or do you have any graphic novels to recommend?

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