Thursday, 4 December 2008

Oh Chrimble Tree, oh Chrimble Tree


It's a that time again. Decorations clambering to make it near the top of the tree, lights twinkling, mince pies calling your name several times in one hour and the not knowing what to buy Aunt Betty other than a bumper bag of Murray Mints and a bath bomb.

Oh i do love christmas. It's the time when i see lots of smiles from family and friends, which makes me glow rather a lot.

Today i received my first christmas card and it's beautiful. It was created by the artist Faye Durston. Her style is reminiscent of the great Arthur Rackham and a couple of others whose names aren't coming to my mind at the moment. I love the colour use and pencil work. I sit there wondering if i am doing the right thing when i see Faye's work!! (Brain settle down).

Here's something i'm working on at the moment for Egmont (above - can anybody tell me how to insert the image between paragraphs please?), another rough but still i'm enjoying the pencil work. Quite a journey for me as there was a time when i hated using pencil, i mean REALLY HATED it. I used to use architects blue pencil to draw (still do) but refused flatly to use leaded pencil. I think being on the M.A with so many students who could draw so well (Faye and Cass in particular), really made me step back and realise i needed to improve on something that i didn't think i could actually improve on. But the last few months i have been perservering and trying very hard to accomplish at least a few roughs from my practicing. I like what i have done and feel chuffed when i look at it (although getting wonderful cards through the post doesn't help my confidence...lol).

Well who knows where my practicing will take me eh? Just have to 'keep on, keeping on'. tis a bit lonely though being an illustrator who practically lives in her studio. I need to get out more. Now where's that mince pie making group, i need inside information. Amen.


11 comments:

Faye said...

gorgeous gorgeous GORGEOUS picture Loo!!!! x

loodles said...

thanks faye, means alot coming from the Jedi Master of Drawing...x

The Grocer said...

Fantastic pic. I'll sell you some (dust covered) bath bombs cheap. Mince pies, you need to seek out Cottage Delight Lemon Drizzle Mince Pies, worth the effort and the extra inch on the hips trust me.

loodles said...

oooo i want some, i want some......mmmm lemon drizzle.....oooooooo

Faye said...

gggaaaaaaah. Jedi master my ARSE.

loodles said...

LMAO!! i showed my flatmate your xmas card and he was overcome by how great it was. Your talent is extraordinary and don't you forget it!! lol

cassia said...

bootiful bear! x

loodles said...

thank you very muchly :o)

Jonathan said...

Egmont? Wow! That's wonderful! You are on your way... you should be chuffed... it's magic. Pure magic.

John said...

Wow just beautiful,

ha I finally figured out how to leave a comment here.....man I feel stupid hehe anyway Nothing better than great Pies as well hahah the wife and I love to cook!

John
cartuneman

loodles said...

Thanks for perservering with the comment thingy!! And thanks for stopping by and taking the time to look at my stuff too. Nice to make your acquaintance John.

loo