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Little bit of Fan-art

So its quite a while since I’ve updated, due to life being busy in general. I’m starting a new internship at the end of this month, so have been packing up all my things so I can move, which always takes me way longer then I think it is. So I thought I’d just upload two pieces that I recently did on a whim.

These are basically fan-art for comics that I love. The first is for a comic called The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook, which is for kids. I got my 10-year-old sister to get it so I could read it (and I am not ashamed). The characters are about 10-12, so this is them reimagined in their twenties. The second is for an online comic called Wilde LifeΒ which I love, its got such pretty drawings, such a nice plot, and most of all I love the characters. So I couldn’t help myself doing a nice little piece for it.



My Muses: The Influence Map

This influence Map has been bobbing around the Internet for a while now, and I’ve seen some of my favourite online artists fill it out, and its so fun to see what influenced them. I filled it out myself a while ago, and have it hanging on my wall so when my muse is all gone, I can just glance at my influence map. It’s also interesting, just in the exercise of having to carefully consider what and who has actually inspired you. As I don’t only do art, but also a lot of writing, this influence map reflects both those interests.

1. This is an image from Angela Kohler, a photographer who I adore, and who’s style I try to emulate. I love how casual, yet beautiful her photography is, and how much impact she can put into a picture, even when said picture is of such normal, even mundane events. And than there are the stop-motion films that she has done for Amazon and A Fine Frenzy’s music video, Lost Things. I just love the whole concept of stop-motion films, but Angela Kohler takes them to a level where they are an amazing artform.

2. This is an image from one of Kate Beaton’s comics, on her online comic website, “Hark a Vagrant”. I love Kate Beaton’s work for many reasons. First of all, her comics are hilarious. And its not cheap funny, its intelligent funny. Many of her comics poke fun at historical, politic, scientific, or literary figures, events or concepts, and I’ve realised that you do have to have a background knowledge of these things to find the humour in her comics,. My sister who has no interest in history at all rarely gets the punchline. But being an archaeology student, and having studied English Literature and History for my British A-Levels, I have all the background knowledge I need to be delighted and laugh out loud every time she releases a new comic strip. I wish I could be that funny. Also, I love her very sketchy style, which very much resembles some of the random in-class stuff I do. Basically, I wish I could make comic strips like Kate Beaton.

3. This is an image from another online comic, “The Dreamer” by Lora Innes. I love it for the history, the plot, and obviously, the amazing art. I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to recreate Lora’s style and art, but I often fail. Point is, that Lora’s art is truly one of my muses, and an amazing artist and writer.

4. Jane Austen! Honestly, she made me fall in love with her world and Mr. Darcy and Mr. Knightley and Colonel Brandon, and seriously… I am a goner… I am totally naming my first son Fitzwilliam.

5. I bet your wondering why on earth twilight of all things is on here. How can that inspire/influence anyone? But whatever its shortcomings, there is just so much EMOTION in Twilight, and all that angsty teenage emotion is such a good art muse.

6. Harry Potter. What else can I say, he instantly injects magic into my world! Plus there are just so many good themes going on their to analyse. And so many fantastic varied, deep characters. Its heaven. In seven books no less! Its always so good when its a long series, but not too epically long either.

7. C.S.Lewis’ quotes always make me think and they are fantastic when I want to write or draw something a little different. In fact its a while since I did a piece based on one of his quotes, I think its time to break one out…

8. John William Waterhouse is among my favourite painters. I just love the style, the figures, compositions, colours etc. But apart from the technical aspects of his paintings, I love the legends and myths behind. I find myths and legends fascinating, and they inspire a lot of my own art. I also use J.W. Waterhouse to get inspiration for some of the historical costumes that I draw or paint. I love costumes, and I often go to his paintings for medieval or greek ideas.


10. Monet is another of my favourite painters. I’ve loved his work since i was little, and one of my favourite holidays is when my parents took us to Monets garden on one of our big roadtrips. I love how everything just seems to merge together and look real when you look at it from afar. I think he is probably my biggest inspiration to abandon the rules that my art teachers taught me, and to experiment on my own, and that even though it might not look perfect in the details, its the picture as a whole that makes the impact.

11. History is a major fountain of muse for me, particularly historical costumes which I loved to research and then draw, its such amazing good fun. As you’ve probably noticed in some of my drawings. πŸ™‚

12. William Morris was among the people who founded the Arts and Crafts movement, focused on the charm and importance of something that one has made with ones hands, carefully crafted, rather then mass-produced products which were at that time the new vogue due to the Industrial Revolution. He makes beautiful things, truly a man of many talents, in particular I love his fabric patterns, of which this is an example, and his stained glass windows which are gorgeous.

13. The sea is probably of of my major creative influences. Throughout my childhood and teenage years we lived in Denmark, which is a bunch of more than 300 tiny islands. What this means is that even if you live smack in the middle of any given island, you still live pretty close to the sea. That and the fact that my parents have always been the nature sort, so we frequently went to the beach, and I always loved the sea. It now features in a lot of my art.

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The Followup…

So my brother is having lots of fun making up a story to go with the girl that I drew for Hybrid. So naturally, my 9-year-old sister also desired to be part of this ‘make-a-story-from-ShellyLou’s-drawing’ trend, so I drew her one as well. My sister adores playing the violin, so naturally hers received a violin. She named her Martha. I’m just glad my younger siblings think I’m pretty cool for once. Thats one of the problems when you have large age gaps between children, sometimes I’m the coolest thing since sliced bread, and sometimes I’m really annoying because I’m babysitting and telling them to brush their teeth before they go to bed…


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Back in Action!

So after a rather long hiatus, due to travel, I’m back! And getting back into the swing of updating regularly, and doing illustration friday, and just about a million other things. πŸ™‚

So never fear, this space shall be regularly updated from hereon!

Thank you for all your support and wonderful comments.

Drawing, Traveling and Wonderful Copenhagen

So, I’ve followed They Draw & Cook for a while. Being an artist, and someone who loves to cook, its such an amazing idea! I have yet to actually pull myself together and submit a piece, but it will happen one day. However they have just started a new project, They Draw And Travel. Another one of my passions mixed with illustrating! So awesome. So I’ve started working on a piece, illustrating Copenhagen, Denmark, where I come from originally. Its not quite ready for submission (not the right size, and it needs some editing) so this is more of a preliminary design which I thought I would post up here. Comments, feedback and suggestions are therefore very welcome. πŸ™‚ I would like to eventually also do one for London, UK, with specifically some of the odd but wonderful places which I love, Reading, UK which is where I go to university, and one for Dublin Ireland where I lived when I was younger. So fun!

EDIT: My final piece for Wonderful Copenhagen is now up on the They Draw And Travel website. So exciting!

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Bottle my Heart

As promised, the un-photoshopped version of my bottled entry. Hope you like it. πŸ™‚

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Whoa, Mona Lisa

I’m sure many artists are inspired by music. And I am certainly included in that number. Quite a large amount of my sketches and drawings are the result of a specific song. This is my latest of such results. Listing to The Ballard of Mona Lisa by Panic! At The Disco. It seemed like a good idea to do my own version of the Mona Lisa.

She has ended up looking very much like a heroine out of Bronte novel. The actually outfit was designed based on the Mona Lisa and looking at John William Waterhouse’s paintings, particularly, ‘The lady of Shallot looking at Lancelot’ & ‘Ophelia’. This is just the ink outline. Working on the watercolour at the moment.

“Whoa Mona Lisa I’d pay to see you frown
Oh Mona Lisa
Say what you mean tell me I’m right and let the sun rain down on me give me a sign
I wanna believe”

~ The Ballad of Mona Lisa by Panic! at the Disco

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When I grow up…

So, this little project began with doodling during lectures. In the lab we were in there was this magnificent large globe, and somehow this doodle was the result…

And then I sort of got thinking that I would love to do a series of doodles on the theme of occupations and studies. So this first one is Geography. I like it mostly because of the way she is learning on the globe, and looking sort of dreamy. i imagine her daydreaming about all the magnificent places she would like to travel to, and I wanted all the images to have a sort of passion for the subject.

I haven’t gotten all that much further on them, but I did draw up a Biology one.

My idea is to start off with school subjects. I’ll also be sticking to the theme of objects associated with the subject on columns.

Suggestions for subjects, occupations and objects which might be associated with them are very welcome! I must admit I’m a bit stumped on how to illustrate mathematics, and I want to do English literature, but without using a book, so suggestions are very, very welcome.


The Birds

Felt like playing around with silhouettes, and this is the result of my afternoon. (An afternoon which I actually should have spent finishing off my essay… *sad face*) Said essay is also why I won’t be writing a long blurb for this, just posting and going back to work…

done with ink & a little text editing in photoshop

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By Lantern Glow

Was inspired this this painting by Kelly Vivanco, and liked the lanterns. I’ve several times before drawn with the theme of objects incorporated in hair. Previously I’ve done it with seashells, animals, pearls and flowers. I loved the idea of lanterns, and had just finished another painting with lanterns, so I was experimenting with the glowy effect. This is the result, which I am extremely happy with. πŸ™‚ It makes me smile, and is just such a warm picture. You might recognize the womans pose from one of my earlier pictures, Afterwards.

I want to do a companion piece for it (or perhaps more) so if anyone has any great ideas of things which I can incorporate into hair, please feel free to give suggestions!

Done with pen and watercolour. (What did I ever do without my watercolours?)

By the way, as a little side note, on another artists blog I discovered the waterbrush! One can get them on Amazon (I bought mine at Staples though, and was a tad cheaper) I highly recommend them, they are amazing! The idea is simple really, the water is inside the brush. Its sooo useful, especially if your painting on the go. I use mine so much (pretty much for everything) and the best part is that it never leaks, so I always have it half-full of water, tucked away in my pencil case along all my pencils and pens.

And at last I see the light
And it’s like the fog has lifted
And at last I see the light
And it’s like the sky is new
And it’s warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted
All at once everything looks different
Now that I see you

~ I see the Light (Tangled)

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