With the distraction of summer my attention over this once dearly loved blog has evaporated (momentarily).
And if only I could say the same about the copious amounts of cider than can always be located in a rather large receptacle in my hand!
Nope, I have managed to drink a fair sized orchards worth of cider so far this summer and squander every hour that could have been donated to a creative cause on.... I'm not overall sure. It's all a sunny kind of blur but there are 2 things I can be certain of.
Cider and mini milks were definitely present.
But before I can be judged too harshly I can say that has been definitely one highlight so far and that has been entering a competition set up by Amelia's Magazine.
Have a look at the website here if you've never visited, its fabulous for inspiration and tip offs for upcoming talented new artists. www.ameliasmagazine.com
Nothing like a competition to kick you up the arse and get those creative juices flowing!
Amelia was asked to contribute to the Shelter art exhibition to help raise awareness for their current campaign, she was given the two of hearts card to design and instead of tackling this independently she decided to make it an open brief.
With a collection of her favourite entries sent in for the competition she plans to piece them all together to make a patchwork quilt of the illustrations all depicting the two of hearts.
I was really excited, surprised and pleased to have my design chosen and I'm looking forward to (hopefully!) attending the exhibition and seeing my design with all the other illustrators contributions.
My design never made it to the facebook page (possibly to do with my very close to the deadline timing!) but have a peek at the other designs, some are just simply wonderful and it's great to see such a diverse collection of styles.
Here is my entry, I do feel a bit regretful because I was hoping to experiment this time around but ended up short of time and doing just what i know best, so I felt like I was being a bit safe but I can't grumble over the result!
Next time i will give myself more time and try working out of my comfort zone. Evil evil mini milks.