Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Schoolism SALE!!!

We must have all been very good this year as Santa has persuaded Schoolism to do another $100 off SALE!

They've got great courses in Character Design, Digital Painting, Storyboarding, Gesture Drawing, Caricature and more!

Anyone who has been following this blog for a few months will know that I did Stephen Silver's Character Design Course and I was very good! I learned so much and he is such an inspiring teacher. I have a few friends who have also done some of the other classes and they have also reported on how much theyve learned and are glad they signed up. Well worth the money!

So if your new years resolution is to get better at design, or painting, or drawing, why not treat yourself to one of these courses with your Christmas money?

If you miss out on the sale then you can still you my special discount code to get $50 OFF!

Friday, 23 December 2011

Alimah Poses

A couple of posts ago I posted a little angel ( without her halo...which is still missing apparently...) based on a friend of mine's beautiful little girl, Alimah. I had so much fun with the design I wanted to take her caricature and pose her in some fun little angel/ballerina poses. These were so fun and got me practising my facial expressions a little more. Hopefully Ill clean these up one day.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

This years Christmas eCard a lot of you might have already received! Some inspiration for this came from Nikolas Ilic's Christmas Card.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Sunday, 18 December 2011


The last couple of weeks have been mega busy, searching for work and doing lots of tests for various companies but I cant complain cause its keeping me drawing! Here is a test I did for an upcoming project being produced by Northern Irish talents. Unfortunately, I didnt get the gig but at least I got these fellas out of it and I can share them with you now.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Amelia Black Illustrations

Click me to see more!

As some of you may know, I illustrated a book over the summer and now Ive added a page to my blog where you can view all the illustration I made. There are also links to where you can purchase either the eBook or paperback versions of the book. It would make a great Christmas present for any child or adult!

Check it out!

Wednesday, 30 November 2011


Well gosh! It seems like its been a while since my last post! I would apologise but Ive been off having a fabulous time! I was a lucky girl to get to go out to LA with my boyfriend for CTNX. It was such a great trip, being around all those inspirational people, meeting my favourite blogger artists and of course picking up some priceless artbook swag!

So to get back into the swing of things, Ive been doodling tonight with gesture drawing. Even though Ive only had a couple of weeks off, I feel totally off my game. Going to try and make posting more regular like I did over the summer. This silly thing gives me more motivation to actually sit my arse down and do some work! (I dont know why I sound so old English in this post...)

Oh, on another note. Went to see 50/50 tonight....sob.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011


So some of you were diggin' the last post and there was one request to try another one. Not feeling this one as much as the previous one, think it was just a fluke! But anyhow, here is the second attempt, paying attention to the size of the hands and the violin.

This is also my 200th post! Seems alot but Ive had this blog for at least 3 years...so its not that impressive!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Thursday, 3 November 2011


Really struggling to find inspiration. Complete designers block! This was all I could muster and I got frustrated half way through and gave up. Im sorry :(

Tuesday, 1 November 2011


Monday, 31 October 2011


Ive been incredibly lazy with drawing recently. Tonight I made some time to sit down and do some hermit style life drawing! Love those nights when you get really into it and its actually fun! As opposed to those day you cant draw anything for sh*t! Out of practice and it shows (especially with the female models!), but hopefully Ill get back into the swing of it soon.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Bang Bang

Feeling poorly today, I didnt go to work but instead stayed at home and did this design for AIB Jumble, a drawing group for ex students from my old University.

Its a shape challenge. Kinda like those ink prints therapists show their patients.

I saw blood.....

Tuesday, 18 October 2011


So in the spirit of a couple of posts ago when I mentioned how wonderful I thought TV and Film were in regards to inspiring character design practice, I have done one in a little more detail than Jim Halpert! Top is the finished colour but the silly checkered shirt lost some nice line detail I felt I had going. The 3 on the bottom were my initial sketches (which I kinda prefer to the final :s) Can you tell who it is yet?

Monday, 17 October 2011

Autumn Ponderings

Based on the sketch from the previous post. Bet you're digging his paw hands :S

Going to try and make more characters out of the people I sketch in my sketchbook. It's a fun quick way to keep practicing character design when you dont have time to dedicate a lot of time to a bigger project.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

33rd Sketchcrawl - Luxembourg

This weekend was the 33rd Worldwide sketchcrawl, and for Luxembourg it was our 5th and our best turn out yet! I think we had around 12 people! Beats the normal 6!

Click on the image above to see the rest of the results from yesterday.

There are some really great characters in Luxembourg!

Thursday, 13 October 2011


Since wrapping up on my portfolio (as I could work on it endlessly, I just had to say stop!) Ive had some free time to myself. Time to just draw whatever I want without any pressure on my back.

Ive been catching up on some TV and films...always a great source of inspiration for character design. Not a great caricature but can anyone tell who this is supposed to be?

Tuesday, 11 October 2011


Regular followers and friends may know that I took one of the Schoolism online courses this summer, Stephen Silver's Character Design course. It did absolute wonders for my design approach and motivation.

See some of the work I produced in my current PORTFOLIO.

The site also offers many other types of courses, from Storyboarding to Digital Painting, from Gesture Drawing to Comic Illustration.

As I am an Alumnus, Ive been given a secret key in the from of a discount code that will get you $50 the normal price. Every little helps right? So if you've been considering doing one of these classes, now is as good a time as any! Just click the big green thingy below or on the side bar!

Sunday, 9 October 2011


Just a couple of sketches based off of some other sketches I did at the bar the other night. Couldn't quit capture what I wanted to at the time, so I tried again in the security of my own home without peer pressure!

Doing some personal studies this week, focusing mainly on hands and how clothing folds around the body. Felt like this was a good start but still a long way to go.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Parc Merveilleux...Encore Encore!

Another trip to Parc Merveilleix, that's once every month since August! Not too shabby! Ill see how cold it is in November before I promise to go back again.

Spent more time drawing animals I usually skip. And I didnt even see the crocodiles before! Guess that shows how good natures camouflage design is.

Oh, and possibly some bad news. The raccoon closure *seems* to have gone from 3 guests to 2...Shakers was nowhere to be seen. Stay tuned for news in November :(