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Friday, 20 March 2015

A sneak Peak of my new project

I'm currently in the process of making an alphabet book based around traits and quirks that British people have. From our four O'clock cuppas to a good gossip and moan. heres a sneak peak of a few of the letters I have created. 





Saturday, 14 March 2015

Fairytale Inspiration

One of my greatest loves and inspirations are fairytales, I thought I would share a few images which I have been gathering for a recent project I'm doing at University. I think these images all have a beautiful atmosphere. 

 cenotaph to the memory of Sir Joshua Reynolds- John Constable 
The Lady of Shallot -John William Waterhouse 
 sleeping beauty - christian lacroix
Little Red riding Hood- Daniel Egneus

Little Red riding Hood- Daniel Egneus 
Little Red riding Hood- Daniel Egneus 
Su Blackwell

Su Blackwell

Su Blackwell 
Su Blackwell 
Su Blackwell 


Daniel Egneus

Lauren Child

Helen Musselwhite

Helen Musselwhite 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Vogue Article

I had another play around with creating a different composition for the Vogue article illustrations. I think they now have a much more collaged feel to them. I think there a bit more dramatic then then previous ones too, thats something that I always love when working on my illustrations that I can always come back to them and change elements if I need to. This project has been one of my favourites as I really enjoy the fact that its about an important issue and has an age about it. Its relevant to its time.

Textured background (brown paper)



Plain Background

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Poppy Loves Book club in Lancaster

I'm currently trying to set up a Poppy Loves book club in Lancaster. It would involve a group of us meeting on the last wednesday of every month in a venue in Lancaster (a cafe or pub) to chat about the current book we are reading. We can then chat to the Poppy loves book Club on the group Facebook, so we would have to try and find somewhere with Wi-Fi. A few authors of the Books sometimes participate in the online discussions! which is great. The last book was The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. If your interested in joining or know anyone who might be please let me know!! Im sure it will be lots of fun and a great way to make a new bunch of friends.


My email address is; Jess-holden@hotmail.com if you have any questions or would like to join up! 

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

What I'm reading this week

At the moment I'm working on my dissertation so thats my main focus, but I have been reading this great book which I bought from amazon the other day. Its a really good read! It basically tells you about every area of illustration you would want to know about and has great tips on finance and dealing with clients. It also has a good section on how to deal with self promotion and the pros and cons of having an agent. I would recommend this to any students studying illustration or anyone interested in this field. Really great book! the go to guide for an illustrator.


Heres a link to it on Amazon 

Monday, 2 February 2015

Vogue Article

This semester at University we got to pick our own projects, for my first one I decided I wanted to illustrate a magazine article. I love fashion so I thought I would look in the library at the old 1960's/1970's vogue magazines. I wanted to illustrate an issue rather than just a plain article. I found an article which was about womens liberation which was perfect in a 1975 issue of vogue. It spoke of the sex discrimination bill as it had just been enforced. This bill therefore forbid all sexual bias in services and employment which made a huge difference at that time. Baroness Betty Lockwood was the main focus of the article, who is a labour party activist who promoted equal opportunities for women.