Studio pics busy, busy!

Image 1 – Work in progress.

Image 2 – Busy desk, fabric, sketches, kodatraces ready for printing, skectchbook, research books.

Image 3 – Busy Studio.
Image 4 – Colour sampling.
Image 5 – Colour ways, sketches and print samples.

Insect sketches.

Image 1 – Insect pencil drawings.

Image 2 – Insect pencil drawings from sketchbook.

Image 3 – Insect pencil drawing.

Image 4 – Butterfly from Archives, pencil drawing.
Image 5 – Moth pencil drawing.
Image 6 – Moths and snail, pencil drawing.

Image 7 – Cocoon and Caterpillar pencil drawing.

Image 8 – Damselfly, watercolour and pencil.
Image 9 – From archives, pinned butterfly pencil sketch.
Image 10- Corsham Court Archives, butterfly pencil drawings.

Image 11 – Butterfly pencil drawings from natural history archives Corsham Court.

Image 12 – Caterpillars, Pencil drawing.

Pencil sketches.

More pencil sketches to develop into digital and hand screen prints.

Image 1 – Campanula, pencil drawing.

Image 2 – Clematis, pencil drawing.

Image 3 – Bell Flower and Insects, pencil drawing.

Image 4 – Lords and Ladies, Pencil and paint.

Image 5 – Snowdrop bulb, pencil drawing.

Image 6  – Buttercups, pencil drawing.

Image 7  – Crocus, pencil drawing.

Image 8  – Dandelion seed head, pencil drawing.

Image 9  – Meadow Flower, pencil drawing.

Image 10   – Orchid pencil drawing.

Image 11   – Poppy, pencil, watercolour, black marker.

Floral and insect sketches.

Image 1 – Gathering all sketches together for fabric print thoughts and ideas.

Image 2 – Once observing images on wall my first thoughts in developing a fabric print are to work on several colourways, scales, compostion and intergrating more insects amoung the florals.

Image 3 – Damselfly.

Image 4 – Wildflower.

Image 5 – Poppy, pencil sketch with tiny bit of colour added.

Image 6 – Pencil Sketch.

Image 7- Floral and insects.

Image 8 – Close-up insect.

Image 9 – Floral and Insect pencil sketch.

Image 10 – Floral sketch.

image 11- Close-Up Aquileqia or as I like to call it Grannies bonnet!

Natural History Archives

Today I had the opportunity to visit the Natural History Archives at Corsham Court, Bath University Campus.

I had a wonderful time looking through the many drawers full of all sorts; from beautiful shells, pottery, minerals, stones, fossils, snakeskin, birds and insects.

As part of my botanical studies, I am also including insects in my work.  The Archives, with respect to insects, were mostly comprised of Butterflies, which were very pretty but I was after more unusual insects to draw.

I still had a “kid-in-a-sweet-shop” moment opening each drawer to reveal little boxes full of interesting finds!

Image 1 – Corsham Court Campus.
Image 2 – Corsham Court.
Image 3 – Stable block studio rooms.
Image 4 – The Archives.
Image 5 – Even before I began my search, interesting items on display.
Image 6 – More boxes and shelves to look inside.
Image 7 – All labelled!
Image 8 – Snakeskins.
Image 9 – I pulled this guy out! What was left of him!
Image 10 – I left this guy in there!
Image 11- Not sure what these guys are.
Image 12 – Coral.
Image 13 – Pretty shell all very dusty but still retained a lovely colour.
Image 14 – More shells.
Image 15 – Shells.
Image 16 – Seeds.
Image 17 – Mouse nest in the seed drawer with a mummified mouse in it!
Image 18 – Butterflies tucked away in a display box.
Image 19 – Butterflies.
Image 20 – Butterfly.
Image 21 – Close-up.
Image 22 – Red Butterfly.
Image 23 – Close-up Butterfly.
Image 24 – Butterfly case.

Please note these are very old archives.  As you can see, the butterflies are not in a great order but from a creative point of view interesting!

Prettier pics to upload soon I promise!!!

Hope I have not scared you off!

Botanical Sketches

Despite the weather being amazing, I managed to make my Monday quite a productive day!

I completed some more sketches (in pencil) that I will be developing into prints.

Image 1 – Geranium pencil drawing.

Image 2 – Close-up Geranium pencil drawing.

Image 3 – close-up Geranium. A hairy one!

Image 4 – Lupin.

Image 5 – Lupin pencil sketch.

Image 6 – Caterpillar.

Image 7 – Honeysuckle.

Image 8 – Honeysuckle.

Pattern Variations

Experimentation with pattern repeats.  Hand-drawn images scanned into Photoshop, then developed into a pattern repeat.

More time spent in the print room; check out imagery of test sampling below.

Image 1 – More bugs screen print.

Image 2 -  Screen print bug.

Image 2 – Screen print bug.

Image 3 – Experimentation with stripe pattern and floral.

Image 4 – Close up. Screen print on cotton.

Image 5 – Small scale pattern repeat with large scale contrast, screen print on cotton.

Image 6 – Experimentation with pattern and motif.

Image 7 – Sample of a pattern put in repeat.

Image 8 – Long length view pattern in repeat, screen print on paper.

Image 9 – Blue with black overlay screen print.

Image 10 – Leaf pattern repeat in light blue with floral motif, screen print on linen.

Image 11- Close-up light blue background pattern repeat.

Image 12 – Screen print on Linen.