Monday 28 November 2011

The Peculiar Princess ★

so i've been a very lazy blogger lately, i'm sorry! it's the usual excuse as well, college work/commissions etc

so it's just a quick post today i'm afraid! 

you see, i have a few new Princess designs to show you all. those of you that follow me via Twitter or Facebook might have glimpsed a WIP screencap i posted one evening, well this has something to do with that...

you see i drew out a design the other day, then i added in some stuff from a previous design... then i faffed around with colours and such, so there are actually 3 versions of this girl at the moment!

ok so she can't make up her mind as to how she should look, but as you'll see, she likes to read!

(All images featured in this post belong to Jade Boylan© do not claim, use, distribute, reproduce or trace ANY of my work without my express written consent. All Rights Reserved.)

right so, there's... a sort of colour blend type one...

a strange, bright, pop-art type one...

and a calmer sort of Rococo type one...

i really can't decide where to place her colour-wise! it's been fun going through colour cycles though, there are about 6 more different variations littering my desktop but these 3 are my faves so far. 

not sure what you\ll all think! which one do YOU like???

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in other news, i'm still offering 15% off everything in my Etsy shop (in case you didn't know...) 

the discount code FESTIVEFUN can only be used until the 15th of December so if you fancy treating yourself or someone else to a little candy coloured something, try not to leave it too late!

postage dates for the UK are fine but if you live over the other side of the world it might not arrive before Xmas if you order it later than the 6th or 7th of December!

so... you know, just saying :)

and that's it i think, like i said, lazy blogger! although today i did manage to get over half of my Xmas present shopping done in town! so not so lazy in that respect...

i'm going to head off and work on some more commission stuff now! i have CD covers, book covers, flyers, e-cards and postcard designs to work on, busy busy busy!

so until next time, that's all folks... ◕‿◕ ★ xX

Thursday 24 November 2011

Galleries and Gingerbread ★

so yesterday, before i headed off to the gallery times (more about that soon) i spent some time stitching and sewing at my college desk, so here's a snap of what i've been working on lately...

yaaay Gingerbread plushies! now it really must be nearly Christmas!!!

i spent my day at college making them. it was lovely to get back to some stitching! i think i've missed it!

even if my desk was a mess of felt, ribbon, embroidery floss and buttons all day...

some of these are already available in my Etsy Shop (on a made to order basis)

so i also realised yesterday that i'd completely forgotten about the 'Xmas Giveaway' i promised you all! i've just been so busy lately i honestly haven't had chance to gather up some goodies for it! (i haven't even started my Xmas gift shopping yet either!!!) so i've decided to postpone the giveaway for a while...

instead, i'll be holding a mahoosive NEW YEAR Giveaway Extravaganza! i promise!!! so keep your eyes peeled in early 2012 for some fun giveaway times!

so to make up for this (sort of... i hope!) + because today is Thanksgiving and tomorrow is 'Black Friday' i'm offering 15% off EVERYTHING in my Etsy Shop until the 15th of December 

all you have to do is type in the coupon code FESTIVEFUN when you make your order

so you know... Merry Christmas :)

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right so, as i mentioned in my last post, some of my work is currently on display in a groovy group exhibition at a little local Gallery in Tynwald, and last night was the exhibition preview night!

 it was a fab exhibition but it was kind of weird to me, getting to display my work alongside some of the islands top artists and photographers! weird but brilliant :)

my best pal Courtney tagged along to keep me company and we had a laugh wandering around the gallery + the Tynwald café and shops all night

all together i had 7 pieces in the show. my 4 sweet canvases...

2 lovely framed giclée prints of the sugar skull and matryoshka

(+ some pretty mounted/bagged prints for sale as well...) 

and my 'un-domestic Goddess' canvas which miraculously... is the piece that sold :)

i didn't manage to snap too many photos but it was a brilliant night! and best of all, like i said... i actually sold something!!!

crazy awesome times! thanks to all those that popped along to have a little peek at all the work! the Exhibition will be running right through Xmas so if you live local and head to Tynwald to do any Xmas shopping, be sure to pop in and have a look!

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so not much else to tell really, here are a few of the fun colouring/maze pages i've been working on recently for a lovely local commission

these have been sooooo much fun to work on! i can't wait to do some more stuff for 'Imagination Station' in the New Year

to find out more about Imagination Station + to download your own copies of the colouring sheets, check out the official Facebook page here - Imagination Station

and on that note, i'll say goodbye for now!

so until next time, that's all folks... ◕‿◕ ★ xX

Tuesday 22 November 2011

Creative Café #21 ★

so today i thought it was time for another groovy Creative Café post, so... you know what to do!

get some tea/coffee/cocoa, and some cake/biscuits/sweets, get comfy and prepare to see some very lovely artwork!

i'm kind of excited about this post because it features one of my favourite digital illustrators and artists, so without any further ado, let's get on with it because today it's all about the very awesome and truly fabulous Kei Phillips aka Kinkei

Kei is a British 2D/digital Illustrator, animator and character designer. i first discovered her work about 4 years ago, during my first year at College. my graphics tutor told me to research some digital illustrators and i found her work on deviantART, i've adored it ever since and have to admit that i've gotten a lot of inspiration from her work over the years.

she creates the most gorgeous characters, they're often very girly and cute with brilliant expressions and little details. Her pinups are particularly wonderful, each one has it's own personality and individual look. she also draws her girls in all shapes and sizes which makes them especially fabulous! but regardless of their theme they always look amazing. 

i've always been a fan of characters like Betty Boop and Jessica Rabbit but i think it was Kei's gorgeous pinup girls that first inspired me to have a go at drawing some pinups of my own. i just love the way she captures their characteristics, with a saucy wink or sultry pout, her style of drawing and colouring is just so brilliant.

as if she wasn't amazing enough already, Kei is also a really talented animator. check out one of her showreels here... 

pretty super duper right! of course it is! anyway, now it's time for you the have a nice scroll through some of Kei's stuff, take your time and enjoy... because trust me, you will LOVE her stuff!

utterly fabulous! ok it's links time now...

to see even more of Kei's wonderful artwork, be sure to visit her deviantART page here - Kinkei

she also has a blog chock full of lovely sketches and digital pieces - Keiframes

+ to see more of her animation work, visit her youtube stream - Kinkei Animation

you can 'Like' her artwork on Facebook - Kei Phillips

and 'follow' her on Twitter - @kinkei

all that's left for me to do now is to say a mahoooosive THANK YOU to Kei for saying yes about the feature and for being such a fabby-dabby artist in the first place! thanks :)

All images featured in this post belong to Kei Phillips © do not claim, use, distribute, reproduce or trace ANY of her work without her express written consent. All Rights Reserved.

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so another week has started, and we're another week closer to Xmas 2011 (yay!) i've STILL not started my xmas gift shopping since i've been so busy with commissions and college stuff! 

speaking of stuff like that, i've got a few pieces of artwork in a groovy group exhibition at a local gallery over Xmas.  some framed digital prints + some painted canvases.

so if any of you local Manxies fancy seeing artwork from some of the islands best artists (i do NOT mean me... i mean the professional artists!)  then get yourselves to Tynwald Mills and go visit the old courtyard gallery. 

the preview night is tomorrow from 6pm and i think it opens to the public properly on Thursday, but if you can't make it tomorrow, don't worry because it'll be running right through December!

and on that note, i shall dash off and make some tea

so until next time, that's all folks... ◕‿◕ ★ xX