Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall


Tis the season for … Valentino red? Well, I can certainly dream of such. This project is ‘recentish’ but I thought I’d save posting until the season was just a tad closer to Christmas. I didn’t want to seem too much like the early bird, bringing Christmas into September, October like every shopping centre these days. This work was briefed to celebrate “Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall”.



I wanted to convey the Christmas spirit the Royal Albert Hall in a traditional but also modern and elegant tone. And what is more elegant than Valentino! You simply can not disagree. So I chose one of my favourite throwback dresses from Valentino’s Spring 2013 couture collection. Was so beautiful when Jennifer Aniston wore it to the Academy Awards that year.


Image via Vogue.com


Love Birds

This post is so much better suited to be published on Valentines Day but September 9th will have to become an honorary Saint Valentines for these two love birds. I have been painting these two for what seems like forever but in reality it’s been one of those little ditties that I’ve been doing here and there in between other projects. Happy to finally be able to share them with all their four feet, fluffy bodies, her Hermes scarf and his straw boater hat that has made me very nostalgic for the uniform of Knox; my dads old school.

I’m hoping to get them printed into little greeting cards very soon for you all. Who wouldn’t want to give these two little lovers to a special someone? I am constantly reminded of the line from Friends; “The one with the Lesbian wedding” where Monica says to Ross,”Would you look at them?” and Ross replies ” Yeah, can’t help but.”

I couldn’t resist showing you this comparison I managed to dig up. I painted this chicken for a seemingly unfinished Christmas card around … 7 years ago maybe. I think I prefer the two on the right. Like true African Love birds I’m sure they will be mates for life.

Special thanks must be mentioned to my own love bird, who on top of everything makes all my delightful “Candid Cuts” videos for you all to enjoy. X


Miu Miu

Introducing my first “drawadot” submission. I have to confess, I must have been living under a rock as I hadn’t heard about these open calls until quite recently and I am very pleased to finally join in, and what could be a better inspiration to start with, than Miu Miu’s SS17 collection.

I had some initial ideas of how I would like to portray the feel of the collection, but seeing Grace Kelly on the beach in “How to catch a thief” definitely influenced the overall design. I was also inspired by Miss Frida Aasen, who walked in the show and was thinking of her likeness when illustrating the face.

Look 45/ Miu Miu SS17

Grace Kelly in “How to catch a thief” /1955

The gouache blending in the costume and the hat was definitely the most time consuming and challenging for me. Bright flat colour blends are not something I do on a day to day basis and I can’t lie and say it was all roses but I think it was the best medium to represent that bright vibrancy which was heavily featured in this collection.

Anyway, I hope you liked this brief little snippet into the BTS of my debut with “drawadot” and I look forward to the next one. X


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