Category: Illustration

The Smiths – Meat is Murder Illustration

Illustration of a helmet and daffodils

This is a concept illustration for an enamel pin badge, featuring the iconic ‘Meat is Murder’ army helmet from The Smiths album of the same name. Morrissey was photographed with daffodils many times during the 1980’s too, so I’ve used them to increase the ‘Smithsyness’ of the pin.¬†Just four colours – it seems like this is the basic limit of colours on simple enamel pins. Its nice to try drawing something a bit different!

Cat and Flowers Cameo Pattern

A yellow pattern with red cats and flowers

This pattern came about after I sketched some cats the other evening. There was one cat in particular that really amused me: it looked like it was wearing false teeth but struggled to keep them in it’s mouth.

I traced a photo of this cat in Illustrator and then added flowers around it. Scroll down to see the original drawing. The flowers and foliage were heavily influenced by 1970’s surface pattern design. Instead of using black to outline the shapes I’ve played with darker shades of the main fill colours – its less harsh, but there is a knack to choosing the best colour and I’ve not worked out what that is yet!

Red and orange cat surrounded by flowers illustration


Pencil sketch of a sitting cat

Night Owl Illustration

Illustration of a blue owlJust a simple and quick illustration of one of my favourite creatures, the owl.

Flower Bunny Illustration

Illustration of a pink bunny

This little bunny is sitting in a nest of spring flowers. He’s wearing a spotted bow tie, and is looking a little like a rabbit in the headlights. I wonder what he is thinking about?

This little chap is based on a crochet bunny I saw in a craft magazine at work. He is drawn in Adobe Illustrator using the blob paintbrush tool, and the flowers are made from manipulated circle shapes built up.

Kitty in the Flowers Illustration

Illustrated black cat in flowers

This weekend has been well and truly rained off by the dreadful weather. Its meant I’ve been snuggled up, furiously pinning vintage fabric and illustrations on Pinterest. There is only so long I want to go before I have a go at drawing something though, and this little kitty cat is the result.

I’ve been very lazy drawing this – its all been done using my laptop track pad and either the blob paint brush or the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator. The colour palette comes from the Pantone Pastels + Neons set in Illustrator, with a few extra shades thrown in. I love how the colours are soft but still pop on the pastel pink background, and the black cat has so much contrast against the soft colours.


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