Sole Sisters & Friends [ Mix Tape ] Exhibition

Our Sole Sisters and Friends exhibition opened on Friday August 31st to a HUGE crowd! Thanks to everybody that came along, and who have since popped in over the last week to check it out. It is on this week from Wednesday to Saturday 11am - 2pm at the Old Mount Gambier Gaol, so make sure you come and check it out if you have not yet.

Have included my pieces below... very pastel this time around...

Dream Catch Me
Newton Faulkner
Version 1
$400 (framed)

Pencil and watercolour combined with digital techniques.
Archival Pigment Ink on Cotton Rag Paper.

"There's a place I go when I'm alone
Do anything I want, be anyone I wanna be"
"Dream, catch me when I fall
Or else I won't come back at all"

If I stumble upon this song while station surfing on a road trip, I must listen, and belt out the tune. Even if the above lines are all of the song I know. The rest can be happy humming. 

Presidents of the United States of America
$400 (framed)

Pencil, ink and watercolour combined with digital techniques.
Archival Pigment Ink on Cotton Rag Paper.

"Millions of peaches, peaches for me 
Millions of peaches, peaches for free"
"Peaches come from a can, 
They were put there by a man 
In a factory downtown"

Bet you are singing this song in your head now, aren't you. That's ok! I love these guys. Only rediscovered their CD in our collection when I started this illustration. Great memories of Year 7. Love the irony of millions of peaches for free, then the belief that peaches come from a can. 

Dream Catch Me
Newton Faulkner
Version 2
$400 (framed)

Pencil, ink and watercolour combined with digital techniques.
Archival Pigment Ink on Cotton Rag Paper.

"Dream, catch me when I fall
Or else I won't come back at all"

I really like the above line in this song. I guess we are all afraid of not reaching our dreams, or getting lost along the way. Deep, I know.

A peek of how they look all framed up nicely, thanks to Talie for the photo. I keep forgetting to take pics! Will do that this week before it all comes down!

I am pretty attached to my art this time. Was weird when I sent it to print as I felt like it wasn't quite me, I usually go for bold looks etc, but the way they are framed and presented has really settled me. Had a lot of nice comments too, that is always good.

And here are all of us (minus Simone and Lana)! Impossible to get 9 people together!
me, Anna, Ben, Kristyn, Julia, Mel and Talie


Busy couple of months

I am still here! Been working on a few things like our upcoming art exhibition, wedding stationery and little projects for both wedding and home. 

Once I get a few things out of the way I am going to whip out the sewing machine (that is untouched) and make some cushions as I ordered some fabrics from Spoonflower. Can't wait! Hope I can sew in a straight line, it's been a long time since year 8 home ec!

Some snaps....

A few artwork progressions, some winners, some losers... 3 weeks til I have to get work to the printers and I still have a million ideas running around in my head

Wine barrel head project. With plans to become a cheeseboard afterwards. Thanks to Tobes for his awesome work making the handle!

Ok, back to it.



Doodling & {IF} Hurry

I seem to always be in a hurry when I am mocking up a concept for myself to remember for when I go back to work on it with more time, but then I end up liking the rough version. Which is what I have been doing tonite while I wait for my cake to cook! These both appeal to me for different reasons. Would make cool tote bags or something.

Pen sketch, coffee stain and digital colour


{IF} Faded + Exhibition Sneak Peek

I am really loving faded colours lately. I used to be such a black and white with hot pink girl, but lately it seems all of my work is featuring much more muted tones (still pinks of course).

This is a little sneak peek into some artwork I am creating for our upcoming Sole Sisters Collective exhibition in August. I thought that it tied in with the Illy Friday theme a bit as the feathers seem to be falling away from something, plus the colour scheme helps a bit!

Still a long way to go for an exhibition piece too!!!!

Pencil and ink feathers, coffee stain, digitally coloured


{IF} Sight

A quick sketch of my whippet (sighthound) Myfanwy - yeah, she's Welsh. Love whippets ever since my cousin introduced me to them - best dog ever! Sexiest figure ever.

Pencil sketch on my work notepaper, digitally coloured


{IF} Hitched

Today is exac-er-te-ly 6 months until I get hitched. 10.11.12 
Better get ticking off those funny little wedding lists!
Quick image using pre-drawn blossoms (because I love them) and handwriting -
busy week and I don't want to stop Illy Friday while on a roll :)


Jen and Ally { Commission }

This had been a work in progress for ages. It certainly was a learning curve. I did learn that I really struggle to draw people to look like the actual person. In my head, I can find the similarities that make me recognise them, but it's not the case for everybody. Still was fun doing this pic and they are both happy on the outcome. Lovely present idea.

Lead pencil sketch and digital colour.


{IF} Jump

My cousin Josh is a mad freestyle motocross rider. A few years ago he set up a ramp and jumped across the main intersection of our little hometown. Such a strange image seeing the street scene with a bike in the air.

Pencil and pen drawing, with watercolour and scanned textures


Off to the races

Been thinking about real serious world issues lately, the main one being what I am going to wear to Mount Gambier's event of the year - the Gold Cup.

Turns out I can re-use a few things - brought a cute cream dress that should do the trick, then thinking of some spotty tights. The races are never complete without those tacky stemless plastic wineglasses, so through one of them into my collage.


{IF} Heights

Well it has been a while between illustrations but no better time to get back into it.

Heel heights scare me. Sure they look sexier, but the 'walkability' factor, for me anyway, is pretty low. Ahhh, first world problems. Sigh.

Pencil sketch scanned in and coloured in good ol' Photoshop - along with some old book pages.


The urge to draw something {IF - Prepare}

I had this urge to draw, all day while I was at work making the world a better place with graphic design. Was listening to a lot of Lana Del Rey, fascinated with her music lately, and surprise, surprise, I draw a girl. It has been a while. I let myself off, maybe I just needed to get this out.

I don't like finishing / polishing off a piece, it never looks how I intended most of the time.

I need to just. draw. more. bianca. More nights in with the cider and watercolours to come :)

Illustration Friday - I prepared all the pencil work and watercolour individually, then combined in Photoshop. Kind of works with the topic!