News from GStC Art & Illustration

gstc-art-illustration-fashion-illustration-postcardsHello lovely visitor. Well what a frantic time it’s becoming. Christmas is fast approaching, my daughter will be 2 in 3 weeks and I’m launching my new range of Christmas tags and cards eeek!

The ink and glue is drying as we speak.

After months of experimenting, drawing, sketching, making, throwing away and occasionally crying, I think I’m beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

By signing up to a craft fair, I’ve forced myself to hit a deadline. It’s also forced me to think “yeap I can draw, I’m creative, but how do I turn those skills into a viable commercial venture, beyond making just pretty pictures.”

Admittedly in the age of handmade, this is no easy venture. It seems the market is pretty saturated with handmade, individual designed products. It’s both good and bad. Lots of competition for people like me but then lots of opportunity too.

I can’t begin to tell you the ideas I have for designs, products, artwork. My head is buzzing. (more…)

It’s Friday, I’m in Love: Jenny Liz Rome Fashion Illustration

Jenny Liz Rome Fashion Illustration | Georgie St Clair Art & IllustrationI’m not sure when or how I discovered Jenny Liz Rome’s Fashion Illustration. She’s just always been among some of my favourite fashion illustration hero’s. One of those creatives whose work I look at and I immediately feel excited. Jenny’s work makes me want to pick up a pencil and start drawing.

Her slightly surreal world really appeals to me. Ladies with bird cage and fish bowl heads, queens who wear crowns of flowers and foliage, beauties with bees and birds as hair accessories. Jenny Liz Rome’s Fashion Illustration is just wonderful.

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Fresh Flowers & A Fashion Inspired Portrait Illustration

After all of these months of experimenting, I’m seeing my illustration really develop into something I feel rather proud of. Bringing together my Instagram faffing addiction with flowers and my love of drawing faces, this latest fashion inspired portrait illustration I’m sharing today is a culmination of the two.

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Fresh Flowers & A Fashion Inspired Portrait Illustration

The image above is the completed sketch before the watercolor paint and fresh flowers are added to the fashion inspired portrait illustration. (more…)

It’s Friday, I’m in Love: Just Grow It Monsieur Plant!

Mr Plant Yellow Flower Nike Hightops | Painting Grace | Georgie St Clair Art & IllustrationIn case you are new to this blog, Friday’s are the day I celebrate another creative who inspires me. I’ve loved a man who stuffs insects for a living, pin-up girls with big hair and shadow dancers made from tea. This week I made a wonderful discovery – Monsieur Plant, aka Christophe Guinet.

Christophe Guinet was born in Paris. He moved between town and country, always keeping in touch with nature. Whilst Christophe was a teenager, he developed a passion for plants, especially the cultivation of orchids: attracted by their exacting needs and rewarded by the beauty and delicacy of their flowers. Later on, his tastes evolved to urban cultures: skating, art, especially street art and fashion. A man after my own heart. (more…)

Finding Tranquility: A Still Life Photography Workshop with @5FTINF

muPhilippa Stanton Still Life Photography Workshop Image by Georgie St ClairOn Saturday I spent the day with @5FTINF aka Philippa Stanton and some other lovely Instagramming ladies, in Brighton. We were participating in a still life photography workshop with the wonderful Philippa.

If you’re not familiar with Philippa’s work, you must take a look at her blog. Phillipa is Synesthetic, meaning she can see sound, taste and smell in shape, colour and texture, which allow her to create unique portraits of people’s voices, food and drink. However, it’s her still life shots of ‘The Table’ that has brought her to the forefront of the Instagram community.

As 5ftinf she has over 380,000 followers on Instagram, largely due to her daily still life shots of ‘The Table’. She highlights ordinary objects, small treasures, garden flowers and cups of tea in artistic compositions drawn from everyday feelings, rather than meanings.

I have featured Philippa Stanton, one of my favourite Instagram artists on this blog before. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity to attend her workshop as soon as I found out about it.

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The Still Life Photography Workshop

Phillipa shared her still life props with us, collected over the years, many from her childhood and her beloved ‘Granny’ Beryl. Alongside this amazing collection, were a vast array of stunning flowers and foliage…baby’s breath, hydrangeas, eucalyptus leaves… Walking into the hall was a warm visual feast. Coincidentally, a ballet class was taking place elsewhere in the building; beautiful classical music was ringing out…it was really quite special. (more…)

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