Trevor Sorbie commission for The Covent Gardener magazine

I recently completed a commission for the Autumn Issue of the lovely The Covent Gardener magazine. The brief was to illustrate an article on how the inspiring Trevor Sorbie MBE is using his scissor skills to help people in their fight against cancer. I was delighted to be able to contribute to such an inspirational and moving article. We decided on an appropriate wig theme, which meant that I got to snip away, merry in the irony that I’m a ‘Barber’, cutting hair… of the paper variety! Ironic or WHAT! I absolutely loved this brief and I’m so excited to share the finished illustration with you below! Scroll down to find the first draft and some ‘in the making’ snaps from the studio too. You’ll see from my sketchbook that in the initial design, the heads are stood on striped red and white boxes. These were dropped as the design developed as I felt they detracted from the detail of the mannequin heads and props. I still wanted to incorporate the iconic ‘hairdresser red’, so I added this in as a bold and eye catching backdrop instead. Another crazy exciting thing I should mention about this issue of The Covent Gardener is that the cover was illustrated by THE Sir Quentin Blake!… and what a striking and vibrant treat it is! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

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The Bridgeman Studio Award 2016

For the third year running Bridgeman Studio ran an award this summer, with the aim of uncovering and celebrating new contemporary artists worldwide. There’s always a grand prize and this year it was a £1,000 commission to illustrate the cover image for the next book by Rosie Garland, published by The Borough Press. To enter, all you had to do was submit images on the theme of ‘Night’. The images could be new or pre-existing. I submitted two of my 3D paper illustrations, the first is called ‘The City Sleeps’ and was inspired by the streets of Amsterdam. I snipped it up using the mountain of photographs I have from multiple visits to the city as references. The second illustration is called ‘Light up the Night’. I like the simplistic graphic feel of this one from afar, but the complexity when you take a closer look. Neither piece are my usual vibrant palette, but I’d love to hear your thoughts! I’ve also included some ‘under construction’ snaps from the studio and a picture of ‘Light up the Night’ next to the primary sketch I made for the piece. The primary sketches I work from usually take all of about one minute to complete and are customarily scrawl-like! However, they allow me to visualise the composition of the piece before I commit to paper, so are always a fundamental part of my design process!

 

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Isobel x

Bridgeman Studio Artist of the Month!

I am so so so delighted to be this months Bridgeman Studio ARTIST OF THE MONTH! You can read my interview and have a browse here to come behind the scenes in the studio, hear about my creative process, who inspires me and lots more!

 

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Isobel x

 

Wimbledon paper style!

There’s a definite theme going on in todays post, and incase you’ve been walking around with your eyes and ears closed, it’s becaaause… Andy Murray only went and won Wimbledon 2016! So, I wanted to share some tennisy themed illustrations, old and new, from my portfolio with you! The 2D ‘Kit’ papercut below below is one I snipped up a few years ago and is available to buy as a print (framed or unframed) here. You can find a photo of it in the sweetest little colourful nursery in the photo at the bottom! The top 3D papercut is a recent illustration from my portfolio, using much stiffer card to create an almost paper set-like artwork. As I mentioned in my last post, my work has taken such three-dimensional evolvement over the past couple of years and it was so interesting comparing the two papercuts and wondering how my illustrations and interpretations will grow over the next few years!

 

Isobel Barber 3d paper sport illustration

 

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Isobel Barber paper tennis print

 

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Thanks for stopping by folks!

Isobel x

 

 

A Papercut Picnic!

I’m so excited to share the latest addition to my portfolio with you all, in the form of this oh-so-summery paper picnic scene! It is created entirely from cut paper and constructed with the help of a little a lot of bluetack! I love the 3D aspect that my work has been naturally evolving over the past year or so and I think the shadows add a real depth. This sunny little scene was used by Bridgeman Studio Berlin, and featured as their picture of the week in Germany! Fantastisch! Here’s the finished illustration and some behind the scenes snaps!

 

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Isobel Barber pink lemonade 3d paper

 

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Isobel Barber desk view 3d paper

 

Thanks for stopping by folks!

Isobel x

 

Asparagoose!

Did you know it’s asparagus season here in the UK? It’s such a super time to buy it at the moment as it’s so fresh in the supermarkets and quite often locally sourced! Absolutely one of my favourite vegetables and so versatile, I’ve shared one of my favourite Waitrose asparagus recipes below, give it a whirl!

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Chargrilled Asparagus with a Fresh Beetroot Salad

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes 20 minutes

Serves: 6 as a starter

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp Waitrose Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 500g English asparagus spears
  • 160g bag Waitrose Beetroot Salad
  • 6 tbsp Grana Padano shavings (or other Italian hard cheese), to serve

Method

  1. To make the dressing, place 3 tablespoons of the extra virgin olive oil with the vinegar, mustard and some seasoning in a screw-top jar and shake well. Alternatively, whisk the ingredients together with a fork in a small jug.
  2. Remove any woody stems from the asparagus by bending the end of the spears. They should snap easily at the point where the woody part begins.
  3. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a griddle or frying pan. Place the asparagus spears in the pan in a single layer. Cook for 5-6 minutes, turning the spears once, until they are slightly charred and just tender (you may need to do this in 2 batches).
  4. Place the salad leaves in a bowl, pour the dressing over and toss lightly. Divide the salad and asparagus between 6 plates. Scatter over some Grana Padano shavings and season with freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately.

 

Have a great day folks!

Isobel x

New papercut illustration… This healthy little number contains all of your 5 a day!

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Isobel Barber papercutting food illustration

 

Isobel Barber papercut food illustration

 

This colourful papercut scene was a self initiated project. Even with self-initiated projects I like to give myself a brief and my inspiration for this one came from the very lovely organic brand of baby food called Ella’s Kitchen.. Their lip smacking Spag Bol to be precise! I wanted to create something fresh, colourful, playful and food related for my portfolio and this was the outcome! (Boxes ticked, I think?!) The Ella’s Kitchen story is so adorable and the brand is admirably environmentally friendly too.. If you’d like to read about it, click here! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this new portfolio piece folks!

Isobel x