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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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 paper food strawberries quiche picnic

 

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Isobel Barber desk view 3d paper

 

Thanks for stopping by folks!

Isobel x

 

Mothers day illustration

For Mothers Day I got my wonderful mum a years subscription to her absolute favourite magazine Good Housekeeping. I posted this to her along with the little papercut illustration I made below, featuring mother engrossed in her new mag et pooch!

Isobel Barber

 

 

Cut paper, March 2015

Isobel x

 

Fashion Tuesday

Whenever I’m getting creative I always either sit down with a pen or with a scalpel… I’m definitely not a naturally inclined medium-mixer! I adore drawing by cutting paper and simply sketching with a pen both equally, so I went wild and combined the two. I was half watching the ‘Liberty of London’ programme on Channel 4 last night whilst sketching, which I think is what inspired the major fashion theme!… (as well as a subconscious wish that I find something resembling the below in my stocking this year) 🙂converse

marc jacobs watchearringsHave a great evening x

Illustration-spiration

This morning Twitter introduced me to the genius work of Ecuador born illustrator Javier Perez Estrella. He uses a variety of everyday objects, combined with simple line drawings, to bring to life all kinds of static objects. I absolutely love these playful and imaginative images. Check out his blog here. It is written in Spanish, so unfortunately I have absolutely no idea what it says! However, there are loads more fun and inspiring drawings, so I’m sticking with the theory that a picture is worth a thousand words 🙂

Javier Perez Estrella

Javier Perez Estrella

Enjoy the rest of the weekend x