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!
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!
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!
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!
Thanks for stopping by folks!
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!
Chargrilled Asparagus with a Fresh Beetroot Salad
- Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cooking time: 10 minutes
- Total time: 20 minutes
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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!
I wanted to share this custom papercut family portrait I snipped up with you, as it comes with the sweetest story! I was mid-way through this portrait when I was asked whether it was too late to add a baby in… as the couple had just found out they were expecting! A slight left arm adjustment and a little sleeping bundle later, here’s the finished product! My custom papercut portraits are available here from notonthehighstreet! (Pets welcome too!)
So thrilled to see my little paper cacti featured in this months You & Your Wedding magazine! The perfect exotic wedding name tags for a destination or tropical themed wedding! You can find them here! These colourful cacti would also add a burst of colour to any desk, just pop them in your favourite little jar or teacup! The easiest plants you will ever look after.. and prickle-free!