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A few weeks ago the above meme popped up on my Facebook feed.  I shared it and the comments were great, and some of them tickled me so much I decided to draw them.  My personal favourite was Reservoir Potatoes.  Totally silly waste of a morning, but I did enjoy myself!  Potato Alone and Edward Potatohands have gone to new homes but if you’d like to purchase Reservoir Potatoes or Potatospotting then please get in touch.

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In memory of Claire x

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When I decided I’d illustrate autocorrect slip ups I thought I’d try and stick to only those which my own phone had generated.  Yeah, this one by a friend’s husband was just too tempting to pass up…

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See, I couldn’t just leave it.  I kept it simple, but I like the result. 🙂

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Available in my Etsy shop if anyone want it!

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Following on from my previous sketchblog post, here’s the latest gem from autocorrect.  I was having a chat on Whatsapp with a friend about a week ago and this happened.

Me: He’s off on some lads holiday to Ibiza or venison or similar

Friend: I hear venison is lovely at this time of year

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So here we have Autocorrect #3 (available in my Etsy shop if anyone wants it!)

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I seem to have started a new series of work without really planning to.  A couple of weeks ago I had a great autocorrect fail where ‘Marmite’ was changed to ‘marmots’ which led to much amusement given the sentence was supposed to be ‘Marmite on toast’ and I couldn’t resist a quick drawing on the back of an envelope…

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I sent that one to a friend and said I’d keep an eye out for any more amusing autocorrupts.

I didn’t have to wait long.  Just a few days ago my crazy phone swapped ‘tonic’ for ‘toucans’ – so I proudly present Autocorrect #2: diet toucans.  Click here if you’d like to buy the original.

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This is actually what I was working on last week, but in all the excitement of finishing a new piece I totally forgot to blog about it.  This illustration will be available as A6 greetings cards, in fact they’re back from the printers already but I haven’t got the cellophane sleeves yet so won’t be adding them to Etsy until next week!

One day I will have a go at making a time-lapse video, but for now you’ll just have to put up with lots of photos…

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I can’t believe I haven’t done a Sunday Sketchblog post since early November, apparently I’m getting worse at blogging with each passing month!  To try and get me back on track I’ve decided to share a silly little thing.  A private joke with a friend 😉

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I launched my Giniatures print just over a week ago, and it’s done very well so far.  Quite a few A5 prints sold, a special request for an A4 sized one, and even a couple of notebook commissions.  So I thought this was a good time to show off some photos.  First up we have photos sent in by a customer, of her trying her gin print out against different walls (and discovering how difficult it is to photograph something that’s fronted with glass – reflections ahoy!).

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After some dithering on my part I finally decided on my ideal frame choice (this particular one is from Cox & Cox).

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Last, but certainly not least, we have one of the specially commissioned books (the other is basically the same, but a larger size).  Made to order, please contact me for details.

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I have quite a love of gin these days, and so what could be more natural than to work it into my art?  So my latest piece is selection of nine British-made gins, all with beautiful bottles.  Drawn by hand, then the colour was added using Derwent Inktense.

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Now available as unframed A5 prints, click here to visit my Etsy shop and buy one!

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Not much going on in the studio at the moment in terms of bookbinding, but I’ve had some other projects on the go.  First up was a small crochet project that turned into an epic production line.  I’ll write about that separately (and possibly try and cobble together a pattern too) but basically I was making hats for babies, a child, and a grandmother.  Here’s my doglet looking mightily bemused at me perching a hat on him.

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I’ve also been a bit distracted by the reading challenge I set myself for this year – which is to read all of the classics on my bookshelves that I’ve not read previously.  To make it more challenging I’m reading them in the exact order they’re in on the shelf, so that I can’t just pick the ones I like the sound of (which would then leave me with all the ones I’m not keen on to plough through towards the end of the year).  It’s going well so far and I’ve read four, and to add a further challenge I’ve decided to illustrate my efforts.  The shelf I’m working through is stocked with £1 classics – cheap and functional paperbacks that I bought when I was in my teens.  They’re fine but they’re not the prettiest of books, so I’m changing the covers (well, the spines) for my illustration.  Here’s how it looks so far.

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The other thing I’m working on is new merchandise.  I’ve been having fun drawing and painting over the past couple of months and it’s about time I actually did something with my work so I’m looking into having a few of the designs printed as notecards, or even as notebooks (with lined pages for a change, as my handbound books are always blank).  It’s probably going to take me another month to decide which designs to go with, and then to get them ordered, but watch this space for updates!

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