Musings and artwork from Birmingham-based visual artist and illustrator Natalie Robinson a.k.a Murklaw.
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This is a tea towel design which I finished a few days ago. I haven’t updated my blog very much over the past week as I have been super busy. I’m not totally satisfied with this one. My work seems to work best as either full colour with no white space, or black and white linework with spot colour subtly added in. It was a good experiment however and has focus the direction of my current work on Dramatic cooking.
I took quite a bit of inspiration for this piece from Nobrow Magazine’s fifth issue “A Few of My Favourite Things” which you can see here. I love the limited colour palette and felt that this done more effectively in my own illustrations could work well as a screen print.
My focus is now shifted to working on linework only, which I intend to edit and manipulate in photoshop, adding spot colours and recycling images until I have a range of cooking themed illustrations that I am happy with! I will select the best designs to be screen printed.
I’m submitting this for a competition brief from Eye Candy Festival in Birmingham to produce an alternative take on those boards you can put your head in and take a photo of, that you see at seaside piers in Britain. Winning entry will be displayed at Southside in Birmingham.
I used the brief as a complete excuse to have a bit of fun painting. Enjoy.
This is a sketch for a tea towel surface design that I have been working on for the past week. I spent all of today sketching this out after deciding on a composition, Tomorrow I will be working on the line work with a dip pen, and I might even have some time to start the colour work before my other job.
Really got carried away working on this one, it’s now half midnight, and I still want to do some more… But sleep is a must!
Hello all :)
I am very excited as I am getting to grips with a new camera. By “getting to grips” I mean I WILL NEVER BE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER or ANYWHERE NEAR such a skill level, but it’s going to be so totally awesome for taking photographs of my artwork, manipulating images and recording stuff (like details of architecture because I like looking at that stuff ^^). One day I might know what all these settings mean, I hope!
SUPER AWESOME HAPPY. Special thanks to my dad for thinking up such an awesome 21st birthday present.
Also, this is a doodle that I did.
Check out my Halloween T-shirt HERE :D
I got a little carried away with the bright colours and the detail on this one. I hope you enjoy it :)
Inks and photoshop.
Some new postcards have arrived in my etsy shop!
These are a collection of 26 postcards in my Human Transport A to Z. A mode of transport for each letter of the alphabet is metaphorically represented using the human body in 26 brightly coloured ink paintings.
I would absolutely love it if you could support me by buying a postcard (or more!) or even just share this post :)
Powering through my to do list today, multitasking a few projects at once before my shift later! Working on some food themed and sea themed work… Which is simultaneously encouraging the desire to eat and go on holiday.