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Meet the Artist: Emma Kidd

Meet the Artist: Emma Kidd

Today we chat with Emma Kidd, a Sydney based artist who makes articulated imaginary creatures with the humble paper and paint. I have always admired artists who can draw from their imagination and felt in love with Emma's creatures the day I discovered her work. Everything she does seems so effortless and yet I doubt anyone can replicate her style easily. Her creatures look like characters from another time, innocent beings trapped in Dante's Inferno.  Tell us a bit about you. At the moment I tend towards the articulated creature: which is a bit like a puppet, 2D, hand-painted with limbs...
Portrait Drawing: Abby

Portrait Drawing: Abby

I have never been confident with drawing portraiture and as a result, have always avoided it where possible. This year, I've decided to face this fear head on. You can never have a perfect piece of drawing but you'll never improve if you don't practice.  So with this new mindset, I turned on my favourite podcast, pencil in hand and started drawing. And you know what? It wasn't as scary as I thought. Just like drawing animals and botanicals, it is all about applying layers and being patient. Trust your process and let it guide you along the way.  ...
Pet Portrait: Lewis

Pet Portrait: Lewis

Name: Lewis | Owner: Leonie Friends in my street adopted Lewis from the RSPCA when he was about 4 years old. No-one knew his past history but he’d had a bad time as he was aggressive towards strange men. The young couple (his new family) both worked long hours and he was left at home. He suffered from separation anxiety so tried to escape their yard most days. Often I would see him “setting out” on an adventure along the street and I’d go after him. He loved this and turned it into a game I’m sure.   One day...
Roseau: Disintegrate

Roseau: Disintegrate

  Came across this beautiful animation by Hannah Jacobs for London-based songwriter and producer Roseau's latest track, Disintegrate. I love the simple animation and the use of negative space to portray loneliness and isolation. Do grab a cuppa and enjoy this beautiful clip.   
Meet the Artist: Jess Racklyeft

Meet the Artist: Jess Racklyeft

Welcome to the first series of Meet the Artist where I chat to artists and makers whom I love and admire. Jess Racklyeft is an illustrator who primarily works in card designs and children's book illustrations. I was introduced to Jess' work a few years ago through Erstwilder where we currently work as one of their designers. Jess' art is soft, whimsical and full of joy and I was head over heels the moment I saw one of her watercolour paintings.  Tell us a bit about you Hello! My name is Jess Racklyeft and I am an illustrator. I primarily work as a...
Pet Portrait: Zoe

Pet Portrait: Zoe

Doing custom pet portraits also mean I get the chance to hear about all the beautiful stories about the pet owner and their pet. This year, I have decided to start documenting what I've learned with each drawing. I hope you will find joy in them as much as I had. Here is a little story of Zoe's adventure as told by her lovely owner Leonie. Name: Zoe 16 | Owner: Leonie Once when she was 6 months old I had her spayed on a Friday so I could look after her over the weekend. When I came home from work...
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