Wednesday, 9 November 2011

I.F. Stripes / Cinderella


Firstly I apologise for the badly photoshopped image of my painting, the weather is awful and I normal photograph my work in natural light to assure my mediocre photoshop 
skills are enough to make an image look ok. 

Unfortunately the light in my studio is just grey...and pooey,
so here it is!

My picture of cinderella for this weeks Illustration Friday image!
I drew this picture for a print making class some time ago, but I alway regretted not doing a 
watercolour version...I used I.F. as an excuse to revisit this drawing.
I am not sure this photo is very flattering with the massive shadow... 

Righto - back to work Nats, no more procrastinating,

Bye chaps x

Thursday, 3 November 2011

I.F - Scary

Alright chaps?!!

How do? I can't remember whether I have blogged since getting married I am now Mrs Perry!!! 
All very growd up :) 
Once we get our official wedding photos back I shall post some pictures of all the art work and creativeness that went into our day of weddification wonder! 

But for now I shall tell you about my picture I am posting. I used the title of this weeks Illustration Friday to stop being so fussy and protective over a story book I have been writing about monsters and bash out an image for it. 

So though it is not exactly scary, it does have monsters in...which are scary...right? 

Any critique on this bad boy would be appreciated as I have been muchos 
experimental with styles and techniques. 

All being well there should be a flow of images to follow this one as I have been granted a week to work on personal projects, which is very exciting and hopefully not too much freedom for all the ideas stuck in nooks and crannies of my brain box.

Hope your all well,

Tis grand to be blogging again,

Natalie Perry x

p.s. watch this space for name changes on web page or blog :)

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Overdue Mural blog

Hello, I'm not going to waste time apologising for being a bloggin' loser...we all know that, so skip the part where I gibber on about being busy and all that blarb...and...

Well, here is the blank canvas...previously primed by another company and 
I have done a base coat of the cream colour you see here.

Now can you see why I was so excited about this commission? 
Ooooh, the potential! Gets my toes a tingling...

Inside is divided into two basic rooms, as seen here.
These pictures were taken when I had mapped out the image and started to fill colour.

...After a bit more time.

...And more time. It is now that disaster struck... 
Salt started to come through the walls, blooming 200 year old brick work. 
Unfortunately I lost a day and a wall of work to the great salty problem of 2011.

I should have known, salty sea dogs n' all that.

...Couple of different angles on the progress.

There that should do it!


Yarrrrr, here's be hopin' ye likes it!

As you can see, I use only the best paints, for this I used an amazing eco friendly, extremely vibrant, brilliant masonry paint which I have used several times before and they are great! If you want to know contact details for the company, I would be happy to pass it on. 

Thank you to the education centre that had me in to do this project, it really was a pleasure to work with all the kids and staff! They all made me feel very welcome :)

Also, a special shout out to the paint master Kieran whose idea it was for the big ol' skeleton on the exterior wall, yarrrrrrr!

I'll try for another blog sooner then this one, soon will be all the wedding art work 
which I'll post up after our wedding day! 

Hope all is well with you chaps?
 Right, now to cook a monster sunday dinner, yay!


Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Yarrrrrr Pirates!

Pirates canteen!

Ahoy there chaps! 

Sorry about the old blogging delay but these here pirates have been keeping me occupied. I have been asked to do a 'canteen' mural at a local education centre, so...I figured Pirate Canteen!!! To sell my idea I got all carried away and did two super shiny watercolours to propose the piratical aspect....
And here they be!

Hurray, it worked...I am allowed to be as piratey as my seafaring heart desires....yaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
 So, watch this space for some mural action in the next few weeks.  

Hopes ye all's be well me hearty's!

Pirate Nats of the Good Ship 'Burrow' x

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Pause in art?

Howdy! Not a break in art work, just a break in Illustration Friday! I am currently working on a mural project design which is taking a bit of time up and have a school fence design to be drawn up for laser cutting and wedding plans and a potential small print publishing offer which I have to get my portfolio up to scratch busy busy, I will upload what I am working on soon as I get the opportunity. 

I hope all is well with you all !

Nats x

Friday, 20 May 2011

IF - Safari

Howdy howdy, 

How is everyone doodling this week?! As you can see, I have been massively self indulgent this week in interpreting the theme Safari...

Why not? Thats what I say Gosh Darn It! I have wanted to draw a Scarlet Macaw ever since a beautiful photo of one appeared on my wall of inspiration...

Also, I have been reading the amazing book 'Water for Elephants' and been stolen away and heavily influenced by their menagerie. (Read it! read it read it read it, you will thank me later...and read it before you watch the film, which is also very good, well done Pan Face Cederic Diggory, sterling job!) 

So... Don't be shocked if circus paintings start appearing, AND I am off to my cousins circus themed wedding next week!!!! Exciting! It would be madness if circus work DIDN'T start appearing! 

I also have been looking to push my page composition and angles which I managed to get into this piece. The three little chappies holding onto the balloons don't look quite so sure of the situation as young Mr Macaw. I have subconsciously named this picture 'Escape to Africa'. Even though I'm pretty sure all these animals aren't even from the same continent. However, upon arrival (...and they will get there, by jove!) the friends will all live together helping each other out! Hurray!

Love it!

Have a splendiferous weekend full of all your favorite things!

Nats x

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

I.F. - Beginner

How do? 
This week I have dug out the ink pen I bought with good intentions many moons ago. Anyone who knows me will know that I have a love for line work, and really get excited about the works of the likes of Quentin Blake, Rackham and E.H. Shepard. Unfortunatly, I am power mad and superbly over bearing on my own line work, working with a tiny brush and ink, ensuring complete and obsessive control over EVERY LINE!
'NOT THIS WEEK!' I thought to myself and armed with an impulsive and decidedly disobedient ink pen, I have had a go at a style I would like to experiment with more. Admittedly it took much more paper and patience to get an image I am happyish with, but persistence is my middle name!...and by the 5th attempt my old militant methods started to sneak back...gosh darn it! 'Back fiend! Back I say!!!'

Needa hows, here is my image for 'Beginner' for the Friday Illustration, the little chap doesn't seem too fussed that he got snagged whilst out partaking in a spot of Cheese-Thievery...

Any advice/ criticism on this one would be great! In this style, like a little mouse learning to pilfer dairy products, I too am very much a beginner!


Have a great week chaps,

Nats x

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Illustration Friday : Lesson

Life Lesson 1

Morning! The sun is shining, the world is round and I spent yesterday drawing and painting is good. 

I interpreted this weeks 'lessons' theme as 'sibling lessons'; Older siblings trying to impart knowledge on the too eager and unwilling to listen young'uns.  I am sure my brother and sister will sympathise, 
even now... 
But thankfully they have not given up on me yet! 

No monsters were harmed in the making of this image, unless they got tummy ache from all the chocolate I had to use to bribe them to stay still long enough to draw them. 

Righto Chaps, back to work....
Hope you all have a spiffing week,

Nats x

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Illustration Friday - Bicycle

Ellooo, this week I have be mainly thinking about: Baby birds! 

They seem to be everywhere at the moment with the whole Easter Ma Bob and Spring and all things chocolaty! Next doors chucks have just hatched a new baby fuzzy thing, he is tiny and terribly eager, running to always be close to his mum, often bumping into her and falling over... very cute! 

Mouse, one of our little chucks, laid her first egg on Easter Sunday... she looks very chuffed with herself and has taken to doing glory laps of their pen before going to bed at night.  

I got all carried away with my friday illustration picture this week... the theme be bicycle! Luke mentioned bicycle powered flying machines, Leo Da Vinci Stylee and from there my bird brain found this! I truly hope the little chappy in the picture succeeds on his mission and the little peepers are up and flying in no time! 

Righto chappingtons, full of the flu and boggey-things, I am off to feel sorry for myself.

Enjoy the royal wedding!

Nats x

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Illustration Friday: Journey

Howdy howdy,

I think for this weeks Illustration Friday, I may well have done a mildly autobiographical piece without meaning to. Don't worry, I'm not going to dive into the whole; 'we all are journeying to find our place in this world' blarb. However, I may well roll up me bloomers and have a paddle in the whole; 'do you ever feel like putting a box on your head and riding away on a lovely big fluffy companion' blarb. 

Just a short one this week, the sun is too busy sunning for me to be inside blogging, but I do wish you all a gorgeous week and want to share the ' Mumford and Sons' love I am feeling at the moment, my Moomin lent me the album and I just can't get enough of it!

So with a box on my head, a large fuzzy friend and a home made map I am off to embark on the journey...who knows what will come my way, but thats the fun bit! 

Nats x

Friday, 15 April 2011

Graveyard Man

Happy Friday!

This is my little Graveyard chappy, he is for a story I am cooking up in the old brain box and once this image had come into my head I just had to get painting.

Thank you to June for her help on blogging, all being well, this picture should appear all fine and dandy on your computer screen, unlike the treacherous pirate who invaded the text on the right and generally wreaked havoc.

Righto, over the next week I am attacking my if you want to see all my work, look now! because soon it will be put under hard core judgement and some brutal digital spring cleaning will be taking place.

Have a grand weekend!

Nats x  

Monday, 11 April 2011

First Blog - Illustration Friday

Ahoy chaps! I am a first time blogger, be kind, be patient and please don't throw things at my head if it all goes horribly wrong (e.g. how big does one put images on this thing?!!! is my small pirate too small?!or maybe he will come out giant!what will happen when I press post!? a whole world of the unknown!) 

This is an image I have done for Illustration Friday. This weeks theme is : Bottled 
I am working on a pirate piece (arrrrrrr!) at the minute and this seemed like the logical answer. Poor little chappy, I have trapped him in there for an eternity and I'm a little worried about his air supply.

Blog plan is to post all new and exciting work on here and to ramble on in a philosophical way. I shall be coherent, intellectual, philosophical and erm .... stuff. Posts at least once a week for illustration friday and other times with other work.

Please be my friend!

Nats x