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KEEPING A TEA DIARY: A&I MAGAZINE

KEEPING A TEA DIARY: A&I MAGAZINE

You can now read my top tips for keeping an achievable, regular sketchbook in Artists and Illustrators magazine! Have a look at the February edition via the Artists & Illustrators website or purchase in person from a local stockist!

10 INSPIRATIONAL ARTISTS' BOOKS I'D RECOMMEND

10 INSPIRATIONAL ARTISTS' BOOKS I'D RECOMMEND

1. Looking at London by Ronald Searle and Kaye west A gorgeous record of London's history and the people living there at this time. Searle is most famous as a cartoonist and graphic artist, but it's his reportage illustration and its simplicity of capturing life on a page that most attracts me. Go to my Blog to read more!

NEW BLOG: SKETCHBOOKING AT CHRISTMAS

NEW BLOG: SKETCHBOOKING AT CHRISTMAS

Despite the relentless bombardment of gaudy festivity advertised in every commercial avenue, winter still manages to be beautiful. Traditional foliage, frozen landscapes and platters of mince pies have a tendency to invoke my artistic inclinations but, in truth, I spend all year gaining delight from the changing seasons and the human culture surrounding them. Go to my Blog to read more!

GOOD ON PAPER CHRISTMAS EDITION

GOOD ON PAPER CHRISTMAS EDITION

Not limited to Music, theatre and the spoken word, Stroud's independent magazine provides a creative guide to local events. Check out my christmas illustration of the Shambles farmer's market amongst the December listings.

GARDEN JOURNALING PART 1

GARDEN JOURNALING PART 1

There are many forms that a sketchbook can take and Garden Journals are one that has a lot of potential. Whether you'd like to create an artistic response to the changing seasons in your garden, illustrate crop rotation in the veg patch, or record and cultivate heirloom varieties, a visual journal can be the perfect craft to compliment your green fingers. Read more in my Blog!

SKETCHBOOK TOUR!

SKETCHBOOK TOUR!

Something a little bit different this month: take a look through this sketchbook from winter 2021 and listen to me talk about all things sketchbookery! This little book is a mishmash of shopping lists, sketches, spider diagrams and watercolour paintings... Go to my Blog to view!

PEOPLE SKETCHING - WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE IT UP!

PEOPLE SKETCHING - WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE IT UP!

People are fascinating, truly, we are a subject that can never be fully explored. We come in all shapes and sizes, we decorate our bodies with colourful, varied clothing, and paint pictures on our skin. We hang sparkly objects from our ears and cut our hair, draw lines of black paint over our eyes and try to make ourselves beautiful. Regardless of how beauty changes in our culture, we adapt like brightly coloured birds fluffing up our plumage. What artist wouldn't want to study our strange and captivating species? Read more of my latest blog post via the Blog heading!

SHOULD YOU THROW YOUR WORK AWAY?

SHOULD YOU THROW YOUR WORK AWAY?

Many artists say you should never throw your work away, and there is good reasoning behind this ideology, but I am a firm believer that this doesn't have to be a hard and fast rule. I often touch on this problem and it comes up so regularly that I feel it deserves a small mention of it's own. Go to my Blog to read more!

Ms Emma Leyfield currently trading as 'Valerian'. The copyright to all images and graphics used within this website are owned by Valerian, or Valerian has sought the appropriate permissions to use them.

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