Thursday, 15 May 2014

Introducing ..........

"Twig"

Twig wishes he was as colourful as the other birds that live in his tree. So he builds the most beautiful and amazing tail ....ever!..soon everyone will notice him ...or will they?



Monday, 24 March 2014





What happened next........?

Assignment Bootcamp with Lilla Rogers has been great fun so far. I've learn't a huge amount about Illustrator, Photoshop, colour and trends. 

March's assignment brief was "Jelly" - yes, the wibbly wobbly stuff. 

There was so much fun to be had with this brief - I did so many drawings and watercolour paintings. 

The final piece took a remarkably silly turn  featuring Jelly trees in a jelly forest!! - don't ask me how I got there! However, I was pleased with what I'd created because it retained a hand drawn feel and a fun, playful style. 
Jelly Tree Framed Print

Jelly Tree Mug








So, I'd made my Jelly designs, .... what next? 

That's when I discovered Society 6










Look what you can make!!!!!















Jelly Tree iPhone cover





....and this!!!!



















Jelly Tree Baby Grow
Society 6 turns your designs into products and sells them from their site. 








There is a huge array of different items to choose from including mugs, prints, cushions, phone covers and even shower curtains. (I quite fancy a Jelly Tree shower curtain myself!)



Jelly Tree Shower Curtain









As an artist it's great to be able to see your designs on a real product. 
If you haven't tried it already, I'd certainly recommend it. 



Jelly Tree Tote Bag



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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Lilla Rogers Assignment Bootcamp 


Lilla Rogers Assignment Bootcamp is an online course which I've enrolled on. 
Recently,  I've wanted to improve my Photoshop and Illustrator skills and this course is giving me lots of practise!

Each month, Lilla sets a mini and a main assignment. These assignments are briefs to design a surface pattern to fit a particular market. 

Lilla Rogers runs a surface design agency, so the briefs she sets are examples of what her clients might ask for.  She is also able to direct you to specific colour palettes which are on trend. 

This months assignment was Jelly and this is what I've come up with so far: 


This one was done using Illustrator (Image tracing practise)






This is version two: 

I love the silliness of this one - imagine.... Jelly trees!- anyway - that's just how my mind works!!:) 

Monday, 17 February 2014




Hi everyone,

I thought it would be nice to let you know about my little facebook sale of original artwork and prints happening on Wednesday. 

Please go over to Denise Hughes Illustration Facebook to browse or possibly make a purchase - sale opens Wednesday night at 8pm - U.K. time.


Enjoy!

Denise 
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Here's what will be on offer.....

"Together" 
5x7" original watercolour/coloured pencil




"Sweet Dreams" 
5x7" original watercolour/coloured pencil



"Lets Play"
5x7" original watercolour/coloured pencil


"Flutter by Butterfly"
5x7" original watercolour/coloured pencil



"Fox and Cub"
5 x 7" - Image size
from my brand new line art range.
Unframed Original Pen and coloured pencil




"Foxy"
A4
from my brand new line art range.
Unframed Original Pen and coloured pencil




Wednesday, 5 February 2014

5th February 2014
Portfolio News.



I thought I'd take a moment to update you with how my children's book portfolio is developing. 
I'm really happy to say that I'm nearly ready to launch it into the big wide world - a scary prospect!!

I had a bit of an epiphany moment in December when I realised I needed to plan  how I was going to forge ahead and finish my portfolio. A plan was needed, not one in my head but a physical one that I could  tick the boxes on.  So I wrote one. I mapped out nearly everyday for six months....yes, I know what you're thinking - and I agree, I am  - but it worked it really worked!!


I've managed to do 10 new pieces in just a few weeks and here they are.
It would be nice to know what you think.

Flora Budd


Flora Budd and the Tiger



Bears Holiday


Danger Dog




Girl and Whale



Miss Big Sister

This is Miss Big Sister - there isn't much she doesn't know about babies - story coming soon.



Little Sister


Mouse tries to Fly


















Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Lilla Rogers Making Art That Sells: Assignment Bootcamp

December 18th 2013


I've decided to take the plunge and do the Lilla Rogers Course:  "Making Art That Sells: Assignment Bootcamp"

I would like to start to make a portfolio of surface design and need a bit of a push to make this happen - so this is it. 




Each month you are set a Mini assignment to get you going on some sketches and then a bigger assignment a week later. The idea is that by July I'll have the makings of a portfolio. Here's the details - you might like to have a go too? 





Introducing the all new Make Art That Sells: Assignment Bootcamp from Lilla Rogers.
In response to popular demand from graduates of MATS Parts A and B, we are excited to unveil an exciting new online experience to help you create professional-level art in a supportive, nurturing environment. Sound good? Read on…
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Do you crave…
title-decoration-02Professional level assignments to stretch you to create fresh signature pieces that are ready to sell in multiple markets?
title-decoration-02The kind of assignments that are proven to get work?
title-decoration-02Cutting edge trend and inspiration from an art agent who licenses and commissions projects for her artists every single day?
title-decoration-02A structure for staying on track and accountable, so you can create a strong body of work over six months?
title-decoration-02Access to a community of talented, supportive artists?
If so, you need…

Make Art That Sells: Assignment Bootcamp!

Dates: Feb – July 2014*   

(*Please note there will be no assignment in April when Make Art That Sells A & B are running)

Price: £99 (approx. $159)






I'm not sure if I will be able to produce a whole body of work as I'm also going to be completing my illustration portfolio at this time but I'm going to be using this course to give me a starting point to experiment with ideas. 
I'm really looking forward to it because it will be a chance to play and see where it takes me. 



Thursday, 3 October 2013

October 3rd 2013

Children are funny aren't they?
They change your life to the point where you can't actually remember what life was like before.
What I do remember, is that it definitely used to include some lie ins until noon at the weekend and a love of minimalist home decor - but hey, those days are long gone.

Above all, being a parent means you have to learn to be exceptionally good at multi-tasking.
There are just so many things to be taken care....most of them mundane and all seemingly essential.
Seriously, if making breakfast, signing log books, writing cheques for school trips, feeding the cat and answering in depth scientific questions about interstellar planetary relations, whilst loading the washing machine ever becomes an Olympic sport, I'm in with a chance at the gold medal.

I'm not complaining though - I signed up to this with eyes wide open when I decided to have a family - it's just funny and slightly mind boggling.

I thought I'd share a couple of the recent questions from my 8 year son William. These questions usually happen whilst I'm trying to get ready in the morning, or sometimes on the walk to school. I have to hand it to him - they're all great questions and I love the fact that he has an inquiring mind....but it's all a bit much at 8 o'clock in the morning.

"How many cm's do you grow in a year?"

"Mum, ......the speed of sound .......(long pause....), I don't get it....can you explain?    !!!!!!

"Mum, how long, in comparison to dinosaurs have humans been around?"

"Is Pluto blue?"

"Mum, what's it like on Saturn?" (of course, I was there just the other day...so I'd know)

"How many miles away from the sun do you have to be before you don't burn?"


and finally the one which nearly tipped me over the edge.........

"Mum, how fast does space grow?"


Life is never dull.:)

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A new illustration which I also thought I'd share today ...

Meeting the Bear