Food Waste Infographic

I really enjoyed doing these water colour illustrations for the food waste infographic. Being aware of how our actions impact the environment is something I'm really passionate about and I hope we can all be more conscious of how our every day behaviours make a profound impact on our planet. People seem to use the earth like it's one of the many disposable, convenient products on the market these days. Something that you can just take from and then dispose of without any thought or consequences. Food waste is a huge problem that we can all easily do a little bit better at.

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Keeping a Sketchbook Habit and Giving up the Pencil

The more you practice the more confident you get with your line and your ability to trust your hand eye coordination. And of course mistakes happen, but learning to embrace mistakes is a good thing to do. In art and in life. I also realised soon after giving up the pencil that, even though the drawings are a bit wonky and even a little dodgy at times, I love the result more, the drawings end up looking more spontaneous and authentic, which is what I strive for. Again, in art and in life. ;) Also, it's just a bloody sketch book after all, may as well give 'er!

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Wonderful watercolours

In the lead up to the intro to watercolours class (Sun March 18) I thought I would share some famous watercolour paintings which I find to be inspiring and beautiful. Of course the aim is never to be perfect or to try and render an artwork exactly like someone else's, but it's good to study and appreciate works of exceptional skill to see what we can learn, and to see where the potential of the medium lies. 

In the class we will start slow by learning brush work, techniques and colour mixing and work up to doing a small painting each, using all the skills learned. Also, there will be cheese, wine, and cake :D 

 Winslow Homer, 1899, Flower Garden and Bungalow, Bermuda

Winslow Homer, 1899, Flower Garden and Bungalow, Bermuda

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I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.

-Georgia O'keefe

 Georgia O'Keefe

Georgia O'Keefe

  The Blue Rigi, Sunrise  , 1842, J. M. W. Turner

The Blue Rigi, Sunrise , 1842, J. M. W. Turner

 And lastly, NOT a famous painting but one of my favourite watercolours that I've done inspired by my time in The Desert.

And lastly, NOT a famous painting but one of my favourite watercolours that I've done inspired by my time in The Desert.

Watercolour is a versatile, fun, loose and dreamy medium and it doesn't take much practice to get a few good skills under your belt to start producing work that you're excited  and happy about.

Shoot me an email if you would like to register for the class hello@sarahcillustration.com 

Line Drawing

I love lines. I love the simplicity of them, I love the potential in them, and I love how everyone can make them. Drawing needn't be an exclusive club that only the practiced or 'gifted' take part in. if you can pick up a pen and make one line all you have to do is make another, and then another. Everyone can experience the joy of making lines. Below are a few examples of wonderful lines. 

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‘…if you want to work in line I think that it is the loveliest medium of all.’ 

-David Hockney

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I never talk when I am drawing a person, especially if I’m making line drawings. I prefer there to be no noise at all so I can concentrate more. You can’t make a line too slowly, you have to go at a certain speed; so the concentration needed is quite strong. It’s very tiring as well. If you make two or three line drawings, it’s very tiring in the head, because you have to do it all at one go, something you’ve no need to do with pencil drawings…Its exciting doing it, and I think it’s harder than anything else; so when they succeed, they’re much better drawings, often.
— https://www.waterman.co.uk/artists/225-david-hockney/works/2302/
 Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

 Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

  "I have always considered drawing not as an exercise of particular dexterity… but as a means deliberately simplified so as to give simplicity and spontaneity to the expression, which should speak without clumsiness, directly to the mind of the spectator." -Matisse     

"I have always considered drawing not as an exercise of particular dexterity… but as a means deliberately simplified so as to give simplicity and spontaneity to the expression, which should speak without clumsiness, directly to the mind of the spectator." -Matisse

 

 Continuous Line Daffodils by corrieberrypie.blogspot.com.au

Continuous Line Daffodils by corrieberrypie.blogspot.com.au

 In love with Karolina Koryl's drawings <3 http://korvjl.tumblr.com

In love with Karolina Koryl's drawings <3 http://korvjl.tumblr.com

 Some of my lines :) Sarah Campbell illustration&nbsp;

Some of my lines :) Sarah Campbell illustration 

 Some of my lines :) Sarah Campbell illustration

Some of my lines :) Sarah Campbell illustration

Just a taste of some tasty lines!! Gotta love the old pen and ink. Now pick up a pen and scribble away! x

Abstract Painting Party!

It doesn’t matter if the Museum of Modern Art isn’t knocking on our door; we will carry on in the direction of our desire.    We can start just where we are - with a blank piece of paper, a pencil, and a mind open to all possibilities.”   -Cat Bennett from The Confident Creative, Drawing to Free the Hand and Mind.

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The Art Studio/Workshop Dream

So, I got to thinking that I should teach my OWN workshops when I got back to Sydney. Only problem was I had no where to teach them. I kept the idea alive despite this. As it happened, one of my best friends needed to move and needed a house mate and I would need a place when I returned as well. So she spent a couple weeks searching for places, she really wanted a garden, I really wanted a space to do my art workshops, it also had to be pet friendly. 

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Travel Diary Part II

I LOVED Arizona so much. The drive from Nevada to Flagstaff was out of this world crazy cool.  Flagstaff, where we stayed, is an awesome little town surrounded by desert, mountains and pine forests and just a short trek to the Grand canyon. The Grand Canyon was obviously unbelievably majestic but I was almost more taken with Sedona and the huge red rock buttes which surround the town. There are said to be vortexes of subtle energy all around this magical place and you can actually climb up the rocks for stunning views of the whole area. 

Travel Diary Part I

One of my favourite parts of our USA road trip was painting the amazing scenery along the way. I ventured over to the drivers seat a few times, but let's just say if I had the choice I'd take a paintbrush over a steering wheel! I used my Windsor & Newton compact water colour set which was super handy and a thick led pencil for most of the artworks. The quick pace in which I had to capture the scenes was pretty intense and super fun and made for lively and fluid drawings.

Grow Your Own!

Starting your own garden can be a time consuming, expensive and if you can't seem to keep anything alive, disheartening and frustrating experience. However! With some know-how and patience it can also be a rewarding, exciting, money-saving, nutritious and environmentally kind endeavour.

Georgia Whyte is a young vibrant Sydneysider with a penchant for crocheting, crafting and cooking. A lover of dogs, books, flower arrangements and picnics, she also works full time as an Occupational Therapist. With the help of her partner Nick, and under the watchful eye of her dog, Darcy, she’s created a backyard haven of flourishing plant life.

I did some fun illustrations based off photos I stole from Georgia's Instagram (@gisforgiraffe)  and asked her some questions that she did a real nice job of answering...

 

San Francisco

I'm super stoked to visit San Fran in January as the first stop on our month long U.S Road trip. Definitely hoping to fit in as many of these activities and places into the few days we have there!! At the very least I think we'll be doing lots of walking, eating and vintage shopping-Also really looking forward to spending a few hours in the science museum, hiking in The Cloud Forest and hopping on a cable car! 

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Dat Dopamine

There are natural ways to increase your dopamine levels such as exercise, meditation, diet and certain supplements, hobbies, listening to music...and then there is drugs and booze which is what this article is about. (Note: Drugs and alcohol, NOT a sustainable way of maintaining dopamine levels!!)

 I used more colour then i usually do in these illustrations but I wanted them to have a 'celebration' vibe so i think in this instance it worked. They're also quite muted and have a bit of a 70's feel which I dig.&nbsp;

I used more colour then i usually do in these illustrations but I wanted them to have a 'celebration' vibe so i think in this instance it worked. They're also quite muted and have a bit of a 70's feel which I dig. 

Editorial numero uno

Not really sure why I chose an article about food trucks to illustrate, but I do love a good food truck and drawing people so...

 From my sketchbook//&nbsp;

From my sketchbook// 

 I ended up cropping a section of the full illustration for the article because it worked better with the layout//

I ended up cropping a section of the full illustration for the article because it worked better with the layout//

 I love a limited colour palette and rarely use more then three colours in an illustration. I was really stoked with the final colour combo here. I originally also had sort of a burnt umber colour but I ditched that and it looks so much better with just the red and two blue tones!

I love a limited colour palette and rarely use more then three colours in an illustration. I was really stoked with the final colour combo here. I originally also had sort of a burnt umber colour but I ditched that and it looks so much better with just the red and two blue tones!

"A blog, you'll need a blog"

Get twitter they say, behance, tumblr and instagram, a Facebook page, Linkd in of course, and a blog, you'll need a blog. So many platforms, so little time!! It's all a tad overwhelming and a lot time consuming, especially when you factor in the actual art making, creating bit...But as I was showering the other morning I thought, a blog, yes a blog would be good. I'm on a mission and I thought maybe tracking that mission would be a beneficial pursuit. About a year ago I graduated  and the Universe bestowed upon me a pretty sweet children's book illustration job almost straight away. With a couple other graphic design jobs and a few commissions and my nannying I had my hands full. Then the book wrapped up and I moved back to Canada to get this freelance thing rolling. Just how to get that ball rolling was question number one and the answer that came to me after some contemplation was editorial illustration. I love magazines. Particularly I love magazines with worthwhile, relevant articles, beautiful photography and layouts and of course, clever and cool illustrations. We dabbled in editorial illustration in college, (see the New Yorker cover below), but not enough to start contacting art directors for jobs. Hence fourth my plan for the next little while is to work on a collection of editorial illustrations, (finding interesting articles, rendering artwork and laying it out into mock up magazine spreads.)  I think this blog will help keep me motivated and on track. If it helps with exposure or getting work or maybe to serve as inspiration for anyone else this may reach, well then that would be a real bonus!!

Some of my favourites//

 First attempt at Editorial illustration for an article about the car boom in China//

First attempt at Editorial illustration for an article about the car boom in China//