Friday, 14 December 2012

Orange Berries and Purple Leaves

This is my latest card. I wanted to do something that could be personalised so I started with the blank space in the design and built the vines around it. The leaves and berries followed to balance out the composition.

As ever, if you see something that you like or have an idea for your own card for someone special, please get in touch.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Christmas Sparrow Card

I have been trying out something new. I am a huge fan Rob Ryan who uses paper-cutting to create the most intricate and beautiful works.

Give Me Work 2012 - Rob Ryan

While I'm not keen on the whole paper-cutting thing but I do love the effect. So, for my Christmas card I used the same principles but with ink. Not nearly as detailed as Mr Ryan's works but as a first attempt I am very happy with it. I hope you like it!

Friday, 28 September 2012

Ted's Happy Ending

I know, I've been gone far too long! Lots of things happening in my life at the moment. School holidays have just finished, new puppy in the house and looking for a part-time job.

So, those are my excuses but here is the next installment in the world that is Lisa Hawson Art Blog.

This is Ted's Happy Ending, which was my final piece for Illustrating Children's Books.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Bits o' paper Geisha

This was part of the Illustrating for Children's Books course I completed. We were asked to develop a character using shapes. My fingers were very achy and sticky after this assignment!

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Cow and Bird

This illustration was for an assignment for Illustrating Children's Books, a course I did through the London Art College.

The brief was for an illustration about the characters Cow and Bird (the most unlikely of friends) who set off on an adventure together and discover new things in the world around them.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Coloured Glass still life

I decided to do this piece because I wanted to do a work that was more still life than illustration. I loved the way the glasses reflected the light and shone through each other. I found this image in a Martha Stewart Living magazine and immediately tore it out to be saved for inspiration for another day!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Decorated Skull

I got the idea for this piece after watching a T.V. show called Oddities. It doesn't seem to be on UK television any more (or not that I can find it anyway!) The shop is called Obscura Antiques and Odditites in New York and they have a FaceBook page if you want to take a look. If my memory serves (and that's always dubious) in the episode I watched, a man came in with a carved skull to sell. Any more details than that I cannot remember - sorry! I thought the skull was very beautiful.

So I did a bit of Google research and found a website Drawn In Black which had this image and I used it as a starting point for Decorated Skull.

I was really happy with the way Decorated Skull turned out! I have been thinking that I am going to get it printed onto a cotton carrier bag/ shopper, way more funky than the usual mass-produced reusable bags out there!
Even better - on a t-shirt! I am submitting Decorated Skull to Threadless with just the slightest possibility of having it printed onto t-shirts and sold. That would be really exciting! So anyway, I might call on you to vote if my submission is selected! But while you are waiting for my call to action have a look at Threadless, they have really funky t-shirts at pretty good prices. I'm a sucker for a funky t-shirt.

EDIT - 6 August 2012
Here is your chance to vote for Decorated Skull to become a printed t-shirt sold on Threadless. Follow this link to vote and get my t-shirt printed and sold:
Vote here to get Decorated Skull into print!

ANOTHER EDIT - 20 August 2012
A big thank you goes to Noah from Skull a Day for including my Decorated Skull illustration in his blog. Thanks Noah! If you like skulls check out his blog here:

Friday, 13 July 2012

Hey you guys! Twitter and Fiery Fred.

Hey you guys! I thought I would give this whole blogging thing a go. I'm not sure if blogging will be the right showcase for my work but I'm sure it won't do any harm (famous last words!). I also have a Twitter account, so if you would like to follow me on Twitter go here. This is Fiery Fred. He was created as an assignment for the Illustrating Children's Books course I did through The London Art College.
It was great fun and he turned out just the way I wanted - which is always a boon! Like most of my work, he was hand-painted using watercolours and is A4 in size.