A Tale of 3 Art Styles

When I draw people it comes out in a kind of comic book/Black Hole inspired way with lots of black lines and sketchy shadows:
legion fan art illustration
When I draw animals & nature its always more detailed and sort of fantasy-like:
rabbit ribbon illustration
And when I draw patterns its minimal and fun, mostly with a limited colour palette:
hands repeat pattern illustration pink
I also love a mixture of detailed, colour-rich art and minimal/fun design.
I fight with these parts of my style CONSTANTLY. I feel like I have to choose 1. Ooonly 1… and the fact that I haven’t chosen is why I’m struggling so much!

Does it *really* matter if you have a few different styles for different subjects? Have visual social platforms like Instagram caused us to worry about curating ourselves and our styles so much that its sort of taken the fun out of creativity? Everyone in the illustration world talks about nailing down their style and sticking to it and thats what will get you a “fan base”, or get you hired. But surely being flexible and able to play with new ways of making is also a good thing?

Welcome to Megs ill explained stream of consciousness!

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iPhone Wallpaper: Cats!

I’m going to have to slow down with the iPhone backgrounds… Maybe I should post 1 a month?? Let me know if you’re enjoying them!(Use the hashtag #megsfreethings to show me if you use them)

These are all based on my babycat Zissou and his favourite things – scrunched paper and cardboard forever!

The Shape of Water (A Fan Art Piece)

I went to see The Shape of Water a couple of weeks ago at the super comfy Everyman in Chelmsford, and couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I did a weird thing for me and made some fan art. Maybe I just haven’t liked a film/ tv show/ book/ game enough to make art about it until now…

This was made using the Procreate app on my iPad Pro. I bought my iPad Pro & apple pencil a couple of years ago now and it has honestly taken me that long to even vaguely get to grips with drawing digitally. I do find it a million times better than using one of those drawing tablets without a screen though – my brain couldn’t not look at the tablet while I was drawing (derp).

I have no idea if I’m doing anything “right” still (I mean, there’s not a “right” way to make art, but ya know what I mean), but this is the first piece I’ve been happy with. I definitely think I’m getting my preferred process down, but I’m still figuring out brushes and how to make them look “natural”. Coming from a background of using physical paint etc to create art, its kind of frustrating that I can’t make things look like that yet. Keeping my fingers crossed that Kyle’s Brushes come out with a set for procreate!

Theres also a print available on my etsy shop!

Have you seen The Shape of Water? What did you think?

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Paintboxfox

Just before Christmas my friend Emily & I got talking about our struggles with creativity and trying to get back in to drawing & painting regularly. Out of this conversation and over the course of the next little while came a little project – Paintboxfox.

We decided to collaborate on an ongoing joint *thing*. We figured if we were cheering each other on and working together, we might be more likely to actually produce some artwork! So, we plan to release zines & prints at (probably ir-)regular intervals, and also hope to make stationery and other little things down the line. All under the name Paintboxfox.

Our first zine will be called ‘In the Forest’ and will contain a collection of illustrations of wildlife that tend to make habitats in forests and woods. We’d also like a percentage of the sales to go to a local wildlife charity. We’ll be selling them on Etsy, and hopefully in the summer we will be at a couple of craft/art fairs!

We’ve set up some social media accounts, so please follow along if you’d like:
Instagram

Facebook Page

Tumblr

I’ll also probably post a little update here when the zine is finally ready!

 

Commissions & Personal Projects

A few illustrations from the last month;

This little guy is something I just did for myself, finished yesterday. Kind of just want to use gold gouache on everything now, it looks so good! Tempting to make a series of these with splashes of gold in all of them.

A made up lizard/gecko species, painted for a client who is having it printed on to plates and hung on his kitchen wall. Hopefully I’ll have a photo of the finished product soon! Not something I would usually draw, but the colour combination was fun and it was interesting to paint something that wasn’t primarily fur/hair.

And this was a fun commission from the band Solution Hours for their EP Try Again. They wanted some of my classic “girls” in black and pink – just my cup of tea! They were drawn on my iPad using procreate. Can’t wait to see them in action.

 

 

Free Download: Fruity Iphone Wallpapers

Some fruity iPhone wallpapers for those missing the juicy colours of spring & summer.
Compatible with iPhones 6 – 8 & 6 plus – 8 plus. I made two different backgrounds, so choose whichever you prefer. Clicking should take you through to my Flickr, and they can be downloaded from there.

If you’re using these backgrounds, let me know, send me photos or use the hashtag #megsfreethings on twitter and instagram – I’d love to see them!

Enjoy x

Some Current Favourites




Harry and I visited London last month and found Boxpark in Shoreditch; a block of buildings with small shops, cafes and restaurants. We originally went because Harry has been desperate to try Voodoo Ray’s for years, but also found that the shops there are AMAZING! I had drooled over Papersmiths website on many an occasion, so when I walked past it I did a double take, squeaked and proceeded to float around the shop as if I was dreaming. I came out with some Koh-I-Noor pencils and an orange tote bag with “Rock Paper Scissors” printed on the front. I’ve been using it non stop as my everyday bag, and my sketchbook fits perfectly in the front pocket. Yes!

Now that Harry can drive we’ve been taking silly trips to places like Ikea purely because we weren’t able to before. My mission for the past few months has been to buy a Monstera Deliciosa (clearly so I can live out my Instagram apartment dreams HA), and when I found out that Ikea sell them, we were straight in the car and on our way! We spent an embarrassing amount of money, as you always seem to end up doing in Ikea, but came out with the important stuff – The monstera, and those chocolate layered crisp cookies that I HAVE to buy every time I’m there.

I’ve had an Apple Watch for a little while now, and its managing to get me off my bum and go running a couple of times a week! I’m still finding it weird and a bit clunky looking on my little wrist, but its definitely making me more active.

Finally, my new baby, the Fujifilm X-T2. My previous post went in to more detail about it so I won’t go in to it too much here, but I am seriously in love with it. I had been Saving up for a new camera for over a year now, and it felt super weird finally using that money to buy it, but its so good to finally have a camera that I can say I am 100% happy with and can see myself using for years and years to come!

Thats it for my current favourites! As soon as I notice I’m lovin’ on a handful of things I’ll be sure to do another one. Do you have/ have you tried any of these? What are you loving right now? Let me know in the comments! ♥

P.S: I have an Instagram account that features just my sketchbook pages, processes and finished pieces; check it out here – My other Instagram is going to be a bit more photo-based, with the occasionally photographed finished illustration piece dotted around.