November 27, 2013
So this is what I’ve been up until 3 o’clock in the morning doing! I wanted to bring my website up to date a bit, so I took down all the old work that doesn’t really represent my style anymore and gave the whole thing a bit of an overhaul. It’s not a masterpiece of coding or anything but hopefully it’ll do the job. It should tie in better with the self-promo packs I was in the middle of designing when I decided to do this as well…
Seeing as I’ve been working on this long past the point where I should probably have gone to sleep, there might be some mistakes – can anyone see any? I know the ‘links’ thing and the ‘other’ portfolio section don’t exist, I’ll get round to them at some point! Visit it at www.aimeelockwood.co.uk and see how badly I’ve messed it up!
November 25, 2013
Based on the book ‘A Tale For the time Being’ by Ruth Ozeki, which I’ve just finished reading and which has made me want to become a Buddhist nun when I grow up.
In it a Hello Kitty lunchbox washes up on the shore of a Canadian island, where it is found by Ruth, a writer – inside is the journal of a 16 year old Japanese schoolgirl, written a decade earlier. I guess it’s a book about the way the written word transcends time.
Anyway I wanted to draw a picture based on it, so I’ve shoehorned it in to this week’s Illustration Friday topic!
November 19, 2013
The sparrow got bored of being the dowdiest bird in the garden, so it came up with a crafty solution!
I’ve made this and a few other prints available to buy as prints on my Society 6 shop, here: http://society6.com/aimee_lockwood I think I’ve had an account there for a long time, but I got a bit confused and gave up on it. Now I’m having another go! Here are some of the other items available to order, I don’t think I’ve posted them here before:
That’s about it for now – I’ll keep adding pictures there as I do them because it’s a pretty low maintenance way of selling prints, even if it doesn’t make me much money. I’m not going to put any of my older pictures on there unless someone requests them as a print, so let me know if there’s anything from the distant past that you want to buy and I’ll make it available!
October 28, 2013
The book I’ve been working on lately is set north of Inverness, so I’ve tried to take inspiration from Pictish carvings when drawing the animals in it. Here are a few of the spot illustrations from Roundabout Rabbits, which should be published soon!
And a sneaky look at the cover…
October 26, 2013
The really bad one… Christmas! I made my rare-scottish-wildlife themed Christmas drawings into Christmas cards, so you can send them to people if you like. You can buy them on Etsy here.
The greyhound cards that I made last year and never got around to putting online are up on Etsy too now! Progress.
October 24, 2013
EVERYBODY PANIC! A wave of DEADLY spiders has INVADED the UK!! VENOMOUS false widow spiders have KILLED… well, nobody. But they gave a man a nasty BRUISE!!! AAAAARGH!!!!
And they’re making fraudulent benefit claims. Probably.
Meanwhile in Australia:
Just a stupid scribble for Illustration Friday this week, because spider hysteria is amusing me and it kind of fits the theme (but I don’t really have time to do anything better)!
October 19, 2013
But I’m already feeling a bit Christmassy. So here’s some festive rare Scottish wildlife hiding in a Christmas tree to make you feel depressed/excited (delete as appropriate) about the incoming holiday season. Yay!
October 14, 2013
The second of the three picture books I’ve been working on with author Janet Killeen, The Moonlight Foxes, is now out and available to buy on Amazon! I received my copy in the post today, here’s a few snaps:
The third book is well on the way now as well. I’m not going to know what to do with myself once these are finished!
October 13, 2013
These are just a few hasty scribbles from my recent trip to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea area; they might not be very legible and I scanned them with an iPhone app (Turboscan) so the quality is a bit weird, but to be honest I can’t really be bothered to edit them all properly. So here you are:
The Western Wall is divided by a fence that keeps female worshippers separate from the men, which kind of pens the women off into a small corner. Women are banned from praying vocally, wearing prayers shawls/tefillin, and reading aloud from the Torah there – a group called the Women of the Wall meet there often to defy the rules and challenge this prevailling sexism. I stayed in the central area and drew pictures because that kind of rubbish really annoys me.
I didn’t do much drawing in the old city, beautiful as it is, because a lot of it is kind of chaotic. The first day we walked there we were pinned into a corner by a group of singing Americans carrying a giant wooden cross – they were then pinned against the same wall by a large truck which was driving through the tour groups and down the narrow stairs to the market. I put my sketchbook away then!
Views of the city from the ramparts.
Jerusalem is known as the “city of cats” because of the thousands of feral animals that live on its streets – the story goes that they were introduced by the British to control the city’s rat problem, but who knows if that’s really true. People seem pretty friendly towards them generally and I saw more than one machine gun-carrying soldier feeding them cat biscuits. My particular favourite was the black and white cat-that-looks-like-hitler, who was unfortunately begging for food at the Yad Vashem holocaust memorial. Oops.
Tmol Shilshom bookshop cafe in Jerusalem
Views of the city from the Tower of David museum. You can just about see the Separation Wall along the green line from up there, one of the only signs of Israel’s political problems that we really noticed (apart from the erratic opening hours at the Dome of the Rock and the blatant racial profiling at security gates).
Ibexes at Ein Gedi nature reserve, near the Dead Sea.
It’s a whole 20 degrees colder here than it was in Tel Aviv when we left. Oh well.