Amelia's Magazine http://www.ameliasmagazine.com Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:12:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.33 Magisk Gryning by Hanna Karlzon: Exclusive Interview and Worldwide Giveaway http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/art/magisk-gryning-by-hanna-karlzon-exclusive-interview-and-worldwide-giveaway/2017/02/08/ http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/art/magisk-gryning-by-hanna-karlzon-exclusive-interview-and-worldwide-giveaway/2017/02/08/#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:07:09 +0000 http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/?p=88733 Magisk Gryning Giveaway copy
Magisk Gryning Guðrún Þóra Gunnarsdóttir
Guðrún Þóra Gunnarsdóttir

It’s no great secret that I’m a massive fan of Hanna Karlzon‘s wonderful drawings, so I’m thrilled to share my latest catch up, wherein she talks about her new book Magisk Gryning, a magical exploration of all things otherworldly. Best of all, I have managed to secure a chance for you to win your very own copy, and the giveaway is open WORLDWIDE, so if you are still eagerly awaiting it’s release in your country this is your chance to get Magical Dawn, as it is to be called for the English speaking market… just read to the bottom to find out how… and enjoy the wonderful coloured pages from the book on your way (colourists credited below each one.)

Magisk Gryning Claire Eadie
Claire Eadie

Magisk Gryning Zuzana Hánová
Suzana Hánová

Magisk Gryning Tímea Kalakai
Tímea Kalakai

How do you start the creative process each day – for example do you lay out all your implements, or do you start with research for that particular project?
Well making colouring books is a long process, at least for me. It takes me about 5 months to complete a colouring book so I just take it day by day not to get overwhelmed with the amount of work. I try to make one page a day but since I also make all the layout design for my books myself; some weeks I work a lot by my computer and some weeks I only use pen and paper and draw. It’s a mix. And I have my office that I go to every day so I just pick up where I left the day before. I mostly start my days answering emails and messages and taking a look at my Facebook and Instagram and after that I listen to music or podcasts and draw, draw, draw. When I work with the coloring books many days contain the same kind of work, since it’s about 100 drawings that I need to make, but luckily it never gets boring, at least not yet anyways. ;)

Magisk Gryning Stina Gustavsson
Stina Gustavsson

Magisk Gryning Siv Stenseth
Siv Stenseth

Magisk Gryning Sirpa Seppälä
Sirpa Seppälä

Magisk Gryning Liz Moore 2
Liz Moore

What are your favourite motifs to draw at the moment and why?
Well I love to draw people and jewels, crowns and all things that sparkle. I don’t really know why, maybe because its something that you can alter and change every time, there are no rules or regulations, I just draw whatever comes to mind. But it’s also fun to draw birds, and mushrooms, and flowers and I like to mix it up, one day I draw a really detailed illustration with lots and lots of stuff everywhere and the next day I draw something more simple and clean. I need to mix it up like that to make it fun for myself in the work process, but I also think it’s good because that gives my books a diversity of illustrations, a range, from quite hard and detaild pages to easier more simple pages and I know a lot of people like that. Somedays you just want to color something small and simple, like a beetle maybe, and other days you just want to go all in on a big detailed spread, and it’s the same for me, somedays I go simple and somedays I go all in. 

Magisk Gryning Péťa Luky Ratajovi
Péťa Lukt Ratajovi

Magisk Gryning Megan Silcox
Megan Silcox

Magisk Gryning Maria Ronessen Pain
Maria Ronessen Pain

Magisk Gryning Maria Ludvigsen
Maria Ludvigsen

Do you have any current plans beyond colouring books? (for instance further products featuring the images from your books?) I know you’ve been very tied up but your work has become so very popular that I imagine you must have plans for the future! 
Well before I started making colouring books I made a lot ot pattern design, for fabric, wallpaper etc and I would love to go back and work more with that in the future. I miss making patterns! 
And not many may know this but when I started my own business my main focus then was to sew and screen print clothes with my own designs. I made tank tops, leggings, scarfs, totebags and other stuff and sold them in my own webshop. After a while though I started to focus on just designing the prints and that lead me to making illustrations and patterns instead (to cut a long story short) but I miss screen printing and I would really like to start doing that again too. And yes, talking about my webshop, I plan to get it up and running again sometime this year, kind of a re-launch since it has been dozing for a year or two whilst I have been super busy with my books. So, there are many things I want to do but as usual I don’t know what I will end up doing, I just go with the flow. ;)

Magisk Gryning Margo Daniels
Margo Daniels

Magisk Gryning Liz Moore
Liz Moore

Magisk Gryning Lucy Fyles
Lucy Fyles

Magisk Gryning Maja Bergsten
Maja Bergsten

Did you learn anything specific from your research for Magisk Gryning and if so what?
I don’t know if I could say that I do a lot of research when I make a book. I just draw what pops up in my head but I always try to have a local, northern Sweden, feeling in my illustrations, I try to use the animals, flowers and elements of nature that can be found here, where I live. But yes I space out sometimes, we don’t have mushrooms with stars on them or squirrels that run around with little jackets on but you know what I mean, the core of my inspiration will always be my home and the nature around me. 

Magisk Gryning Linda Russo
Linda Russo

Magisk Gryning Kicki Rolandsson
Kicki Rolandsson

Magisk Gryning Jenny Ågren
Jenny Ågren

Magisk Gryning Jennifer Lyons
Jennifer Lyons

Have you learnt anything from the fans in your Facebook groups and on instagram and if so what?
Well yes, I have learned that creativity is something we all need, regardless of where in the world we live, it is a common ground that makes us meet and come together regarding of age, nationality, gender etc. We all need to express ourselves and colouring books are a great way of doing that. Seeing the coloring community growing every day and all the new friendships that are being made online is truly super amazing! 

Magisk Gryning Hazel Smithies
Hazel Smithies

Magisk Gryning Ingrid Rockx
Ingrid Rockx

Magisk Gryning Julianna Blumenthal Kahn
Julianna Blumenthal Kahn

Magisk Gryning Elzelina Kriek-Breet
Elzelina Kriek-Breet

Can you tell us more about your new hobbies, including root binding – how does it work? It’s not something I’m very familiar with! What makes it so engaging?
Root binding is something I have been doing for about a year and a half. It’s a really old handicraft that you can use to make items like boxes, bowls and jewellery from thin birch roots. It is really, really time consuming, it takes hours and hours to make a small bowl but it’s so much fun. You gather the roots in the forest in spring/summer and then you can store them all dried up and when you want to use a root you put it in water and after a while it gets all soft and you can use it for your craft. And it’s something special working with your hands, creating something that you can see and touch, and since I have never fallen for knitting or crochet, like so many others have, I have really found something in root binding. And I love the fact that you use something as natural as roots for your work and that’s it, nothing else, just roots. It’s just old school, back to basics and that just strikes a chord in my history nerd heart.

Magisk Gryning Grisell Martinez
Grisell Martinez

Magisk Gryning Doerte Ef
Doerte Ef

Magisk Gryning Christy Whetten
Christy Whetten

Magisk Gryning Anita Malkhandi
Anita Malkhandi

As always it’s a pleasure to catch up with you and I can’t wait to see your new book TideVarv, good luck with finishing it off!
Thank you all for supporting me and my work!! /Hanna 

Magisk Gryning Beth Oram
Beth Oram

Magisk Gryning Ann-Sofie Younis
Ann-Sofie Younis

Magisk Gryning Angela E. Colagross
Angela E. Colagross

Magisk Gryning Aline Ferreira
Aline Ferreira

Magisk Gryning Agnes Perger
Agnes Perger

Magisk Gryning Robyn Lipner
Robyn Lipner

Magisk Gryning Marianne Lindahl
Marianne Lindahl

Magisk Gryning Е. Я.
Е. Я.

Magisk Gryning is currently only available for international buyers from Penstore, but shipping costs have gone up recently, so be warned! Many thanks to the awesome colourists of the Facebook group Daydreams Colouring (fans of Hanna Karlzon, Dagdrömmar and Sommarnatt) Why not join the group yourself?

To be in with a chance to win a copy of Magisk Gryning visit my Facebook Page for Amelia’s Magazine here and be sure to leave a comment before midnight on Sunday 26th February 2016 (GMT). Open Worldwide. Good luck!

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The Best Christmas Indie Tunes of 2016: Listen to them all HERE! http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/music/the-best-christmas-indie-tunes-of-2016-listen-to-them-all-here/2016/12/22/ http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/music/the-best-christmas-indie-tunes-of-2016-listen-to-them-all-here/2016/12/22/#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2016 22:38:09 +0000 http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/?p=88721 hannah-epperson-christmas-tune
It’s nearly Christmas so it must be time for my annual round up of beautiful, interesting, weird and fantastical seasonal tunes, many located this year via Twitter. If you’re reading this in years to come, do get in touch and tell me about your tune so I can include it! That’s what San Diego band Pony Death Ride did a few months back.


Nothing Beats Old People at Christmas was actually released last year and features in the Pony Death Ride annual Christmas show. Look away if you are easily offended, it takes a kooky (and not entirely generous) look at those always tricky family dynamics. Boy can I relate.


Moving on, Low have come up with a gorgeous lilting song that celebrates friendship, Some Hearts (at Christmas Time). I appreciate my true friends more than ever at this time of year.


I love this song by LA based electro singer songwriter Andrew Belle. Back For Christmas is featured on A Very RELEVANT Christmas, Vol. 6, for cool young Christians.


Released in aid of Human Appeal, Christmas Number One (On My Own) by the Raglans continues in the grand tradition of charity singles. It’s a plea to consider the plight of others, with proceeds going to help people in war torn areas. A worthy cause if ever there was one.


An Old Fashioned Christmas Song by Les Bicyclettes de Belsize is a jaunty tune.


If you love your 80s vibes you’ll love You Bring the Snow by The Crookes, complete with fake retro video and subtitles. Dance along to it after one too many sherries.


Featuring an eerily similar knowingly retro video, Christmas Without Snow is by Neon Dreams from Canada. It sounds a bit rave, and more than a bit like Coldplay.


For more 80s electro vibes look no further than This Fucking Time Of Year by Charles Cave, this time with original 80s footage from a family Christmas in Pennsylvania. He says “I think it is every musician’s duty to have a stab at a Christmas song, if only once. The festive season is full of all the emotions that fuel the best songwriting at all other times of the year, so digging into those complicated family dynamics, the bleak weather, the reflecting of the year gone by can be hugely inspiring for an emotive pop song.”

All these 80s vibes resonate with me because I was a child of the 80s, and I also spent quite a few Christmases in the USA, so it all feels (un)comfortably familiar. At one time we lived on a road fondly nicknamed Christmas Tree Lane, where each house competed for extravagant Christmas decorations in the front gardens. We never drew the curtains and I remember that at dinner time I felt like I was living in a dolls house with crowds of people peering in. But I digress…


The Stars Are Made Of Mistletoe is a typical indie Christmas tune by Maylee Todd & Steve Singh, featuring cutesy female vocals and sleigh bells.


Best Coast have released this lovely Beach Boys-esque holiday tune, Christmas and Everyday, which features in the movie An American Girl Story – Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas.

An exciting new discovery for me this year is the second annual playlist compilation available exclusively from Amazon Music on Prime. Indie for the Holidays features some absolute corkers, some of which are listed below.

Los Campesinos! contribute When Christmas Comes (Boxing Day Version).

I love the sweetly harmonising voices of Joseph in Sister Winter.

Hear Holiday Road by Tennis here:

There are also a few good tunes available on Amazon from their Acoustic Christmas playlist:

Trampled by Turtles sing about Christmas In Prison.

Train contribute I Miss You, Christmas.

Jon McDevitt takes on the mysteries of Father Christmas in his new single, featuring a driving beat and jaunty fiddle. A bittersweet reflection on the real nature of Santa. Listen here as it can’t be streamed elsewhere.


Emma-Lee gives us a sparkling pop song with It Won’t Be Christmas, which owes more than a little debt to Mariah Carey.


Natalie Prass takes a lo-fi approach to the video for Everybody’s Having Fun (It’s Christmas Time) – an ode to the troubled world we find ourselves living in and the difficulty many are having in getting into the Christmas spirit this year.

I absolutely adore this echo-ey electro-pop version of the ancient carol O Holy Night by Nat Jay + Cookie Cartel. Listen to O Holy Night here.


Lastly, Hannah Epperson gives us an experimental Christmas tune in the form of White Flag, which she describes as her “post-apocalyptic Christmas single”, here paired with her simplified version of White Christmas.

With thanks to Andrea Warner for my Canadian finds. Read her original article here. I hope you enjoy listening to these alternative Christmas ditties! A very Merry Christmas all xxx

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Alexander Ward: Ayahuasca Jungle Visions – How an Adult Colouring Book is Made http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/art/alexander-ward-ayahuasca-jungle-visions-how-an-adult-colouring-book-is-made/2016/11/16/ http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/art/alexander-ward-ayahuasca-jungle-visions-how-an-adult-colouring-book-is-made/2016/11/16/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2016 21:11:10 +0000 http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/?p=88696 ayahuasca-giveaway-alexander ward

Artist Alexander Ward introduces us to his very unique adult colouring book, Ayahuasca Jungle Visions, inspired by his trips to the Amazon Jungle, and the Ayahuasca rituals he has taken part in. At the bottom find out how you can sign up to download your free page from the book and be in with a chance to win one of 3 signed copies he is kindly giving away.

How did you get first get into colouring books?
I had people recommending I get into them long before I picked one up. They kept saying it would suit my art style, but hearing about colouring books again for the first time since childhood, it was hard to take it too seriously! So I went on my merry way for a couple years, working in the animation industry and trying (and failing) to work on my own graphic novel based on my experiences in the Amazon Jungle. A year later, the publishers Divine Arts, (who were interested in my graphic novel) offered the suggestion of utilising assets from my graphic novel for a colouring book. When you keep getting pointed a certain direction enough times, it’s time to start investigating! I picked up loads of colouring books and I immediately understood it; if only I had listened sooner!

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There was no creative struggle, I knew immediately how mine would look and I created a pitch document and sample illustrations to show my publishers; it was a hit and I started work on the full book right away. I ended up pouring a lot more dedication into it than was planned. It didn’t end up being something that was simply ‘utilising assets’ from my graphic novel, but where each page was a bespoke labour of love. In hindsight, I think I actually went a little overboard with it. Throughout the 9 months working 12 hours a day non stop, all I wanted to do was colour the book myself! So I’m incredibly happy to have the printed book and be able to finally colour all the pages.

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What is your favourite image in your Ayahuasca Jungle Visions colouring book and why?
My favourite page in my book would be the page titled ‘Interconnected’. It is one of the first pages in the book, while being the last page I personally illustrated. It was the most complex page and the one I was racing towards throughout the production of the book. The most difficult page to create, the final hurdle in finishing the book. I wanted this page to set the tone for the rest of the book. Both the writing and the illustration is an opening prayer of intention. The page represents the connection to the feminine spirit of Pachamama and all her creations in one fluid movement. We are all connected.

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What is your work process when you create a colouring page?
With this book in particular, I first wrote the script as well as a description for each of the pages. While minimal, there is a story throughout the book to tie each of the pages together into a flow, so it is more than a random assortment of illustrations only tied by a ‘theme’. After this I created very small and rough thumbnail sketches of each page; this allowed me to see all the images together. I created more than I needed, and went through the process reducing the page count from around 60 to 45, cutting out the pages that were not integral to the narrative throughout the book. I illustrated each page with a drawing tablet on the computer, but it is all hand drawn, I simply use a digital pen as opposed to an ink one. It allows me to zoom in close and get the line art to be a lot cleaner and tighter than I otherwise would, something I feel is important for a colouring book.

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To draw each of the pages I used the program ‘Clip Studio Paint’. It is a program used for illustrating comic book pages. I highly recommend it for anyone who hand draws digitally. So what I would do for a page is take the thumbnail illustration, blow it up large and proceed to create a more refined sketch over the top. My way of drawing is to start with almost a scribble of an idea, and constantly refine it more and more until fully realised. As if it begins as a blurry image and it slowly becomes full of clarity.

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To create a more refined sketch took between between 2-3 days. Each page ranges in complexity, this was purposeful, to provide a range of pages to different skill levels of colourists, so some pages took a lot longer to create than others.

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After I finished the refined sketch. I then created another layer (sheet of paper) and traced over the sketch to create a very clean version of the drawing. This process also took between 2-3 days depending on the complexity of the page. All together, it was around a week per page from rough thumbnail to final page. A consistent schedule and ritual I kept to over a 9(ish) month period.

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What is your personal experience of Ayahuasca? (do you have one!)
I had been journeying to the Amazon Jungle frequently over a 4 year period. Traditions that still practised with Ayahuasca as a tool for healing the community were the cultures most connected to nature, and the ones I wanted to learn from. Ayahuasca is a very sacred medicine to them, our own culture has a very difficult time understanding that which it has grown very far away from. England’s own shamanic origins (even using that word conjures in the mind false preconceptions) are being rediscovered, but it is really the Amazon cultures that have held onto the sacred relationship with nature and plant medicines that keeps the fire of this knowledge alive.


One family in particular I stayed with deep in the Jungle; The Father, his Wife and Brother were Shaman, and were often visited by many people seeking healing through the Ayahuasca medicine, performing many ceremonies for these people seeking healing. I sat in many of these ceremonies, also taking part myself. Part of this book was about articulating the teachings that Ayahuasca taught me, and which was part of the culture around this Shamanic family. The words, imagery, come from that culture, where the Ayahuasca is a key element, binding together the community. It is a complex topic, which is why I have released many videos discussing the topic on my Youtube channel.

What has been the biggest learning curve in creating and publishing your colouring book?
The mental journey of creating a book. It’s an emotional roller coaster, putting all your heart and energy into a single project for a year. The mental strength required to stay on course, to remain dedicated to finishing an enormous amount of work without losing hope that it will be finished or overwhelmed by the amount of work, or frightened because you’re not being paid for all this work and you still got to pay the bills. The process of drawing each page is simple enough if you have the training, you just need patience. To quiet the critical mind and remain motivated; It is this unseen journey people don’t see, but I think every author will understand being the biggest learning curve.


Flip through from Colour with Claire.

How did you hook up with your publisher Divine Arts?
Divine Arts contacted me a couple of years prior to starting on this book. I put out a lot of free content online such as videos on Youtube talking about my experiences in the Jungle. The owners at Divine Arts had come across these videos and they liked the content so much they gave me a phone call asking if I was putting any of these ideas into a book for publishing. We met and I talked and showed them the concepts I had been creating for a graphic novel based on my experiences in the Jungle; created in comic book sequential art style, it would illustrate these mystical experiences in the Jungle better than a written novel or single piece of artwork. They loved the idea, but there was not enough content to publish or create a contract at that early stage; so I went away to work more on it, as much as I could while still maintaining full-time employment. I was having trouble with various aspects of the project and it was difficult to get moving.

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Sometimes you need to understand when a project’s time has not yet come, and it’s better to work on something else. This is when the suggestion came from Divine Arts about using some of the work I created for a colouring book. Before I had dismissed the colouring book idea, but now it all seemed to click into place, especially after going out and buying a bunch of colouring books and finally understanding the appeal and how well suited it would be to my art style.

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I could use this opportunity to grasp the intricacies of publishing a book, with a project that, while a massive investment, was still not as large an investment as my graphic novel. I’ve learnt through this process that it’s important not to go for the massive project first, as you will struggle with it and become discouraged. It is far better to begin with a more manageable project and finish it. To finish a project is what is important.

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Sign up here to receive your free colouring page from Ayahuasca Jungle Visions here. Be in with a chance to win a copy of this book: just visit my Facebook Page for Amelia’s Magazine here and be sure to comment before midnight on 30th November 2016 (GMT). Open Worldwide. Good luck!

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Impossible Project: Polaroid is Resurrected with Instant Art http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/art/impossible-project-polaroid-is-resurrected-with-instant-art/2016/11/11/ http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/art/impossible-project-polaroid-is-resurrected-with-instant-art/2016/11/11/#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:14:02 +0000 http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/?p=88679 jacob-spriggs-infinite-field-6-copy
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Jacob Spriggs, Infinite Field.

Eight years ago Impossible Project rescued and refurbished the last Polaroid factory in the Netherlands and have since become pioneers themselves in the world of instant film with the launch of their I-1 camera in July of this year.

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Urizen Freaza, Tempus fugit

This winter, the Impossible Project Lab is hosting an exhibition, which will feature a selection of works that explore the meanings and potential of instant photography as an ever-evolving art form. Instant Art includes photos that reveal the beauty of instant film’s unique limitations, then question, disrupt and deconstruct these limitations. The exhibition is a look at what can be achieved when you step outside the original white frame, to capture more than just a moment in time.

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Christopher Manning

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Andrea Pozzuoli

The latest exhibition at Impossible’s Berlin space proves that a photo doesn’t have to be a final, finished object – it can be a starting point for painting, drawing, collage or sheer, joyous destruction. Photos have been submerged or burned, scratched, scribbled or stitched on, cut up and put back together. Each one gives the viewer a new way to frame the world, revealing hidden truths in unexpected ways.

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Wisse Ankersmit

The evening is also set to feature creative works on instant film by artists including Ani Asvazadurian, Christopher Manning, Urizen Freaza, Wisse Ankersmit and more.

Impossible Project is open from November 17th until December 3rd at The Impossible Project Lab, 87 Potsdamer Strasse, Berlin 10785, Germany. Find out more here.

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Pick Me Up 2016: A Round Up of My Favourite Finds http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/art/pick-me-up-2016-a-round-up-of-my-favourite-finds/2016/11/09/ http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/art/pick-me-up-2016-a-round-up-of-my-favourite-finds/2016/11/09/#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2016 10:26:59 +0000 http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/?p=88605 aart-jan-venema-pick-me-up-3
Pick Me Up 2016 took place earlier this year, and although I shared my best picks of the show on instagram I never got around to posting anything on Amelia’s Magazine. So here, a mere half year down the line, are my favourite finds. Enjoy!

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Marie Jacotey is a French artist exploring what it means to be a girl.

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George Douglas works in a pop art collage style. He is based in Scotland.

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I love the folk art influenced pictures depicting jaunty “sapeurs” by Brighton based Camilla Perkins.

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Beautiful, simple, evocative ink paintings by Alice Bowsher.

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Fantastical bright new work by Jack Sachs takes a look at our anatomy.

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I really loved detailed paintings by Aart-Jan Venema, who lives in The Hague, Netherlands.

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Lenticular madness from Julian Glander, eye popping colours and surreal arrangements.

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Please excuse the glare on this fab painting of pottery by Charlotte Mei (always a favourite).

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Isabel & Helen is a creative partnership specialising in set design and interactive installations.

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Eliza Tulip created this image for Anorak Magazine, always a great place to check out illustration talent.

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A beautiful stand from Peso Press.

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Mr Penfold for Grey Jam Press.

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Cuckoo’s Nest was a collaborative exhibition between Beach London and The Museum of British Folklore, featuring specially created work by a number of well known artists alongside pieces from the museum’s collections. Above is a Mr Punch cutout doll by Liam Barrett.

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I love this vintage fireworks poster.

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This piece by Alec Doherty was inspired by the tradition of Haxey Hood.

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Longsword dancing by Gaurab Thakali.

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More Longsword Dancing by Rob Flowers.

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Love the detail in this piece by Studio Muti, a creative studio in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Artist beer mat designs.

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The artist known as Megamunden is based in Brighton – creating tattoo inspired artworks such as this. He is perhaps best known for his awesome tattoo inspired colouring book.

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Lovely ceramics from the Clay Collective, who share a studio space in Hackney Downs Studios, East London. I love the direction Joe Rogers (who formerly created illustrations for Amelia’s Magazine) has taken with his stunning ceramics under the name Colourbox.

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These are by Clay Collective founding member Sophie Alda.

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This is one of a series of conceptual children’s books by Emily Rand, published by Hato Press.

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Lovely work by Jack Taylor. Two by Four is an artist book featuring a colourful house construction, also published by Hato Press.

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Yes! hand painted sign by Daisy Emerson at Best.

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Palm trees by print and graphic designer Felicity Marshall.

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Fantastic work by Claire Powell, whose work features in my colouring book, Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion. Love her anthropomorphised animals including cherries having a hug :)

All of these images first appeared on my instagram feed @ameliagregory – make sure you follow me there or on twitter to see my art finds first! (and in a slightly more timely manner…)

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What Emmeline Wore In October http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/art/what-emmeline-wore-in-october/2016/11/03/ http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/art/what-emmeline-wore-in-october/2016/11/03/#comments Thu, 03 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/?p=88591 what-emmeline-wore-in-october-fashion-illustration-blog
This month I’ve challenged myself to draw my entire outfit for each day in October! ‘What Emmeline Wore In October’ is an illustrated take on ‘outfit of the day’ and ‘what I wore’ posts you so often see on fashion and lifestyle blogs.

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As a freelance illustrator, I’m a huge advocate of daily illustration challenges, I think they’re really valuable in finding out what it is that you actually like to draw – as well as improving your illustration work, learning new techniques and kick-starting your motivation in all areas of your creativity.

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I ran a Summer edition (What Emmeline Wore In July) last year and collaborated with some incredible brands like Boden, Orla Kiely and Cath Kidston on the project, and this year I’ve teamed up with the likes of Fat Face, Oasis and Joules to bring a bit of extra excitement to the project!

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Any daily illustration challenge is tricky, it can be really hard to wake up at the weekend and realise you need to head to your computer to work, or wear something a little more presentable than pjs! But the benefits have definitely outweighed the occasional gruellingness of it, and I’ve had amazing support for the series so far.

You can find the full series of illustrations on my blog (www.emmelineillustration.blogspot.com) or by using the hashtag #wewio on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or Instagram where I’m @emmelinedraws.

About Emmeline:
Emmeline Pidgen is a freelance illustrator creating books, graphic novels, editorial and advertising illustration from a studio in the North West of England.

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Drawlloween Artist Discovery: Lydia Jean Art http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/art/drawlloween-artist-discovery-lydia-jean-art/2016/11/01/ http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/art/drawlloween-artist-discovery-lydia-jean-art/2016/11/01/#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2016 18:47:34 +0000 http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/?p=88581 lydia-jean-art-drawlloween-2
And here’s my final Drawlloween 2016 discovery: Illustrator and dog enthusiast Lydia Jean created this cute series. I love the way she has settled on such a sparse colour palette, which works really well with her simple lines. She sells “Dope Illustrations Handmade with Love” on Etsy here, and I believe these images will be available as prints shortly.

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Drawlloween Artist Discovery: Mr. Walters of Nerfect Novelties http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/art/drawlloween-artist-discovery-mr-walters-of-nerfect-novelties/2016/11/01/ http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/art/drawlloween-artist-discovery-mr-walters-of-nerfect-novelties/2016/11/01/#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2016 10:53:31 +0000 http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/?p=88570 mr-walters-drawlloween-3
Well, Drawlloween 2016 has come to a close. Here is my “Trick ‘r Treat” piece.

It’s All Hallows’ Day and possibly my last Drawlloween discovery is the art of Mr. Walters of Nerfect Novelties, based out of Illinois in the USA. I can’t find out much about him, and the stuff he sells on Etsy seems quite different in flavour, but I just adore his painterly narrative pictures for Halloween. I think perhaps the stuff he writes to accompany his images describes his personality somewhat, and I love the way he presents them on a sparkly background. Oh, and all his artworks are for sale at just $40 each – contact him via social media to find out how you can buy one. Wonderful!

Follow Mr. Walters on instagram, Facebook and twitter.

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According to the Drawlloween 2016 calendar, today was “Call of C’Thursday.” That of course, is a reference to the ancient one, Cthulhu. Happy C’Thursday, Cthulhu!

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Today’s Mab’s Drawlloween Club assignment was “Cult Costume.” Luckily I’ve been designing the vestments for my new UFO space-love secret society.

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What ho ol’ specter! It’s my “ghosts” piece for Mab’s Drawlloween Club.

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‘Twas “Skulls & Skeletons” for Drawlloween 2016, so this appeared. I’ve found that I can’t play loosey-goosey with the singularity or plurality of an assignment title, thus the numerous skulls and skeletons.

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Drawlloween Artist Discovery: James Mason Art http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/art/drawlloween-artist-discovery-james-mason-art/2016/10/31/ http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/art/drawlloween-artist-discovery-james-mason-art/2016/10/31/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2016 11:31:06 +0000 http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/?p=88555 james-mason_drawlloween_pumpkin
Whenever I check out the Drawlloween hashtag I keep coming back to James Mason – a designer and illustrator based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA. I love the way he has stuck to such a tight style and colour palette for his Halloween themed pictures, which look amazing viewed on instagram altogether.

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Inktober Artist Discovery: Denisse López http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/art/inktober-artist-discovery-denisse-lopez/2016/10/27/ http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/art/inktober-artist-discovery-denisse-lopez/2016/10/27/#comments Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:11:49 +0000 http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/?p=88542 denisse-lopez-inktober-witch
Denisse López is another talented artist from El Salvador, specialising in cute characters with a magical touch. I haven’t been able to find out much about her but I thought her lovely illustrations deserve to be enjoyed by a wider audience. You can follow her on instagram here.

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Magic Potion

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Self-portrait

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Lady Werewolf

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Witch

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Haunted House

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