Limited edition prints of my work are available from my Etsy shop, under the brand Tilly Rainbow. You can find them here
I've been publishing my own books since 2011. I love the democratising of publishing which allows any of us to publish a book easily and economically either to share our work or simply as a record for ourselves. The book cover photos link to Amazon.com. You can also see my books on Amazon.co.uk here
A relatively new project are my children's books. It seemed a natural progression to pair my illustrations with stories and, in the case of Wanda and the Wrong Spell an opportunity for my five year old granddaughter to be an important part of the process. Click on the books to purchase on Amazon. You can also see my books on Amazon.co.uk here
Several years ago a Facebook friend recommended a book on sketching by Danny Gregory. As a complete newcomer to art, I immediately bought the book and almost immediately rejected it. There was a RULE! Danny stipulated that no pencils were allowed! As a tentative sketcher, I constantly used a pencil so I could erase my shaky lines and restart. So the book languished in a corner for several months until I started hearing about the wonder that is Sketchbook Skool, founded by Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene. I enrolled for a Klass and was immediately hooked, wow..it was an eye opener. I learnt to ditch my pencil, to be brave and draw blind contours, to use lettering creatively, to draw stories and cartoons. I learnt to be less judgemental, enjoy the process and quieten down my inner monkey, the critic. All this plus the support and encouragement of a wonderful community of artists and teachers.
Photoshop artistry, digital art, composite art, fine art photography - call it what you will, this is my collection of photographs, paintings and sketches that have been digitally manipulated/enhanced. Some photographs are images from stock photography websites such as Unsplash or Pixabay or model websites such as Colby Files, some are my own photos. Overlays, filters and embellishments are mostly content from the Photoshop Artistry, Awake! and Kaiser Project courses that I've been following for the last couple of years. More of my work can be seen here at Artboja.
Drawing faces, in graphite or pen, is another passion. I regularly take part in the 29 Faces meme, which happens every February and September on Facebook. I use the Sktchy app where people generously share their faces to be drawn by artists and I sometimes dream up my own, self-imposed challenge, as with 100 Faces. Draw a face every day for 100 days.
Another self-imposed project which grew from an idea in the Kaizen Project (an offshoot of Photoshop Artistry) of donating art to help charitable causes. I started with a couple of dog portraits for a rescue centre which grew into 40 dogs in 40 days. I published the resulting images in book form. The idea was to combine my 'analogue' sketches with digital embellishments and overlays.
Patterns and products
Lately, I've been captivated by surface pattern design, producing purpose-designed graphics or converting existing designs into patterns. These are then able to be printed on garments and objects such as phone cases and mugs. I'm using the print on demand site, Redbubble to produce these items. You can see my store here.