Monday 30 January 2012

Liebster Blog

A friend of mine just nominated me for an Liebster Blog award

Liebster is a German word meaning dearest, and the award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers.
If you receive it you should:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
3. Copy & paste the blog award on your blog
4. Reveal your 5 blog picks.
5. Let them know you chose them by leaving a comment on their blog.

Paolo is a brilliant illustrator and I would like to thank him very much for his nomination.

My five picks are:

Pins and Needles please - brilliant Claire Wood
MunchyPotato - Lovely Gary Nicholson
Jelly Elbows - fantastic Jen Bows
Louise Hubbard - Fab Louise Hubbard
This is Sparthur! - fabulous Stephen Arthur

Thursday 26 January 2012

Tim Sheaffer

I got 'Fashion Illustration Today' by Nicholas Drake out of the Library this week and it has sparked an interest in such illustrations. Here are a few illustrations I scanned by Tim Sheaffer, I think they're brilliant they have so much character.
I really love the ink work too.

Sunday 15 January 2012


I am not the most organised person in the world, one only has to look at my work space to know that (luckily you can't see it from here) so I have decided to make more of an effort. As I'm in my third and final year of uni not only are my landlords looking for tenants (so I need a tidy room for them) but I'm also going back to my parent's house this summer and have some how managed to hoard so badly that there might be the possibility of hiring a van to move out (not good!). So Over the next five months I have decided to set myself the challenge of A) keeping my room tidy. B) Downsizing by throwing out junk and giving stuff to charity and C) keeping my work organised.

Here is my first effort of C. Re-do my website. Please enjoy and let me know if there is anything horrendously wrong with it.

Elly Carthy Illustration

Friday 13 January 2012

Animal sketches again

Peter the Panda panders pompously

Cameron the Cassowary clambers clumsily

Cathy the Colobus chatters cheerily

Donald Debrazza de-bras Debra deftly

Edwin the Elephant eats elderberries with enormous efficiently

Gregory the Giraffe grumpily groans galloping glumly

Tuesday 10 January 2012

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

The Folio Society and House of Illustration have recently set up a competition to illustrate Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber and other stories. I love Folio Society books and was lucky enough to get their edition of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien for Christmas. So anyway the competition was to do a full single page illustration for three of the stories: The Bloody Chamber, Puss in Boots and The Company of Wolves. And also an idea for the binding design too. I really enjoyed this book and so here are the illustrations I did for it:
"Proud of his fine, white shirtfront that dazzles harmoniously against his orange and tangerine tessellations (oh! what a fiery suit of lights have I); proud of his bird-entrancing eye and more than military whiskers; proud, to a fault, some say, of his fine, musical voice." Puss in Boots
"He would tell them not to announce him, then soundlessly open the door and softly creep up behind me" The Bloody Chamber
"If you spy a naked man among the pines, you must run as if the Devil were after you." The Company of Wolves