Magnus the Cactus
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Cats Chameleon My best friend turned 21 this year and, being almost completely useless at buying gifts, I decided to draw her a picture. Weâ€™d recently had a conversation about the best characters in the film Tangled and her favourite by far was Pascal the Chameleon. So I drew her one of her own.
Magnus the Cactus My younger sister has two house plants. Jonesy (who is a cactus) and Wes (who is a Mexican Hat plant). At some point after Raechel gots hers a friend of hers also got some and she named them too. So when I adopted some of my own it seemed only right that I name mine. They became Magnus, Agnes and Angus. This is a drawing of Magnus the Cactus.
toucan do the can-can too! greeting card
For fun one day I decided to draw a toucan. I wasnâ€™t particularly enamoured with my first attempt so I drew toucans over and over again until I was happier. Eventually I did something I liked and the resulting drawings led to this project, where they became the theme to a set of illustrated items including 3 cards, a notebook, a bookmark and a giftwrap pattern. 7
I love animals. And so quite often they become the feature of my work. The Animal Portraits project is an ongoing thing that will hopefully allow me to get some of my animal madness out and let me get into drawing other things too. But then again considering the continuing amount of animal subject in my work, perhaps itâ€™s not working...
down on the farm Recently one of my lovely aunts sent me a pretty greetings card with a Puffin on it. Inside she wrote about the company it came from and how a friend of hers had sold them a few designs. She thought it would be a good place for me to try so this is my attempt at making a set of designs which I hope to send to them soon. The dog Iâ€™ve named Jess, the hens: Clarisse, Clover and Patty, the sheep: Doris and Enid, the pigs: Gladys and Poppy and the hare: Humprey.
Illustration Friday is an excellent website for the budding illustrator. It works like this: they publish a word on their website every friday and you have until the following friday to illustrate the word and upload it to the website. Itâ€™s a great opportunity to show off your work and to get into the practise of producing illustrations quickly. No more month or more length projects once youâ€™re not a student!
blackberry picking So the weather this summer has been peculiar, even by British standards and the sudden appearance of autumn got me thinking about what we used to do at this time of year when we were little. Blackberry Picking! We would pull on our wellies, grab a tub and a golf club (to pull down the higher branches) and
then run off into the fields. It was one of my favourite things to do at this time of year and it was great for our town bound friends too. We used to call it ‘Free Pudding Season’ and have lots of blackberry and apple crumbles and pies. The thing I remember most though is saying “two for me, one for the tub!” as I went. 13
Moving House Technically this piece shouldnâ€™t be in this issue, as I did it in August not September, but I wanted to include it anyway. Since leaving University Iâ€™ve moved back in with my parents and at the end of August we moved house. And this was the moving house card I created to post to our friends and family.
Hello! My name is Elly Carthy. I’m a freelance illustrator currently based in Leicestershire, England. Have a query? Job offer? Or just fancy a chat? You can reach me at: email@example.com E_Carthy Or: www.ellycarthy.co.uk ellycarthy.blogspot.com ellycarthy.tumblr.com
Ham For Breakfast is a showcase of the work I do each month, it’s a cross between a project summary, a portfolio and a magazine. I hope you’ve enjoyed it.