Tuesday, 17 March 2015

...bee's little butterfly video

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... Well, I had a go at making a little video ... my lovely Agent Jennifer asked me to come up with something for this months agency newsletter so this is what materialised!...I spent lots of time fiddling about, drawing and re-drawing! It's a bit tricky doing that whilst looking down your viewfinder at the same time! Anyway, it's a bit wobbly and ends a bit quick-ish but it was fun to do. I also made a little border to go round it because the video came out a little dark (I was trying for a 'look through the keyhole' type effect!), but my skills aren't up to combining the two on the blog (well, at ALL come to that!!)...but you can see it all put together by a very clever person here if you fancy a look! Thanks for stopping by! xox

Thursday, 5 February 2015

colour at the fair...

 ... I popped along to the Spring Fair today (it's been running since last Sunday & happens every February at the NEC just outside of Birmingham) for a bit of a peek at what will be in the shops soon and to get some inspiration...The show is huge, lots of fun and packed with all sorts of amazing products from Greetings Cards to Homewares, and from Children's Books and Toys to Christmas Holiday trends... Whilst I was there I took a few sneaky pics of some lovely things I saw (I definitely want one of those embroidered lamps!) and thought you might like to see a bit of what's what... As far as trends go, I noticed that there were lots of natural products around, especially those in wood, and also that owls and woodland animals are still big news. There was lots of lovely strong, bold colour and some fab geometrics too. Enjoy! x





Monday, 2 February 2015

print and pattern...

...a lovely hip-hip-hurray and thank you to Marie Perkins over on Print and Pattern today... She has written a fab article on my incredible new agent Jennifer Nelson and her new studio: Jennifer Nelson Artists...Hope you'll pop over and take a look. x

Thursday, 29 January 2015

colour in the grey...

 ... I've been spending so much time being inside and at my computer of late, that spontaneity got the better of me yesterday (despite the freezing weather) & I headed off on the train for an outing ... Our nearest city is Birmingham ... "oh grim and grimy"... I hear you say, but I'm afraid I have to beg to differ!

...Whilst it's true that much of the city still pays a grey homage to its heavily industrial past (especially as you approach by train in the sleet!), there are some wonderful little hidden gems of places & new areas given over to fresh & modern development that are exciting & full of vibrancy & colour if you're willing to take a look...

... Here are a few snaps of some of the colour I found amongst the grey ... a yummy strawberry fuelled late breakfast, a splendid teapot & cups display against a mid-century backdrop, and some beautiful paper kites hanging from the ceiling in the theatre foyer ... but then before I knew it, it was time to hurry home to grab my Big and Little Beans and make the tea. But I love Birmingham...it has an honesty and a history that always warms my heart & still manages to invigorate & fill me with fresh inspiration. Looking forward to my next visit already. x




Sunday, 18 January 2015

super new news!...

























                                               



So excited!...Yippee....what more can I say? You can find us here. Hope you'll pop along and have a look x

Monday, 5 January 2015

Happy New Year...

©beebrown 2015
...Hello, hello...and Happy New Year to each and everyone of you!... 2015 is finally here and here's some jolly artwork to welcome in the next 12 months of open possibility ... Thank you so much for bearing with me whilst I have had my head down, beavering away on my special project (and then having a good old rest for a couple of weeks at the end of it!)... but I've re-surfaced again now and am filled with new energy and enthusiasm for sharing news from the Hive for 2015...(and I can reveal some uber exciting news soon too)...So here's to a new and exciting start for all of us...Welcome, welcome 2015!!

Friday, 10 October 2014

putting the buzz into 'B'...

...Lisa Congdon's new book 'Art INC' arrived this morning...it promises to be packed full with info & advice for emerging artists/designers (just like me!) to getting a successful brand and creative career properly established. I'm very excited as I'm really hoping that this, along with a new opportunity just hovering on the horizon, is really going to help me make great striding steps forward with my plan B...

...there is much to do and now that I have a few small projects tied up and out of the way, I need to really knuckle down, focus and put all my creative energy into creating a strong, brand new body of what I hope will be great work...

...I won't be blogging too much over the next few weeks so please bear with me as creating this portfolio of new designs has to be my priority, but I'm hoping (and I'm really really hoping, fingers, toes and everything crossed) that I can make the promise of this new opportunity into something real & that come the New Year I'll have some exciting news to tell...

...So please, wish me luck everyone and I'll be re-surfacing in the not too distant future with what I hope will be a great stride forward!...Toodlepip for a bit! xx

Thursday, 18 September 2014

A not meant to B...

...So, alas and alack the results are in for the semi-finals of the 2014 GTS and, as you may have guessed, poor old Mr. Banjo Bear didn't make it though...The final 6 that did get through made some beautiful work and if you wish to, you can pop along here to see the entries.

...I have to admit to feeling a bit disappointed not to get the chance to proceed a bit further, but only from the point of view of getting that final seal of approval from the amazing panel of industry experts...I don't think I'm quite stellar enough to land that final prize & I'm hoping something will come from getting my work in front of those experts!!...

...At the end of the day, I've learnt a heap and had a great experience. I do work a lot better singing to the tune of my own guitar, so as the lovely Dawn Machell says over on her blog today, plan B will probably work out so much better than plan A, so now its time to move on from Lillaland and get my own wheels turning...Thanks Dawn :-) xx

Saturday, 13 September 2014

a big heart-full of gratitude...

Us Both ©bee brown 2014
…Well the voting for GTS 2014 is over, phew…its been a tense few days and the results of both the judges choice of 5 artists and the peoples choice will be revealed on Wednesday…

…So, if you happened to place a little vote for my Banjo Bear then we would like to say, whatever the outcome, a very big THANK-YOU to you!!!…fingers crossed, good luck to everyone and all will be revealed soon…yikes!! xx

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

a pocket full of eye candy...

…The fun has begun!!!…The gallery of all the beautiful submissions for #2 of the Global Talent Search is now open! Should you wish to, you can pop along here to have a nosey at some really fabulous artwork from 50 artists working across the globe.

…Our brief this time was to create a fun, humanised character for use on a young child's t-shirt and or other child related products such as lunch boxes and children's books. This was so much fun to do, & like my other projects, just involved lots of drawing and dreaming, fermentation and imagination (I hope)…it was also lovely to have more time to spend on this second round assignment than I had on the first…definitely more leisurely!!... and regardless of whether I progress any further in the competition, my piece is something I shall be proud to show in my portfolio…

…But this is the wonderful thing about making it this far in the competition: not only is the work made available via the gallery for the public to make a 'People's Choice' on, but this final 50 are also whittled down to a select group of 5 artists via a STELLAR selection panel of judges…both scary and amazing!!! This year there is representation from such world class companies as Chronical Books, Crate & Barrell, Midwest-CBK, the Quayside Publishing Group, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Demdaco, representation from the magazines 'Where Women Create', 'Uppercase' & 'Real Simple', Nickelodeon, Parsons School of Design, Studio M, Bowie from Print and Pattern, Oopsy Daisy the super-fab children's wall art company, the Hachette Book Group, Blue-Q the uber cool gift manufacturer and finally teNeues (book & calendar publishing company).

…So you see, a Super World Class list of movers and shakers to get your work in front of!…how cool is that? …. so as I say, regardless of whether I make it into the final group of 6 to progress through to the final round (& of course I'd LOVE to), I really feel like I'm a winner anyway! xox

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Floating on my cloud…the story & the process

…I'm shocked and amazed but there is fabulous news to share...I've managed to make it through to the second round of the Lilla Rogers Studio 2014 Global Talent Search…holy heck, I never imagined when returning from my jolly holidays that I would be posting my submission here on the blog along with this incredible news…I am literally floating on my own personal cloud ... Work from nearly 1000 artists and illustrators has been whittled down (a super tough task I'm sure) to a 'final 50' and I am thrilled beyond belief, if still not a bit dazed, to be one of them…

…I definitely wasn't going to enter this year…absolutely not…the timing was way off for a start: it was announced that the 1st round brief would be going out on Tuesday 5th August. Well, that was no good, we had a family camping holiday to France booked and were leaving to catch the ferry on the 7th…that just wasn't enough time?…Or was it??? Curiosity over the brief (which asked for a piece of wall art on the theme of terrariums) and then a last minute window suddenly opening up at the 11th hour meant I ended up chasing my rainbow after all... I spent all of Wednesday 6th from 8am until 10pm glued to my drawing table chair & monitor…there wasn't time to come up for air…I drew a marathon, but was it enough?

…I didn't think so. To my mind there were quite a few unresolved issues: I wanted to play with the colour more & didn't want this part of my design to be so literal…my thoughts were revolving around autumnal reds, oranges, mustards, pinks and browns with a bit more of an emphasis on neutrals…Had I added enough texture? Was there enough depth and I definately felt I should have addressed the background behind my little terrarium a little more. To cap it all off the brief also asked for a little paint….eeek…thats been awhile and there just wasn't the time to play. So you see, I was under way loads of pressure & when I pressed the submit button, I really felt I was sending out an unfinished job.

…So, when I dared to look on Lilla's site this morning where the final 50 are revealed (please go over and have a look…the work from the other semi-finalists is truly amazing) you'll understand I was a little stunned to find myself amongst such other fabulous talent-ness! But also so darned happy, happy happy…I did it, I did just enough to make it through.


… And as for my process? Well, that's a simple one…I like to draw, draw, draw…it's the same with every piece I make: along with bits of inspiration I find from literally anywhere and everywhere (my eyes are always on the look out!), it's all there in my head and those first initial sketches of the idea are my happy place…making what's churning in my mind a kind of little reality by putting it on a page. Then it's just a case of scanning those drawings into Illustrator, refining them, adding the colour and then the best bit: making the little details…and its true, I really do 'delight in the little things'! But you know what? I absolutely must get down from my floaty cloud now because round 2 is calling and I've got work to do….Toodlepip! xoxox

Sunday, 3 August 2014

au revoir...

warm sun © beebrown 2014
…It's that time of year again when I start thinking about packing everyone up (and almost everything), closing down the Hive and heading off to our little van by the sea for our Summer hols…yippee!!!…Just a few more loose ends to tie up, the odd little bit of work to finish, a little project to do and then, whoosh, by the middle of next week we'll be off and heading for the sunshine (hopefully)!... So here's a little illo of what I hope we'll find on our travels…

… It's time to say cheerybye folks, toodlepip for now and I'll see you all soon - have fun! xoxoxox

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

B E L I E V E...

©beebrown 2014
…just a little bit of lettering originally drawn up for Jenipher Lyn and the promotion for her superb book "How being Stubborn, Depressed and Unpopular saved my Life". If you'd like to, you can find out more about Jenipher, her book and her work here. This little bit of lettering is now also featured on the GREAT type board created by Pumpkin Pie on Pinterest. Thank you Pumpkin Pie :-) x

Thursday, 10 July 2014

teatime...

'teatime' ©beebrown 2014
…just a really simple pencil drawing for today…I'm finding it quite surprising how some of these quite random & playful little sketches/doodles are developing and influencing my ideas for my 'proper' work on a daily basis…a doodle a day has shown me that it's a really good discipline to make, even if its only very quick, a fun, just for the hell-of-it drawing a day…if you've been following along you'll have noticed that I've had more time on some days to experiment, but the practice has been great…and I've picked up a few valuable basic photoshop skills too! I'll probably be posting less frequently on my doodle challenge now but I'm definitely going to carry on with my doodle a day!  xx