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Can’t believe how long it’s been since I last wrote a blog post! In my defence, I have been super busy over the past few weeks. Furthermore, I’d like to add that I’ve increased my work load even more, by taking part in the 100 day project 2019. What can I say, I just love to keep busy!

Last year’s 100 day project was about building up my portfolio and I used procreate for the majority of it. I didn’t have much in the way of children’s illustrations, either. However this year, my aim is to experiment with materials and techniques a bit more. So far I’ve been using gouache, watercolour and ink, and I’m having so much fun! Don’t get me wrong, I do love procreate, which I’ve been using here and there, for block shapes and backgrounds.

My chosen theme is ‘All creatures great and small’. This description is a bit long with the hashtag, so I’ve shortened it to ‘100 days of creatures’ #100daysofcreatures.

Drawing for 100 days feels daunting and such a big commitment. If it ever gets too much, I know that I can just stop or spread the 100 days of artwork over a longer period of time. Although once I commit to something, I do tend to make sure that I stick to it!

Here are some drawings of different size creatures I’ve produced so far.

100 days project 2019

Days 1 to 8 Days 9 to 17

If you’d like to follow my progress, you can see my daily drawings on Instagram

Are you taking part in the 100 day drawing challenge?

Emma Jayne x

*Please refrain from using the above images. If you’d like to buy or license any of the above, please feel free to contact me. Thank you.

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I’m excited to share with you a few new products in my etsy shop. These are a combination of art prints and something new! All will be revealed in this blog post.

At the moment I’m really into combining pattern with illustration, which you’ll be able to see in two of my latest art prints. I’m also loving creating different colour palettes.

It’s quite challenging to make sure I get the balance right, so the artwork does not look overly ‘fussy’. It’s nice to be able look over a piece, with ease and not feel any discomfort, either consciously or subconsciously.

I love detail i.e. pattern and texture, also bold shapes and lines, and I included all of these elements within the two ocean themed prints.

The third print is of a charming leopard sitting in the jungle, with its head facing forwards. It has a rather cheeky expression and I’ve made the colours bright.

Here are three new prints in my etsy shop

New products in my etsy shop

Sea Turtle Coral Reef Leopard

I’ve also added a few more novelty items on Etsy. These are pocket mirrors and the motifs are taken from sections of my work. I’m going to be adding different items in the shop, starting with these fun, fashion accessories.

Pocket mirrors Close up of my cute kitty design

Hope you like them and check out my Instagram for updates on new illustrations, patterns and product ideas.

Emma Jayne x

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For all the lovers everywhere, I’d like to wish you a “Happy Valentine’s Day!” May your day be filled with love (and chocolate, although my husband bought me the low fat option – a bunch of pretty flowers!).

This is a drawing from last year’s 100 Day Project and I’ve just added a fun and simple caption, “You’re the only crab for me!”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Emma Jayne x

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Emma Jayne Designs by Emma Allsup - 5M ago

Gosh it’s been a while since I wrote my last blog post! I’m sure it’s not too late to say that I hope you had a good Christmas and New Year.

January was such a busy month for me, work-wise. I had quite a few projects to concentrate on. All the better to keep me out of mischief!!

I’d like to share with you a sock sample that popped through my letterbox recently. It’s a design I created for the super funky brand, Sock It To Me.

I must say, the colours and fabric quality are fabulous! Sometimes when making up a design, the icons can look a tad ‘squiffy’, however, I’m amazed how good the hedgehog and cacti look on the fabric, when compared to my artwork on-screen. A superb job!

Designs for apparel

Here is my final sock design – Lookin’ Sharp

I’ve also been working on a few other fashion brands, creating patterns for childrenswear. It has been great fun and a nice change from producing illustrations. That’s one of the many things I love about what I do; I get to work on a great variety of projects!

Here’s a pattern I produced, based on the ocean, for Freddie Fox and Co. It’s called “Underwater Odyssey”.

For this pattern, I made the icons bright, so that they ‘pop out’ against the teal background. It was a fun design to work on!

I’ll keep you posted about the other fashion brands, once the designs have been printed and are in production

Emma Jayne x

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Emma Jayne Designs by Emma Allsup - 7M ago

Happy New Year and I wish you all a great 2019, filled with joy and good health!

Well, what a year 2018 was! Both personally and professionally, 2018 was a year for growth, creativity, patience and perseverance.

I really pushed myself to try and find my creative ‘voice’, starting with the 100 day project and through concentrating on creating artwork which I felt very passionate about.

As a designer, you tend to produce art pieces that are somewhat directed by client requirements and my portfolio consisted mainly of pieces like that. Last year, I decided to produce work which had more meaning to me and showed some of the things which interest me.

Here are my best nine for 2018 on instagram.

Best nine for 2018 on instagram

I love colour and mainly prefer to use a strong colour palette as a starting point, before the actual designing begins. For 2018, I decided to tone down my colours slightly, adding in more organic tones, such as greys and browns.

Do you make new year resolutions? I don’t usually, yet after reflecting on how busy 2018 was, I felt that I needed to make a few changes in my work schedule and lifestyle.

Number one, starting with making better use of my time! I’ve decided to organise my workload, so it doesn’t interfere with my personal life. I want to cut down on the amount of hours I spend on design work per week i.e. not work so much in the evenings, and to make time for my family.

Number two, to look after my health. I’ve already started cutting down on meat (love my veggies), which is also better for the environment. I aim to exercise more, whether that be walking, running or taking an exercise class. I think it will be pretty cool to join a dance group, possibly ballroom dancing! I seem to invest many hours of the day with my artwork and it would be a great way to spend time with my hubby!

Number three, being more focused on what I’d like to work on in 2019. I’d love to create illustrations for magazines and illustrate a children’s book (or two!), have my own greeting card collection, designs fabrics for children’s apparel and sell different types of products in my etsy shop, such as tea towels, bags and mugs, as an example.

Looking back on 2018, I’ve achieved so much and feel very proud of what I’ve accomplished.

From a couple of years ago to now, I’ve developed so much as an illustrator and pattern designer. It’s really good to keep reminding ourselves of how far we’ve come and be proud of the milestones we have completed, no matter how big or small they are. I feel we are always evolving and developing as people, and as artists, this is often reflected in our work. I’m pretty happy with the way my work is aesthetically and I know my style will change and progress over the next few months as I try out new techniques. I’m loving using my iPad and also painting with gouache and watercolour. Each have their own great qualities.

I’m excited about what 2019 will bring and I intend to continue enjoying the process!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I’d like to share with you two of my recent festive illustrations. I hope you like them!

Christmas Eve Gaggle of geese

*Please refrain from using any of the above illustrations. Thank you kindly!

Emma Jayne x

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Emma Jayne Designs by Emma Allsup - 7M ago

I’d like to wish all my lovely readers a Merry Christmas! Christmas day is only one more sleep away and I’m pretty much organised with the food preparations! Yayy, go me! ….although, I still have a few more pressies to wrap, which shouldn’t take long to do.

I’ll be cooking the food on Christmas day, which I don’t mind at all (I love cooking!). We’re going to have a spiced prawn starter, followed by turkey with all the trimmings, then a Christmas pud alternative! I saw a recipe on the ‘This Morning’ programme. It’s a classical twist on the Christmas Pudding by Prue Leith. I’ve decided to use caramel ice-cream with toffee in my version ….mmmmm yummy….

What a super busy month I’ve had with client work. In between jobs, I’ve created a few festive illustrations, which I’d like to share with you.

Merry Christmas!

I’ve been wanting to animate my illustrations, after seeing quite a few on social media. Animation just adds another dimension and brings the artwork to life (you can see that the first and last designs are animated). Well actually, I must confess that it was my lovely husband who animated them! He will definitely have to show me how to do this one day

I hope you have a wonderful time over the holidays!

Emma Jayne x

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I’d like to share a bonfire night illustration I recently created.

At the moment I’m into darker colours, whether that’s perhaps seasonal, because of the nights drawing in or I’m just steering away from brighter colours.

I love colour don’t get me wrong, but I’ve seen many illustrations where they’ve used brown and greys with brighter tones. I’ve actually always loved these colour palettes but not had the confidence to use these shades in my own work. Greys and browns have a calming effect and they harmonise yet contrast well with brighter colours I think.

Bonfire Night illustration

I’ve created a bonfire scene which gives a kind of warming effect. I love how the sky is busy with the exploding fireworks, yet on the ground, it’s chilled, with the fox sleeping near the warm smouldering bonfire.

Have a good bonfire night and stay warm & safe.

Emma Jayne x

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Emma Jayne Designs by Emma Allsup - 9M ago

Happy Halloween! Halloween is only tomorrow, so today makes it Halloween Eve!

I don’t remember having carved out pumpkins, when I was a wee girl, but my daughter and I do it now and find it fun!

Regarding memories, trick or treating was great, however I have clearer memories of bonfire night. Halloween and Guy Fawkes (bonfire night) seem to have morphed into one celebration now. I recall wearing a thick, padded coat and woollen mittens, knocking on people’s doors, singing bonfire songs. My sisters and I had a jar where we’d collect money for fireworks (penny for the guy), for the local bonfire event. We made a guy from old tights and newspaper, and dressed it in my mother’s unused clothes. The fire was built on the field at the end of the street, using anything people gave to us. Those things included, old dining room chairs, wooden beer crates and doors, as well as twigs and logs. Fond memories….

I’d like to share with you a few Halloween pieces I’ve created.

Happy Halloween!

The forest pieces I think will be great for editorial and children’s books.

This illustration I think will be great for Halloween products, including children’s books and apparel.

The large pumpkin creatively carved by my daughter.

Have a fun Halloween!

Emma Jayne x

*Please refrain from using the above artwork. If sharing, please credit the artist Emma Jayne. Thank and you!

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The clocks go back this weekend and to be more precise, it’s on Sunday!

Autumn is definitely here and from Sunday onwards, we start to notice more daylight in the evenings, compared to darker mornings …boo!! Although, it’s not until December when it starts to get dark round about 15:30 to 16:00, so we can still enjoy some late afternoon daylight til then!

I’ve created a cute clocks go back illustration for the Radio Times, which I’d like to share with you. You’ll be able see it in their latest magazine issue. Here’s my illustration and a photo I took of it in the Radio Times.

Clocks go back illustration for the Radio Times

Initial linear sketch

Final illustration 

Close up of illustration in the Radio Times magazine 

It was a fun project to work on and over the past couple of weeks I’ve been producing autumnal illustrations (so you could say, I’ve definitely warmed up for the brief), which you can see on instagram.

Emma Jayne x

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Firstly, I’d like to say a BIG “Thank You!” to everyone who voted, commented and shared my hammerheads sock design for the Sock It To Me, design a sock contest. I was overwhelmed by all the support! Unfortunately I didn’t win, yet I came 8th out of 11,000 which is pretty good going! (better than last year!) … and I think more than likely will be entering again next year!!

It’s Uppercase magazine 10th year anniversary and I’ve designed a front cover. Here’s my design, which is based on art materials. I tend to use Procreate more these days, although I still like traditional mediums, such as paint and pencil which I sometimes use within my artwork. Procreate has lots of awesome drawing tools and it’s quick, but I still love the look of natural paint strokes and textures you can create with gouache and pencils. I’m still experimenting with digital tools that will achieve the same effect as the hand drawn look!

Here is my magazine cover submission.

Uppercase 10th year anniversary

I wanted to create a cover that represents my style and to demonstrate my love of colour. I love pink, which sits perfectly with lilacs, blues, warm yellows and contrasting greens. I’ve also been mixing thing up lately, initially drawing in Procreate, then polishing my designs in Photoshop, to adding finer details in Illustrator. I used all three resources for the Uppercase 10th year anniversary magazine cover deign.

Emma Jayne x

*Please refrain from using the above artwork and please credit the artist Emma Jayne when sharing. Thank you kindly!

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