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The Illustration 365 Project – Update

by becqua on April 2, 2016, in the News category

Day 80 Clarabel Sketch

Day 80: Clarabel

Clarabel Illustration

Illustration: Colourways

Clarabel Illustration Detail

Detail: Clarabel

3 months into the project and I’m going strong. I’ve posted an illustration for every day of January, February & March 2016. Subjects have ranged from flora and fauna, to vintage birdcages, quotes and my muses Lily & Clarabel. Some days are easier than others and the support and feedback from other members of the group definitely keep me motivated. My artistic style has varied from doodles and quick sketches, to pieces finished in Illustrator and Photoshop. Some days the style has been loose and scratchy, and other days very neat and precise. Throughout this year-long process I hope to hone and define my style, and have enjoyed seeing the work submitted by fellow illustrators. If you’d like to join the project please contact me.

Illo 365 Days – Illustration Project

by becqua on January 2, 2016, in the News category

Day 1 of the #illo365days project. The aim is to produce an illustration every day. I’ve started small today, with a rough logo for the project…..it’s great to be underway.

day 1

I’ll add updates on my progress here, and daily illustrations will be posted on Instagram using the hashtag #illo365days. If you’re feeling inspired, please join the project and improve your illustration skills. Subject-matter can be anything that inspires: florals, animals, people, patterns etc, from a quick pen sketch to a more intricate finished illustration …..it’s up to you. See you throughout 2016.

 

Make It In Design Patternbombing Project

by becqua on November 15, 2015, in the News category

#patternbombing the Fashion Museum

Hundreds of designers & illustrators recently took part in the Make It In Design #patterbombing online design event, submitting images of buildings and landmarks decorated with patterns. The finished results from pattermakers included iconic images from around the world.

My particular inspiration was a small piece of Georgian fabric I was given many years ago. The fabric was hand-embroidered by Maria Prouett in 1822 for her going-away dress. I decorated the top half of the Fashion Museum with a pattern inspired by this beautiful embroidery. I juxtaposed this with a brighter graffiti-style version.

Visit makeitindesign.com for surface design inspiration, courses and competitions.

Lilla Rogers – Creating Collections for Home Decor

by becqua on July 28, 2015, in the News category

BECKY_MCCARTHY_FINALCOLLECTION_HD1_WK5For any artists and illustrators looking for a new challenge, I recommend taking a look at www.lillarogers.com. Lilla is an agent in the States who represents various artists, licensing their art to many different markets. Courses available on her website include Make Art that Sells and Bootcamp, and also the Global Talent Search competition. All are paid courses, but the benefits are huge. I’ve taken MAT’s A & B, both of which cover various markets, and took part in GTS 2014. Lilla has also launched a new course, Creating Collections in Home Decor, in conjunction with Margot Tantau, VP at Midwest-CBK, and I was fortunate enough to be in a postion to take part in this new course.

Week 1 – 5 took in a different substrate each week: Metal, Fabric, Glass, Ceramic and Wood. Hundreds of artists and illustrators took part and it was great to view the design process of others from sketches shown on the FB group, through to the final pieces submitted by everyone in the Flickr gallery. It’s a great opportunity to see how other professional artists work (in this class established illustrators such as Zoe Ingram and Flora Waycott took part, so we were able to benefit from seeing their creative process). It’s a really informative environment, with tips and reviews by Lilla & Margot, and also support from other artists. Each week saw new submissions from all involved with the option of presenting a full collection at the end of the course.

 

 

 

Greg James……again

by becqua on July 28, 2015, in the News category

I had a couple more mentions on the Greg James podcast in recent weeks with him sporting a new bespoke designed T-shirt based on the Rage Against the Answermachine feature.  Catch up with his podcasts at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrw8h/episodes/downloads  Most recent mention was 10th July with Greg mentioning he’d been running in his new apparel.  Visit www.society6.com/beckymccarthy for products.

Hollywood Star Louise Brooks Artwork, available at…

by becqua on June 14, 2015, in the Tweets category

Hollywood Star Louise Brooks Artwork, available at #society6 society6.com/product/louise… #art http://t.co/fPXZ5ghpyT

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‘Marianna’ by Ruben Ireland

by becqua on June 14, 2015, in the Curator Art category

One of the standout pieces on Society 6 is Marianna by Ruben Ireland. A very distinctive piece in black and white, looks like high end fashion with a darker twist. For purchase at:

http://society6.com/product/marianna_print?curator=beckymccarthy

Marianna by Ruben Ireland

Artwork Featured on Greg James Podcast

by becqua on June 14, 2015, in the News category

Exciting news this week, as an artwork was mentioned on Greg James’ Radio 1 podcast ‘That’s What He Said’. The podcast from 12 June 2015 will be available for the next few weeks and can be downloaded from ITunes, or via the Radio 1 website. Greg also tweeted the image via @podcastards. The design, based on a phrase well known to the followers of the show, includes a rant left by a listener on the ‘Rage Against The Answermachine’ feature. It states “I can’t work off a survey, if it’s not in the right place Simon” and is set against a graphic-style backdrop of a retro answering machine and a vintage telephone. The framed print was described as ‘wonderful’ by Greg James and ‘amazing’ by Chris Smith. The design is available as t-shirts, art prints and phone covers at www.society6.com/beckymccarthy

Answermachine Phone Case

#icantworkoffasurveyifitsnotintherightplacesimon I…

by becqua on June 9, 2015, in the Tweets category

#icantworkoffasurveyifitsnotintherightplacesimon I’ve set up some merchandise for @Podcastard & @gregjames sold by society6.com/beckymccarthy

Hi Theo, Vanilla Bloom would love an #sbs shout out fo…

by becqua on June 7, 2015, in the Tweets category

Hi Theo, Vanilla Bloom would love an #sbs shout out for our greetings cards and licensing. We’re small but we have abig heart.