Author: mrsbeckerling

Easter Competition!

We are giving away one of our Illustration Sketch Jars!

As usual there is no ‘social media’ pressure (don’t you hate those where they insist you like their page?) No – this is a good old-fashioned give away, but we need you to do just one thing – we are looking for people to give the Sketch Jar to who sketch! So we know you are going to use it! Download this month’s Easter-themed Sketch prompts – cut them up and place them in a jar or bowl, then pull one out. Draw/sketch for 10 minutes, 5 minutes, or even 50 minutes and then send us a photo at mrsbeckerling@gmail.com along with your name, contact details and address. (more…)

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Back in Stock!

It was with great anticipation that I scurried home with my box from the printers. Within seconds of opening the front door I was already clawing at the lid trying to get in. The second print-run of Pink Camels and Floating Grannies was finally in!

I decided to print 50 copies this time, but when I started checking my back-order spread sheet I wondered if maybe I had been a little short. I had just received sign off that my book would be available at two new distributors, including Loot.co.za. I packed up the various parcels, bound some in brown paper and string and my box of books slowly disappeared. But I am happy to inform you that even with the distributors, readers and library (more about that later), I still have plenty of books available to sell directly to you!

This of course brings me to the libraries. I am pleased to announce that one copy is on it’s way to Cooper College in JHB. But I am even more pleased to say that two copies are also now available at the Michael Oak Waldorf School, where my main character (and I) went/go to school. It was a nostalgic moment as I walked into my old school with my package. There were plenty of new faces and of course since I had been there they have updated the high school where the library is. I felt a bit lost as I tried to navigate my way through, discovering that short-cuts and paths that used to exists have since been closed up. (more…)

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Character Design Magazine Kickstarter

Character Design Quarterly (CDQ) is an exciting new print magazine for illustrators, artists, animators, and character art enthusiasts.

It seems Character Design is on everyone’s mind this year, as I was about to put a book around this subject matter myself. But then 3D Publishing emailed me to let me know about this cool-looking quarterly magazine they were doing and so I thought I would spread the word.  Of course I have backed up the first edition myself and I encourage other creatives to maybe do the same. There are some top guys involved and it always a good top to learn more about. (more…)

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What is your morning routine?

Everyday, illustrators and artists all around the world grab their hot cups of coffee and make their way to their desk. Some might go for an early morning walk and be fresh from the showers, others just trudge in in their slippers and dressing gowns.

They ease themselves into their chairs. They might turn their computers on first and check emails, social media and various other platforms while they sip away at their drink. At some point they are going to swivel in their chair, move their chair to another desk (like I have to), or maybe just push their keyboard away so they can have space for the first work of the day.

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Lessons Learnt from Craft Markets

craft marketThe crisp sea air breezed in on Sunday, as the traders all unloaded their car to make their way to the back of Glencarin Hotel. The air was full of promise of potential customers for the various goods on sale, from soaps, salts to delicious Dutch Doughnuts. As usual, Michelle and I were one of the first to set up. Being a little out of practice, as it’s been about 2 months since we have done a market, I forgot our displaying bookcase. But we made do with what we had and soon the Reading Pillows were out, the Travel Sketch Books were opened and the Sketch Prompt Jars were lined up.

I was very pleased as my new little sign moved slightly in the wind on our table cloth and the sun glistened through the colours in my Sketch Prompt Jars. I badly need breakfast, but otherwise I was hopeful for the day. Last time we had done well at this market, but last time it was just before Christmas with lots of tourists. I wasn’t sure how we were going to do at this time of year.

My small concern started turning into a larger one as the day went on. I sold one or two items, enough to cover the cost of our stall, but not really enough to justify us being there.

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Sketch Prompt Jars and Travel Cases!

You might have noticed we got rid of the pillows, necklaces, toys and prints. You might have seen our bunny buttons change on the front page. This is all part of a revamp, focused, refined visions of who are and who you are. We have realised we have accumulated a community of artists, creatives, writers and fellow book lovers and we thought our products should reflect this. To start us off in this direction was the release of our Travel Sketch Cases.

These Travel Sketch Cases are created from old hard-covers from second-hand books. The insides have been replaced with two sections – one section that holds an elastic to keep your journal or sketch pad safe and secure, while the other has been transformed into two pockets – one for brushes, pens and other tall items and the other for shorter things like erasers, sharpeners and paint tubes. You can use the hardness of the book to lean on as you sketch on the go!

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Be Inspired: Feb

Every month we’ll be posting an image that you can use to print out and stick in either your illustration sketch book, or your journal. These pages were created by hand, by me, to inspire all those creatives out there. We are celebrating Tell-a-Fairy-Tale day on the 26th of Feb and encourage all of you […]

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Squirrel Mad Hatter Art

Mad Hatter SquirrelAs a holiday project, I thought I would branch out into mixed-mediums and spent a couple of days creating a piece of art, using a variety of mediums.

I started off picking an animal. I chose the squirrel. From there, I did a variety of reference sketches, observations and character creations, until I realised my new character would be the best Mad Hatter character, from Alice in Wonderland.

I created the final artwork from a mixed of mediums, the base being a Masonite Board, the squirrel is clay, painted and then sealed with two types of varnish, and then the hat is from bard cardboard, denim fabric, regular cotton fabric, feather and paper, the bow from stretch fabric. I used wire to keep the bow in shape. Finally the eyebrows and whiskers of the squirrel are created with fur, that has been dyed with fabric paint.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Festive Season!

Before we all go on holiday, I thought I would just create a little eBook as a early Christmas Present to all you Merry folks! This is a tale about a Bee who discovers that he only lives for 6 months and he thinks of all the things he could do. The book rhymes as […]

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Pillows Now Available!

I have had this idea for a while. Ever since I started writing the story about Brontide and Wiggle, I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great to have a pillow of Wiggle sleeping?

A few years ago I used to print my illustrations on kid’s t-shirts and sell them on Etsy, so I already knew a wonderful lady, right here in Cape Town, that was able to print to print straight onto fabric. The best thing about this is that she prints it digitally. So unlike those cheap t-shirts that have those transfers that go sticky in the wash, or peel off, the digital print goes straight onto the fabric, meaning that there is nothing to peel off, there is nothing to disintegrate over time, it just stays cheerful. It also means that if you happen to lie on it, face down, you can still breath, making it ideal to use for pillows for children who might just do that! (more…)

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