I’m still beavering away with the big freelance work (can’t show anything yet, sorry)!
But here’s some more patterns. I’m really enjoying doing these!
Phew! It’s hot today!
Here’s a little behind the scenes shot of something new I’m working on. I’ll hopefully post the finished thing very soon!
I love a bit of stationary! Still playing with those patterns!
I’ve been enjoying doing little patterns recently. Here’s a very simple linework neighbourhood pattern. I’ll hopefully do something with them soon!
I wanted to try something a bit different with my lino today by making a couple of pieces but that were made up of more colours. Here’s the end result. Pretty pleased! These are both now available on my etsy store here.
There’s not much from my big freelance project i can post yet (sorry). It’s very nearly there! Hopefully i can show something from it soon. In the meantime, I’ve been working on some patterns in the quieter periods. I’d like to start getting some new items made with these, like notebooks.
New Year is always an interesting time, a time to look to the future at the possibilities the year ahead brings, but also to look back at what went before.
Personally, 2016 was in equal measures hard, fun, wonderful, horrifying, sad and exciting. I broke yet another bone thanks to Roller Derby (the sport that I love but that hates me) and had to retire from the sport. I completed the purchase of my first flat (with my OH), which is something we’ve been working towards for so many years. Some political stuff happened. David Bowie died, who is a hero of mine (my cat’s name is Ziggy and we have a Bowie shrine in the flat…) and so did Alan Rickman, and so did Carrie Fisher, and so did Prince. I got the biggest and most exciting illustration commission of my career so far (can’t say much more now). A lady read The Human Next Door whilst standing at my table at a fair and was brought to the edge of tears (good ones, I think).
So it was a mixed one.
2017 is looking bright, though. I plan to restock my Etsy shop (it is looking bare at the moment due to some very successful fairs in November) along with lots of new designs. I also plan to go paddleboarding more, which I’m certain will become the more sedate and less dangerous way of filling the void that Roller Derby has left in me.
I hope you have a wonderful year…
First off, Merry Christmas! This happy little penguin is an illustration I made for Buff Motion, who then animated it as part of their 2016 Christmas Advent Calendar. You can see all of the other animations on their website by clicking here. I did one last year, too, which you can see by clicking here.
I’ve been a bit quiet lately, but it is for good reasons I promise. Earlier this year I got commissioned for the biggest illustration project I’ve ever had. It is taking up every free moment of time I have, but I’m excited about it and hope to announce full details in the new year.
On the jewellery front, my Etsy store is looking a little bare at the moment, thanks to some very successful fairs in November, but I’m hoping to re-stock soon, plus add some exciting new designs.
Have a great Christmas, everyone!
I always love trying new things and although I’ve done screenprinting several times before, this was my first attempt at split fountain (two colours at once) printing.
These tote bags are for Eastbourne Extreme roller derby weekend on July 16th and 17th 2017. Our roller derby event is part of a large outdoor extreme sports festival that takes place each year on Eastbourne’s lovely seafront.
The logo was designed by Miss Nyss, printed by me (obvs!) and photos by Josh Alliston (as usual!).
The sun is shining and I think that is worth celebrating. That’s why I’m offering 20% off everything in my store! That’s 20% off cute lasercut wood necklaces and earrings, 20% off Lino prints, and 20% off my comic – The Human Next Door!
To take advantage of this limited time offer, just enter the code SUNSHINE20 at checkout
Order here – www.thatbeastjen.etsy.com
I am so pleased to announce that my shop has now been updated with a ton of new products! I’ve been working on these for the last few months, so it feels good to be able to release them into the world.
After selling out of all my cat-face and bear-face earrings last year at just three events, I decided to go all out with cute little earring designs! Here we have cloud, polar bear, fried egg, cat-face, bear-face, mountain, koala and – my personal favourite – toast!
I’ve been experimenting with lino cutting over the last few months and have been really enjoying it. My favourite so far are my Mr & Mrs Bear prints. Available individually – white boy bear, black boy bear and black girl bear – or as a pair – white boy bear and black girl bear.
I do a lot of shows up and down the country. Most of the shows are towards the end of the year, but there’s no harm in being prepared and that’s why I’ve been updating my displays!
I’ll post on here as and when shows are confirmed throughout the year, but for now here’s some pics of the new bits (photos by Josh Alliston) including a funky little GIF with my new display lightbox…
I love boxes. Especially cute little ones. I like to keep things in them, the sort of junk that you forget about, until one day you open that little box up again and get a happy surprise.
That’s why I put so much time and effort into my jewellery boxes for customers. What’s inside is what people buy, it’s the main attraction, but the box is the icing on the cake.
Each of my jewellery boxes is embossed by hand with my logo, with a lightly glittered finish. Here’s how I do it! (Photos by Josh Alliston)
Since getting a Lino printing set for Christmas last year, I’ve got hooked on the technique. It’s a strange combination of relaxation and tension. The relaxation comes from the total immersion of it, and the tension comes from the fear of taking a chunk out of the image you’ve been working on for hours!
Josh filmed me working on a lady bear Lino print, and also took some photos of me working. Hope you enjoy, and like the final piece!
For Christmas I got a lino cutter and some lino. Here’s my first attempt! I love it and can’t wait to do some more!