I'm going to have to slow down with the iPhone backgrounds... Maybe I should post 1 a month?? Let me know if you're enjoying them!(Use the hashtag #megsfreethings to show me if you use them) These are all based on my babycat Zissou and his favourite things - scrunched paper and cardboard forever!
I went to see The Shape of Water a couple of weeks ago at the super comfy Everyman in Chelmsford, and couldn't stop thinking about it, so I did a weird thing for me and made some fan art. Maybe I just haven't liked a film/ tv show/ book/ game enough to make art about it until now... This was made using the Procreate app on my iPad Pro. I bought my iPad Pro & apple pencil a couple of years ago now and it has honestly taken me that long to even vaguely get to grips with drawing digitally. I do find it a million times better than using one of those drawing tablets without a screen though - my brain couldn't not look at the tablet while I was drawing (derp).
I have no idea if I'm doing anything "right" still (I mean, there's not a "right" way to make art, but ya know what I mean), but this is the first piece I've been happy with. I definitely think I'm getting my preferred process down, but I'm still figuring out brushes and how to make them look "natural". Coming from a background of using physical paint etc to create art, its kind of frustrating that I can't make things look like that yet. Keeping my fingers crossed that Kyle's Brushes come out with a set for procreate! Theres also a print available on my etsy shop!
Have you seen The Shape of Water? What did you think?
Just before Christmas my friend Emily & I got talking about our struggles with creativity and trying to get back in to drawing & painting regularly. Out of this conversation and over the course of the next little while came a little project - Paintboxfox. We decided to collaborate on an ongoing joint *thing*. We figured if we were cheering each other on and working together, we might be more likely to actually produce some artwork! So, we plan to release zines & prints at (probably ir-)regular intervals, and also hope to make stationery and other little things down the line. All under the name Paintboxfox. Our first zine will be called 'In the Forest' and will contain a collection of illustrations of wildlife that tend to make habitats in forests and woods. We'd also like a percentage of the sales to go to a local wildlife charity. We'll be selling them on Etsy, and hopefully in the summer we will be at a couple of craft/art fairs!
We've set up some social media accounts, so please follow along if you'd like: Instagram
I'll also probably post a little update here when the zine is finally ready!
A few illustrations from the last month; This little guy is something I just did for myself, finished yesterday. Kind of just want to use gold gouache on everything now, it looks so good! Tempting to make a series of these with splashes of gold in all of them. A made up lizard/gecko species, painted for a client who is having it printed on to plates and hung on his kitchen wall. Hopefully I'll have a photo of the finished product soon! Not something I would usually draw, but the colour combination was fun and it was interesting to paint something that wasn't primarily fur/hair. And this was a fun commission from the band Solution Hours for their EP Try Again. They wanted some of my classic "girls" in black and pink - just my cup of tea! They were drawn on my iPad using procreate. Can't wait to see them in action.
Some fruity iPhone wallpapers for those missing the juicy colours of spring & summer.Compatible with iPhones 6 - 8 & 6 plus - 8 plus. I made two different backgrounds, so choose whichever you prefer. Clicking should take you through to my Flickr, and they can be downloaded from there.