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Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Shop Small

 Just a friendly reminder to shop in local, small or independent stores when you can.  It makes a massive difference to small businesses.

Thank you to everyone who has purchased something from my shop this year. 

Friday, 12 November 2021

Designing Christmas Cards

For my Christmas card designs this year I wanted to keep things simple.  I decided to make a pack of four cards with two designs using red and white and two using green and white.  The colour limitation really helps me to focus and means I won't get too carried away.

Below you can watch the process video for my Winter Warmers card.  As you may notice I begin with a very loose outline and build the detail as I go.  This was drawn on Procreate on an Ipad.  It's a process I'm new to as I usually do all my drawing on paper first but this saves a lot of tidying.  I won't be switching to full digital drawing anytime soon though.



I had a lot of fun designing knitwear patterns for the mug and on the other cards.  

And here is the full set.






Thursday, 4 November 2021

Wintry Woods jotter design

 I've recently added some A5 jotters to my shop. They weren't supposed to Christmassy but it's been pretty chilly here for a long time so I was feeling wintry, and really I'd like nothing more that a snowy mountain cabin to myself.

Click here to go to the shop.  

Here's a time lapse video of my cover design.


I did an initial sketch in my sketchbook and then drew straight on to Procreate.  I love how you can watch all the decisions you made.  I'm really happy with the way they turned out.  There's even a cute little 'This book belongs to' on the inside cover, and they're blank so you can sketch or write.  



Monday, 4 October 2021

Christmas cards 2021

 I know it's still a little early, the pumpkins aren't even carved yet, but I'm getting organised this year.  I still have a book to finish so my Christmas cards have come early.  

There are 4 new designs, each made in Procreate, and sold as a pack of 4.  You can buy them here















 




Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Mr. Darling and Wendy

 



This is an image for J.M Barrie's Peter Pan.  Mr. Darling is trying to calculate whether they can afford their baby, Wendy.  I always find it a very funny moment as it's obviously too late.

This image was created in Procreate.

Monday, 16 August 2021

The Owl and the Pussycat

 


This is an image I created using limited colour.  There are two plus the outline.  I wanted to try and recreate the looser work I'd been making using paintbrushes but digitally.  The outline is hand drawn  but the colour is added in Procreate. 

Digital work makes it very easy to erase mistakes but they're often the lines that give images their charm.  So I did my very best not to hit the undo or delete button.  Does anyone else find it hard to just leave their artwork as it is and embrace the imperfections?

You can see more of my limited colour work on my website megmclaren.com


Friday, 11 June 2021

Peep! Bookstagram reviewers

I wanted to say thank you to all the reviewers who took the time to read Peep! and review it.  

See my previous post to find links to all of them by CLICKING HERE

They are all on Instagram and love children's books.  Do look them out.