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Friday, July 29, 2011

What I Ate in New York

Whenever I go on a trip I always end up taking loads of photos of meals I eat.  Once when I got back from a long tour my friend said to me "I loved your photos...but it kind of looked like 'Amy eats her way around the world'!"  He was right.  This trip I decided to draw a few things I ate instead of photographing them.  A visual food diary I guess.  This one could be more aptly titled 'Amy eats a lot of carbs in New York'.  See the full set here.




Thursday, July 28, 2011

I'm back!


Back from New York.  My head is still spinning.  There was an insane heatwave when we were there, a couple of days over 42 degrees. Sheesh, do I know how to pick a good vacation time!  Never the less we had a great time!  I have a load of blog posts coming up but I just wanted to say hello from my jetlag bubble before getting back down to business.  More soon!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Keep Calm and Carry-On

Here's a little illo I did this evening about flying and how we always push the limits with our carry-on bags when our checked in suitcases are stuffed to the max!  The trick is to walk like the backpack doesn't weigh 25kgs and tuck your side bag behind you on the opposite side of the person taking your boarding pass.  It's a fine art... also I think I read somewhere the other day that you can bring on what ever shopping you bought in the airport with you.  Thus proving that airports really are wonderful money making machines!

I'm off to New York next week (hence travel is on my mind!) so I won't be shipping anything from my store between 19th and 28th July, so if you fancy something soon best order it today or over the weekend!  I'm incredibly excited about visiting New York again, my favourite place in the world!  But I'll save all that for another blog post...

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Instamatic!






Here is a new print I've put up in my store. It's an illustration I did of a Kodak 155x Instamatic. I’m planning to do a series of illustrations of cameras that I love, I thought I’d start with the first camera I ever used. My mum used to give it to me to take to school camp, along with a packet of flash cubes! I hope you like this print!

I’d also love to do some custom illustrations for people of cameras that they’ve loved. If you have one in mind please get in touch!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Holga for Nikon!











I love my Holga.  I love shooting film.  I cut my photographic teeth with a Pentax K-1000 and many hours in a darkroom, long before digital photography was within the reach of regular people.  But these days I really can't justify the cost of film.  And if I'm honest, it's hard to tear yourself away from the instant gratification of digital and I love shooting on our Nikon D90.

A couple of weeks ago I discovered an amazing compromise, a set of Holga lenses for Nikon!  There is a regular lens, tele and wide.  Like Holga it has fixed focusing modes, person, a few people, a big group of people and mountain, ie close, a bit further, a lot further and infinite, so it's kind of a relief to be able to check if a shot is in focus and reshoot if not.

Above are a few rushed shots I took yesterday.  A little lightroom tweaking and I'm pretty pleased with these results!

It's not film, but it's pretty nice.  We're off to New York next week (weeeee!) and for me this is a nice compromise when it comes to the dilema of wondering if I should bring a film camera with me or not!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Anorak Magazine!




I'm very excited and honoured to tell you that I have an illustration in the new issue of the wonderful children's magazine Anorak!  It came out last Friday and you can pick it up from the Anorak site or any of their stockists in the UK, Australia, USA, Japan and many store across europe.

If you don't know Anorak you should check it out.  The mag is filled with lots of great illustrations, stories and activities for little ones.  Bigger ones might enjoy it too!  If you pick up a copy and you or your little ones colour my page in I would love to see a photo of your finished artwork!

Sacre-Coeur


Here's a really quick sketch I did tonight of Sacre-Coeur in Paris.  I think I spent longer fiddling with colours in photoshop than I did on the actual sketch!

I'm really excited to be going back to Paris for a few  days in a couple of months with my Mum (who is will be visiting from Australia!). Having done all the major touristy stuff, it will be great to go back and do a bit more exploring.  And I've found us a lovely apartment in Montmartre, right next to the Sacre - Coeur!  If you have any Paris tips for markets, vintage stores etc, I'd love to hear them!

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