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1. Children's Map of Cornwall

I wanted to add another map to my portfolio last year to go with my Gloucestershire map, so over the summer I illustrated this Map of Cornwall. I went to university in Falmouth in Cornwall so the county is very close to my heart and this turned out to be quite a personal piece with a few of my favourite places and Cornish things (cream teas!) added to the map. I'm hoping to get an online shop up and running soon, so hopefully I will have prints available of both Gloucestershire and Cornwall! 

Hope everyone is having a happy Sunday! :-)

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2. Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! Wishing you all a happy and safe festive season and looking forward to seeing what 2016 will bring! x

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3. Illustration for Levi

I recently did an illustration for my cousin's lovely little boy Levi. The London scene is something a bit different for me, but it was really fun to paint!

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4. Swan Lake Illustrations

Last November I worked with the U.S. Educational publisher Seed Learning to illustrate a picture book version of Swan Lake for early readers. Last week I received an exciting parcel in the post with two copies of the book all the way from Korea! It was a really fun project to work on and made me face my fear of illustrating human characters! 

Here are a couple of spreads from the book...


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5. Cheltenham Open Studios 2015

My work displayed at deepspaceworks for COS15.

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you will have seen that I recently took part in Cheltenham Open Studios 2015, a biyearly event, where nearly 200 artists across Cheltenham open up their homes and studios to the public.

My studio space at deepspaceworks Art Centre in Cheltenham is home to 15 other artists and creatives and, alongside the studios being opened up to the public, we had an exciting and diverse exhibition running alongside it including work from studio members and associates.

Patience the Hare in progress - photo by Anou Issa
Me, Brigitte and Laura at the private view - photo by Anou Issa

Check out more pictures of the exhibition after the jump...




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6. Cirencester Hare Festival 2015

Meet Patience the hare!

As part of the Cirencester Hare Festival 2015 I was asked to decorate a small hare this year! The hare is one of 50 as part of the Small Hare Passport Trail. The hares can be found all over Cirencester and this little one is located at Cirencester Hospital. There are 6 small hares to see up at the hospital; each one decorated by a different department. I decorated the admininstration team's hare.

Please check out some more photos after the jump...

Here are some photos of my painting process...

And finally, it had to be done, a hare selfie!!

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7. Hare in my studio!

There's a hare in my studio! 

I'm painting a small hare as part of the Cirencester Hare Festival 2015. She will be part of a trail of 50 small hares on the Small Hare Passport Trail that can be found in shops and buildings all over Cirencester. This little one will be living at Cirencester Hospital. Click on the link below to find out more information.


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8. Happy 2015!

A bit late, but I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

I was a very busy bee at the end of 2014 working on a couple of exciting commissions, which I can hopefully share soon. In the meantime, here is a christmas illustration I did for my cousin's baby boy who lives over in New York!

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9. Jackson Roy

This is an illustration I did for my cousin's beautiful baby boy Jackson Roy. I worked on it this time last year just in time for his christening. I believe it is now hanging in the nursery in the "family gallery" where my uncle has also got some work exhibited!!

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10. High Five Magazine Cover!

I've got a very exciting delivery in the post this week! Earlier in the year I worked on a fun commission for the US children's magazine High Five and illustrated the front cover of their November issue. The brief involved bears, autumn, knitting and jumpers...some of my favourite things! It was a lovely brief to work on and it's an amazing feeling to think my artwork is all over the US at the moment! My cousin, who lives in New York, went on a hunt for a copy and bought hers in Barnes & Noble New York! Yay! Please let me know if you live in the US and see the magazine...it's out now!

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11. 2014 Update!

Mr Beaver takes a walk!

Hello, long time no blog! Can't believe I haven't posted since April 2013, time has just flown by! I'm still here though and still working away in my studio here in Cheltenham. I've worked on a couple of commissions outside of my day job, the most recent being the cover art for a US children's magazine called High Five. It's the November issue which is out now!! I haven't seen a physical copy yet, but my lovely cousin who lives in New York has taken some pictures of it for me in Barnes and Noble! I'm pretty excited to think that my illustration is currently all over America and as soon as I get a physical copy I will definitely be sharing the artwork here alongside some photographs. Here is a photo she sent me...exciting stuff!:

My most recent piece is Mr Beaver above who is off on some kind of walking adventure! I'm not exactly sure where he's going yet, but we will see!

Please let me know if you are in the US and see a copy of High Five, it would make my day!

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12. BLOOM 8th - 14th May

This lovely image is the poster for an upcoming exhibition I'm involved in this May entitled BLOOM. The show is taking place at the beautiful Gardens Gallery in Cheltenham, where I have previously exhibited with the lovely GradGallery collective.

The exhibition will showcase the work of five creatives including myself, Sophia Bloxham, Liz Clayton, Emma Ridgway and Katie Thomas (who designed this fabulous poster!). Please click on their names to visit their websites/blogs to check out their work. There will be a variety of illustration and design on show and, as always, there will be lots of lovely prints, originals, postcards and greetings cards for sale!

Hope you can make it along to the exhibition, please pop in and say hello if you are in the area!

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13. More dogs in jumpers..!

 Hey everyone! Just a couple more quick illustrations of some pups sporting some very fetching jumpers. I'm trying to get some new work done at the moment ready for an exhibition I have coming up next month. The show is taking place at the Gardens Gallery in Cheltenham and will have work by me and a few other very talented ladies! I'll post all the details in the next week or so if you are interested.

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14. Dogs In Knitwear

Hello everyone and Happy Sunday! Just a bit of fun with these two illustrations, if you follow me on Twitter you may have already seen a glimpse of them! They were inspired by an old knitting pattern for doggy jumpers my Gran found in a charity shop. There are three more I've still got to paint and I'll post a pic of the knitting pattern with the rest of them because it's so funny! Hope you like them. You can follow me on Twitter here... Lucy_Boden :-)

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15. Giddy Up!

Hello everyone! As it was the Grand National yesterday, I thought it would be fun to post an equestrian related illustration. This is just another experimental painting, getting me into drawing children. I really enjoyed sketching out the horse, I spent a lot of time with and drawing horses when I was younger so it was quite nostalgic. This is the whole image...

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16. Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to everyone! Hope you are all having a lovely, relaxing weekend and enjoying your chocolate eggs!

I'm afraid I don't have an Easter illustration to share with you, but instead here is a little character study I've been working on recently. One of my NY resolutions this year was to become more confident with drawing and painting children/people characters and this is my first attempt. I want to move on to doing characters more suited to picture books, but I figure this is a good start!

Please follow the link to take a look at my painting process...
I thought it would be nice to show a glimpse into my painting process for this illustration. These are just a few quick snaps, but I will definitely be doing a more in depth post about my process soon. I love reading these kind of posts on other blogs and seeing how illustrators/artists create their work.

I paint in Windor & Newton gouache using a sable brush (at the moment I'm using a Pro Arte one in size 4, but I have a variety that I use). My basic process starts with a pencil outline, which I trace onto watercolour paper using a light box. My painting process goes something like this...I start by painting a base colour, then add light and shadow and blend out. Once this is done I will add details such as eyes, hair, fur, grass etc.

A very simple explanation, but you get the idea I hope! Please link me to any of your process posts, I would love to have a nosey at them!

Enjoy the rest of the long weekend :-)

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17. Sunday Sketch - 4

A quick Sunday sketch! :)

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18. A little update!

Hello! This a long overdue update for my poor blog!

I've been a busy bee recently with my day job, but I've been working on an alphabet illustration after my 9-5 and finished it up this weekend. It was originally an animal alphabet, but a few insects sneaked their way in!

Here are a few details of some of my favourites...

Hopefully, I'll get a christmassy post up soon! I'm been getting in the christmas spirit this weekend, decorating the tree and watching "Elf", but I haven't yet started my christmad shopping...eek!!

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19. "SAIL" Exhibition

Hello everyone!

It's been a few weeks since I've stopped by here..! I've been busy organising work for several upcoming exhibitions, the first of which is "SAIL". It's taking place over a couple of weeks in May at galleries in both Cirencester and Cheltenham. There will be a huge variety of different creatives exhibiting and should be an exciting show! There will also be plenty of art works, prints and cards avaliable to buy if you wish! If you live locally, please pop by and say hello!

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20. GradGallery.co.uk presents... Harmony

Hello everyone! Just a quick post to show you the poster for an upcoming exhibition I am a part of. This will be GradGallery's 3rd exhibition, which is really exciting! There will be 11 artists exhibiting from 11th - 17th July at The Gardens Gallery, Cheltenham. Hope to see you there!

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21. Harmony Exhibition: Private View!

We had our private view last night for the Harmony exhibition in Cheltenham. Here are a few photos from the evening, we had a great turnout! You should also check out the lovely Liz Clayton's blog for more photos. The exhibition will be staying open daily 10-5 until Tuesday 17th July.

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22. Harmony Exhibition: 11-17 July 2012

The GradGallery exhibition is currently open at The Gardens Gallery, Cheltenham. There's a variety of work on show, ranging from illustration to photography. There are originals and prints for sale and lots of lovely greetings cards and postcards to purchase.

Thank you to everyone who has visited so far, we have had some great comments and met some lovely people! Please pop in and say hello if you are in the area. I'll be there most days, we are open 10-5 until Tuesday 17th July.

These are a few photos of the exhibition:

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23. Duck Pond Illustration

I posted a few snippets of this illustration on twitter a few days ago and here is the finished piece! The furry creature on the edge of the pond is a water vole if you are curious!

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24. Something new...!

Good morning! Here's something new that I haven't posted on my blog before. It was a speculative piece I did for a client at the end of last year. Thought I would post the rough and the final image so you can get a small insight into my process!

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25. Etsy Shop now open!

My Etsy shop has finally been re-stocked and is now open for business again! I'll be adding some new items in the coming weeks, including new greetings cards, postcards and prints. I'm also planning on doing a little giveaway in the next few weeks to celebrate, so keep checking back for more info on that. Hope you are enjoying the lovely sunny weather, you can have a browse of my shop here or by clicking one of the icons below. :)

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