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Inktober Zine Project 2017

Hi guys, so over the month of October I participated in the month long Inktober drawing challenge initiated by Jake Parker. The challenge involved inking each day of the month. As I knew I wanted to take part earlier this year I made a plan to use Edward Lear’s Nonsense Alphabet poem to guide me through 26 days, the remainder days I inked another nursery rhyme. Below are the results of the Alphabet project along with the Zine that was created from the illustrations. I’ve also included a link to the final poetry reading which is up on my YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/L6paLAWJKVg You can purchase this Zine in my shop- just click the link in the side bar menu.

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A-Z Vegetable Illustrations

Here’s my completed A-Z of vegetable illustrations! Really happy to have completed this project and managed to find a veg for each letter of the alphabet. You can see the finished pieces below. You can buy a print of this in my society 6 shop click the images below to be taken to the shop and view it in my They Draw and Cook portfolio.

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Food Illustrations

I’m currently working on creating an illustrated vegetable alphabet. Having been recently commissioned to draw food illustrations for a recipe book I felt spurred on to create more food illustrations- particularly fresh fruit and veg. The project is playing out on instagram where I release one veg per post – so far I’ve done A-G. Looking forward to see the whole collection!

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Map work for Dairyland Farm World

I’ve recently received the printed leaflets for DairyLand Farmworld with my maps on the back and they look so cool! I think the matt paper stock they’re printed on makes them feel super special and also lends themselves to little ones scribbling on the areas they have visited.  Creative direction was from the good folks at Idenna and they were pretty relaxed with how I worked the style. You can pick up one of these at any tourist point or supermarket in Cornwall that has a flyer area.  

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Advice for artists -how to price illustration work

Although I have been working in the creative arts since I graduated back in 2002 it’s only in the last few years that I have been involved in the world of illustration. Unlike most other creative jobs illustration is not priced per hour or on a day rate but per project and the price centres around the following: Usage of work – what is the illustration being used for- book cover, email marketing, greeting card, tee shirt design, advertising? Rates vary widely depending on the area of use. It is important to have this specifically defined in your contract and for further uses another license agreement would need to be drawn up. Area of Use or Territory it’s being licensed in. If the work is only to be used in the UK then the price would be lower than say if the client wanted Worldwide rights. Duration of license – this […]

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Valentine Illustration Challenge

I’ve just completed a 14 day valentine illustration challenge- producing 1 new piece of love themed artwork each day from the 1st-14th February. This is my second challenge I’ve completed to help me produce new work to license on a specific theme. It really helps me to focus and produce work in a short period of time- a little like going on a bootcamp- it’s intense but gets your illustration muscles working! Below are the results:

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Christmas Illustration Countdown

I’ve set myself a mini illustration challenge of creating 25 new christmas pieces and releasing one each day of December until Christmas Day. So far I have created 10 images- if you would like to follow along I am releasing them on my Instagram account each morning! Find and follow me at https://www.instagram.com/melanie_chadwick/ with the tag #christmasillocountdown

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Wedding Invitations

I recently completed a simple wedding postcard invite for a couple of friends of mine. I loved the theme of fairies and flowers that I thought I’d share it here. I think this floral design would work well on Thank-you cards too.

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World Book Day project with LEAP

I recently took part in a collaborative project with Leap and St. Austell Printing Company. Creative Director Matt Hocking from Leap invited me to contribute as I have been supplying illustration work for them for the past 2 years and have a good relationship with them. I had to illustrate part of the story that was written by budding young writer Esme Hocking- Matt’s daughter. It was a fun project to be a part of and I especially liked the collaborative element. The project was initiated by SAPC as part of World Book Day with the aim of showcasing what they can do, as well as bringing together and marketing creative companies and design studios in Cornwall. There has been a good response to the project and it has been picked up by several newspapers and media outlets online.  

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Luxurious Lemon Drizzle Cake with Dark Chocolate

It was my husband’s birthday this week and I knew I would have to bake his favourite cake – lemon drizzle with dark chocolate! As it is quite a simple cake to make and tastes delicious (if you’re a fan of citrus and chocolate) I felt it appropriate to illustrate the recipe and share on They Draw and Cook website. Here it is below- enjoy!  

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Melanie Chadwick showing at Blueprint Show NYC

I’m delighted to announce I will be showing my work with Pure Illustration at the May Blueprint Show in New York. Since January I have been working on creating new pieces for my portfolio in particular greeting cards for a range of occasions. If you are based in the area or will be attending the show make sure to introduce yourself to Richard at Pure Illustration -booth number 11 from 12-16th May at the Metropolitan Pavilion.  

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Mollie Makes Issue 63 Illustration Commission

I was super excited to be asked to design and illustrate a set of 8 pages for UK based Magazine Mollie Makes. The brief was to include a variety of quotes and patterns and use a fresh colour palette across the work. I chose quotes that inspire me and are fun as well as a favourite colour palette I like to use – cool greens, pastel pinks, peach with a splash of gold.

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Gig Boat Illustration

I recently completed this sketch/illustration for GigRower’s Magazine. It’s not meant to be to scale but gives an working impression of all the different parts of a Gig boat. Living in Cornwall I get to frequently see these long boats cruising along the shore line so it was nice to be able to study this boat in more detail and find out what all the parts are.

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Digital Nomad – MATS BOOTCAMP

Here is my June assignment for MATS bootcamp-editorial illustration for an article on being a digital nomad. In this piece I experimented with textures and brushes in Photoshop having created the main part if it in illustrator. This is a new way of working for me as I usually tend to stick to just working in illustrator. I’m looking forward to working in this way more!

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Custom designed wedding products

I’ve just completed some new work for a couple of wedding related projects. The first I’d like to show you is this sweet illustrated portrait of a couple for their HAG (Hen/Stag) do. A friend of theirs commissioned me to illustrate them with their names and year of wedding and a hashtag of an in joke they all shared. I then screen printed them on tees so that the HAG party could all wear them on their fun day out! The second project was to come up with a few floral wedding motifs which could then be used in and across a couple’s wedding stationery and menus. All the flowers illustrated were the ones that would be used in the bride’s bouquet and around the wedding venue so I worked within a tight colour palette too. Handwritten lettering was also required for particular headings and names.

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GigRower Illustrated Wall Calendar 2015

GigRower commissioned me to illustrate their 2015 Gigrower Calendar. I had to include the entire season’s gig rowing regattas and races and then pick a few from each month to illustrate. The tricky part of this project was working out the overall design, making sure all the events fitted in and could still be readable. Visit www.GigRower.co.uk to buy. I really enjoyed drawing the iconic landmarks of each place and this has inspired me to draw more buildings and monuments.