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Porthleven in Postcards Book now available

It gives me great pleasure to announce that my¬†Porthleven in Postcards¬†book is now available to buy in store. As most of you will know I have been working on this project for some time and even though my Kickstarter funding didn’t come through it hasn’t stopped me from working out an alternative way to get my sketches published and printed. So I’m happy to present to you this new format which has been printed on luxurious thick textured card by local printers, R. Booth. Each book contains 15 unique drawings of Porthleven, artist notes and a glimpse into Porthleven’s history, making them a lovely memento of the area for you to keep, send or frame.

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Advice for artists – what to include in your contract

Written contracts as opposed to informal contracts are really important to¬†have in place with any illustration work you may be commissioned to do, both for the illustrator as well as the client. Even with the best of intentions without a¬†formal¬†contract things can quickly go awry and problems can range from work not been paid for,¬†disputes over who owns the copyright, to a general confusion over what is expected for both the client and illustrator. Interestingly any agreement which has the following three elements: An offer Consideration (something in exchange i.e. money) Acceptance written or verbal– automatically¬†creates a¬†contractually binding agreement between two parties and cannot be altered after the event without agreement from the other. It is after this stage that a written contract can be drawn up to further define the terms of trade. I’ve found that contracts can vary from client to client and sometimes the commissioner will have […]

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10 ways to cultivate a healthy sketchbook habit

There are lots of benefits to having a sketchbook habit, for one it allows you to be in the moment and observe and take in your surroundings. I find that it calms me down, almost like being in a meditative state, and I often will feel more relaxed once I’ve sketched as my mind has had a chance to switch off and just draw what’s in front of me. Here are 10 ways to get you going if you’re thinking of taking up your own sketchbook habit. Use a sketchbook It sounds obvious but it is essential to nurturing your sketchbook habit if you choose a sketchbook that you will enjoy using, preferably one that will fit in your bag or pocket and is unlined. Having a sketchbook will help you keep things in sequence and can also be read like a book. You’ll be able to look back on […]

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Creative Conversations

Over the last 4 months I’ve been filming and chatting with creative individuals based in Cornwall about their businesses. They’ve shared¬† their struggles and successes as well as what they are currently working on, their inspiration and where they’d like to be in the next few years. It’s been insightful, encouraging and uplifting, not just for me but also those who have been watching the series online so far. I hope to continue interviewing my guests in this relaxed way and build up a collection of chats that will provide insider knowledge and inspiration for those of you who are also interested in the creative industry . Over the coming weeks I will update my blog with all of those I’ve interviewed so far with advice and tips they have shared withe me. If you can’t wait for that you can check out all the interviews on my channel here.

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Sketchwalk Workshops

I am now offering sketchwalk workshops following on from my successful Urban Sketching workshop at Truro Arts Centre in May. They will be held in Porthleven, weather depending and will last a couple of hours. We will be exploring and sketching the village, views, buildings and details. To book a place online please click the link here. All materials are provided although I do supply a suggested material list should you want to bring your own. This workshop will appeal to you if: You are looking for a creative meaningful activity to do on your holiday or in your down time You are looking to improve your observation skills and grow in confidence You want to take in and explore your surroundings in a more meaningful way You are interested in Urban Sketching and looking to start a habit of sketchbook journalling I have a number of dates for July […]

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Sketching Porthleven

Hi guys I thought I’d update you on my sketchbook project. So over the last few months I’ve been steadily building a collection of sketches of Porthleven in my moleskine. It started with just the desire to draw what I saw around me and observe my environment but has grown into a little drawing addiction and a passion project.¬† I love drawing the old buildings and fishermen cottages and capturing them on paper really allows me to soak in the view as well as discover their histories and past lives. I now have over 50 drawings and have decided to collate them into a book along with the history, map and story of the town. I am aiming¬† to publish and print the book with the help of crowdfunding within the next few months and can’t wait to share it with you all. If you would like to hear how […]

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Work for Cornish Seasalt pinchpots

I was really excited to complete this project last year for Cornish Seasalt’s pinch pots. The brief was to illustrate the ingredients and to make them look fresh and exciting. I worked closely with Cornish based design studio Channel and we decided on using watercolour with acrylic inks to produce the final illustrations. The newly designed pinch pots are now on sale in Sainsbury’s – I’m currently using the seaweed salt in my dishes and love it sprinkled on sliced avocado and tomato on toast. Cornish Seasalt also did a mini interview on the project with me which if you like you can read by clicking here.    

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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.