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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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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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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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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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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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Catch of the day- MATS Bootcamp

This was MATS bootcamp assignment for February. To create a circular scene inspired by an artist that you admire. I chose the Norwegian artist and ceramic painter Turi Gramstad- Oliver of Figgjo Flint fame. If you are familiar with her work you may be able to tell my fisherman and creatures all have a similarly styled face.

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Journal Design – Gemstones and brooches – MATS Bootcamp

Here is the finished design for my January assignment set by Lilla Roger’s for MATS bootcamp. It’s a journal cover design inspired by Edwardian gems and stones. I really loved researching all the different stones and brooches for this and also choosing a more sophisticated colour palette. I can imagine it being used on a journal with co-ordinating stationery products!

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The Tortoise and Hare book cover

This book jacket illustration was created for Lilla Roger’s online course MATS. A really fun assignment to create a book cover for Aesop Fable’s The Tortoise and The Hare. I wanted to design something that would tell the story in a more modern way and convey a  rivalry between school peers.