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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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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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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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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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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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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.