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2022 Sketch Calendar launch

It gives me great pleasure to announce the launch of a new product for 2022- a calendar of my sketches. Since the beginning of the year, inspired by my sketchbook drawings, I have been working on a series of mixed media pieces which feature the landscape of the Lizard peninsula. My focus has been on creating colourful, layered, loose sketches which capture the energy and vibrance of the area. I used a range of materials namely Derwent’s Inktense pencils, Lyra’s water soluble crayons and Caran’dache’s Luminance pencils. These were applied in gradual layers combining with water and line work using my Lamy Joy fountain pen. I created directly inspired by my sketchbook drawings and I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of keeping the marks loose and energetic. The places included are Kynance Cove, Lizard, Mullion harbour, Cadgwith, Coverack and Helford. The calendar is available on pre-order and ready to purchase through […]

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Cornwall Play Mat

Play mats needn’t be boring and that’s exactly what Marcos Millet of Hippo Play mats believes having launched a range of mats based on towns and cities across the UK. I was contacted by Marcos late in 2020 to see if I would be up for designing a Cornwall based play mat and of course I said yes! I love creating maps and I also love Cornwall so to design a children’s play mat which features both seemed to be the perfect fit for me. The Cornwall based play mat is now on pre-order here, shipping September 2021, printed in a limited edition of 100. I hope you’re just as excited to see it in the flesh as I am!

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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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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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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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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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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.