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Things learnt from my daily 2020 postcard project

January 1st 2020 I set out to draw a postcard everyday for the entire year…little did I know what kind of year 2020 would shape up to be. 366 days later, 1 Pandemic, 5 bottles of black ink, 30 postcard books, 2 lockdowns, 1 overseas work trip and 14 days in quarantine I have emerged sanity in tack with 366 postcards sketched every day of 2020. To say it was a little tricky at times is an understatement and to be honest there were moments when I did think what am I doing? Do I really need to keep going with this project? After all we’re living through a pandemic and I’m sure no-one would bat an eyelid if I decided to stop. However there was something I discovered about myself this year that pushed me to keep going and that is; when the going gets tough, I dig in […]

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Map Illustrator for Ferment Magazine

2020 has started with some exciting map related news; I am now the map illustrator for Ferment Magazine, UK’s No. 1 craft beer magazine, brought to you by Beer 52. It sounds like an unusual fit for me, as I am not a beer drinker but I do love the Magazine’s art style and fresh appeal. I first approached the editor back in 2017, having been drawn to the brightly coloured cover I saw in WHSmiths and asked if they’d like a map illustrated for their next issue. Rather encouragingly I received a positive response from editor Rich and my first map was commissioned for their California issue and published at the end of 2017. Their new art director Adele Juraza got back in touch the end of 2019 and asked if I’d like to illustrate another map, this time for New Zealand. It was a quick turnaround but I […]

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Being Freelance Podcast

Last month I was interviewed by Steve Folland for his Being Freelance Podcast. It was the first time I had been interviewed on a podcast and so was quite a new experience for me! I needn’t have worried though as Steve is an experienced podcaster and broadcaster and great at putting people at ease and as I felt like I knew him through watching his vlogs on Youtube it was relatively painless. I spoke to Steve about my illustration and freelance journey and how I got to where I am today. It was actually a really helpful exercise for me as I could clearly see, looking back, the progression I had made from literally not knowing anything about illustration to working with a variety of national and international clients on a range of illustration projects, simply through taking small intentional steps. I think when you’re in the midst of building […]

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Sketchbook drawing and painting workshops in Cornwall

I’ve been busy planning my classes for this term and am excited to tell you what’s on offer. Here’s a full list of the workshops with a short summary of what I have on offer for the Autumn Term. I am also available for leading workshops at Art Groups, Festivals, Cafe’s, Craft Fairs etc. so do get in touch if you would like me to work with you. Sketchbook Drawing Club This is a chance to brush up on your observation and drawing skills. Each session we will look at a particular subject and discuss ideas for capturing your subject creatively and then set to work producing a beautifully illustrated sketchbook spread. We will be working from life where ever possible to really help us ‘see’ what actually is in front of us. All of our sketchbook classes will be held at Colroger Deli in Mullion Wednesdays 1.15-2.30pm. Book your […]

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Sketchbook Drawing Club

My next block of sketchbook drawing sessions will start April 30th. We will then meet every other Tuesday at the Colroger Deli 10-11.15am. Each session we will concentrate on a particular theme and I’ll be sharing ways in which to capture it in your sketchbook. £10 per session or block book all 5 for £45. Book online at

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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.

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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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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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.