Creative Comparisons

I’ll start this post with the tip of NEVER compare your work to someone else’s work. It’s not worth the heartache because you will always tear your own work apart and think it should look like something else. Makes no sense but the human brain isn’t logical.

However I do think it’s actually quite fun to compare yourself with you past self and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing recently!

At the beginning of this month I was feeling a bit burned out from deadlines so I decided to close my custom orders for a couple of weeks to give myself a break and to catch up on some new designs for the shop. I was ready to create but I had no inspiration. Instead I just stared at a blank page feeling the pressure to create something build up. So I decided to go back to some of my original ratty designs that I created 7 years ago and try to recreate them.

My little Milo got a fantastic make-over

These original designs are so different to how I create now, I still love them but it’s also so much fun to actually see how much my style has evolved over the years. I love where my creative adventure has taken me and also that I’ve found so much love for textures. The next example gave me nightmares though…

Little Evie

Evie’s original toes (literally haunting my nightmares), the iffy inking and my poor scanning and editing skills have made me cringe so much since I found this one. But at the same time it’s also given me that fantastic feeling of achievement to see how far I’ve come.

The final recreated design I’m sharing today is my “Everything will be okay” design. This was a bit difficult as I along with many other people absolutely love the original design so I felt torn over recreating it with an updated style. I still love the original as it’s just so special but the recreated illustration also fills me with happy feelings. I’m glad I took the time to update the design with the others.

Everything will be okay

I’ve really enjoyed giving these designs a new lease of life and it was a much needed mental break from coming up with new designs. It ended up being a great motivator too as it showed me that I have made progress in the last few years even if I beat myself up at times.

There’s going to be lots of fun happening at Silly Badger Designs over the summer months and I’m super excited to share more but it’s a bit top secret at the moment. To be the first to get new updates and sneak previews sign up to my mailing list here (Don’t worry I only email when there’s something new happening, I don’t have time to spam you! XD)

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And if you got this far thanks for reading my rambles! I hope May has treated you well and I look forward to sharing more next month!

Hello March!

We’re only a few days in and it’s already been a busy and exciting month so far!

I started out with a little shop update that was incredibly unplanned. I cannot express how unplanned it truly was as the earliest I was thinking of doing a shop update was the end of March and yet on the 2nd I had all the new products ready to go so I just went for it. I’m so happy I did though as it was a fun and cheerful update that seems to have brightened the shop.

One of the new card designs available in the shop now!

The shop update also included some new art prints that are featured in my portfolio. One of my biggest goals this year is to expand my portfolio so there are some non ratty designs available too including this horse design. This print was inspired by my longing for those warm hazy summer days when you can go for a gentle walk in the countryside past fields of horses that are usually quite friendly and nosy as you walk past them. It was created whilst there was snow and ice outside. Is it obvious I’m craving the warmer weather?

Summer Dreams art print

It’s not my usual art print style but I really love how this illustration came out and I love that it just makes me feel happy and think of happy memories of Cornish holidays.

You can see the rest of the shop update by going to my Etsy Shop

The rest of the month is slowly coming together in my planner and I’m very excited to be sharing more here and on my Instagram account (sillybadgerdesigns) You can see a lot of behind the scenes and updates there and I’m hoping to show some of my sketchbook work on my account later on this month so keep an eye out for that!

In other news my Spoonflower shop is back open with a small amount of ratty faces designed fabrics. You can find a link to my shop in my find me elsewhere page. I’m hoping to add a few more designs to the shop over the next few months and I will also be adding a woven monkey shop once that’s all set up.

Basically the rest of the month is incredibly busy and I’m bursting with new ideas that I can’t wait to make a reality and share! But for now I will leave it with the shop updates, so remember to follow me on Instagram to keep up to date on what’s happening!

And sign up to my newsletter as my first email will be going out at the beginning of April.

Have a happy March! 🙂

Welcome to Silly Badger Designs!

Hello!

Thank you so much for visiting my (new) website and a big special thank you if you’re reading this because you’re also reading my first blog!

Starting a blog has been on my to do list along with creating a website so as I’ve just done one I thought I might as well tick off another big scary thing from the to do list.

I thought as it’s the first blog post I would take a moment to let you know a little bit more about myself and Silly Badger Designs

I currently work from my home studio where I create artwork and illustrations with a mixture of art mediums from digital art to inks, watercolours and pencils. You can usually find me doodling something or packing orders with Merlin, my sprocker spaniel at my feet (or more likely on my lap lately). Either that or he’ll be sitting and glaring at me for not focussing all my attention on him.

And after mentioning the little floof monster, here is Merlin. He features a lot in my artwork and as a crazy dog mum I must share him on here!

Crazy and cute little alien!

I’ve been running Silly Badger Designs since early 2016, my shop is currently on Etsy where you can find lots of printed goodies with my designs on them. Nearly all of my items there are handmade by myself.

You can also find my work on products through my redbubble shop too.

This year I’m hoping to expand my portfolio and take on a few big projects that I can’t really mention just yet as I’m afraid I’ll jinx it! However I’m hoping to have fabric designs available by mid spring. I’ve also started using a sketchbook again after a few years break so I’m hoping to share more from that over on my Instagram and potentially here.

I am also taking pet portrait commissions again. They’re limited availability at the moment as I don’t have enough time to take on many until later on in the year so if you’re interested in commissioning me please let me know via the contact page or go to pet portraits in my shop for more information.

Finally I’d love to hear from you so feel free to come say hi or to let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see in future blogs! You really want to see more Merlin right?

Siobhan