If you don’t know this about me by now, I LOVE finding South African artists and discovering new styles of art. There is nothing more special to me than receiving personalised gifts, and really seeing the time, effort, and love in the choice of spoiling.
Katy-Jane has such a unique style of art that is full of soft colours, happy memories, and absolute inner beauty. Her art evokes such joy whenever I see a new piece, and I often see that these are used to capture very special moments. I am thrilled to bring you an interview with this talented #GirlBoss below.
Tell me a bit more about yourself: Currently I’m in the process of building my own sustainable Fashion Label. Sustainability within the fashion industry sits extremely close to my heart and if I can make a slight difference to our ever so growing world; why not? Local is lekker.
I have two years experience working as a Freelance Fashion Designer/Creator in Cape Town. I’ve done work for brands such as Woolworths and Markhams, creating CAD’s, Techpacks and Prints. I’ve also done my fair share of Internships… Truworths, Crystal Birch and Aisha Baker.
At present, I am a short course Digital Design Lecturer at Design Academy of Fashion. Teaching to both part-time students and industry workers. I help people fall in love with the digital fashion world. Before venturing into the design world I spent four years of my life in the hospitality industry, owning and managing my own coffee shop, Blonde&Beard.
I have a love for people, I have a love for serving people and a huge soft spot for coffee.
Have you always been artistic: YES – I grew up in a very creative and artistic household. My Mom and Sister inspire me daily – I actually send through every illustration to Mom to get her approval before sending off to it’s new home (she’s my bestie and biggest inspiration).
How would you describe your style of art: Quirky and unique? I guess I find describing my art very difficult, I’m not someone to boast 😉
What makes your art different to others: The amount of love that I pour into each illustration, this is my magical remedy 💛
How can people place an order with you: Placing an order is super easy and user friendly; one could just hop onto my Facebook or Instagram page and pop me a message OR they can also mail me at email@example.com
What emotion do you hope people feel when they see your creations: HAPPINESS | I strive to portray happiness and emotion throughout all my illustrations.
Which is your personal favourite piece of art that you have done: A personal favourite of mine is pretty much anything animal / pet related. I LOVE drawing up Pet Portraits – who doesn’t love staring at a cheerful doggy or beautiful kitty all day? There’s an innocence about them that tends to bring me peace & calmness.
How did lockdown affect your business: Lockdown actually enabled me to start my illustration business so I’d 100% give lockdown a thumbs up from my side.
Why do you encourage people to support local: I think by supporting local you are supporting your country or better yet even your home town; there’s just something so special about this. To me it brings a community together, makes us stronger as a ‘whole’ and allows small businesses to grow and get the recognition they deserve!
Quote you live by: “So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring your flowers.”
Anything else you want to add: I’m a HUGE coffee Lover!
Are you not completely and utterly obsessed over this art? I am crushing hard on her artwork, and absolutely loved chatting to Katy-Jane. You can feel her positivity and happiness bubbling out of every pore, and she was an absolute joy to get to know.
I’m definitely going to be placing an order for a piece of work for our home soon. An anniversary gift, wedding present, birthday surprise, or something to celebrate a special occasion – it would suit any of these. Please tag me in your pic if you get one done! I would love to see how they turn out.
During lockdown, I put much time and effort into finding new businesses that really spoke to me. I spent time chatting to these business owners, and seeing who I truly resonated with. I never want to recommend a business if the owner is unfriendly or unhelpful, and certainly if I discover bad reviews about them.
One of my absolute gems that I discovered is Ruby Tuesday Resin. Not only is Ruby one of the kindest people I have ever met, her products are also top class and she deserves every bit of recognition that she gets. My very own chopping board arrived this morning, and I spent some time just admiring the workmanship and love poured into this product. It really is a statement piece, and one that I will keep safe forever. As a friend said, they would make beautiful wedding or anniversary gifts too. I can’t WAIT to show you more about this gorgeous business, and I can almost guarantee you will go rushing over to her social media to see more for yourself.
Tell me a bit more about your business:
I specialise in unique hand crafted resin cheeseboards, serving boards, coasters, bespoke coffee tables & artwork.
What makes your products so special: Each board is unique, not one board looks the same. Even when I use the same colours on the same night or on the same shape board, the end result still differ.
Where did the idea to make these come from: My daughter had to do a project at university using resin. We both got so into the whole “new” resin movement and we were captured by the uniqueness of the art. I watched over 49 Meg worth of YouTube videos that month and soon I was dreaming about how to introduce it to the South African market. My Hubby soon had to become my business partner, resource manager and private banker.
Which is your personal favourite product: I import my resin and my colorants and I feel that it contributes to the uniqueness and finish of my products.
What makes your products stand out in comparison to others: I started about 3 years ago and was, and still is, one of the first people in South Africa to make resin cheeseboards. I haven’t seen another artist who’s boards/products look like my own. I love how unique each board looks & when seeing the end product, know how much work has gone into each board.
How can people order from you: I sell mostly through my Instagram feed and stories. I have had many requests for a website but due to the nature of my art and the fact that my boards are not mass produced and that not one looks the same – each one has to be photographed and published – and sometimes they get sold before I can even upload them.
Do you do custom orders: yes I do – but there is a lead time up to 14 working days as each board gets prepped, poured in layers. Each layer has to cure and this can be effected by the weather. Then the boards get sanded and branded by hand, oiled, photographed and published.
What are the different products you make: I mainly specialise in serving boards but do coasters, coffee tables & artworks too.
Quote you live by: ‘Lead so others will follow.’ I have had many people trying to copy and recreate my art – I see it as a compliment and inspiration. I help and give advice when people ask me – as so many has helped me on my journey.
Anything else you want to add:
Ruby Tuesday will be expanding to Kalk Bay, Bitterfontein and Franshoek soon & currently talking with a huge bespoke designer in Durban to launch a special/collaborative range. We will also be putting together some starter kits – to learn to do your own resin artwork. With this we are looking at merch and starting classes in the future & doing some exciting wine and resin evenings!
Each and every one is born with the same amount of creativity – the more you practice the better you become. I have had MANY ups and downs, failures, disappointments, financial hurdles. I’ve had the highest highs and the LOWEST lows. People have praised and criticised my art. My husband and my daughters are my biggest fans and without their support and cheers from the side-lines, I don’t think I would have been here, 3 years with countless long nights & struggles later and so proud of how far Ruby Tuesday Resin has come!
Aren’t these absolutely dreamy? And what a statement piece for any home.
I really encourage all of you to pop over to her social media profiles to have a look at her latest creations. She is also running an AMAZING competition alongside some other stunning brands, and you definitely don’t want to miss out on that.
Thank you so much Ruby for your kind heart, your love, your passion and for allowing me to interview you for my blog. It has been an honour getting to know you better, and I know that I will definitely be supporting you going forward.
I follow quite a few make-up artists on Instagram, and one of my favourites is Charli X Boi. A little while ago he posted a piece of fan art that had been done of him, and I was blown away! The design popped out at me, and just exuded happiness and joy. I reached out to Yuvianca about her beautiful work, and she was so friendly and accommodating. I knew you guys would appreciate her stunning work too so had to do a little feature on her! Her prices are reasonable, her talent insane, and her heart is so full of kindness. Keep reading for more…
How would you describe your style of art: I like to think of my art as a combination of line art and digital art.
Have you always been so creative: Yes I have. I actually had design and visual arts throughout my Primary and High school years. I love art and being creative. I like to transform something boring into something extraordinary!
How can people place an order with you: They can either message me through FB Messenger or Direct message on my personal Instagram or my design page’s Instagram.
How much do you charge for your pieces: R200 per design.
Can people still receive their order during lockdown: Yes they can, but they have to wait 2-3 days, because each designs is extremely time consuming.
What makes your art unique to others: My art is unique because I try to create my clients designs according to their personality and things that they love. I feel that makes the design much more personal.
Why do you encourage people to support local: Because before you can go global you need to start local. Everyone needs to start somewhere eventually!
Quote you live by: Be brave enough to take off the masks you wear on the outside and get to know who you are underneath. The flawed you, the beautiful you, the perfect you.
What do you guys think of her pieces? Don’t you think they are so divine? I love how unique they are, and I love Yuvianca’s positivity and outlook on life. It was so lovely to chat to her, and I know that I am definitely going to get a pic done by her soon. Any advice on which picture I should use?
Please support local artists – especially now during lockdown. These can be sent to friends or family all over the world, and would really be something special as a gift, or even as a spoil for yourself. Tag me in the pic once you have received it, as I would love to see more of her creations.
I love beautiful art. I love pictures that make you think, pictures that you can spend hours looking at, and images that evoke emotions in you that you may not have been experiencing initially. I love hand-drawn art, that you can see the skill and time put into it. But most of all I love seeing people’s creativity coming through in their own special way.
I was drawn to Ilse through her yoga mats initially, and then I discovered there was so much more than “just” these mats. I saw her posts about her art special she is currently running (believe me, you will want to check these out), and I got totally sucked into her website and the wide array of art that she offers. I felt like I had walked through a portal into a whole new world, and that night I even dreamt about some of the pieces I had seen. That’s when I knew I needed to reach out to Ilse and find out more about NovaWoolf, and get to know the creator.
Tell me a bit more about Nova Woolf:
NovaWoolf is the result of the creative and idealistic part of myself merging with the pragmatic, strategic part. It’s my sacred space to dream and to do, and to share it all with you. It started as only an Instagram page, where I could post my drawings and thoughts. This quickly grew into my own creative studio where I had been offering my design & illustrations services, selling my artwork, and I’ve participated in art exhibitions, locally and internationally. A lot has happened very quickly in the last couple of years and my business is constantly evolving. One day, I was looking for a fresh canvas for my artwork & posted a mockup of one of my paintings called “MoonMagic” onto a yoga mat! It made so much sense, since I practice yoga and my choices for yoga mats at the time were essentially limited to pink plastic or purple plastic!! I really wanted to create something magical that is kind to our bodies and to our planet – something I would actually use every day. The yoga mat mockup post received an overwhelming response, so it only made sense that I pursue this further & create my own conscious luxury yoga lifestyle brand. There are so many things in the pipeline for NovaWoolf Art and NovaWoolf Yoga & I’m beyond excited to see where this all goes!!
I see you have stunning yoga mats – please tell me about them: NovaWoolf yoga mats (and soon-to-be released yoga props!!!) reflect an equal measure of scientific engineering, and thoughtfully curated art, to create a magical product that will become a treasured part of your yoga story. I believe this type of integration between body & mind, emotional value & physical performance, ecological consciousness & personal satisfaction are key to living a balanced, healthy, abundant life. I believe in quality over quantity, consciously curating your life and only owning items that add value to your life.
Our products are truly exceptional! Each NovaWoolf yoga mat is created from hand-painted designs, and all our mats are extra-large and extra thick to support all bodies and to cushion the joints. They are also biodegradable, vegan, and made from natural and recycled materials. They are free from PVC and toxins often found in other yoga mats and are created to be kind to your body and our precious planet.
Our yoga mats are specially engineered and meticulously tested to offer you only the best-quality and performance features, to ensure that you are fully supported during any style of yoga practice and in any environment.
We are very excited that we will soon be releasing an extended range of yoga props (cork blocks and straps) and you are the first to know!! 😀 And there will be loads more to come in the future! We have a very long list of dreams, to say the least.
Why are your products so different to others:
NovaWoolf is not just another lifestyle, or fitness brand. It is borne from the values characteristic of an atelier. Each product is created with the utmost care and conscious intention to add magic and beauty to the world. Each product is thoughtfully created, meticulously tested, refined, refined some more, and then lovingly handed over to the wonderful community we have come to love and authentically connect with. We do not simply aim to ‘sell’, but to share our story with the world. I still cannot get over how incredibly wonderful it is that something I painted one late night while processing my thoughts in the privacy of my home and listening to my favourite artists in the background, can end up on a product that someone else, someone anywhere on the planet, uses every day! This to me is extremely special and is one of the main motivations that lies behind everything I do, and now that NovaWoolf as a company does. The other primary motivation that keeps us centred on creating what we do, is that the world is in desperate need of more light, more beauty, more conscious creators, more kindness in every way possible. We are simply doing our part to create the world that we would like to live in : one where humans live in harmony with nature, practice compassion and non-violence to all creatures, where connection is more important than competition, and where holistic wellness and balance are prioritised.
What would you call the style of art that you do:
I suppose my visual style is a bit ambiguous. It has oscillated between contemporary minimalist illustrations with a monochromatic colour palette, vs. colourful, layered, more abstract expressive, ink and watercolour works. The overarching, or connecting, qualities of my work is usually expressive, loopy lines, and emotive subject matter that explores themes of healing, growth, transformation, and integration.
I suppose it’s worth mentioning that I studied design at Vega and went on to work as an art director, then strategist, designer / illustrator, stylist… you name it, I’ve done it! My design background has been hugely influential, since I was always comfortable working digitally. It’s only in the last couple of years that I’ve started returning to my traditional art supplies. I’ve fallen in love with painting again and as a result I will be very hesitant to return to digital illustrations in the future, as I have been doing previously. I also studied psychology and completed my MA in social & psychological research, so this theoretical background, combined with my own lived experience, is the reason behind my emotive subject matter.
Moving forward, my monochromatic illustrations are something of the past as I am focusing now more on colour, traditional media, saying my goodbyes to thinking in black and white, and embracing a much more intuitive, richer, more joyously complex, divinely connected, layered and joyful existence 🙂
What inspires you to create these:
My art is just an expression of whatever it is that is moving through me. I know that sounds extremely contrived, but it’s the only way I can authentically describe it. It used to be quite an intensely anxious, heavy experience, but it has recently become a much more enjoyable and light, yet much more complex, experience. So, to answer your question – it all comes from within myself, or through myself, I’m not even 100% sure… It’s an almost mystical process for me – I generally don’t plan ahead too much and I create intuitively and almost while in a bit of a trance. Generally, I set up my favourite music, create a comfy safe space, and just kind of see what needs to be expressed.
What Emotions do you want these art pieces to evoke in people:
I can’t say that I have an agenda or an expectation of the outcome, of how other people receive or perceive anything I do, to be honest. I create what I want /need to, I share it freely, and I’m super grateful that others seem to find value in it.
Have you always been creative:
Yeah, as a child I did a lot of competitive dancing, singing, poetry performances, I played piano, guitar for a little while as well, and just basically participated in any creative pursuits I could at school. I was never really much into sports, although I did play netball and hockey – not particularly well, but I did it hehe. Thank goodness I’ve found yoga, hiking, and more recently, rock climbing, as an adult! Then of course pursuing creative studies at Vega and working in the creative world has also been a huge part of my life. I’ve kind of come full circle after pursuing psychological research as well, as I now lecture research to creative students at Vega , where I started 🙂 I love that I have finally found a way to balance my creative side with my scientific, strategic side and that I’m able to finally satisfy all the different parts of myself – by being an artist /designer, researcher and lecturer, and business owner & director! I always knew a 9-5 was not going to do it for me, so I’ve had to create my own path and I’m finally starting to see the fruits of all the struggle, self-doubt, feelings of misdirection, and isolation. This is what I think conscious, intentional, creative living is all about.
Do you do custom pieces:
Absolutely! I’ve done many commissions for clients locally, and globally.
How can people order from you:
Either via my online store, or by getting in touch via email, or simply via social media messaging.
How has this lockdown affected your business:
Gosh – it’s been terrible, but then its been ok again. Naturally, not being able to trade at all for so many weeks in lockdown has had a major impact financially. However, the silver lining is that now, more than ever, South Africans are finally awakening to E-commerce, after quite a slow uptake in previous years. I’m extremely grateful that E-commerce has been given the green light again and that we are back in business!
Why do you encourage people to support local:
So many reasons! The preservation of local businesses support the preservation of communities and causes; it ensures that macro-scale policies support the communities most affected by them; it ensures the recycling of revenue back into the local economy instead of flighting profits from local pockets abroad to support external structures; it also supports more job creation and improved protection of individual livelihoods and wellbeing; and it supports sustainable living as local businesses are more invested in living in harmony with the resources in their immediate environment that they depend on.
Beyond all this – its true that when you purchase from a small local business, someone does a little happy dance! At NovaWoolf, that someone is me & I 1000% make sure those dances actually happen!
Quote you live by:
Oh gosh, there are SO many. If I absolutely had to choose one, it would be this:
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”
It always reminds me that magic happens when you can successfully balance creativity with strategy, planning with letting go, light with dark, yin with yang, art with science. The ancient teachings of yoga, and the science of contemporary psychology both echo this idea of integration and wholeness, rather than the way of individuation, separation and disconnection we have been immersed in in the modern world.
Isn’t Ilse an absolute treat? And doesn’t her art speak to your very essence? I am SO glad that I stumbled across more of her talent, and could definitely picture a whole wall in our house being adorned with different pieces from her.
And let’s take a moment to appreciate her yoga mats… Imagine the talking point they would be? And being able to practice yoga in your backyard and truly feel connected to the earth with a beautiful mat at your feet. Now THAT would get me out and doing it more often.
Please continue to support local wherever possible. And pop over to Ilse’s social media pages to see more of what she has been up to.
As I am sure you know by now (if you have been following me for any time), I love to find artists in South Africa. I have found some really talented men & women, & have some super special artwork displayed in our house because of that.
I have had an idea for a new blog image for Flowercrowns & Treatment for some time, but have been looking for a style that really spoke to me & reflected who I really am in 2020. I wanted something fun, colourful & happy! And it was time for an update as I am no longer that sick little girl that I was just over a year ago…
I spent hours googling artists in South Africa. I looked at their images, I spoke to friends & I asked for advice. And then, finally, I discovered Oodles of Doodles. I knew I had found something really special, & instantly wanted to have a picture done. And you will see why this is my new feature image now!
Tell me a bit more about what you do: Oodles of Doodles Creations is a small yet powerful graphic design company that is ready to take on all your design needs and boost your brand. As they say ‘dynamite comes in small packages’ and that’s exactly what we are. A dynamic duo ready to tackle all your artistic needs. With many years of experience in the industry, our team is able to translate your ideas into reality and make your design dreams come true. But what makes us very special is our Caricatures.
Shaun is a very Talented caricaturist and towards the end of last year he decided to follow his dream and add it as a service with our company. It really took off from there. People were falling in love with his fun unique style on them.
All you have to do is send him some photos of yourself and he will draw you and your loved ones, even your furbabies.
What is your pricing for these orders:
We offer 2 options.
Black and white line art or full colour.
Black and white R250
This is for one person. But you can add other people in for an additional cost.
Add more people in your drawings, Limited to 2 adults and 2 children per drawing.
R50 pp – Line art
R100 pp – Full colour
We can also add your fur babies.
R50 – Line art
R80 – Full colour
All prices are per person and per fur baby.
How long does it usually take you to complete an order: It depends on the season. About a week. But over the festive season we were swamped so it was 3 weeks.
How can people place an order: Via Facebook or email.
Have you always been artistic: We have both always been very artistic for many years. We both met at Animation college and have been dating ever since.
It has been 10 years now.
Why are you so passionate about what you do: Shaun is passionate about his drawing as it takes him to a different world. It lets him escape his usual hustle and bustle of work that is more corporate. It allows him to express his artistic flair in a fun manner that brings joy to others as well. So many people enjoy his work and seeing the fun they have with the caricatures brings him joy too.
What has been your personal favourite piece:
I would say, Christian and James. They both just captured the people’s personalities so well.
Quote you live by: It would have to be “Excelsior” by Stan Lee a huge role model to Shaun since he was a child (even to me)
“You know, my motto is ‘Excelsior.’ That’s an old word that means ‘upward and onward to greater glory’. – Stan Lee
Anything else you want to add:
Shaun hopes to keep drawing his amazing caricatures for people and we also hope that you look at the rest of our company for other amazing branding solutions.
I’m sure you can see why I was so attracted to the work that they do, & now, I cannot wait to show you my new official image for Flowercrowns & Treatment… Drumroll please!
The first pencil drawing draft
Line art complete
Finished product with colour!
I couldn’t be happier with how this has turned out, & really love the idea of using a unique image to portray your personality on your website, email signatures & social media channels.
I am always on the hunt for South African artists that make me smile, & that I would love to have a piece of their artwork hanging up in my house. You may remember my blog about Charlie Loves (one of my favourite of all time), & when I saw that Minimal Creations had done a stunning drawing of Charlie’s work, I immediately reached out.
Your name: Maretha Brink – I’m a 25 year old born and raised farm girl from Riebeek-West.
Tell me a bit more about what you do: I draw custom illustrations from Photo’s which makes the perfect framed gift for someone or add that extra love to your home.
Have you always been artistic: I guess so yes- I’ve been doing art since primary school also have many family members who have an artistic side.
What makes your art different to others: I try to keep my illustrations as minimalistic as possible to perfectly fit into any decor style. However I put in alot of time and love into each illustration to give you the most accurate drawing possible. An illustration takes me about 2 hours, but I try my very best to keep the ordering process as well as the waiting period minimal.
Do you do custom art pieces: Absolutely – Send me your idea and photo and I will put it into an illustration for you.
How can people place an order with you: Very easy, just send me a message on either Facebook or Instagram and I will respond to you as soon as possible with my banking details, as soon as I received your POP you can send me 3 photo’s and I will start with your illustration.
What is your favourite piece of art that you have done so far: I don’t have a favourite, each illustration is special and unique in it’s own way, I really enjoy and treasure the process of creating them.
Why do you encourage people to support local: I love supporting entrepreneurship, people who take the leap to think out of the box. It also creates opportunities for stay at home mommies to give some extra care to their families. Local ownership also ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.
Quote you live by: A happy life is not build upon the goal of perfection, but balance.
Aren’t these divine?
Maretha is so talented, & I adore her style of pictures. The simplicity makes them pop even more!
It is my seven-year wedding anniversary coming up, & I think I may place an order with Maretha as a unique gift for the amazing man in my life. What do you think? I always enjoy giving something special that they definitely won’t have already.
One of my favourite people in the world, Jane Linley-Thomas, recently posted about a portrait she was getting done of a very special family member – their adorable dog. Now, if you know anything about me, you would know that my animals are number one in my life. In fact, I think that we treat them better than some people do their kids. No judgement, but I often think they deserve that unwavering love more than humans do…
I immediately went to check out the social media of Pet Portraits & fell in love with everything that I saw! I knew I had to get to know them a little better, & really think this is a great idea as a Christmas gift (there is less than 2 months to go people).
Tell me a little more about what you do: My main business is WiWe Workwear – an e-Commerce company that partners with factories and industry in the procurement of workwear, footwear and PPE. Pet Portraits is a “feel good” hobby business that I do on the side.
Have you always been artistic: I am not sure I would label myself as artistic however I do feel I have a good eye for what looks good, especially with my business. Aside from the portraits, my creativity is also expressed through music – I play a variety of instruments.
Why the idea with pets: This idea was originally just an idea I had as a birthday present for my younger brother. He loves his dog Billy who he affectionately renamed Sir William of Everton. I felt that nickname deserved a portrait to justify that so I got creative. Based on that birthday gift I was inundated with requests for other people so I figured I should start a business. The feedback I have had has been crazy and people are loving getting their pets made into family heirlooms. It is incredibly rewarding.
How can people place an order with you: Through the business email, firstname.lastname@example.org
What are your price ranges for these works of art: R2000 for the artwork, canvas and vintage framing. Leading up to Christmas this year I have decided to give a 10% discount. I offer 2 portraits for R3500.
What makes your art stand out in comparison to others: Funnily enough there isn’t any competitors in SA at this point, however the nature of the business is so personal that every portrait is utterly unique. International competitors seem to focus on block canvassing whereas I feel the vintage framing really adds a massive difference. I want every portrait to be classic and presented proudly in homes.
Quote you live by: Go local!
If you are an animal lover like me, these will definitely catch your attention & will be a great piece of art to display in your home & will form a talking point for years to come.
Please let me know if you decide to get one for yourself – I would love to see them!
When these pictures popped up on my Facebook timeline, I was immediately attracted to them. I loved her style, & thought this was such a beautiful idea for Christmas gifts. You could sense the emotion behind the illustration & it just immediately made me smile.
I reached out to Nicci straight away & asked if we could have a little chat & I could show all of you her beautiful work.
Christmas is coming soon, & I always think that something personalised is the best kind of gift there is – it is unlike anything else that person will receive & it shows the thought & love that has gone into it.
Tell me a bit more about what you do: I am an illustrator specialising in children’s book illustration. I also love doing character illustrations, surface pattern design, educational illustration and I have just started giving illustration workshops.
Have you always enjoyed art: I grew up in a small mining town and always escaped into my imagination so I started drawing in Primary school and at the age of 12 I started taking art classes and the art grew from there.
How is your style unique to others: I draw everything by hand and then scan my images in and usually colour them in digitally, so I find the hand-drawn element creates it’s own unique feel just as a signature would. I then use my wacom to colour in my images in Illustrator and Photoshop. I think my style is a bit quirky, colourful and hopefully expressive so I try and capture what my content is thinking. I also love adding texture to my drawings.
Do you do custom orders: All my orders are custom but I also do small orders. It’s always fun to do character portraits which make great gifts from a pet portrait to a family portraits.
How can people place an order with you: They can email me (email@example.com), it’s always lovely to hear people’s ideas and create something truly special.
I see you have also done a few books – where can people buy these from: I am currently busy with two books, the one is a book for Penguin which will be out later this year.
I have illustrated 7 books and have done many other educational books and covers. Some of them are out of print already but you can find these books here:
Why are you so passionate about what you do: I think illustrating is a bit like magic because you are taking an idea in your mind and turning it into something you can see, it’s a conversation and like visual candy. It’s also like creating for your inner child.
Quote you live by: Creativity takes courage – Henri Matisse
Anything else you want to add: I believe that everyone has creativity in them, it just manifests in different ways and is a language that needs to be spoken.
Don’t you adore these illustrations? And don’t they leave you with the biggest smile ever?
Hmmm… Methinks it’s time for an updated pic of husband & myself to add to our collection!
A friend recently shared a post on Facebook, & this was about the beautiful Lisa Ternent & her amazing art. In case you don’t know, I collect various family portraits from different artists & I was immediately drawn to Lisa’s talent & unique images!
I popped her a mail asking if I could write a blog about her (& her Christmas Special that she is running). I am going to be placing my order with her soon – will you be doing the same?
Lisa has said that she will be extending this special for the next 2 orders she receives from my readers – simply let her know that you heard about her from Flowercrowns & Treatment. Hurry hurry!
Tell me a bit more about what you do: I have always been asked by friends and family to do various artworks for them. I have used many different mediums of art over the years and explored different styles, taking a special interest in realistic oil paintings at one point. However, one of the things people have always asked me to draw for them are these little doodles of children and people. They are so simple, yet seem to capture something that people enjoy.
Have you always been artistic: I have loved art from preschool age – spending many hours in the creative room during free play. I started extra art lessons from Grade 1 and used to enter art in the Royal Show exhibitions during primary school. My childhood dream was to be an artist in Paris (with a 100 cats 🤣). Art has always been a part of my life, even though it has been more or less prominent and has taken different forms at different stages of life.
What makes your art so different to everyone else: My art is inspired and influenced very strongly by the nature of children. I have always been inspired by the simplicity and purity of children – how their personalities are so undiluted and clear to identify at a young age and how they live life so free and unhindered. I like to think that we all have an inner child we can return to – one that is free of the clutter that life puts on us – and that carries the true essence of who we are.
At school I started painting oil paintings of children where their freedom and life was captured in expression and movement. I also began with my doodles of children running, singing and playing. Even though not all my artwork is of children I feel that simplicity, freedom and purity are captured in most of the art I do. I hope that my drawings will give people that same sense of simplicity, freedom and purity in life.
I see you have a Christmas Special – please tell me about this:
A friend suggested I start this special as an opportunity for people to have personalized Christmas family portraits drawn. The package includes one framed original of the drawing, 2 A4 prints and 16 other cards or tags which could be used for friends and family over Christmas time. The idea is that people can keep the original for themselves and give prints to grandparents or family members etc. Some people have opted rather to have a plain family drawing to make it more lasting, but the original option was to have the family drawn with Christmas details such as Christmas hats or presents.
Why do you encourage people to support local: To be honest this has never been something I have actively encouraged others to do. But it does make complete sense. I think we have so much talent around us and we should help to unlock that talent right where we are, as well as to stimulate our local economy.
How can people order from you:
Drop me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me at 0725998409
Quote you live by:
“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15
I believe in quietness and being still. And I find that a lot of good comes out of that place.
Aren’t these absolutely adorable?
I think they would make something so special for Christmas, & the family portrait is so unique – Lisa manages to capture expression & personality through the simplicity of her pictures.
For my birthday, I decided I wanted something a little bit special as my “guest book”, & not something that would simply be put away at the bottom of the drawer & forgotten about. I started googling ideas for this along with ideas for decor, & came across this stunning image.
I loved the fact that there was still an air of mystery to it, but it captured something that is most important to me – the person’s eyes.
People say that the eyes are a “window to the soul” – that they can tell us much about a person just by gazing into them. Given that we cannot, for example, control the size of our pupils, body language experts can deduce much of a person’s state by factors relating to the eyes.
Now I had to try find someone that would be able to work with this, but still make me something special just for my birthday. Where would I even start? Who could I ask?
I had been following an amazing artist at Nib and Bristle for some time & decided I would contact her to get her opinion, as well as see what she could come up with to commemorate such a big event in my life, Tarran was so helpful from the very moment I contacted her & came back to me with some ideas, as well as asking for photos of me so she could personalise the image to look more like me. The week before my birthday she came to drop off my canvas with her drawing, & this is what it looked like…
I immediately teared up when I saw it & was blown away by what she had done. This really was amazing & something that nobody else owned. I couldn’t have described it better myself if I had tried! She captured everything perfectly, & you could tell straight away that this pic was of me. She is so so talented!
I decided I wanted to get to know her a little better & show off her abilities to more people. She is such a wonderful person & she truly deserves to do well.
Your name:Tarran Samantha Sanders
Some interesting/fun facts about you:I have a prosthetic bone in my ear haha, I learnt to roller skate when I was about 3 and still love roller blading, I sold my first drawing when I was 10. I love comic books shhhhhh!
Your business name:Nib and Bristle
When did you start:March 2016
What did you do before this:I was a graphic designs and manager of a small signage and branding company
How/why did you start:I decided to go on my own after getting a really awful bacteria in my stomach which has led to many other complications. This also made me realise I wasn’t doing what I loved doing (being creative and creating artwork)
What do you love most about having your own business:I can be in control of my time and quality of my work.
What have been some of your biggest battles with running your own business: Same old story money, trying to make things work on a shoe string budget.
What is your main objective for your businesses: To combine commercial and fine arts worlds and supply visual works for across the board whether it be a family portraits or a company branding on a vehicle.
Another example of her work
Please contact her on email@example.com if you would like your own special artwork commissioned, or any company branding done. Tarran is based in JHB & has such a wide range of skills that truly deserves to be appreciated. You can visit her FB page or website to get an example!
Thank you Tarran for spoiling me with the most gorgeous picture that I will treasure forever, & for your beautiful heart. You are one in a million!