Friday, 7 July 2017

And what exactly is a dream

Last year I made a blog post on this date featuring an artwork I'd drawn of Syd Barrett to mark 10 years since his passing. And I'm pleased to share that one year on I've finally finished it!

I was honestly dreading drawing Syd's patterned shirt. I've drawn fairly detailed clothing before and it's taken an age and it's an aspect I always approach with caution as it can really make or break a drawing. I had originally planned to leave his shirt plain like I'd shown in my previous post, hoping it would look minimal and keep the focus on his face, but it just never looked right to me so I knew I had to complete it to feel happy with the portrait. It definitely looks much better now, it looks finished.

Today is also this babe's 77th birthday, so it's only right I share my latest drawing of Ringo too.

I've also finally updated my Society6 store with my latest drawings so if you'd like a print, or something more practical like a phone case or a towel, do take a look!

I'm hoping to open an Etsy store in the near-ish future with my designs. I'd like to work on items like pins, zines, patches, etc as well as prints. I got a new graphics tablet recently, a Wacom Cintiq 13HD to replace my Graphire4 which I'd had for 12 years! I can now draw directly onto the screen which is such a luxury and makes the entire process feel much more natural and like traditional media. I'm hoping it'll help me to take my artwork to the next level as well as helping me to develop my digital skills more as it's something I've allowed to fall by the wayside and I'd like to use it for my items for my Etsy store.

With the last year of my degree approaching it's really made me think about where I'd like to take my illustration and what type of work I'd like it to lead to. I spent the first year certain I didn't want a career of it after all as I hate commissions so much, drawing things you aren't passionate about really sours the process and turned what I'd once loved into a chore. But there are other options, and I hope to work on my own designs on a freelance basis which is where my Etsy store will come in. After the past two years I really feel like I've fallen back in love with my craft, and not only is that a huge relief, I'm also so excited with where it could take me and working my absolute hardest to make it happen.


  1. Sydney, you are so talented, I'm off to check out your store. The etsy store also sounds like a good idea. Hope it all turns out well for you. Xxx

  2. Your talent blows me away, you are amazing. xxx

  3. Your art never ceases to amaze me! Drawing Syd's shirt certainly looks like it was a daunting task, but it turned out incredible!

    1. Thank you! I really think it's the small details that make the biggest difference!


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