Dinosaur height chart // Talltape

Recently, I was thrilled to work with London-based company "Memories of Growing Up" who asked me to design a tall tower of 30 individual, characterful dinosaurs for their “Talltape” range.

“Talltape, the portable children’s height chart, helps you to keep an on-going record of your child’s height from birth all the way to adulthood. The perfect alternative to recording measurements on a wall or door, Talltape won’t get left behind or painted over – it just stays with you. As featured in the Daily Mail, New York Metro Parents and Baby London Magazine.“

Each dinosaur is unique and annotated by hand with his/her scientific name. I had a lot of fun designing it! I aimed to include a broad variety of dinosaur species, so that children can discover the wide spectrum of different types. They are all (approximately!) sized to scale in comparison to one another. 

The dino Talltape is available to buy in my online Etsy shop now. Find it here!

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The National Trust Book of Scones

Some months ago I was approached by UK publisher Pavilion books who asked me to illustrate 6 variations on the classic scone for their upcoming "Book of Scones". 

The pocket-sized book by Sarah Clelland includes 50(!) scone recipes alongside information on many National Trust places to visit. I wasn't aware so many kinds of scones existed!  

Here are my renditions of the classic jam and cream scone, chocolate "rocky road", summer fruit, festive mince-pie scone, savoury cheese, and sweet honey. 

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"History is best enjoyed with a scone, as everyone who’s visited a National Trust house knows. This book brings you the best of both. Scone obsessive Sarah Clelland has gathered 50 – yes 50 – scone recipes from National Trust experts around the country. And she’s written a quirky guide to 50 National Trust places to delight and entertain you while you bake or eat those blissful treats. Eccentric owners, strange treasures, obscure facts – it’s all here.

Whip up a Triple Chocolate scone while you read about the mechanical elephants at Waddesdon Manor. Or savour an Apple & Cinnamon scone while you absorb the dramatic love life of Henry Cecil of Hanbury Hall. Marvel at a Ightham Mote’s Grade 1 listed dog kennel while you savour a Cheese, Spring Onion and Bacon scone. 

50 of the best scones in history. And 50 of the best places to read about. You’ll never need to leave the kitchen again."

The National Trust's Book of Scones is available in shops and online now!

Fluffy, Fat, Festive little Robins

Happy 2017! Things have been quiet on the blog lately - oops! I haven't been able to post much for the last few months as most things aren't due to be published until later THIS year! Hopefully I can share more soon.

Here are some fat little festive robins I did for fun over the holidays :) 

UK Wildlife // Red Fox Studies

I was glad to finish some paintings from one of my own personal projects this week - the first in a UK wildlife series, the red fox. I am aiming for a slightly more traditional, non-fiction approach with these but that still has my own contemporary style. What do you think?

A collection of some of the initial loose sketches: 

And then some of the more refined sketches, exploring various positions
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Artwork (C) Amy Holliday 2016

Happy New Year of the...Sheep! (Or Ram or Goat!)

Two very sheepish pieces I had an urge to finish last week. The first being quite realistic in its colour palatte, with the second being more experimental - possibly influenced just a smidge by old Chinese art. Either way, I had fun with both!

 

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Q&A :: Fruit Illustrations

A brief little Q&A I answered this morning in reference to my fruit illustrations.
 

1. What inspired you?
Lots of things seem to come together to influence and inspire me to create artwork for different reasons. One such thing is the stunning intricacy of botanical art and how the artists can capture the beauty (and sometimes weirdness) of nature. With my fruit illustrations, botanical art has influenced me but I find that I am inspired by the fruits themselves - so colourful, juicy and delicious! I try to capture this in my artwork.


2. What materials do you use?

To make my drawings, I use a mixture of pencils. I change between a broader, softer lead weight for softer or fluffier textures and a very fine lead for the detail. To add colour, I love to use watercolour paints. I mainly use brushes but sometimes if something needs a certain texture I will try painting with different tools to obtain it, eg, sponge, tissue, leaves, feathers. 


3. How long have you been doing art?

I've been drawing, painting and crafting since I can remember! I think I showed a keen interest and my parents have always really encouraged it by teaching me new things and suggesting new ideas to try. 


4. How do you get the best images (do you use a pen to outline)?

To get the most out of my illustrations, I do like to highlight special details with small amounts of mixed media such as darker pencils, acrylic paint, fine-liner pens and ink.


5. What do you most enjoy doing in art?

I enjoy drawing animals the most! They have so much character and each animal has a different personality. Like people, but more interesting (haha) :)

New year. New Site. New blog!

Hello everyone, welcome to my brand new website and blog. I hope you agree its an improvement on my previous site! Hopefully now it will be much easier for you all to navigate and have a gander at all of my up-to-date doodles. I hope you enjoy the new layout - please let me know what you think.

I'll still update at my Blogger blog too (I'm greedy like that) so anyone who follows me there won't miss out. 

From a very wet and windy Cumbria... off to make new art!