Now and Then drawing of a girl in the snow

Now and Then

drawing by Laura Elliott age 7Scribbling in my ‘Stories’ book, crayon clutched in fist, wonderful worlds appear where the sky doesn’t touch the horizon, dresses are simply triangles and snowflakes are the size of footballs.  Welcome to 7-year-old me.

Having been through art school, my current drawings don’t quite have the same care-free naivety where objects endearingly levitate.  This is why I was excited to discover the Now and Then project, where for one artwork only, I could re-live the suspension of all artistic and scientific rules.  No more perspective, or pesky gravity!  The project asked artists to find an artwork drawn by themselves aged 8 or younger and then re-create it in their current artistic style.

Fortunately for me, my Mum was sentimental enough to hang on to a couple of masterpieces from my youth.  I picked a ‘story’ from the 15th January 1992 about my favourite weather…  Unfortunately I’d not illustrated my poem about dinosaurs (my favourite line being ‘dinosaurs are naughty’).Laura Elliott 'Favourite Weather' Age 28

Doing an updated version of this artwork was a real pleasure, I like to think that I was pretty faithful to the original.

Dancing Robot Busting Moves

Have you been awesome today?  If so, this robot is dedicated to you.  If you’ve not been awesome, feel free to look at this page on a day when you are.

 

watercolour painting of a dancing robot

Doodle Creature 2

chicken thing watching flyIn an effort to remember yesterday’s formula for animated gif success, I’ve animated another doodle creature.  Enjoy!

Doodle Creature

moose snorting small_1_10 As part of a drawing exercise, I created some doodle creatures.  I thought it would be fun to animate my illustrations – and with help from some friends to get better quality animations from my past attempts, I’ve gotten this critter snorting, hooray!

Dr Sketchy’s Bristol – A Diva, A Drag Queen and Some Dangerpants

Hooray!  I had an opportunity to go out into the world and draw real life burlesque models last week at Dr Sketchy’s.  Behold – my favourite scribblings from each model:

The Diva – Ramona Rose

pen and pencil sketch of burlesque performer Ramona Rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Drag Queen – Dis Charge.  (It made my day when Dis Charge performed an Amanda Palmer song)

pen and pencil sketch of drag queen burlesque performer Dis Charge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dangerpants – Daphne Dangerpants

pen and pencil sketch of burlesque performer Daphne Dangerpants

A to Z of Burlesque Deaths – A is for Audacity

Some of you may know this about me already:

1. I love burlesque

2. I have a morbid sense of humour.

So to get a better grip with creating gifs, I’ve set myself the challenge of the ‘A to Z of Burlesque Deaths’.  I’ve written the complete poem, I now need to work my way through each letter which will be released as and when.  Ladies and gents, it is my pleasure to introduce to you, Audacity.  Perhaps not the best painting I’ve ever done but I’m pleased to get back into the gif making seat.

Painting of a cabaret singer running out of breath Painting of a cabaret singer running out of breath

The Alternative Punchline

As some of you already know, I have an all dancing, crazy-genius burlesque alter ego called Machete Rose.  Her acts are quirky and love to include witty moments wherever possible – a bit like my personal drawing style…

pen ink and watercolour illutration of a scientific experimentation with glitter blowing up in a person's faceOne of the things that I like to play with when creating a Machete Rose act, is turning expectations on their head.  After performing ‘Hotbot 3000’ at the Bristol Burlesque Festival last year, the lovely ladies at Coochie Crunch asked me to write an article about my distinctive interpretation of what is considered a ‘reveal’.  You can view the article ‘The Alternative Punchline‘, complete with my own illustrations on the Coochie Crunch blog.