The Best Mug In The World

Ok, so I’m biased.  I a) painted the mug myself and b) included 2 of my favourite animals.  I like animals that roar and have sharp teeth and claws and generally cause havoc in a wild animal sort of way.

So whilst on holiday in Wales with some friends, we spent a wet afternoon indoors painting mugs.  After an initial mind blank instigated by being faced with ‘blank mug syndrome’ it dawned on me that I had the power to create the most amazing mug in the world.  I am proud to present to you, my Bear Lion Mug:

roaring bear painted by laura elliott on the side of a muglion mug painted by laura elliott

The flash on the camera does make the bear look like it’s been startled, opposed to heading off to go a-mauling.  And the lion oddly looks like he’s posing for the camera.  Such is my talent to make ferocious creatures look cute…

I was able to add ‘RAWR!’ to the bottom of my mug so that it would be slowly revealed as I finished my drink.  My only regret is that I didn’t manage to add a fez somewhere.  I like fezs.  But they don’t have teeth or claws so I guess it would be out of place.  Perhaps I can blue-tac one on as an optional extra.

What A Ride – GradGallery Retrospective

laura elliott with her illustrations at GradGallery exhibition

I’m super chuffed to say that my Twisted Love Stories and Music Birds went down a treat.  I sold several prints, postcards and even an original painting to a lovely couple (Noted Birds, top left) – I think they were going to put it in their son’s room.  I had the pleasure of meeting the newborn boy and I think he liked me and the painting, at least, he didn’t scowl at me so I think it’s a good sign (I can never tell with babies).

watercolour painting noted birds for gradgallery exhibition in cheltenham

 

 

 

 

 

 

GradGallery Private View

 

The private view was good fun, lots of people and a great vibe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I invigilated on the Saturday and it was great to be able to watch people’s reactions to my work – I saw quite a few people leaning in to read my twisted love stories and walk away chuckling.  Unfortunately I wan’t there at the time but my friend told me she saw a man looking at my work (Hunter’s Foxy Time) and break out in a huge belly laugh saying ‘that’s hilarious!’.  I know humour is a very personal thing, so I’ll let you decide for yourselves:

digital artwork for gradgallery

 

 

digital illustration on the theme twisted love story of a biscuit and a cup of tea

 

 

 

digital illustration of hunter dressed as fox