COCOSKIES | An art blog: 2011


Wardrobe staples according to Lauren Conrad

I'm going to try and collect some of these items as one of my many resolutions. Have a great evening, see you next year ;)


Carola Remer

This is another favourite model of mine, I've realised that I like certain features on models, hence the ressemblance between Carola Remer and Lily Donaldson. I used pencil and fineliner for this one (I seem to be using them a lot lately). The fineliner helped make the eyes stand out that little bit more and made the shape of the face a bit bolder. It's ended up being greyer than planned, but that's because the scanner brightness was set too high. Oh well, I think I quite like the final outcome!

I hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas! I can't believe it's 2012 in 6 days, time really does fly. See you all in the new year!

P.s. There is a link to the motivational/study playlist on the navigation bar - if you're interested. It includes the ten songs I posted a few days amongst others.


A motivational playlist

I threw this together for all you people studying for January exams. I really hope you enjoy it, it's definitely a mixture of old and new. Since this is a 'motivational' playlist, I will put together another one for when you're actually studying. I find instrumental/classical songs better to work to, these songs are mostly just to boost your confidence! :) Plus, I needed an excuse to use this beautiful font I found. It's called Otama and is free - as far as I'm aware.


1. Sigur Rós - Hoppípolla
2. Passion Pit - Swimming in the flood
3. The Verve - Bitter sweet symphony
4. Shapeshifters - Lola's theme
5. Calvin Harris - I'm not alone
6. U2 - Beautiful day
7. Yasmin - Finish line
8. Blur - Song 2
9. Keane - Stop for a minute
10. Chase & Status - Blind faith

Image source: Kris Atomic


Chunky knits

The ones 2 watch is my new favourite website, there are so many beautiful editorials to draw on there. I picked one called Almost Quiet, the Model is called Katiusha. She's so beautiful! Materials used: Black biro and pencil.

I can't stop drawing eyes


Monday's festivities

Whenever I read other blogs, I always find picture posts of what they've done in the week really interesting. So, I've decided to do one - for a change. Although, this all happened in one day.

1. A cardigan for my work Secret Santa. 2. I love Paperchase's wrapping paper so much. 3. Christmas decorations 4. My gift for my second Secret Santa (Possibly the best Christmas card I've ever found.) 5. On a shopping trip with friends from Uni. We ended up playing on the Wii in the middle of the shopping centre. 6. Obligatory Nando's photo. I now love Nandos! 7. A cute hat that I bought for the winter weather. 8. An ounce of satire.


Orange carton

Hi everyone, I found a lovely, beachy picture on Oracle Fox yesterday and decided to sketch it out and experiment with pinks and oranges (generally a good combination and one of my favourites). I airbrushed a bit of colour underneath to make the shapes stand out more. Also, I thought I'd post an Ed Sheeran song, because let's face it, who doesn't love Ed Sheeran at the minute? The song is called Drunk and it's my third favourite on his album "+" after A-team and Lego house of course. P.s. the hands really remind me of Jo Brocklehurst's work.


Dream house dreams

Everbody has imagined their future house at some time in their lives; here is mine. I would happily live in a place like this. I'd love to have an open plan balcony with a cosy living room at the top, a log burning fire, shelves filled with dvds and books,a window to look out of on rainy days and wide comfy sofas with lots of cusions and blankets for when friends stay over. The balcony rails would have fairy lights interweaved in them. It would be like a fort/den kind of place.

I shall keep dreaming.
I just thought I'd share a cosy picture with you all and a beautiful song to accompany it. For me it seems to match the picture, I don't know how to explain that but it feels more magical? I heard this song last year; for an end of term treat our psychology teacher let us watch A beautiful mind. The song is called A Kaleidoscope of Mathematics. It's a true story about a mathematical genius suffering from Schizophrenia. This song is perfect for listening to if you're revising/studying.


No. 5

Anything is possible with a cup of tea

Yes I've been drinking more tea lately! No idea why to be perfectly honest. But that's why I thought I'd do you this little sketch.

I hope you've all been keeping well. It's tried to snow here but just ended up sleeting instead. I think a winter shopping trip is definitely in order.


Circa June

I drew this whilst chilling under a parasol in Greece.


Here's a drawing I did for Elizabeth at Hivenn. Her blog is so unique, it's filled with beautiful photography and she makes her own jewelry! Click here for the blog and click the illustration for the shop. :)

Old school

This was a drawing I did for my gcse project when I was 16. Time really does fly!


I love everthing about this video: the scenes, the injection of culture, the story, the music. Everything.
If you like this one there are more, just search 'Live the language'.


H+M x Versace

The printer/scanner is all wired up so here's one I did about two days ago.


Yayyy, quick update. I've finally ordered a printer/scanner, so in the foreseeable future I won't have to take pictures of my art. And I've just paid a small deposit towards a trip to Paris in March. Happy face.


Sasha Pivovarova inspires me

It only takes a mere glimpse of Sasha Pivovarova's art work to become instantly inspired.


Brown sketchbook

I bought a brown paper sketchbook after work on Sunday. I'd been meaning to buy one for a while because I just love how you can highlight features with white pencil crayons. I really want to fill it with more abstract stuff. On these two drawings I've kind of stuck to what I know and used similar shades, but next time I might try and throw some oil pastels into the mix (if I can remember where I left them). Ahhh I love drawing. I was meant to be doing some reading for Uni, but sometimes you need a break, you need to do something you love to rejuvenate yourself.

The two models I used are Gemma Ward and Lily Donaldson. Enjoy your week people!


Here's a little wintery tune for your good selves to enjoy. I think the Wintery picture really matches the song. For those of you that like it, the song is called 'Catholic Pagans' and it's by Surfer Blood. I'm really liking this band at the moment.

Picture from weheartit, drawing by me.


Be creative when you study

My concentration levels aren't always good when it comes to studying, so I found a solution. When you combine something you love with something important, the two merge together seamlessly. When I started my A Levels, I bought a Moleskine (accidently). The purpose of it was to work as a little sketchbook, but I bought the notebook instead of the one with thick drawing paper. But I decided to re-write my notes whilst adding little illustrations. It actually made revision fun. It almost felt as if I was putting a book together and everytime I read it on the bus I felt quite pleased with myself.

It's a great way to revise for a number of reasons:
- You get to draw! (If you're arty this will appeal to you)
- You can test out your typography skills
- You can be creative and really plan and make a page look good
- Once it's finished you can carry it everywhere instead of carrying big heavy text books around.
- By writing/drawing it yourself it's more likely to add semantic value to it - meaning you're more likely to remember it.
- After reading it a lot and looking at the pictures you've drawn you'll be able to visualise the pages in the exam.

I could go on. But seriously guys, it's much more fun than just writing on lined paper or just simply reading your notes. I don't think you take them in as well that way, somehow.

(In my current Study-Moleskine you can see I've had fun making the titles fancy and colouring in. Neuroscience is one of the topics covered on my course, so I was labelling the brain and the functions, hence the eye and mouth. I hope you've learnt something.)


One of my favourite bloggers

You guessed it, it's Rumi of Fashiontoast! I love the effect of drawing on brown card, it makes the drawing seem more interesting and almost vintagey. I buy a lot of things from Amazon, and I've been a bit of a magpie in saving the packaging. But now I can use them to build my own sketchbook; I'd love to do more drawings in this style and eventually tie all the images together and make a front cover. Try it out yourself!


My fringe was becoming all sweepy so I've cut it! I feel so bad for pretty much abandoning this blog, I love posting but I've just had to prioritise University work recently. I have a reading week coming up soon which means no essays will be set, so I will try and make up for the lack of posting.

How is everybody doing?


New scent

My 19th birthday is fast-approaching, so I got bought this and I'm in love. It's such a lovely fragrance, not too over-powering - just fresh! Also, how strange is this, for my birthday I want some new pencil crayons and a new sketchbook, I'm sure I'm meant to be 6 years old.


MK & Ashley

MK & Ashley in watercolour and 8B pencil. Yep, still need a scanner.

Package from Singapore!

Receiving parcels is still one of the rare things I get genuinely excited for. Today the postman brought this package from Anamei who lives in Singapore. She sent me all these snacks (how cute is the packaging?!) What I've tried so far has been yummy, can't wait to try the rest. Opening all this has just made me want to travel around Asia even more and stock up on cute stationary and snacks!

In other news, if you've been following my twitter you'll know that I got my place at my first choice University!! Asdfghjkl. As of September I'll be studying Psychology. I actually can't wait but at the same time feel so unprepared. I'm being bombarded with all these welcome letters from University so I'm going to have to sort through them and get myself organised. I also need to complete my application for a scholarship, which I've almost finished, I just need to write a personal statement. I'm so excited to meet new friends and start this new stage of my life.


Lime light

Meet one of my favourite fashion bloggers: Fashion Toast/Rumi Neely. Her pictures are always so beautiful, I will probably end up drawing even more of them.


French snaps

Surprisingly, I didn't take as many photos as I thought I would in France, but from the ones I did these were my favourites. I used this site: to make the photos look like polaroids. The originals are on my flickr.