COCOSKIES | An art blog: 2013



I'm not sure whether I should make this into a print for my Etsy shop, what do you guys think?
Also, I now have a Cargo Collective page: click here :).


Student accommodation ideas

I commute to University but my sister is just about to move out to go to hers. We've bought all the essentials from Ikea but what she was wondering was how she could decorate her student accommodation to make it a little more cosy. It can be difficult since you're not allowed to drill any holes or make any marks etc. So I've made an illustrated list of a few ways to make a student dorm more homely.


Quick mag sketch

Found an old i-D magazine last night so I decided to do some sketching. I think I'll pick one up at the airport to take on holiday with me, there was some good stuff in there.


Fashionary sketches

Biro and pencil on a Fashionary sketchbook.
I can't believe that the last time I posted was in April. Wow. I'm back now though and I'm overjoyed that I can finally swap lab reports for sketches. This academic year has been fun but it feels like it's dragged so much; I feel like the right hemisphere of my brain has been neglected for too long. I did the sketch above to retain some of that much needed science-art equilibrium. If you've still got exams I wish you the best of luck with them! Just try to maintain the thought that you'll be free in no time :).

Next week I'll be flying to the Philippines to see family, I'm so excited - I cannot even begin to express in words. Travelling for 25 hours and then seeing your family (after years) waiting for you at arrivals is the best feeling in the world. As I get older I still can't find a feeling that beats it. I'm going to be bringing my laptop and dslr so hopefully I can do a weekly update (if I'm not busy failing miserably at karaoke).

I would love to know what you've all been up to or any plans you have for the next few weeks. I feel like we all need a big catch up!


One Direction

For the purpose of not wanting to turn this into a Directioner blog I've taken the liberty of adding a 'read more' option for those of you interested in pictures.


ice cream

Painted with watercolour.
Well, I can't believe it's taken this long but I can happily announce that I've finally opened an Etsy shop!

This new painting will be the first print to go up for sale. These (and most) prints will be A4 size (8.3 x 11.7 in.), signed, dated and printed on high quality matte paper. I have a limited supply at the moment, so if you like this particular print please order it quickly to avoid disappointment.

I'd like to bring out more new artwork made especially for the shop. I want to fill it with colourful paintings of collections of things and fashion illustrations. If you would like to buy a print of any of my old artwork that's not a problem! Just let me know by commenting or emailing me and I will try my very best to sort it out for you.

Before I go, two important questions:

Which ice-cream would you eat first, and what kind of things would you like to see in the shop? :)

Click here to visit my illustration shop!!


Sharing the love

All artwork in this post is by Chrissie
I rarely do posts like this but I thought it would be nice to introduce you all to a new artist. If you like art blogs like mine I promise you that you'll love this one. It's fairly new and ran by my talented friend Chrissie. She has such an effortless, beautiful style (I couldn't not share her work). It's the kind of work you see as a kid in those sophisticated art books and desperately aspire to. Her medium usually consists of watercolour and fineliner. Seems relatively simple yet her work still manages to amaze me!

Chrissie's art blog | My favourite blogs


NYFW sketches

Bcbgmaxazria, Karen Walker & Prabal Gurung.
Here are just a few sketches I did on my new favourite thing - a Fashionary book. It's essentially a Moleskine, but tailored for a fashion designer. In the front there's a list of useful resources such as a fashion house directory, as well as material dimensions for making clothes. The rest of the pages are filled with faint, dotted silhouettes - allowing you to draw outfits fast. I think it was designed with the rapidity of runway sketching in mind.

I bought it simply because I love illustrating fashion (definitely not planning to become a fashion designer). Oh and because I like hoarding sketchbooks. I'm looking forward to seeing what London Fashion Week brings this week - more drawings I hope!

What were your NYFW highlights?


Favourite art materials

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
1. Staedtler Pigment Liners, 2. Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencil Set, 3. Moleskine Sketchbook, 4. Staedtler Mars Lumograph Pencils, 5. Aqua Flo Water Brushes, 6. Paperchase Kraft Notebook, 7. Bic Medium Biros, 8. Cotman Watercolour Set.

Links for where to buy everything are on the right. If I've missed anything please let me know. :)


holiday essentials

Cara Delevingne

Prismacolor on brown card.
I've always wanted to draw Cara Delevingne because her look is very unique. When it comes to coloured pencils I still feel as if I've got a lot to learn, but I'm really happy with how this one's turned out. The trouble with drawings like this is that it's difficult to judge when it's finished. As I was adding to it I conjured up a list of helpful pointers for those of you wanting to try this medium. I by no means am claiming to be the expert, I just think sometimes it can be quite hard finding techniques/help so I thought I'd let you in on some things I've learnt along the way. :)

- Sketch everything in pencil first, then erase it so it's just faint enough to see. Use a kneaded eraser to remove the sketch. Kneaded erasers work by sticking to the pencil lines rather than wearing down the layers of the paper (like a regular eraser).

- Use black and white sparingly. Also, try to save them for highlights, the Sclera (white part of the eye) and shadowed areas.

- Alternatively, you can use really pale yellows, browns and greys for light areas instead of white.

- Work from light to dark to light. By this I mean: basic skin tone and eyes, then shadowy areas (e.g. cheek bones) and finally highlights. The reason I recommend this method is because dark colours are harder than light colours to correct/go over.

- Try using Brown card to practice on. It's not matte paper but this can be a plus. Because of it's slightly rough texture, it adds texture to the skin - which in real life wouldn't be completely smooth anyway. It's a good base colour for hair and skin tones. It's also readily available if you order loads of parcels like me ;).

- When you've finished colouring the Iris and white of the eye, faintly go around the Iris with a light grey colour. This will take off some of the sharpness. Also use the same colour to shade the outer edges of the eye white, particularly shadowy areas under the eyelashes. Doing both these things should make your eyes look more realistic.

- Keep your pencil colours nice and sharp so you can get lots of fine details in.

- Most importantly, don't give up and enjoy the process!

I was thinking of doing a post of my favourite art materials, would that be something that would interest some of you?

Edit: this made my life.