Lotti Brown Designs - Art to connect with the energy of the natural world...
I'm Lotti (Charlotte), the face behind Lotti Brown Designs.
I'm a professional artist specialising in:
- pet art
- custom pet portraits
- and art inspired by the natural world.
My art is colourful, detailed and contemporary, but has a timeless elegance about it too.
I create precious and meaningful artworks that celebrate our connections with the natural world around us - the world of our pets and companion animals, and the world of trees, leaves, flowers, birds and wildlife.
I love that our pets allow us to connect to 'their' world - the natural world where communication is on a completely different level than a text or a tweet.
And I love that the connection between us and our pets is such an amazing thing.
The bond is there. It's real. You can feel it when your pet looks at you - and your pet can feel it too. Two completely different species, but through body language and intuition we can communicate and create that special connection.
I think that our pets love to feel part of our family, just as much as we humans feel that they are too. We need each other! And I love that our special bond reminds us that we are a part of their world of nature, too.
In my art, I enjoy celebrating these special connections, whether with nature - through flowers and wildlife - or with our furry family.
I love how happy our pets make us, and how relaxed and calm we can feel while we're out in nature.
And I enjoy that my art can become a part of these special connections.
A bit about my process
I'd love to share with you a bit about my process, and my story, so that you can get a glimpse behind the scenes, and get to know me, and my artwork, a bit better...
I just love to draw, so I draw things - I like to draw with pens, on card, so that's what I do.
I will nearly always also hand-colour these drawings .
I find it very zen-like to spend the time drawing and painting on paper, rather than staring at a screen, so I love to do as much as I can in the time-honoured artistic tradition, before turning to technology.
I do love that technology can really assist the artistic process though...
I scan my drawings in, and put them into Adobe Illustrator, so that I can work with them in vector format, to resize, adjust colours and experiment with layout and scale to my heart's content.
Take a look below to see how it goes, using some of the drawings above...
I also love to experiment with painting with inks on fabrics or card...
I love the way the ink flows, and the vibrant colours that blend beautifully together (see circular images below of my ink paintings on fabric). These usually form the backgrounds to my artworks. Check out the colourful blends in the background of the husky artwork, above...
I also have fun and experiment with all kinds of stamping, paint and resist techniques to come up with different effects that I can use in my art and designs.
I haven't always been an artist although I've loved to draw ever since I could first hold a crayon. Art is my way of looking at the world and understanding it.
Growing up I always longed to be an artist, although I was always encouraged down more academic and practical routes instead.
I had a wonderful art teacher through school, who taught me how to really look at what I wanted to draw. At 16 I thought I was going to have to give up learning art, but he helped me continue, by mentoring me while I studied A-level art in my spare time, and as a result I won the school prize for art in my final year.
At University in Exeter, UK, I started doing a degree in modern languages, but after the first year I realised I’d made a mistake by not following my artistic dreams. It was too late to go to art school by then (or so I thought), so instead I studied art history and desk top publishing as part of a modular degree.
Soon after leaving university I had found a job I loved that utilised my drawing talents, and I was professionally trained to draw maps and plans, which I loved to do.
It was very fine and detailed work and has strongly influenced my love of intricate detail and my choice of drawing with very fine pens to create my art now. Initially the maps and plans were hand-drawn and hand-tinted with inks, and bound up with card and fabric, and in later years created using a computer-aided mapping system.
After nearly a decade of maps, I found myself with a forced career change, after becoming ill with ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) which I had for several years. I lost my job because of this, and so started studying interior and garden design, and ended up becoming a design writer, home colour consultant, freelance writer and web editor, for several years.
I loved being self-employed, starting the day with a walk in the fields with my dog, a wonderful retired racing greyhound called Ginger. I enjoyed learning lots about flowers, and immersing myself in ideas on how to use colour, and how different colours gave different feelings and emotions.
I built up two big websites over several years. I also wrote design books and e-books that were sold on my site, and on Amazon. It was very satisfying being able to help so many people, (sometimes on the other side of the world!), turn their own homes and gardens into spaces that made them feel happy.
However, I missed what I thought of as being 'properly' creative - drawing ...and experimenting more with what I could do with colours, what I could create.
After losing two close family members in quick succession, a new awareness of death, and the preciousness of a life lived completely gave me a new realisation…
The thought that had kept me going for so long – that I only had to get to retirement before I could ‘indulge’ in creating art properly again – might not be my reality.
It dawned on me that I would consider my life a failure if I didn’t follow my artistic drive, and since the future has no guarantees, there’s no time like the present...
Starting to Design
My very first designs were of the retired greyhound I had then - Ginger - and they were created using Powerpoint.
These designs actually quickly became very popular, and led to me having my own range of collars with collar-maker MeggieMoo in Denmark. You can read more about this here.
Encouraged, I began taking classes in textile and surface pattern design, and learning as much as possible about the industry, and about the computer programmes (Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop), and practising with my art and designing...
I completed the fourth and final module of the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design course and at first concentrated on creating designs for fabrics before using my artistic and digital skills to turn towards my true loves in the natural and animal worlds.
I now specialise in floral, pet and wildlife art.
I create custom pet portraits and also sell art prints.
The fluffiest member of my family is now my rough collie, Noah. I share his affections with my husband, Ian, and we all live together in a rural Yorkshire village in a little-too-small, cosy cottage where I create my art, too.
I’ve done a lot of learning in the last couple of years. Nevermind all the technical skills, one the most important things I’ve learned is that art is a path I need to follow. Just as art is my way of seeing and understanding the world, it’s also my way of communicating my understanding to the world.
My art makes me happy. I love to use my art to celebrate our connections with our pets and the natural world, and I love that my art can become a part of this special connection and a lasting symbol of the happiness of this very special bond.
Please stay and browse for a while. You can find out about commissioning a custom pet portrait from me, here or check out my store to explore my artworks and buy giclee art prints. Or you can take a peek at my additional stockists for more art products and fabrics.
All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously