Lotti Brown Designs

-- Artist & Designer - Author & Teacher of Drawing Your Way --

Long-tailed Tits - Did You Know?

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I’ve spotted some lovely little long-tailed tits in the trees this week! They are such sweet little birds, so pretty and agile…

It inspired me to revisit my Lovely Little Long-tailed Tits artwork from 2016… one of my favourites…

‘Lovely Little Long-tailed Tits’ art by Lotti Brown

One of my long-tailed tits drawings created with black fineliner drawing pen and promarkers

One of my long-tailed tits drawings created with black fineliner drawing pen and promarkers

This artwork was inspired by watching long-tailed tits feeding amongst the branches on my daily dog walk in the fields near my home. It’s great to watch these lovely little birds in the trees…

And even better to learn some of their old folk names…

Did you know that a long-tailed tit used to be known (amongst other names) by:

  • Hedge Mumruffin

  • Bum Barrel

  • Fuffit

  • Poke Pudding

  • Prinpriddle

  • Millithrum

Cool, huh? It seems a shame that we’ve lost some of these very interesting names, these days!

Click on the images below to see them larger and to find out more about how I created my art…

Detail from the long-tailed tits artwork

Detail from the long-tailed tits artwork

I always think the colours on this are really rich and warm - perfect for these cold winter days when you see the long-tailed tits fluff their feathers up so prettily!

If you like my long-tailed tits artwork, you can get it in my print store…

Also as a scarf, cushion, mug, clock, notebook and more here…

You might also like some more of my bird and wildlife art, here…

Waxwing Art - A Behind-the Scenes Look

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Colourful and beautiful waxwing art by Lotti Brown - ‘Waxwing Winter Feast’ stunning bird art as fine art prints and printed products…

‘Waxwing Winter Feast’ - colourful and contemporary waxwing art by Lotti Brown

‘Waxwing Winter Feast’ - colourful and contemporary waxwing art by Lotti Brown

I think the waxwing is one of the most unusual and colourful birds that we have as a visitor to Britain… and one that I’ve very rarely seen…

In some years they are very abundant winter visitors to the east of the country, feasting on berries but they seldom seem to appear close to me… but I still live in hope that one day I’ll suddenly happen across a tree or bush festooned in colourful waxwings!

Showing detail from the waxwing artwork

Showing detail from the waxwing artwork

My artwork was inspired by a beautiful winter photo by Dee Carpenter (used under license) of a waxwing enjoying a rowan berry feast, that I’ve used as the basis for my artwork…

Here’s how I created my waxwing artwork from my pen and marker drawings, with a little digital help from Adobe Illustrator.

Please click on the images below to get the full picture and description…

The completed waxwing artwork - colourful and atmospheric

The completed waxwing artwork - colourful and atmospheric

I love the warm winter colours of the artwork - and all credit to a fantastic photo source - and what an amazing colourful little bird.

You can buy my waxwing art in my online store (framed and unframed giclee art prints and canvases) here…

My waxwing design is also available printed onto cushions, mugs, clothing, duvet covers, journals, phonecases and more here…

See more from my nature and wildlife gallery here…

Gray Langur Drawing - Hot Off the Drawing Board

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Hot off this week’s drawing board is something a bit different for me: this absolutely beautiful Gray Langur (also known as Hanuman Langur, Indian Langur, or Sacred Langur)…

Here, I’ve added the first layers of colour to my drawing, with Promarker pens. Next up, I’ll be adding detail with coloured fineliner pens to add a bit more definition to the drawing.

I’m loving finding out about this Old World Monkey, thinking about where it lives and what it might eat while I decide what foliage to give him as a background for when I create my final artwork from my drawing…

Gray langur drawing with Promarkers - work in progress

See some of my completed wildlife and nature artworks here…

Pop back here to see what happens with this piece, or sign up to my email newsletter, below, for regular updates on works in progress, completed artworks, drawing lessons, and more…

Free Shipping in my Spoonflower Store

announcements, color, craft projects, fabric, freebies & special offers, home interiors, patterns, shoppingCharlotte BrownComment

Hi - just popping by to tell you that there’s FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING in my Spoonflower store all this week, starting today…

Free Shipping in my Spoonflower store for this week only

Free Shipping in my Spoonflower store for this week only

There’s no minimum order and with swatch-size, fat-quarters, and fill-a-yard options available, as well as multi-yard orders you can stock up on some colour and pattern for your next sewing project.

A large selection of fabric types are available, as well as two kinds of wallpaper, and also gift wrap.

Browse my Spoonflower shop here.

Free Shipping offer ends at 11:59 p.m. EST March 8, 2019

If you love the pink daisies pattern above, you can get it here…

Pink Flamingos Artwork - Take a Look Behind the Scenes

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Colourful and bold, pink flamingos art by Lotti Brown…

Pink Flamingos art - colourful and contemporary flamingo art by Lotti Brown

Pink Flamingos art - colourful and contemporary flamingo art by Lotti Brown

I was really excited to create an artwork from these elegant and colourful flamingos. I love the curves and the vibrant pinks. I wanted to create a simple and contemporary artwork so that the focus is on the bold composition, and the dramatic colours and textures of the feathers.

Amazing birds!

Below, I take a look behind the scenes at the creation of the artwork, taking my drawings and scanning them into the computer and creating digitally with Adobe Illustrator to make my final artwork.

Click the images below to see what happened…

The completed flamingos artwork - colourful, bold, and dramatic.

The completed flamingos artwork - colourful, bold, and dramatic.

I really love the simple and dramatic composition of the artwork and the bold, vibrant colours of the pink feathers.

The simple composition really allows us to absorb the colours and textures in the artwork, too - bright, beautiful, and full of joy!

Detail from the flamingos artwork

Detail from the flamingos artwork

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.

Tawny Owl Top

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Twit-twoo! Lovely tawny owl tops and other printed art products in my Redbubble store…

I adore these silky women’s tops from Redbubble and have several in my wardrobe - light, silky, colourful, and very flattering… I always get lovely compliments when I wear them.

This tawny owl top would be perfect for a wildlife or owl lover…

Tawny owl top by Lotti Brown at Redbubble

Tawny owl top by Lotti Brown at Redbubble

Drawing Techniques - Mark-Making

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I’ve a new lesson published today in my Start Drawing series. This week, we’re looking at how we draw and make our marks - things to think about and how to make effective marks!

Find out more here…

Are you ready to make your mark? Drawing help with Lotti Brown.

Are you ready to make your mark? Drawing help with Lotti Brown.

Catch up with the Start Drawing series here and also see the next few planned topics I’ll be covering in the future…

Want to stay updated with new drawing lessons plus all the news and new artworks from Lotti Brown Designs? Sign up to my free email newsletter below (usually comes out about once a month)…

Tiger Art - Behind the Scenes

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Truly tropical tiger art by Lotti Brown

Colourful tiger art by Lotti Brown

Colourful tiger art by Lotti Brown

My tiger art is for you if you’re looking for a symbol of personal strength, independence, and vitality… the beautiful tiger is majestic, energetic, and powerful…

Here’s how I created the artwork from my pen and marker drawings, put together digitally in Adobe Illustrator.

Follow the process by clicking on the images below…

‘Tiger’ my completed tiger art

‘Tiger’ my completed tiger art

I love the sense of power, stillness, and poise of my tiger, perfectly at home amongst the foliage…

Detail from my ‘Tiger’ art

Detail from my ‘Tiger’ art

My tiger is available as a print, framed artwork, or canvas from my store.

He’s also available as a cushion, duvet cover, top, bag, phone case and more here…

You can see more of my wildlife and nature art here…

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.

Free Shipping at Society6

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Special offer for FREE SHIPPING at my Society6 store for this Friday and Saturday only…

Free Shipping limited time offer at www.society6.com/lottibrown

Free Shipping limited time offer at www.society6.com/lottibrown

Get FREE SHIPPING in my Society6 store on everything (excluding furniture). No code is necessary, the reduction will be applied on checkout.

The offer is for Friday 15th February and Saturday 16th February only.

Start: Friday, 2/15/2019 @ 12:00am PT
End: Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ 11:59pm PT
Details: Excludes furniture. 

Visit www.society6.com/lottibrown to see what’s in store

You can get the floral shower curtain pictured above here…

Please note that the offer is strictly time limited (please also note PT timezone) and includes items in my Society6 store only and not any other Lotti Brown products or stockists.

Wisteria Art - Behind the Scenes

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Beautiful, delicate, winsome wisteria art...

Wisteria - beautiful floral artwork by Lotti Brown

Wisteria - beautiful floral artwork by Lotti Brown

Wisteria is always one of my favourite flowers and I love to see it tumbling over arches and climbing up homes and porches...

Delicate wisteria flowers

Delicate wisteria flowers

It's such a beautiful and romantic flower and actually symbolises love, devotion, long life and memory, quiet reverence and tenderness as well as good fortune, especially signifying new beginnings...

How does the wisteria manage to tumble so elegantly?

How does the wisteria manage to tumble so elegantly?

So it seemed the perfect flower to inspire a simple, tender artwork filled with elegance, love and joy...

Wonderful soft lilac colours - delicate wisteria blooms

Wonderful soft lilac colours - delicate wisteria blooms

Behind the Scenes of the Wisteria Art

I drew out different strands of wisteria flowers separately and then put them all together in Adobe Illustrator to create my wisteria artwork... here's how it happened...

Click on the images below to see a larger version and to read the full descriptions...

I opt to change this quite pretty green to a softer and more romantic lemon and add a fabric background that shows off a pretty pink blush through the colour - far more delicate and suited to a tale of tenderness and devotion...

The completed wisteria artwork with soft colours full of tender love and elegant tendrils of wisteria, perfectly positioned

The completed wisteria artwork with soft colours full of tender love and elegant tendrils of wisteria, perfectly positioned

I really wanted my wisteria artwork to give a sense of the delicate tendrils of wisteria moving gently in the breeze and to have that elegant and light curve to the tumbling blooms...

I love the open space at the bottom of the artwork which gives that sense of flowers above and around you, while you walk through a fragrant archway...

Detail from the wisteria artwork

Detail from the wisteria artwork

I love the gentleness and tender touch in this wisteria artwork - perfect for a message of joyful love and devotion.

You can see my 'Wisteria' artwork in my online store with framed/unframed giclee prints and canvases available.

It’s also available as a whole range of printed products, including duvets, cushions, bags, mugs, and more here…

This is part of my Joyful Blooming collection. You can see more of my floral artworks here...

30% Off Wall Art at Society6

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Get a great deal with a cool 30% off wall art at my Society6 store this Wednesday and Thursday

30% off for a limited time at www.society6.com/lottibrown

30% off for a limited time at www.society6.com/lottibrown

Get the 30% savings on art prints, wall murals, tapestries and posters. No code is necessary, the reduction is already applied to the appropriate products in my Society6 store.

The offer is for Wednesday 13th February and Thursday 14th February only.

Start: Wednesday, 2/13/2019 @ 12:00am PT
End: Thursday, 2/14/2019 @ 11:59pm PT

Visit www.society6.com/lottibrown to see what’s in store

You can get the Zebras poster pictured above here…

Please note that the offer is strictly time limited (please also note PT timezone) and includes items in my Society6 store only and not any other Lotti Brown products or stockists.

Arctic Terns Art - Go Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

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Colourful and contemporary arctic terns art - beautiful British birds art

Arctic terns artwork by Lotti Brown

Arctic terns artwork by Lotti Brown

I created this beautiful arctic terns art from a dramatic action photo by photographer Julie Hunt, (under license). It’s such a dynamic and elegant composition that as soon as I saw it I just really wanted to capture it in art.

Arctic terns aren’t very local to me, although I have enjoyed seeing them on visits to Northumbria where they nest on the Farne Islands. I feel quite a connection with arctic terns since I’ve loved them since I was a little girl learning about birds…

Aged 8 or 9, I rather excitedly borrowed a book from the school library that I thought was entitled ‘The Arctic Tern’ and I was so looking forward to finding out more about the adventures of this bird from the far-flung Arctic… and was disappointed to discover that I’d actually borrowed a book of school-days tales (The Attic Term)…

If it had been the book I was hoping for, I might have learned that the arctic tern actually migrates between the Arctic and the Antarctic and back each year… it’s the bird species with the longest migration in the world and is believed to be very long-lived with a recorded example of a ringed bird living to almost 30 years of age.

It experiences two summers each year (choosing the light summer months for its stay at each end of the earth) so gets more daylight than any other species too. How’s that for an amazing life!

Detail from my Arctic Terns artwork

Detail from my Arctic Terns artwork

A pretty awesome little bird and, as you can see, so elegant in flight. Its common name is the sea swallow and you can understand why with those beautiful swooping wings and curved tail!

The completed arctic terns artwork - colourful, contemporary and dramatic!

The completed arctic terns artwork - colourful, contemporary and dramatic!

I love the brilliant coastal colours and wonderfully elegant curving shapes of my arctic terns artwork…

You can buy art prints, framed prints and canvases of this artwork in my online store with fast worldwide delivery here…

More arctic tern printed products including cushions, clothing, duvet covers, bags, mugs, phone/tech cases, journals and more are available here (also with fast worldwide delivery).

More of my nature and wildlife art here…

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.

Zebra Art - Behind the Scenes

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Bright and beautiful zebra art - colourful wildlife art to inspire… take a look behind the scenes

Zebras art by Lotti Brown

Zebras art by Lotti Brown

This is something a little bit different for me, but I’ve absolutely adored creating it. Zebras are so beautiful and their stripes are just amazing. So great to draw out… but it was a little bit confusing and did require a lot of concentration!

Detail from the zebra artwork

Detail from the zebra artwork

Here’s a little look behind the scenes so that you can find out more about how the zebra artwork was created digitally from my pen and marker drawings…

Take a look below and click on the images to see them full size with more comment about the process…

Fabulous zebra art - the completed artwork

Fabulous zebra art - the completed artwork

I love my finished zebra art - so bold, contemporary, and stripey!

You can get an art print, framed print or canvas of my zebra art in my store here…

You can also get my zebra artwork printed onto cushions, clothing, travel mugs, phone cases, duvet covers and more here…

You can see more of my nature and wildlife art here…

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.

30% off Selected Products in my Society6 Store Today

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It’s been a fab week of offers in my Society6 store. For our final offer of the week, we’ve got 30% off wallpaper, wall murals, tapestries, art prints + posters - that’s for one day only, today… 

So if you’ve been thinking about brightening up a dreary wall with something cool and colourful, why not browse through my artworks and see what suits your style…

30% off selected items in my Society6 shop for today only

30% off selected items in my Society6 shop for today only

1/25: 30% Off Wallpaper, Wall Murals, Tapestries, Art Prints + Posters 
Start: Friday, 1/25/19 @ 12:00AM PT
End: Friday, 1/25/19 @ 11:59PM PT

Visit my Society6 store here…

You can get the colourful wall mural pictured above, here…

Please note that the offer is available in my Society6 store only, and not in any other Lotti Brown store or licensed artworks.

Learning How to Draw by Seeing Shapes in Leaves

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I’ve just published my first drawing lesson in my new Start Drawing resource. Here, I show you how to start seeing shapes in what you draw to help you learn how to draw anything… we start simply by drawing leaves…

Start learning how to draw anything by seeing shapes in leaves…

Start learning how to draw anything by seeing shapes in leaves…

Do you want to join in and have a go? Join me here…

Stay updated with my drawing lessons and resources and keep up with my news by signing up to my email newsletter below…

20% off and Free Shipping Today in my Society6 Store

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Continuing a week of fab offers, there’s 20% off plus FREE SHIPPING in my Society6 store, for today only.

So take a look for cool coasters, cosy comforters and duvet sets, comfy cushions, bright bathmats, brilliant bags, perfect pouches, awesome art prints and lots, lots more…

20% off and free shipping on everything in my Society6 store for one day only

20% off and free shipping on everything in my Society6 store for one day only

20% Off + Free Shipping on Everything 
Start: Wednesday, 1/23/19 @ 12:00AM PT
End: Wednesday, 1/23/19 @ 11:59PM PT
Details: Excludes furniture and new yoga mats

Visit the Lotti Brown Society6 store here…

You can find the Summer Hare wood wall art in the picture here…

Please note that the offer is available in my Society6 store only, and not in any other Lotti Brown store or licensed artworks.

FLASH SALE in my Society6 Store - Today Only

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Starting a week of promotions in my Society6 store: for today only, there is a fantastic 25% off in the store PLUS FREE SHIPPING on everything! Yippee!

25% off everything plus free shipping, today only in my Society6 store - no code needed

25% off everything plus free shipping, today only in my Society6 store - no code needed

25% Off + Free Shipping on Everything 
Start: Sunday, 1/20/19 @ 12:00AM PT
End: Monday, 1/21/19 @ 11:59PM PT
Details: Excludes new yoga mats. 

Visit my Society6 Store here

You can find the llama coasters in the image here…

Please note that the offer is available in my Society6 store only, and not in any other Lotti Brown store or licensed artworks.