Lotti Brown Designs

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

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Play at Art with a Fun No-Drawing Drawing Exercise

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Make better art by making it ‘wrong’, feeling playful, and having fun…

Today I’m looking at using creativity and play to get better at drawing - and share with you my no-drawing drawing exercise… click here to see what it’s all about…

Sometimes we improve our drawing skills just by being willing to make mistakes, be curious and have fun…

Sometimes we improve our drawing skills just by being willing to make mistakes, be curious and have fun…

This is part of my free ‘Start Drawing’ resource to help you make skillful, personal, and meaningful drawings… you can catch up on all the lessons so far, here…

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Making Expressive Drawings

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I’m back to work after an extended Easter break and a lovely trip to Somerset…

I’m feeling inspired by all the emerging green of Spring… and today I’m looking at making expressive drawings…

Feeling inspired and fulfilled by your drawings and making drawings filled with emotion, expression, and personality - drawings that reflect you…

How to do this in your own drawings? Check out the article here…

How to draw in a way that is an expression of you and the way you see the world and feel about it.

How to draw in a way that is an expression of you and the way you see the world and feel about it.

You can catch up with more drawing lessons from my free resource here…

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Coal Tit Art - Behind the Scenes

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Sweet coal tit artwork ‘Coal Tit and Teasels’ by Lotti Brown

‘Coal Tit and Teasels’ art by Lotti Brown

We have had a pair of tiny coal tits in our garden for the past year and I love to see them appear on the tree branches, sweep down quickly to feed, and then dart quickly away again.

Although not as colourful as the blue tit, they’re beautiful little birds, very sweet to see, and I’m very excited to have done them a little artwork so that they can join in the teasely fun!

I love the action pose - in flight! It gives a really dynamic look to the artwork.

The colours, too, are some of my favourite - very natural but rich, warm, and really beautiful with the blends of yellows, blues, greens, greys and purples with earthy browns and beiges.

Detail from the coal tit artwork

Detail from the coal tit artwork

I created the artwork with a combination of pen and marker drawings on paper, ink-painting on fabric, and then all put together digitally in Adobe Illustrator to create the final artwork.

Click the images below to find out more about the art-making process…

And here’s the completed coal tit artwork:

Colourful coal tit artwork created digitally from drawings and painted fabric.

Colourful coal tit artwork created digitally from drawings and painted fabric.

I love the action pose of this beautiful little bird and the gorgeous soft colours and textures in the artwork. It’s a perfect matching pair for the Blue Tit and Teasels artwork or you could make a trio with the harvest mouse piece, too.

You can buy my ‘Coal Tit and Teasels’ art work as a print on paper or canvas in my art store (framed and unframed options are available).

It’s also available as a scarf, duvet cover, cushion, phone case, bag, mug, fashion top, and more in my Redbubble store here…

See more birds in my Nature & Wildlife art gallery, 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.

Collecting Inspiration from Nature

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I’ve just published another drawing lesson in my free ‘Start Drawing’ resource here on my website

This week, we’re all about collecting personal and meaningful inspiration from nature to inspire your drawings… Read more about that here…

Collecting inspiration from nature for your drawings

Collecting inspiration from nature for your drawings

Self-Expression in Drawings and Art

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How do you put you into your drawings? What makes a drawing art?

Do other people’s opinions matter?

We’re looking at all this and more in our next drawing lesson, published today on my website. You can find it here…

Colourful drawings are a means of self-expression

Colourful drawings are a means of self-expression

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…

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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

Pink Flamingo Shopper Bag by Lotti Brown at Contrado

Pink Flamingo Shopper Bag by Lotti Brown at Contrado

Love my pink flamingo bag? You can get it here… (along with other printed products in my Contrado store)

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.

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…

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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.

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…

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Colourful Coneflowers Art - Behind the Scenes

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Vibrant floral scenes of late summer - 'Colourful Coneflowers' (echinacea) artwork by Lotti Brown

'Colourful Coneflowers' summer floral art by Lotti Brown

'Colourful Coneflowers' summer floral art by Lotti Brown

I just adore these colourful late-summer flowers - vibrant and bold, they seem infused with the energy of the sunshine - perfectly Joyful Blooming!

Pink coneflowers - echinacea is sometimes used in herbal remedies for ailments such as colds and sore throats

Pink coneflowers - echinacea is sometimes used in herbal remedies for ailments such as colds and sore throats

I think they look so elegant with their centres reaching upwards in that unusual cone shape (hence the name coneflower) and lovely long petals twisting and curving as they dance through the summer garden...

Pretty coneflower

Pretty coneflower

Showing detail from the artwork

Showing detail from the artwork

Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

I wanted the artwork to look bright, bold and beautiful - simply filled with colour and joy at a summer's day just like the colourful coneflowers that fill gardens in August...

coneflower_photo_3.jpg

Here's a behind the scenes look at how I created the final artwork from my drawings and Adobe Illustrator software...

Please click on the images below to see them larger with full description of the process....

The final coneflowers artwork 'Colourful Coneflowers'

The final coneflowers artwork 'Colourful Coneflowers'

I love the really bold, hot colours in my 'Colourful Coneflowers' artwork - they speak so much of hot summer days and the simple joy of sunshine and nature...

'Colourful Coneflowers' vibrant summer floral art print by Lotti Brown - available as a framed or unframed print in my online store

'Colourful Coneflowers' vibrant summer floral art print by Lotti Brown - available as a framed or unframed print in my online store

'Colourful Coneflowers' is available as a fine art print, with framed, unframed and canvas options available, in my online art store.

You can also buy the design printed onto cushions, clothing, bags, journals, mugs, duvet covers and more here…

See more floral artwork in my online gallery 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.

Preparing Time and Space to Draw

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It’s important to set ourselves some time aside to draw and get creative - this can all too easily be superseded by all of those so-called priorities that just end up with us chasing our tails and not catering to our deeper personal needs…

And the right little space for your drawing needs to be ready too… here’s how I do it on my foldable dining table…

Having a little space ready for your drawing is important. All my materials are close by and ready to use!

Having a little space ready for your drawing is important. All my materials are close by and ready to use!

I’ve just published the next page in my ‘Start Drawing’ resource about preparing your time and space for your artistic practice. You can read it here…

Drawing Materials to Start Drawing

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Starting drawing doesn’t need to be expensive or overwhelming. Some help choosing what to draw with and draw on in my new page, as we kick off my new ‘Start Drawing Your Way’ section.

Find your own best drawing materials…

Find your own best drawing materials…

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Darling Delphiniums Flower Art - Behind the Scenes

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Beautiful blue, 'Darling Delphiniums' artwork...

'Darling Delphiniums' colourful floral artwork by Lotti Brown

'Darling Delphiniums' colourful floral artwork by Lotti Brown

I just love the beautiful blue of delphinium flowers - they're like nothing else in the garden and stand out like towering blue beacons with that brilliantly bold mix of blue and purple...

Awesome flowers - and I knew I wanted to include the pure and simple joy of seeing delphiniums in my 'Joyful Blooming' floral art collection.

Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

Here's how I created my delphinium artwork from my individual flower drawings that I put together in Adobe Illustrator to create the final artwork piece...

Click on the images to see them larger and read more about the process...

A taste of summer and the completed Delphiniums artwork

A taste of summer and the completed Delphiniums artwork

I really wanted to make the most of the delphiniums' beautiful purple and blue colours in my artwork but also to put into my art a little of the sizzling heat we experienced in the Summer 2018 heatwave in the UK.

Detail from the artwork

Detail from the artwork

The air feels so dry and still that it almost crackles and the earth is parched - the flowers still seem to bloom with all their might so that their beauty can carry on through another summer and continue to survive the elements...

My 'Darling Delphiniums' art print is available as framed and unframed prints and canvases from my online store.

My 'Darling Delphiniums' art print is available as framed and unframed prints and canvases from my online store.

See my 'Darling Delphiniums' in my store, here...

The design is also available as a cushion, duvet cover, silky scarf, bag and more here…

Or browse more of my floral art in my flower art gallery, 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.

Woodpigeon Art - Behind the Scenes

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Sweet and beautiful ‘Loving Woodpigeons’ art print…

‘Loving Woodpigeons’ art by Lotti Brown

‘Loving Woodpigeons’ art by Lotti Brown

I’ve so been enjoying watching wood pigeons in my garden this year - rather plump, but slow-moving and essentially gentle birds with the most amazing pinks, purples, greens and greys in their feathers…

I love to see them gently scrat for food and return to their nest, where they call out gently to other birds in the vicinity…

I think we all have our own pair of woodpigeons in our street, and actually, we do have two pairs here… one pair for our front garden and one for our back garden (there’s sometimes a show of strength on the roof as it’s an incredibly small garden, but generally they do seem to get on fine).

I love the old-fashioned name for the woodpigeon - ring doves - due to the the circular white ‘ring’ at their neck…

Detail from the woodpigeons (ring doves) artwork

Detail from the woodpigeons (ring doves) artwork

I think the name ‘pigeon’ has perhaps been tarnished in all of our minds, a little, by city pigeons who are noisy, busy, and fast - and have often arrived close to my head in a scare-inducing fluster of feathers and sharp bits…

So I love the idea of these pretty, plump and gentle woodpigeons as lovey-dovey ring doves…

And I think this artwork of two ‘Loving Woodpigeons’ together really shows how sweet it is that they’re always in pairs, sat together, grooming each other or cooing to each other… it’s quite lovely to see!

Behind the Scenes of the Woodpigeons Artwork

So I wanted to show you what happens behind the scenes of the creation of an artwork - I draw out all the parts of the artwork with pens on card and then scan it into the computer and put it all together digitally… and give it a few tweaks to get it looking good…

I really wanted to use soft, muted colours in this artwork to accentuate the beautiful pinks and purples of the woodpigeons’ feathers and giving a gentle, loving feeling to the whole artwork…

Click on the images below to see the full picture and read the full description about each stage…

The completed woodpigeons artwork - soft colours and sweet loving ring doves

The completed woodpigeons artwork - soft colours and sweet loving ring doves

Buy It

My woodpigeon art print is available in my art store as a framed or unframed giclee art print or canvas - click here to see

It’s also available on a wide selection of printed home wares and accessories including bags, mugs, cushions and more here…

You can also see more of my bird art in my nature and wildlife art gallery, 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.

Spring Flowers Art - Behind the Scenes

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Beautiful 'Spring Flowers' art - a breath of colour and joy to greet you and cheer your heart after the grey of winter!

Spring Flowers art by Lotti Brown

Spring Flowers art by Lotti Brown

I created these beautiful spring blooms as part of my Joyful Blooming collection to celebrate the happiness and energy that surges into the heart when the sun comes out and the first flowers of spring arrive in a flurry of colour...

I love these old-fashioned, two-colour primulas

I love these old-fashioned, two-colour primulas

In this artwork, it was rather more a matter of which beautiful spring flowers to leave out - there are so many spring blooms that I just adore for their splash of fresh colour...

Beautiful blue grape hyacinth flowers

Beautiful blue grape hyacinth flowers

Pretty pale spring primroses in my garden

Pretty pale spring primroses in my garden

Here are some personal favourite spring flowers that I thought would look good together, both in colour and shape - and also being inspired by those 17th and 18th century still-life floral paintings that always look so elegant and beautiful.

Detail from Spring Flowers artwork

Detail from Spring Flowers artwork

I love daffodils - and I chose to draw these lovely white and orange narcissus, as they just have a more dainty poise about them to fit with the other flowers than the heavy trumpets of our traditional yellow daffodil (which does always trumpet the start of spring to me).

Beautiful spring narcissus

Beautiful spring narcissus

Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

Take a look behind the scenes of this colourful floral artwork.

I drew all the flowers out separately from photos - scanned the drawings into the computer and then started to put them all together in one artwork using Adobe Illustrator, tweaking the colours as I went...

Here's what happened...

Click on the images to see them larger with further description...

The completed 'Spring Flowers' artwork

The completed 'Spring Flowers' artwork

I love the brilliant colours in this piece, and the feeling of overflowing - an abundance of joy and energy - the simple happiness at being alive and being in the world...

My joyful Spring Flowers artwork is available as framed and unframed prints in my store

My joyful Spring Flowers artwork is available as framed and unframed prints in my store

Buy It

You can get my gorgeous 'Spring Flowers' artwork as a print (framed or unframed) in my online art store

It’s also available printed onto fab products like bags, cushions, mugs, journals, and more here…

See all my floral art in my Floral Art Gallery

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.

Hollyhocks Art - Behind the Scenes

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Bold and colourful floral art - 'Hollyhocks' art print - bringing you colour and joy as part of my 'Joyful Blooming' theme...

'Hollyhocks' art print - vibrant floral art by Lotti Brown

'Hollyhocks' art print - vibrant floral art by Lotti Brown

With this artwork, I wanted to create the lift of happiness you feel when you see vibrant, beautiful flowers in the sunshine, against a brilliant blue sky...

The artwork was inspired by a couple of photos I took of beautiful pink hollyhocks in a garden - I loved these so much that I'd had one of the photos as a screen-saver on my phone for years...

Hollyhocks photo

Hollyhocks photo

Summer skies and Joyful Blooming

Summer skies and Joyful Blooming

So when I started my Joyful Blooming floral art theme, I knew just what I wanted to start the series with...

Showing detail from the Hollyhocks artwork

Showing detail from the Hollyhocks artwork

Behind the Scenes of 'Hollyhocks'

I create my art from my pen-and-ink drawings. Take a look behind the scenes with me...