Lotti Brown Designs

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

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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…

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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.

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

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.

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.

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...

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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.

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.

Curlew Artwork - Behind the Scenes

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Colourful and atmospheric curlew art by Lotti Brown - taking a look behind the scenes at the creation of the artwork…

‘Curlew’ by Lotti Brown

‘Curlew’ by Lotti Brown

The atmospheric, long, burbling call of the curlew used to be a common sound in my childhood in Lincolnshire, and I often used to see this elegant and distinctive bird in the fields around my infant school… what an impressive beak!

I’ve heard them only once or twice in recent years, as an adult living in the flat plains of East Yorkshire… and was excited to see a pair, just once, from the car, as I was returning from hospital after an operation on my shoulder - a nice compensation for a painful day!

Numbers are now falling, in the UK, of this very beautiful bird, so I wanted to share and celebrate the curlew with my artwork…

Detail from the curlew artwork

Detail from the curlew artwork

Behind the Scenes of my Curlew Art

I created my curlew art from separate pen and marker drawings that I put together in Adobe Illustrator to create the final artwork…

Click the images below to see how it happened…

My curlew artwork is complete!

My curlew artwork is complete!

Buy It

My curlew artwork is available to buy as a high-quality giclee art print or canvas from my online art store - click here to see it…

It’s also available on a wide selection of printed products including cushions, tech cases, books, and more here…

More 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.

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.

Red Campion and Buttercups Wildflower Art - Behind the Scenes

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Beautiful wildflowers - Red and Pink Campion flowers nestle with vibrant yellow buttercups for a colourful spectacle of summertime in the countryside... 'The Flowers at Fox Corner' artwork...

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The inspiration for this artwork was the beautiful Red and Pink Campions (Silene) that I see every day in the spring and summer on my dog walk. They explode out of the grassy verges along the field pathways - the deep magenta pink of the Red Campion, and the lighter blush of the Pink Campion...

The deeper magenta pink of the Red Campion (looking out from Fox Corner)

The deeper magenta pink of the Red Campion (looking out from Fox Corner)

But my favourite place to see them is a shady nook that my husband and I call Fox Corner, where they blossom and bloom, bright twinkles of colour against the deep green, jostling for space with golden buttercups...

Wildflowers at Fox Corner

Wildflowers at Fox Corner

We've never seen a fox at Fox Corner - but there used to be a sandy bank here, filled with tall, pink foxgloves, with an animal hole, that we always said used to belong to the foxes (because of their fox-gloves)...

It's a lovely, shady spot with a dark pool, set back from the footpath, with trees overhanging (where we've seen treecreepers and woodpeckers). There are still a few foxgloves further back, but what caught the eye and the imagination this year was the colourful combination of Pink and Red Campion and yellow buttercups against the green.

Pink Campion flower (created naturally from White and Red Campion flowers)

Pink Campion flower (created naturally from White and Red Campion flowers)

Gorgeous golden buttercups growing at Fox Corner

Gorgeous golden buttercups growing at Fox Corner

I knew that I wanted to create an artwork inspired by this colourful and natural wildflower corner, filled with life, so I set to work drawing...

Adding detail to the Red Campion widlflower drawings

Adding detail to the Red Campion widlflower drawings

Behind the Scenes of the Wildflower Artwork

I draw out all the flowers and leaves separately, scan them into the computer then put them together to create the artwork digitally. Here's how it happens... you can click on the images below to see them larger and to get more details about the process...

The completed wildflower artwork - Red Campions and Buttercups 'The Flowers at Fox Corner'

The completed wildflower artwork - Red Campions and Buttercups 'The Flowers at Fox Corner'

I love this busy, wild and crazy piece - an artwork filled with glorious, colourful wildflowers - brilliant colour against that deep shady green of peaceful Fox Corner - colours filling a quiet spot with energy, life and beauty...

Colourful wildflowers detail from the artwork

Colourful wildflowers detail from the artwork

'Flowers at Fox Corner' framed and unframed art prints available in my store

'Flowers at Fox Corner' framed and unframed art prints available in my store

Buy It

You can see my 'Flowers at Fox Corner' artwork in my online art store with international delivery available for framed and unframed fine art giclee prints and canvases.

It’s also available printed onto cushions, bags, tops, books, mugs, and more here…

This is part of my Joyful Blooming floral art collection. You can see that and my other floral artwork pieces in my floral 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.

Donkey Artwork - Behind the Scenes

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Charismatic and colourful donkey artwork...

Donkey art by Lotti Brown

Donkey art by Lotti Brown

Donkeys have always been, pretty much, my favourite animal... ever since I was given a cuddly donkey soft toy at the age of two that became my constant companion... and I still have that sweet donkey toy now...

As I grew up, I enjoyed meeting donkeys at the beach and as an adult then adopted a series of donkeys at various donkey sanctuaries (who I love to visit whenever possible)...

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They are beautiful, gentle, sweet animals (look at those soulful eyes!) but also very independently minded, funny and clever...

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I've absolutely loved creating this portrait of a very special little donkey...

Behind the Scenes of the Donkey Artwork

I created my donkey artwork from individual drawings of the donkey and separate grasses to create the background...

I put the drawings into Adobe Illustrator and transform them into a completed artwork. If you'd like to see how it happens, take a look at the photos below...

Click images to see them larger and with a full description of the process...

My completed donkey artwork

My completed donkey artwork

I love my little brown donkey - I think it's captured the character of the donkey really well...

Showing detail from the donkey artwork

Showing detail from the donkey artwork

Donkey framed and unframed art prints are available in my online store

Donkey framed and unframed art prints are available in my online store

Buy It

My donkey art is available framed or unframed in my online art store...

It’s also available printed onto cushions, bags, tops, books, mugs, tech cases and more here…

You can also see more of my pet art and nature art...

If you'd like to commission me to create a donkey portrait or other pet portrait for you, start 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.