Lotti Brown Designs

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

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Make Your Art Meaningful

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For me, drawing and making art is only fulfilling when it’s personal and has meaning…

Personal art takes its meaning from what’s important to you, personally… and it gives meaning to your life by allowing you a chance to process and explore those topics, ideas, feelings and sensations that have a special resonance just for you…

Wildlife and nature holds a special resonance for me in my own art…

Wildlife and nature holds a special resonance for me in my own art…

When you understand what your own personal artistic journey is all about, it helps you to create the work that’s most fulfilling and enjoyable to you, as you understand what you want to explore and where you want to focus your attentions…

So today, we’re looking at starting points for making your own art more meaningful and more fulfilling to you… click here to start understanding your own artistic journey…

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…

Stay updated with new drawing resources plus news about my own art - sign up to my free email newsletter below… usually comes out around once a month…

Gray Langur Monkey Art - Behind the Scenes

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Portrait of a Gray Langur monkey - contemporary wildlife art by Lotti Brown

Gray Langur art by Lotti Brown

Gray Langur art by Lotti Brown

This piece of wildlife art was inspired by a beautiful photo of a Gray Langur monkey. It’s such a wonderful and compelling animal portrait that I immediately wanted to make an artwork from it and was able to license the original photo to do so.

This is a Gray Langur monkey, also known as a Hanuman Langur, Indian Langur, or Sacred Langur. It’s an Old World monkey that’s widespread across the Indian subcontinent including: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Kashmir, Nepal, and the Himalayas.

These monkeys live in all kinds of habitats, from woodlands and forests, rainforests, deserts, mountains, cities, and even in temples. They eat all kinds of foods including leaves, pine needles, pine cones, mosses, ferns, lichens, and bamboo foliage, so I was pretty much able to team my little Langur monkey up with the background of my choice…

Showing detail from the Gray Langur artwork

Showing detail from the Gray Langur artwork

I chose to give him a background of bamboo as I have some in the garden that I can draw from life and I thought I could make very simple line drawings of the bamboo.

I wanted to make this a very simple artwork, with the focus on the Gray Langur monkey in the way of a portrait so that his facial expression was important… what is he thinking?

So I decided to keep the tones and colours very soft and neutral, to complement the beautiful grays in the monkey’s fur, and also to reflect the soft, contemplative gaze of this little animal.

Here’s how I created my Gray Langur portrait from my pen and marker drawings, scanned in and given the digital treatment in Adobe Illustrator…

Behind the Scenes

Please click on the images to see them larger and get further description of the artistic process…

Soft colours and an expressive portrait with personality - Gray Langur artwork

Soft colours and an expressive portrait with personality - Gray Langur artwork

So here is my completed Gray Langur artwork. The soft colours and simple background put the focus on the monkey and pull attention to his expressive face to make this a portrait full of thoughtful contemplation. He seems almost human, don’t you think?

You can buy an art print of my Gray Langur artwork in my online print store with worldwide delivery…

He’s also available printed onto a wide selection of homewares and accessories including bags, phone/tech cases, duvet covers, cushions, clocks and more here…

You can see more of my non-UK 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.

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…

Stay updated with new drawing resources plus news about my own art - sign up to my free email newsletter below… usually comes out around once a month…

Harvest Mouse Art - Behind the Scenes

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Cute and colourful mouse art ‘Harvest Mouse and Teasels’ by Lotti Brown

‘Harvest Mouse and Teasels’ artwork by Lotti Brown

‘Harvest Mouse and Teasels’ artwork by Lotti Brown

I wanted to create an artwork with a tiny mouse as part of my Totally Teasels art mini collection and hit upon this very sweet little harvest mouse.

I’m not one for rodents, really, but even in our own garden I have to admit for feeling quite kind-hearted towards tiny mice as they scuttle about searching for food. Field mice and harvest mice are some of the sweetest little critters, I think…

So I love this colourful ‘Harvest Mouse and Teasels’ artwork that I created - the warm browns and yellows are some of my favourite colours and they totally suit the mouse’s colouring and the harvest theme.

I think it’s really fun how you have to search a little to see the mouse amongst the teasels and don’t actually notice him at first glance… kind of like a real mouse hiding amongst the teasel tops!

Detail from my harvest mouse artwork

Detail from my harvest mouse artwork

Here’s how I created my little mouse artwork from individual drawings and a painted background… all put together digitally in Adobe Illustrator.

Please click on the images below to get the bigger picture and also read the story of how the artwork was created…

Final version- the completed harvest mouse and teasel artwork by Lotti Brown

Final version- the completed harvest mouse and teasel artwork by Lotti Brown

I love my sweet little harvest mouse, exploring the teasels - and I hope you do too.

You can get the art print or canvas of ‘Harvest Mouse and Teasels’ in my online art store with worldwide delivery, here…

The design is also printed onto cushions, tops, bags, books, mugs and more here…

This harvest mouse artwork is part of my Totally Teasels art mini collection.

You can also see more of my wildlife and nature artworks 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.

Blue Tit and Teasels Art Print - Behind the Scenes

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Beautiful and colourful Blue Tit artwork, ‘ Blue Tit and Teasels’ by Lotti Brown

‘Blue Tit and Teasel’ art by Lotti Brown

One of my all-time favourite birds in the garden so I just had to create another blue tit artwork as part of my Totally Teasels mini collection.

It was a real treat to draw this blue tit actually in flight as it’s a sight that I enjoy so often in the garden but have never managed to photograph myself, so I was very lucky to find an awesome photo that I was able to license and use as source inspiration for my drawing and subsequently my final artwork.

I think the artwork really captures that feeling of movement and a sense of stopping time for that split second to preserve that moment in eternity so we can keep it with us…

And I so enjoyed working with the colours of the little bird and blending in the colours of the background to create a really colourful piece.

Detail from the ‘Blue Tit and Teasels’ artwork

Detail from the ‘Blue Tit and Teasels’ artwork

Here’s how I created the artwork from my pen and marker drawings, with a hand-painted background, all combined digitally in Adobe Illustrator.

Click on the images below to see them larger and get the full description of the process…

Here’s the completed artwork:

The finished ‘Blue Tit and Teasels’ artwork

The finished ‘Blue Tit and Teasels’ artwork

I really love the colours, the bold blues and yellows of the blue tit itself and the more natural hues of the teasels and they way they contrast with the really soft blends of purples, pinks, and yellows in the background (sky) behind.

It’s turned out quite an unusual piece but I love it and I think it goes really well together with the other pieces - coal tit and harvest mouse - in the Totally Teasels mini collection, too.

You can find my ‘Blue Tits and Teasels’ artwork in my store here…

And you can get it printed onto all kinds of products from tops, scarves, cushions, bags, mugs, phone/tech cases, duvet covers and more, here…

Love blue tits? You might also like this blue tits artwork ‘Beautiful Bluetits’ that I created in 2016 that’s always been a firm favourite with me and has been one of my most popular pieces with customers too!

Or check out more birds and wildlife in my Nature and Wildlife 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.

Totally Teasels Art Mini Collection

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Hello - I’m excited to be able to share with you my new Totally Teasels mini collection of three artworks…

‘Totally Teasels’ mini collection of three teasel-themed artworks by Lotti Brown

‘Totally Teasels’ mini collection of three teasel-themed artworks by Lotti Brown

The theme is teasels and the subjects are the little creatures and birds that are attracted to them… specifically:

  • Blue tit

  • Coal tit

  • Harvest mouse

Blue tit and Teasels by Lotti Brown

Blue tit and Teasels by Lotti Brown

The artworks are beautifully coloured with bright colours but a natural feel and with stunning soft background blends that create a matching set of three artworks for you to collect and enjoy.

Harvest Mouse and Teasels by Lotti Brown

Harvest Mouse and Teasels by Lotti Brown

Created from hand-drawn pen-and-ink drawings and hand-painted fabrics, set together digitally into the final artwork, the artworks are available in my store today with a behind-the-scenes look of each piece appearing on my blog in the next week or so…

UPDATE:

Coal Tit and Teasels by Lotti Brown

Coal Tit and Teasels by Lotti Brown

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…

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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…