Jackdaw Art - Behind the Scenes

Colourful jackdaw art print - ‘Forever Jackdaws’ by Lotti Brown.

Beautiful bird art all about forever love!

Forever Jackdaws art by Lotti Brown

Forever Jackdaws art by Lotti Brown

I wanted to create a beautiful jackdaws artwork as I feel like jackdaws are one of my special birds.

They are one of the birds I grew up with as our family garden, when I was a child, backed onto an abandoned old-school building with broken roof slates. The building was home to a whole community of jackdaws and the garden was always filled with the rich cawing and ‘chack’-ing sounds of their calls.

They are smart-looking birds with their dark bodies and shiny silver heads… and oh, that sapphire-blue eye that meets your own as if it can see right into your soul.

Did you know that jackdaws mate for life? That’s why I’ve called this cheeky jackdaw couple ‘Forever Jackdaws’…

It’s said that sighting a jackdaw at the time of a wedding or relationship commitment is a positive omen for a lifetime of love!

Detail from ‘Forever Jackdaws’ artwork by Lotti Brown

Detail from ‘Forever Jackdaws’ artwork by Lotti Brown

We’ve been lucky enough to have jackdaws nesting near our home for the last few years (…not so lucky the year that they actually nested in our chimney and we couldn’t light the fire!). I enjoy seeing and hearing them busy about their day and our dog loves to sit in the drive and watch them, too.

Jackdaws are very clever and enjoy ‘talking’ to and befriending humans and seem to be able to correctly interpret human intention by understanding the human’s direction of gaze.

One of my favourite Celtic jackdaw tales is about the jackdaws of Munster. It is said that a family of jackdaws sought refuge from the bullying of rooks and ravens in the town of Kilgarvan in Ireland. The king, at first, refused the jackdaws request…

But the jackdaws found an enchanted ring that protected the province of Munster from attack by the mythical Fomorians. In gratitude, the king permitted the jackdaws safe citizenship.

I love this tale and I wanted to embrace a Celtic feel in this artwork so I included intertwining ivy and wild rose as the border.

  • Ivy is evergreen and symbolises the everlasting nature of a lifelong love. Ivy is a resilient plant and is able to withstand hard times, just like a strong, long-lasting relationship.

  • Rose expresses the beauty of nature and the tenderness of love.

Behind the Scenes

Here’s how I created my jackdaws art digitally from my pen and marker drawings…

Please click on the images below to get more details…

The completed jackdaws art created digitally from my drawings…

Richly-coloured, Celtic-inspired jackdaw art ‘Forever Jackdaws’

Richly-coloured, Celtic-inspired jackdaw art ‘Forever Jackdaws’

I love the bold jackdaws and the way there seems to be the interplay of a conversation between the pair…

And I love the very intricate layered design, like a rich embroidery of nature surrounding the birds, encircled by the pretty border of ivy and wild rose… all sweetness, love, nature… and jackdaws!

You can buy my jackdaw art print in my online art store - in framed, unframed or canvas versions - with fast international delivery.

It’s also available here as a cushion, duvet cover, top, scarf, bag, notebook, and more…

See more of my art in my wildlife and nature art gallery…

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Gray Langur Monkey Art - Behind the Scenes

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.

Making Expressive Drawings

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.

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Harvest Mouse Art - Behind the Scenes

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.

Coal Tit Art - Behind the Scenes

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.

Blue Tit and Teasels Art Print - Behind the Scenes

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.

Long-tailed Tits - Did You Know?

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

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

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

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Pink Flamingos Artwork - Take a Look Behind the Scenes

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)