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…

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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…

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…

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…

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

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…

Parakeet Paradise Pattern Collection

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I've gone just a little bit tropical for this Parakeets artwork and accompanying surface pattern design collection: Parakeet Paradise.

Parakeet Paradise pattern collection by Lotti Brown

I wanted to create a dramatic and colourful collection with a tropical feel, perfect for summer style all year round!

I was inspired by some Crocosmia I drew from my own garden. A really easy plant to grow: hardy, and tolerates all kinds of neglect. But it looks so wonderfully tropical!

Tropical crocosmia drawings, from my own garden

I decided to put the flowers with some parakeets, for an exotic jungle feel.

Parakeet drawings

And also some begonia flowers and leaves, drawn from a beautiful houseplant I have in my home.

Tropical look from a common houseplant - begonia drawings

Once I had drawn and coloured the flowers and birds by hand, I scanned them into the computer, and started to create first an artwork...

Parakeet Paradise artwork by Lotti Brown

Then continuing to create matching patterns and designs to be used for fabrics and wallpapers.

You can see the final patterns below...

I really love the dark, dramatic backgrounds which set the bright colours off - tropical, but with year-round appeal.

Detail of my parakeets design

Where to Buy

You can buy my Parakeet Paradise collection as:

  • art prints

  • fashions

  • gifts, homewares, accessories

  • fabrics

  • wallpapers

Art Prints Available from my own Online Store

Framed and unframed art prints available from my online art store

Available from Other Stockists...

Some of the homewares and accessories available at my Contrado online store

Click on the shop name below to visit the store...

My own online stores - giclee art prints with international delivery available.

Redbubble - fashions, homewares, accessories including phone and tech cases. Worldwide delivery from various locations.

Contrado - homewares and accessories including chairs, floor cushions, plates, handbags and more. International delivery available from UK.

Spoonflower - fabrics, wallpapers and giftwrap. Worldwide delivery from USA or Europe.

Wovenmonkey - fabrics. International delivery available from UK.

Fabric samples from Wovenmonkey

Fabric samples from Spoonflower