Autumn Flowers Artwork - Behind the Scenes

I'm taking a behind-the-scenes look at my Autumn Flowers - You Can Get By (With a Little Help From Your Friends) artwork...

Autumn Flowers, by Lotti Brown

The story behind the artwork is in the title - You Can Get By with a Little Help From Your Friends. It's all about how nature can get by more easily with a bit of a helping hand from us, her friend, especially in planting flowers to help nature in our gardens.

The flowers I chose to include in my Autumn Flowers artwork are all significant, as well as beautiful. They are all flowers which are particularly attractive to bees. And we so need to look after our bees and pollinators to help the natural world go round.

Pollinating flowers and plants allows them to fruit and set seed, and return again in the future. It helps provide other animals, birds, insects, and even us humans, with fruit and food to eat.

Bees perform a vital role in nature, and are under threat. Anything we can do to help them out is surely a good thing. And when you can have flowers as lovely as this in your garden, well, why wouldn't you?

Autumn is a great time to add more flowers into your garden. It helps extend the pollen season for bees and other insects, when there are fewer flowers about, generally. And also helps to brighten your garden up through the fading months.

Bees love:

Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums - the leaves are also very tasty for caterpillars (which gives us more butterflies)

Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan)

Mint

Mint flowers seem almost irresistible to bees

Ling heather

I've often seen bees buzzing around heather flowers.

I draw out each of the flowers individually, and, once the drawings are all scanned in, I use the computer to put them all together into my autumn flower garden...

I work on positioning and composition first...

Work in progress, using the computer to create an artwork from individual drawings

As you can see, at first the colours appear quite washed out, as scanned in...

So once I'm happy with the composition, I turn my attention to tweaking and brightening the colours...

Work in progress - brighter colours look better

Sometimes I will decide the piece can become more interesting if I change about some of the colours...

Artwork on screen in Adobe Illustrator programme

I might also decide to add a more dramatic colour palette to work with, and choose a striking background colour to set the flowers off, so they stand out really well...

Detail from Autumn Flowers artwork

I love that this piece is full of those gorgeous, rich autumn colours, full of warmth for the colder months - and I love that it's so full of different colours, like a rainbow-filled flower garden.

It still makes me happy every time I look at it, and I hope it can do the same for you, too!

Final artwork - Autumn Flowers - You Can Get By

Buy It

Find this print in my art store

It’s also available on cushions, tops, bags and more here…

More about other designs in my floral art collection here...

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Blackbird and Ivy Artwork - Behind the Scenes

Behind the scenes with my beautiful blackbird artwork...

Blackbird and Ivy

I think the blackbird is the king of all the garden birds - so majestic, proud, and extremely territorial, especially at nesting time.

There's many a time when blackbirds have swooped down low over our heads when venturing into the garden to hang washing out - hopefully not intending to peck off our nose (as the famous nursery rhyme might suggest) but just to warn us away from their precious new family.

So I thought I'd give the blackbird a big salute in this artwork, and ask him kindly to stay away from pecking off my nose when I'm out in the garden this Spring...

So here's my tribute to a wonderful bird, proudly sat at the entrance to his nest in the ivy...

I always start out with pen drawings on card...

My blackbird drawing in pen and ink

Intricate ivy drawings (before adding coloured ink)

Creating the composition digitally, from the individual drawings

Adding background layers

Tweaking colours digitally until the blackbird 'sings' to me

The final artwork: Blackbird and Ivy

Detail of the blackbird artwork

 Buy It

Find this print in my store here...

The design is also available as a cushion, bag, top, notebook, tech/phone case and more here…

See the rest of my bird 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.

New Surface Pattern Design Collection - Japanese Garden

A while back I shared a behind the scenes look of the development of a fabric collection and now I'm pleased to be able to share the finished designs in the final collection...

I worked with the theme of 'Japanese Garden', a sophisticated style, and a limited colour palette to create a series of six designs in different scales and tones...

I've shared some of the detail in the designs in the sneak peeks below... click on the images to enlarge them for a closer look...

You can now find many of these Japanese-inspired designs as cushions, bags, tops, notebooks, mugs and more in my Redbubble store PLUS on more products, fabrics and wallpapers at many of my Additional Stockists - take a look now!

Behind the Scenes of a Fabric Collection

I'm still busy working away on the live briefs set for us by the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design Ultimate Portfolio Builder course, so I thought I'd share a quick behind the scenes look at what I've been up to with just one of the briefs...

The brief is for a collection of fabrics, to be presented to a quilting fabric company in the UK, Dashwood Studio,  I've been working mine around the theme of Japanese Garden - and I've been busy drawing the motifs and elements to make up the designs within the fabric collection...

My own photos of magnolias and cherry blossom are invaluable as inspiration

Beautiful flowers and foliage from a Japanese garden - from my own photos, or plucked from my own garden....

Foliage is just as important as flowers in a Japanese garden

I am working with a limited colour palette (limited in quantity of colours, but I am free to choose the colours themselves) and have been working hard to get a variety of colours in the collection, plus get the tones across the collection just right...

It's challenging but in a really great way - I'm having fun...   :)

Hopefully I will be back to share the final designs with you before too long, as well ~ Lotti :)

UPDATE: 4 September 2015 - you can now see the final designs here...