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Coming soon: The EverWilde’s magical children’s book

Posted on: April 5th, 2019 by samdrawsthings No Comments

Have you seen the EverWilde…? 🙂 Created by Jess Lilly of Curious Little Market, they are just pure magic…

I’ve been following Jess for a while and just fallen in love with these guys.  The woodland vibe and enchanting imagination of all of Jess’s creations just sings from her Instagram feed and website.  Looking through them all brings instant joy.

So I am super excited to announce that we have been working on a book together!  It’s still in the very early stages right now but coming soon will be a beautiful little illustrated story sharing how the EverWilde came to be.

Jess has had a genius idea for how to create and publish the books herself.  I love that we are able to do this without worrying about publishers or agents.  It’s a really lovely way to work and they are going to be very special, tactile and magical little works of art.  We are just sorting the final layout and details to go into production!  It’s always a bit of a scary stage, wondering how things will turn out, but the sneak peeks I’ve had of the finished item are wonderful.

Here’s a sneak peek at the first cover design:

I’m thrilled that the reaction has been so positive – these are iconic creatures and I am desperate to do them justice.  I’ll be sharing more news and artwork as and when I can.  🙂

Sun and Moon Nursery Art

Posted on: November 4th, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

I’m busy adding all sorts of new things to my online Etsy shop at the moment – over the summer I have been working on a new collection of art for babies and children including a really cool collection of prints.  The idea is that you could get the whole set and arrange them together, or you can pick your favourites 🙂

Since having my little boy (now a whirling toddler of 17 months) I’ve felt extra inspired, particularly as he really loves my drawings.  When he was really small, like all babies, he was mesmerised by black and white and would go into a bit of a trance gazing at my monochrome work.  He was a few weeks old when Goldilocks and the Waterbears was published, and loved looking at it!

The Sun and Moon art cluster is designed to capture the attention of small babies and to grow with them as they discover the world of colour and start learning about the sun, moon and the weather.

They are printed onto a lovely archival quality paper made from bamboo, and it’s made the colours really vivid and deep.  Each print is also mounted in a slightly flecked white board with a black inner frame – all designed to add more details for baby-hypno purposes (they would look extra hypnotic in black frames).

Here are the prints all together:

Sun and Moon art cluster by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

And here are some more detailed pics of them individually:

The Sun by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

The Sun by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

The Moon by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

The Moon by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Cloud by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Cloud by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Rainbow by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Raindrops by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Raindrops by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Stars by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Stars by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

You can find them in my online Etsy store here, or drop a message to info@samdrawsthings.co.uk if you have any questions or would like to place an order 🙂

Drawing on Unicorns

Posted on: November 4th, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

It all started with a trip to Hobbycraft…

Actually, the trip came after I discovered the work of the wonderful Athena of Entangled Forest, and bought a gorgeous little Pegasus from her and started to build up a virtual Instagram friendship.

Then, I went to Hobbycraft, and in the sale bin I saw this guy…

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

And I had an idea.  What if I drew on him?  So while sitting in the car with a napping toddler, I started sewing into the lovely unicorn as if I was drawing…

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

And it started to feel a bit magical.

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

And I went back to Hobbycraft for something completely different, and this happened:

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

So now, I have a little collection of unicorns looking for new homes!  They are all unique – even though their bodies aren’t hand-made, they have very different characters and poses, and they are all decorated by hand, and some of them have had a bit of surgery and extra TLC.

There are a few different breeds.

First up The Motleycorn – is the original monochrome unicorn, decorated with hand stitched stars:

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Then there’s a hand-drawn version of the Motleycorn:

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

And as I started to stretch out of my monochrome comfort zone, the Lunacorn was born:

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Which then lead to the creation of the Galaxycorn:Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

And then, because the world of colour was opening up even more and just because, there came the Rainbow Unicorn: Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

So I have 27 of these lovely creatures for sale in my online Etsy store, and this weekend I am offering free postage!  Just click here to go the shop and have a look.  The discount should apply if you go through that way, or you can just enter the coupon code FREESHIPPING at the checkout.

Or if you can just send me a message or email info@samdrawsthings.co.uk to place your order.

Each unicorn is unique and comes with an adoption certificate and an A5 unicorn print 🙂

Unicorn adoption certificate from illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

 

 

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Launching my new collection

Posted on: October 11th, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

A new collection from illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

I delighted to announce the launch of my magical new collection which will be happening online and in person at:

The Witches, Fairies and Hippies Fair

Sunday the 29th of October 2017

11am – 4pm

West Totton Community Centre, Hazel Farm Road, Southampton, SO40 8WU

Check out their event page here for all the info.

There’s a £2 entry fee and a fab raffle with loads of other wonderful stalls.

Come along and find the Sam Draws Things stand for illustrated goodies like cards, prints and original artwork as well as some gorgeous new gift ideas.

I’m busy working away on things to sell, including a range of things inspired by the Comfort Fairy 🙂

The Comfort Fairy by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

There will also be a collection of unicorns ready to find their new homes, and this will be the first time they will be out in public. It’s really exciting and I can’t wait.

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

The new collection will be available in my online shop too, but this is a great chance to see things up close and fall in love, so pop along and say hello 🙂

You can see my page for the launch on Facebook here.

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Night owls…

Posted on: October 6th, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

The rather apt theme for this week’s art class with Busylizzy was owls.  Not only does my toddler LOVE owls, he also is being a bit of a night owl at the moment, which of course means I am too…

 

 

 

Autumny Art with Kids

Posted on: September 8th, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

Yesterday we had a lovely time making leafy wreaths at BusyLizzy Winchester!

Painting bubbles with babies and toddlers

Posted on: July 27th, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

I hosted another colourful and messy art session with Busylizzy Winchester today, this time on the theme of bubbles.

My nearly-14-month-old is a big fans of bubbles, so we started the session with some real ones to play with and then we tried to capture their ephermeral loveliness using paint and chalk.

It’s quite challenging to find activities that suit little ones from age 0-4, but I love it when babies just touch paint for the first time or have a go at lifting a crayon or a pencil.  For the really little ones, it’s more of a sensory activity than about trying to achieve anything, and they might need to just keep trying drawing or painting before they start making marks and getting into it.

Today there were a lot of babies covered in paint, and some older ones really getting into mixing colours and playing with glitter.

If you fancy having a play too, you can download a Painting Bubbles Worksheet here.

I would really recommend playing with some real bubbles as well and admiring the way they shine and catch different colours in their iridescent skin.  They are just so pretty and magical.  It’s fun for smaller people to just admire them and try to catch them, while you could talk more about the colours they can see and why they are so lovely with older ones.

You will need:

  • Something to use as a paint pallette (paper plates work well)
  • Some pretty coloured paints (blue, white and purple are really nice for this activity)
  • Some round things to use to make prints with: sponges, pom poms, potatoes, your thumb – anything you can dip in the paint and then press onto the paper
  • Some card or paper
  • Some glitter

And if you fancy drawing rather than painting, you just need:

  • Some brown or coloured paper
  • Some chalk or pastels

There’s a colouring sheet covered in bubbles to paint or colour below (you might need to save it to print it out, depending on your browser.)

Have fun!

Bubbles colouring in sheet by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

 

 

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Making leaf and flower bunting

Posted on: July 22nd, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

Last week I had a really fun session with Busylizzy helping a big group of families with babies and toddlers make leaf and flower bunting. I was so impressed by everyone’s creativity 🙂

It’s a really fun activity and a great one for summer, so I thought I would share the resources on how to do it.

Here’s a worksheet with three different ways to make your bunting (click on the text below to open the PDF):

Making Leaf and Flower Bunting Worksheet

Depending on which option you go for you will need:

  • Some ribbon or string (about 1.5m is ideal)
  • Some scissors
  • Some leaves and flowers.  Gathering these can make this even more fun as you could go to the woods or a park to choose them.  It might be a good idea to take a guidebook with you as you don’t want to pick anything rare or prickly.  Hazel, ivy, or oak leaves are ideal.  Alternatively, you could buy a bunch of flowers or use fake ones instead!
  • Some card to cut into triangle shapes
  • A hole punch to make holes in the top of each triangle to put the ribbon through
  • Paint, brushes, water or colouring pencils, crayons pens – whatever you fancy using to decorate your triangles.  Stickers could also be a good option
  • Glue
  • Some black and white drawn leaves to cut out.  There are three sheets ready for you to download and to print here (you might need to save each image first, depending on your browser):

Sheet of black and white leaves by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com Sheet of black and white leaves by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com Sheet of black and white leaves by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

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