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Drawing Inspiration: Bump and Boo Winchester

Posted on: January 28th, 2019 by samdrawsthings No Comments

drawing inspiration by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

It’s been a little while since I’ve gone out and about purely with the purpose of sketching.  So it was exciting to get back into it on Sunday at the Bump and Boo event at Winchester Guildhall.

Aimed at parents and parents-to-be, it was a busy day packed with stalls and talks with activities and play spaces for little ones too.  It was great reminder of all the organisations that are in the local area ready to help families.   The Guildhall is also such a pretty venue, it makes a lovely back drop 🙂

It took me a little while to find my sketching vibe again; when I was a student I had no qualms about drawing everyone all the time and simply sitting in a corner doodling but this time I felt quite self-conscious!  And of course when you’re drawing people out and about they move, which is part of the challenge and can lead to some lovely quick marks.

But looking back at the sketches, I think I caught some of the friendly and buzzy atmosphere…

Drawing from Bump and Boo event by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

It was like entering a bit of a magical treasure trove for families.

Drawing from Bump and Boo event by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

This was only Bump and Boo’s second event so far, and it was so buzzing and vibrant.

Nicky and The Caterpillar Music stand were really fun to draw!

Drawing from Bump and Boo event by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

And after buying a gorgeous pair of leggings from Equally Awesome for my purple-obsessed little boy, I had a big chat with Rachel who makes everything about how hard it is to find fun boys clothes, especially as they get bigger.  Baby stuff can be cute, but a lot of the bigger boy’s clothes are just mini versions of boring men’s clothes.  Also, not enough unicorns (or enough purple) for our family’s tastes.  I stood for a while to do a longer sketch of Rachel’s colourful stall:

Drawing from Bump and Boo event by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Thanks and well done Bump and Boo!  Not only was it a fabulous event, it was also such a lovely opportunity to get back into some quick drawing.  They will also now have some cute sketches to us in their promotional material, hopefully helping the next event to be even bigger and better!

If you’d like me to come and sketch at your event, do get in touch.  You can see some of my other Drawing Inspiration sketches here.

Baby name nursery art: new in the Sam draws things shop

Posted on: September 19th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

A recent commission from a friend has lead to a new product line in my shop that I am really excited about: baby name prints!  I’m growing my nursery art collection as babies LOVE my work – the high contrast and black and white I use basically hypnotises small people, making it quite a handy distraction tool for a grouchy or distracted baby.

My son Tristan spent a long time gazing at my work around the house, and as he’s growing and recognising the animals he’s still getting a lot out of it.

Little Percy was the recipient of my first baby name print.  He was born in June and has one of the best birth stories I have ever heard – he was caught by his mum’s best friend in the kitchen!

Baby name print by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Each letter on the name prints is a different animal, and there’s the option of adding the date of birth underneath.   I think they make lovely birthday presents for older little ones too.

Baby name nursery art by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

I’ve found someone making really nice frames in the UK that are purple, which coordinates really nicely with the colours in the print, and you can add one on as an option when you order.

Baby name nursery art by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

You can order your print in my online shop here.

You can include a message with the name and date of birth, or I’ll get in touch with you to check the details.  I’ll send you a preview of the print before popping it in the post to you.  I offer gift wrapping and can also post straight to someone else if you are buying it as a gift.

Ponderings: Maternal mental health

Posted on: May 9th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

ponderings banner by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Last week (the first week of May) was Maternal Mental Health week.  My social media newsfeed was full of all kinds of things raising awareness and offering support.  I’ve had a picture in my head for a while now about my own journey to motherhood, and it finally popped onto the page.

What I thought being a mum would be like part 1.  Just me, with a small human in my life.

What I thought being a mum would be like part  2 - a completely rebuilt and reprogrammed version of me with a cosmic maelstrom by my side

⭐ my motherhood journey⭐

It’s not that I thought it would be easy, and it’s a terrible cliche to say that nothing can prepare you for becoming a parent… but I think whatever your route to parenthood, it changes you in ways you cannot imagine.

And maybe in ways we’ll never understand.

Being pregnant in itself is such a transformation and perhaps I thought once Tris was born I’d go back to who I was before…

But I haven’t, and I can’t.

And that’s not a bad thing, it’s just a bit unsettling… here in the uk its #maternalmentalhealthawareness week and this was one of my #100daychallenge drawings for better mental health

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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A new art session for babies and toddlers!

Posted on: July 10th, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

I am really excited to be running an art session for mums, babies and toddlers with Busy Lizzy in Winchester.   We will be making bunting inspired by leaves and flowers, with lots of natural materials for babies to play with, paint, card and drawing materials.

I’ve run craft and drawing sessions in libraries, on nature reserves, in schools and all over the place, but this will be my first one with lots of babies!  It should be fun, and messy 🙂

You can come along to the session even if you’re not a Busy Lizzy member – just get in touch and let them know you’d like to come as a guest.

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