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Banshee Yarns branding looking fab!

Posted on: May 29th, 2019 by samdrawsthings No Comments

It’s lovely watching a brand new brand blossom.  I love the moment when a logo I’ve designed starts appearing on things.  It takes on a life of its own away from my sketchbook and it’s pure magic.

The yarn bands I’ve designed for Banshee Yarns have just been wrapped around their first skeins of yarn, and their colours are so stunning, look! 🙂

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Dorcha, Stain & Apocalypse on 70/30 Merino/Silk

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If you’d like any help with logo design or branding, you can drop me an email here.

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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Ponderings: Some more fairies…

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

ponderings banner by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

After my last post, I thought I would upload the rest of the fairies I’ve been sharing on social media so that they have a more permanent home over here.

They’re all qualities and things I have been thinking about bringing into my life the beginning of 2017, when things in the wider world have been feeling a bit less than magical…

The Adventure Fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Adventure Fairy⭐️

Pack your bag. Just a small one. Travelling light is the best way to go. Follow your heart and open your eyes to all the magical sights the world has to show you. This fairy calls you to take a new path, both close to home by being a tourist in your familiar haunts and by wondering far and wide. Get a little dusty. Try something new. Engage your senses and reinvigorate yourself….

Solace in Grief Fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Solace in Grief Fairy⭐️

When you are heartbroken, numb, grieving. When you are in shock. This small and gentle fairy brings comfort through moments of sleep, the kindness of others, the beauty of nature. She cannot interfere with the process of grief, but she can soften and ease, inspire you to ask for help and bring people to your door unbidden. Her heart hurts with yours. You are never alone. She holds the knowledge that you can survive with your scars, even when you forget. She holds the magic of the life-death-life cycle and asks you to remember that there nothing ends; but everything changes…

Hard work fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Hard Work Fairy⭐️

Sometimes you need a bit of grrrrr. Sometimes you just need to graft. Get stuff done. This amiable fairy thrives on sleeves-rolled-up vibes. He’s at your side whenever you slog or sweat, doing it cheerfully with a glint in his eye for he loves to earn his rest. He loves to get muddy so he can get clean. Sweaty so he can sip a cold cider that’s all the sweeter. He brings strength and resolve when you have to dig deep…

Sleep fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Sleep Fairy⭐️

Oh how I miss this fairy. She can be elusive, especially for parents of young people. She can also fly away in times of stress or upheaval. But. She *can* be tempted back. She loves ritual, hates caffeine. She likes meditation and mindfulness, and of course exercise. She asks if you have checked your sleep hygiene before you wonder where she has gone… She wants your brain and heart to be quiet so that she can make her home there. And if you are a parent… she hopes to see you again soon, in the moments you can steal to let her in…and on that note, I must go to bed…

Warm water fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Warm Water Fairy⭐️

Hot water is magic, you know that right? This mini mermaid haunts natural sources like hot springs but she can be found anywhere there’s a hot tap. She has lazed in Roman baths and Icelandic lagoons. She is drawn to the power of warm water to cleanse, restore, heal and invigorate. Those of us lucky enough to have boilers, showers, sinks and bathtubs experience her magic regularly. She also loves human ingenuity-solar showers, old fashioned fire and steam, any creative solution to summon her magic. Guardian of copper pipes and thermostats. Make sure your plumber treats her with respect…

Small celebration fairies by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️Small Celebration Fairies⭐️

Sometimes you need a fanfare to accompany something that may seem little to others but is in fact a huge thing. It could be getting out of bed today, having a shower, achieving something despite a phobia or anxiety making your heart race. Sometimes the seemingly easy, everyday things are hard, hard work. These small but powerful fairies get it. They see your awesomeness. They squeak with joy, throw confetti, shake pom-poms and blow trumpets. They give tiny high fives. Go you. You rock.

Naive optimism fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Naive Optimism Fairy⭐️

This little guy has been hovering around my sketchbook for a few days before I realised who he was. He’s actually been pretty much a lifelong companion of mine… the voice that says: try it, it will be ok, why not do something new? And I’ve had all sorts of adventures with him at my side and his voice in my ear. Life would be tidier, less chaotic, and a whole lot more boring without this little fairy. I promise to keep listening.

Witness fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Witness Fairy⭐️

This super cool character has a number of names from different spiritual and psychological practises that aim to entice him in. He is very helpful to call on when The Mirror Fairy is playing tricks on you. He helps you to take that all important step back, to see and notice your thoughts and feeling as they arrive and ideally before you act on them. Friendly and helpful, he can be evasive, but so worth courting and looking for again. He calls on you to put on your own fairy wings and be your own witness fairy.

Impermanence fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Impermanence Fairy⭐️

Oh this fairy can seem cruel sometimes. And then kind at others. Really tho, she is neither…she just *is*. 🌸Queen of ‘this too shall pass.’ Cherry blossom goddess. She is the beauty in both birth and decay. The wondrous newness of spring and the rich beautiful mutability of autumn. If we can bear to listen, her message is that everything changes, but nothing ends. It’s just change. Don’t hold on too tightly, but love the things in your world while you have them.

Get up and do it fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Get Up & Do It Fairy⭐️

Sometimes you just need someone to poke you with a stick and tell you to pull your socks up. And he has spectacular long luxurious socks. Lover of To Do Lists and Important Jobs. He knows when you are procrastinating. Strangely enough, he is good friends with the Sleep Fairy, for although he is often the one to rouse you to get to work in the morning, he can also help you do The One Important Thing that is playing on your mind so that, afterwards, you can sleep. He may seem a little cruel at times, but this spiky fairy has your best interests at heart…

Sleep deprivation fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Sleep Deprivation Fairy⭐️

Unlike the other fairies, this sketchy being isn’t one you really invite into your life (although sometimes she turns up as part of the fun after an amazing party or night of dancing)…she more just kind of…appears. Bleary eyed she blinks from her owl mug. And she doesn’t really do much, other than keep you company when the sleep fairy has abandoned you. She might be at your side on a long dark night of soul searching, or sit with you in a too early morning and recommend more tea/coffee. She is definitely responsible for that slightly spaced out feeling during daylight hours when you haven’t slept… She and I are firm friends right now due to a teething little boy, and every so often she pats me on the shoulder and tells me it’ll be ok…

Go slow fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Go Slow Fairy⭐️

Sometimes you need to move fast, and sometimes you really don’t, or can’t, and that’s ok. This fairy and her companion remind us that Slow and Steady can win the race, but often there is no race and we can just calm down and do things at our own pace. Patron of the Slow Food movement. Savourer of tastes and experiences. Owner of her own destiny. You can’t rush this one…

Magical snapshot fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Magical Snapshot Fairy⭐️

I was sitting in the car in the drive waiting for the baby to wake up when I spotted this really lovely branch with illuminated leaves catching the setting sun behind them. I grabbed my sketchbook but couldn’t do them justice. But later I realised this fairy was dancing around them, and he dances around all sorts of small beautiful moments during our days, catching our attention and encouraging us to notice. Sometimes this can be at the strangest of moments, when we are busy or bored, or even when we are unbelievably sad or stressed or struggling. He sparkles in the corner of our vision and helps us capture a snapshot of loveliness.

Resist fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The Resist Fairy⭐️

2017 on the micro scale has been overtaken by that pesky sleep deprivation fairy. She makes it hard to focus on other fairies, the bigger picture or anything other than getting through the day. On the macro scale tho, 2017 seems to need a lot of this. Resistance. Protest. Challenge. So I’m pondering what I can do to help #bethechange. And I might need to focus on the micro right now, but I’m sure there are things I can do to make a difference.

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Ponderings: Fairies and why Neil Gaiman is my favourite nature writer

Posted on: February 20th, 2017 by samdrawsthings 1 Comment

ponderings banner by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

After I left my job in the conservation sector to go freelance as an illustrator, I experienced a magical reawakening in how I thought about the natural world.

I was often a bit of a square peg in a round hole in my old job, but I very much saw that as my super power.  With a background in arts and communication, I was able to bring a creative twist to my work, to meetings, to project ideas and publications, which lead to some wonderful cross-pollination between science and art.  Even so, there was still a necessity to think scientifically.  To do my best to communicate in a technical, formal way and operate within the framework of the rational.  And I didn’t realise quite how much I’d been doing that until I went back to my arty roots.

Not long after leaving, I read The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.  I loved Stardust and Neverwhere and Good Omens, so was already a fan.  But reading his weaving of the English landscape in this book, I fell in love with his writing all over again and realised something I’d been missing for a while…

“Hazels lined the side of the meadow.  I picked a handful of the green nuts, put them in my pocket.

The pond is next, I thought.  I just have to go around this shed, and I’ll see it.

… The pond was smaller than I remembered.  There was a little wooden shed on the far side, and by the path, an ancient, heavy wood-and-metal bench. The peeling wooden slats had been painted green a few years ago.  I sat on the bench and stared at the reflection of the sky in the water, at the scum of duckweed at the edges, and the half-dozen lily pads.  Every now and again I tossed a hazelnut into the middle of the pond, the pond that Lettie Hempstock had called…

It wasn’t the sea, was it?”

I have quite a collection of nature books of different kinds (especially from second hand bookshops, I’ve had to stop going in them until we get more bookshelves) and I’m a nature junky, needing a regular fix of the outdoors, of flowers, moss, mud and animals, which obviously I’d been getting from conservation.  I get it vicariously too from reading about people meeting seals, badgers, hedgehogs etc and exploring wild and wonderful places.

But part of my love comes from the way our wild places resonate with the echoes of our fairy tales and myths, something that’s generally missing from the more scientific observation style of writing and the conservationist way of looking at nature.  And it wasn’t until reading this book that I saw the connection between the nature books on my shelves and the fantasy ones.

“I liked myths. They weren’t adult stories and they weren’t children stories. They were better than than that. They just were.
Adult stories never made sense, and they were slow to start. They made me feel like there were secrets, Masonic, mythic secrets, to adulthood. Why didn’t adults want to read about Narnia, about secret islands and smugglers and dangerous fairies?”

Here was Gaiman, leading me down lanes fringed with foxgloves to meet witches and and dive into magical ponds, and suddenly my heart was singing.  This. THIS. THIS!  He sees it too!  That overlaying of the mystical on top of the physical.  One of the intangible parts of our natural heritage that lives in stories and songs.  His writing conjures with the magic of the English countryside so beautifully; it’s more than just a backdrop.  The wild woods where you have to beware of talking wolves who might lead you astray. Mermaids singing off the Cornish coast and selkies swimming around Scottish islands…I know now that I am passionate about conservation because I want to save wild places for the creatures that call them home.  Including the fairies. And although I’ve suggested some pretty out-there stuff in meetings, that’s not something I’ve really confessed before.

Our wildlife is seriously magical.

And I don’t really see that as being separate from the science… science is just… kind of another word for magic in my head.  It’s a way of trying to explain and categorise the beautiful and mind-blowing things that are around us, which we can never quite fully capture or exactly understand how they work.  And that’s awesome; our trying doesn’t make them less magical and the mysteries that still elude us just engage my heart even more.

Every year, thousands of toads retread their migration paths back to their breeding ponds, and no one really knows how they do it.  The life cycles of newts, frogs and toads are incredible mini fairy stories in themselves.  Slow-worms look like Egyptian snake bracelets that have crawled away in search of a better, more private life.  Dragonflies are spectacularly odd and we even have something called a fairy shrimp…

But talking about nature and magic feels a bit… embarrassing.  If the conservation sector has been cautious to use the word Love (which it has been) magic is even more taboo.  Childish.  Irrational.  But there is a really lovely historical link between nature and magic – like The Flower Fairies with those gorgeous, accurate botanical illustrations and the way that Brian Froud’s fairy books echo a natural history guide to cheeky, impish creatures.  I think it can be another way to engage people’s hearts in conserving our wild places and animals.   And I have been following the Fairy Land Trust for a while for precisely that reason.  Because actually… as children, we so often have it right…

“Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences.”

And the conservation sector knows this too, hence the big move to get more people enjoying a Natural Childhood.  It was when I was little that my love affair with nature began.  It’s never left me, its just changed shape a couple of times and grown up a bit.

Our fairytale places need us to fight for them.  Our weird and wonderful wildlife needs us to protect and champion to save their lives and their homes.  And by saving them, we give more space to magic.

So, it’s a couple of years since leaving rediscovering the mystical, and I’ve finally been drawing some fairies and allowing myself to connect with it again.  I shared a load of fairies over on my Instagram and Facebook and created a Snow Fairy Christmas Card…

Snow Fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

The Snow Fairy

The Self Love Fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️The self love fairy ⭐️ it’s not about being more this or less that, about giving anything in particular up or starting something else. She reminds us to ask in each moment “what would I do now if I loved myself?” And it’s not about being selfish, for no one benefits if we hurt others or take just for ourselves without thinking of tomorrow. The self love fairy gives you permission to be gentle with yourself, to worship your own body, to go at your own pace, to ask for what you need.

The Kindness Fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️the kindness fairy ⭐️ this benevolent pixie may be little, but he is surprisingly powerful. He presides over both simple acts and grand gestures. He can be a bit tricksy – but never cruel. He might call on you to be firm one day to help another, to look further down the road than one action, to ask rather than assume what someone else needs. He can be found weaving magic over a cup of tea, helping to wrap gifts, smiling at self sacrifice, giggling over pleasant surprises and whooping at random anonymous acts of sweetness.

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

⭐️the comfort fairy⭐️ a warm and furry winged spaniel. Snoozing in flight as he bears a thermos flask full of hot chocolate. This snuggling being rules blankets, naps, sofas and cushions and protects all hibernating creatures.

The Mirror Fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️the mirror fairy⭐️ oh this sprite is a tricksy fellow. He can appear at times when we find the behaviour of other people challenging. He shines that sparkly mirror and asks us to look at ourselves, check our own imperfections, looking at where we might have room to grow. But he can also pop up when we bask in the radiant brightness of others to say “don’t forget, you glow too…”

The Intention Fairy by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

⭐️intention fairy⭐️ bound to Lady Luna, this hare-y fairy supports us in the new moon as we set intentions, sits with us as we bear the intensity of the full moon and whatever that may bring, and rests as that light wanes again and our world are renewed. He reminds us how powerful we can choose to be, how awesome we are at manifesting, and how a bit of conscious choosing goes a long way…

There are quite a few more fairies, but this has become a bit of a long post so I will save them for the next one!

 

 

 

 

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Drawing Inspiration: Bluebell hunting

Posted on: May 13th, 2015 by samdrawsthings No Comments

drawing inspiration by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

After some profound experiences in Japan on my cherry blossom hunt, I’ve been having an equally gorgeous time wandering about in English woods enjoying the bluebells this spring.

My dad found a perfect spot for bluebell spotting earlier in the year in Parnholt Wood near Farley Mount, and I’ve been back a few times.  The trees there are pretty much all beech, with bright green new leaves contrasting beautifully with the magical carpet of the bluebells underneath.

I think it’s the effect of the profusion of one type of flower in such large numbers that makes the blossom and the bluebells similarly moving.  The impact of the colours and the scent on my senses is almost overwhelming. I feel transported by it, and in the bluebell wood my mind is immediately filled with images of fairies having wild parties at dawn or Guinevere and Lancelot meeting for a tryst under a beech tree… the perfect setting for the mythical and magical.

I realised last year while reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane that one of my favourite nature writers is Neil Gaiman – his love of the English landscape and wildlife is imbued with a touch of the fantastical, and it resonates with how I feel when I’m out and about exploring.  I wouldn’t be surprised to come across a nymph enjoying a cool Hampshire woodland pool or a mermaid sunning herself amongst the seals on the Cornish coast…

But my rapturous words, photos and sketches simply can’t do justice to the beauty of the woods.  Bluebell season is just starting to come to an end here in Hampshire now, but the colours are still vibrant enough to make a trip worthwhile.  The National Trust has a useful website to help find your nearest bluebells here.

There is more information about the difference between the English and Spanish bluebell on the PlantLife website here.  If you are adding this lovely flower to your garden or land, it is recommended that you source the English variety to help boost the population and stop the spread of the Spanish variety to local woodlands.

Up close, the flowers are also gorgeous.  If I was a fairy, I would definitely wear one as a hat…

Bluebell wood by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.comShadow in the bluebells by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.comBluebells by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.comBluebell by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.comfairies by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com may queen by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.combluebells by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

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