Inside my sketchbook week 1

As an artist and an illustrator I have always kept a sketchbook, I think its the done thing for us creatives the perfect place to put all the things you have bouncing around your head down and on to something more tangible, so here is my latest pieces, I always work best in my sketchbook which has always frustrated me, I think it feels far more natural to me then a big piece of white paper. I am still trying to get over that blank page fear….we all get it from time to time. 

At the moment, I am very much inspired by colours and emotions, oh and patterns I love a good pattern, I have been using a lot of acrylic and pencil in my moleskin, its so versatile and the pages of the moleskin are off white so the paint looks so much nicer then on the stark white background. 

Once again I am working away on new bearded tattooed dudes, I can’t help it I do love doodling them, the one above will be from my new Summer bearded dude collection….there will be an array of lovely bearded men, and the “Be Mine” sketch is for a piece I am working on for my boyfriend he is bound to of seen this before I send him it lets hope he likes it. 

Every page is an experiment and a challenge to create all the ideas that are taking up my tiny brain space, I am such a sucker for stationary and I never cherish the pages, I love the final pieces but I love to make a mess on the pages, its always best to never hold yourself back, colours, shapes and patterns are always best when they come from the heart. I do find I am yet to create a piece that i am 100% satisfied with as artists we are always chasing the next idea or building the same one never truly reaching it, its an ongoing process and thats what I love. 

Creative crushes at the moment – Maira KalmanJulia Pott –  Listening to – Ludovico Einaudi 




  1. May 4, 2013 / 9:34 pm

    Beards ahoy! I love looking at sketchbooks, and I can totally relate to everything you said. I've always found it easier to be creative when I'm working in my sketchbook, and I'm yet to feel 100% happy with a piece. xxx

  2. May 4, 2013 / 9:35 pm

    So good! You have such a distinctive style. I love the idea of keeping a sketch book, but I never know what to draw :/ x

  3. May 4, 2013 / 9:41 pm

    Your artwork is amazing!
    I love sketchbooks, although I have a habit of having a few on the go at once, which makes me forget where things are.

  4. May 4, 2013 / 9:53 pm

    Love your sketchbook work Ella! Especially the piece for your boyfriend – how sweet 🙂 Julia Pott is a favourite of mine too, another earmarked Etsy shop for a day when I have money enough to spare on things I just want to look at endlessly 🙂 xx

  5. May 4, 2013 / 10:20 pm

    These pages are beautiful. I love having a look at other artists sketchbooks, they are filled with gems. Thank you for sharing a bit of yours.

  6. May 5, 2013 / 12:25 am

    I love beautiful posts like this, I enjoy nothing more than peering into others sketchbooks. I might treat myself to a moleskin and some acrylic as I only ever stick to watercolour and would love a smaller little book to carry about with me like this. I hope you do more of these posts!
    I also love Einaudi for creative times, perfect mood setter 🙂


  7. May 5, 2013 / 12:54 am

    This is so lovely and inspiring. Your art pieces are amazing ! X

  8. May 5, 2013 / 7:50 am

    I loooove looking into other people's sketchbooks! this is so cutexx

  9. May 5, 2013 / 7:58 am

    You are so talented – I love your style of painting xo

  10. May 5, 2013 / 8:02 am

    You have an absolutely beautiful sketch book. Gorgeous! xx

  11. May 5, 2013 / 8:14 am

    You are so so talented Ella! All of these are just utterly stunning! The page with the CS Lewis quote on has to be my favourite, but they're all so wonderful! xxx

  12. May 5, 2013 / 10:27 am

    These are fantastic and Inspiring! I bought a new sketchbook a Couple of weeks ago and haven't used it something about the first blank page of a completely blank book makes me freeze. I miss my old one haha Bianca x

  13. May 6, 2013 / 9:10 am

    Is that you and your boy amongst the stars in there? Either way it's beautiful, I love it xxxxx

  14. May 6, 2013 / 6:48 pm

    lovely lovely lovely ♥
    You keep inspiring me to get drawing again and I MUST.


  15. May 7, 2013 / 8:48 am

    wow these are ridiculously gorgeous! The second one is my absolute fave 🙂

  16. May 7, 2013 / 9:46 pm

    This is so incredible, it makes me jealous that I'm definitely not a talented artist, and I can't do something like this! keep it up! xx

  17. May 8, 2013 / 1:31 pm

    I especially love the third picture of the girl. She looks quite soft and wistful.

  18. May 10, 2013 / 4:42 pm

    Absolutely beautiful sketches. I love the feeling of that C.S. Lewis piece. Makes me think of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, when the kids get to Narnia through the painting!

    Also, Ludovico Einaudi is wonderful.


  19. May 11, 2013 / 3:52 am

    May I ask who you are drawing in the third picture? I ask because her clothing looks very similar to The Hmong people. Your work is amazing…

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