Pet Portrait

About six months ago some friends, after seeing some of my artwork, asked me to do a pet portrait of their two Jack Russles, Milo and Oscar. I seized the opportunity and promptly agreed – this was my first pet portrait commission!

They decided that the drawing should be in black and white pencil. I began, like most of my artworks begin, by drawing up a few sketches of the dogs for my costumers to see so they could ask me to change the layout if they didn’t like it. However, there was nothing that I needed to change so I embarked on the final piece. I don’t use grids or anything like that for my portraits – I feel that it is much more natural and easy to change things if I do it freehand. Observation is an essential part of capturing the likeness and even though I didn’t manage to draw in every hair exactly the same as the photos I was drawing from, I hope that I have captured a good likeness of these cheeky dogs!

If you follow my Instagram: eloisesdesignedlife, you will have seen the gradual process of this artwork. Please go follow me if you haven’t already. I am looking forward to giving it to my costumers once I am able to. It’s a bit difficult while in quarantine!

Comment below what you think of this drawing, I love to hear feedback. I’m hoping to do some more pet portraits in future.

Thank you,

Eloise xxx

My First Attempt at Embroidery

I had never tried embroidery before but after being inspired by so many wonderful embroidery patterns on Pinterest I decided it was time to try it out for myself!

I began by learning some basic stitches from a video on You Tube, then bought myself an embroidery hoop and attempted to create this lavender design. I drew my design onto the fabric first, then used a combination of stem stitch, lazy daisy stitches and chain stitch to complete the design.

I am quite pleased with the way it turned out considering it was my first attempt and I will definitely be doing more embroidery in future – I like the combination of drawing and crafting. I hope you like it! 😊💐

Eloise xxx

Me and My Bunny Besties

I decided to do another illustration type drawing of me and my pet bunnies. It was something to take my mind off the terrible Coronavirus outbreak! I hope you all stay safe!

Eloise xxx

A Sketch of Me Sketching

I wanted to do some more illustration type drawings and had an idea that I could illustrate my own life. I am hoping that I will do more of this type of drawing and here is the first one I had a go at, of myself sketching:

I didn’t use any sort of mirror or photograph to create this drawing. I felt that that might make it too realistic and I wanted it to have a more relaxed feel. I simply observed myself and my surroundings, then imagined what I must look like as I sketched.

I hope you like this. Comment below if you would like to see more of this style of drawing.

Eloise xxx

Prints Inspired by Tim Mara

I attended a workshop at Wolverhampton art gallery last week where we looked round the Tim Mara: Not Pop? exhibition and were encouraged to notice the themes and patterns he used in his art. The exhibition was titled Not Pop? because a lot of his art looked like pop art but instead of being influenced by popular culture, Mara was inspired my the great masters, so much of his artwork was more like that of a still life. He included a lot of people in his art, but rarely showed their faces in the aim to focus the viewer’s attention on the surroundings, not the portrait.

We were set the task of drawing one of the many patterns in his prints, and also attempted some quick drawing challenges.

After that we used the patterns we were inspired by to create prints by drawing into a polystyrene tile with a sharp pencil. We were encouraged to draw a hand because it was reminiscent of the way Mara created portraits without showing the face.

We used printing ink to produce our first prints, then created more smaller tiles to print in other colours on top. I am quite pleased with the way mine turned out, although I feel like a might have used a few too many patterns – making the hand a bit unclear to see.

Let me know what you think of them below. 😊

Eloise xxx

My Art College Taster Day

Last week I went to a taster day at Lichfield college where I am planning on going in September to do a UAL in art and design. After having previously been to an open evening and had an interview there, I thought it would be a good opportunity to really get the feel of how my time there will be.

The session started at 9:30am so I arrived a little earlier and was told to wait in the lecture theatre where a few others were already waiting. Slowly, a few more people arrived until there were about 19 of us. We were given a brief summary of the day by the teachers, and were then divided randomly into three groups – a, b and c. I was in group a.

The taster day was for people interested in photography, fashion and media, as well as art, so the day covered a variety of activities for each of these creative areas. During the first activity we used a dark room to develop our own photos using light and chemicals:

We also used a camera obscura to create mysterious looking photos of ourselves and made wool pom poms with the fashion teacher who was very lively and chatty.

After the lunch break we made pinch pots in ceramics:

and finally, we created an animation using drawings.

At 3pm I went home after a long day of creating!

I enjoyed this experience and am looking forward to going there in September and sharing with you all the artworks I produce.

Be sure to follow my site to make sure you don’t miss out on my art journey! It is much appreciated.

Thank you,

Eloise xxx

Valentine’s Day Cookies

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and even if, like me, this day means little to you, why not make them for your friends and family? Love comes in all shapes and sizes and doesn’t have to be in the form of a girlfriend / boyfriend or husband / wife. In fact, love doesn’t have to only be for Valentine’s Day. These vanilla hearts are a simple, yet delicious recipe which can easily be made vegan with a couple of dairy free alternatives and are perfect for all year round.


10 oz Flour

1/2 tbs baking powder

7 oz margarine, sliced into chunks (dairy free for vegan option)

3 oz sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Dark cooking chocolate (dairy free for vegan option)


Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the margarine and rub it in with your fingers until it forms breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and vanilla extract, stir, then form into a dough with your hands.

Leave in the fridge to chill for at least half an hour, then roll out and use heart shaped cutters to cut out your cookies. Place onto a lined baking tray (you May need more than one) and bake Gas Mark 4 / 180c / 360F at for 15 – 20 mins or until firm and pale golden.

Once the cookies are cool, melt the dark chocolate on the hob, in a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water. Decorate the cookies with the chocolate in whichever way you see fit.

Once they are cool, give to your loved one (and don’t forget to save some for yourself!)

I hope you enjoy this love – filled recipe and have a happy Valentine’s Day! 💗

If you try it out don’t forget to send me a photo by e mail (see contact) or on Instagram with the hashtag #eloisescreative bakes for a chance to be featured on my Creativity in the Kitchen and Food Design page.

Eloise xxx

Pen and Watercolour

I am working on a new composition on the theme ‘reflections’. This will contain two sorts of reflections – the type in water and the type of my past.

I want my composition to include a wet street and am going to use a photo, that I took in the summer, of the Shambles in York. I decided to do some sketches of this street to get myself familiar with it before embarking on my final piece.

I did one in pencil and one in pen with a watercolour wash. I hadn’t used this method before but it is definitely something that I will be working in again. 😁

Eloise xxx

Alpaca Drawing

This is another artwork that I did for a Christmas present. I did it for my Mum and Dad and they loved it!

I drew this alpaca from a photo my Dad took of an alpaca at a holiday cottage we started at in Wales during the summer. It took quite a long time to capture all the detail and texture in the fur, and it was hard work. However, I always think that the more hard work you put in, the better the end result. I know many modern artists would not agree, but it is my personal opinion.

I just used pencil for this drawing, then put a nice wooden frame on it to finish it off. We don’t know the actual name of this alpaca, but my Mum has decided to call it Paul!

As always, I would love to read your comments about this drawing!

Eloise xxx

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