Future Beauty : 30 Years in Japanese Fashion Workshop

I recently had the pleasure of doing a workshop at Goma as a part of the 'Future Beauty: 30 Years in Japanese Fashion' 

I came in to do a 2 hour drawing session with an intimate crowd, where we designed 3 different Street styles. Kuro Gyaru, Decora and Sweet Lolita were the subculture fashion genres I thought would be the most creative to explore. 

There were so many incredible designs that came out of the workshop. Each person put a really colourful and radical swing on their design. 

For anyone who missed out, I've attached the activity booklet below. 

Photos via meohmygirl and Tokyofashion


Cute Commissions

Even though I'm not taking on portraits until Christmas, I still wanted to put some cute commissions I've been working on up. 


Yacht Club Djs

At Splendour in the Grass I had the pleasure of doing some live drawing that was projected over the stage while Yacht Club Djs were doing their Set. I drew two rabbits and Melty font. They liked it so much they asked me to do a poster (like the splendour design) for their last Tour. 


Bicycle lady dates

Sporting my new Kraken dress & Bicycle on an epic lady date adventure this weekend. 
Nothing makes me happier then getting done up & riding around town. x


Winter is coming...

Wake me up after winter plz.


Happy Haunts Solo Exhibition

This Friday I cordially invite all of you bloggers who live in Brisbane to join me for a Spooktacular Arty Extravaganza ! 

I've been working super hard over the past 6 weeks on producing 50 artworks for my first ever Solo Exhibition 'Happy Haunts'. 

The big show starts at 6pm at the Rabbit Hole Ideation Cafe (22 Agnes St Fortitude Valley) 

Bring a friend, and come have a good time with me x x 


Sapient Nitro

Sometimes I dabble in typography. This swirly piece I whipped up for Advertising Agency SapientNitro . Cheers to Ralph Barnett for letting me team up with him for this super fontalicious project x


Adventure Time Fan-art

I whipped up a couple of Fan art Illustrations for my stall at Supanova on the Gold Coast
(which has already been and gone)

Turns out it was the best investment ever, as I nearly sold out of all of my prints on the first day. I was really pleased as there was an overwhelming amount of positive feedback that ensued. 

Fan art was something I unfortunately looked down on. Possibly because I was first introduced to tacky pornographic versions of my favourite Disney characters and couldn't bare the thought of gazing upon another interpretation. Thankfully my opinion towards it has changed, as I have found some of my favourite artists have churned out their versions of some of the best cartoon characters. 

Marceline the Vampire Queen & Princess Bubble Gum are two of the cutest lady characters of Adventure Time. 

These prints are available on my Etsy


Threesome Collaboration

Enquire, Aspire, Inspire. 

Typography by Charlotte Dance-Wilson, Kimberley Clifford and Me for The Design Kids' 'Threesome' Collaboration. 


Illustration Inspiration Interview: Bec Winnel

How did you get started as a Freelance Artist?
I was really lucky. I had a portfolio on Deviant Art. A lady who was following me showed my work to Sarah, who works for, and is a talent scout, for Illustration Ltd. A little while after that, two of my good friends started an agency, Just Another Agency and asked me to be involved 

What do you look to for your inspiration?
I think this always changes for me but at the moment it comes from within and is a reflection on what I've been experiencing and feeling. For example racism has been playing in my mind and a part of me wants to create work that is harmonious so I think about what I want to express and at some point a visual will 'pop' in my mind. 
How long does it take you to do an illustration, start to finish?
Quickest would be 2-3 hours, average would be around 10-20 hours and the longest I've ever spend on a drawing was 60 hours!

What is your process when working with clients? Can you explain your typical job?
It is really varied. Some clients know exactly what they want you to draw for example they will send you a photo and you pretty much replicate that with your own flair added. Some clients have no idea what they want and there is a lot of going back and forth with ideas and small sketches. And some clients, the best clients, give you free reign! Although that doesn't happen very often. One favourites to work with is Element Eden. I work with the Marketing Manager and the Design Manager. They will send me their ideas, for example 'we think an owl wearing a shirt with a pattern in the background would be great for this collection' along with a mood board for the season. I mock up a few quick ideas and send them back for review. From there one idea is chosen and I go on to finish the artwork, scan it, clean it up in Photoshop and send off the hi res file.  

What is the hardest thing about working for yourself?
Being self-disciplined! That has been my first lesson. I'm easily distracted and need to roughly plan out my week and allocate time/days for particular jobs. Some weeks their are deadlines, other weeks it is a little quieter so it is hard to have set days for set jobs so I also need to be flexible.
Do you get ‘Creative Block’ and how do you push through it?
I sure do!  I'm currently feeling in a good creative place this year. For me, putting down the pencils and brushes on the weekend and getting out and doing something completely different, with friends or family or just with my woofs, brings new experiences and time for reflection. 

What Advice do you have for new kids starting out in the Freelance field?
Create a variety of works that showcase your various styles or style. My illustration agent asks that we have people, animals, objects, food etc, the more the better for appealing to a varied audience. If you can get involved with an agent, it's super helpful as they can promote your work for you. A lot of the agencies accept submissions so once you have a good portfolio, send it off to every single agency you can find. Even if they say no, do some more work and send out your portfolio in another 6 months. My first few attempts were rejected, guess I need to improve a bit still!

Be sure to have a cheeky peek at more of Miss Winnel's work :



I recently did a 3 part illustration series featuring different couples sleeping. 
A friend of mine asked me "Will you ever do two boys in love for one of your drawings?" 
I thought, "Gosh, he is right" My unintentional negligence needs to be stopped. 

So here it is. 

Togetherness : Same Kind of Different. 
Lauren Carney, gay, lesbian, love, romance, illustration, homosexual


Illustration Inspiration : Hungry Designs Interview

How did you get started as a Freelance Artist?
After graduating from studying an Honours Degree in Illustration & Printmaking in Scotland I could think of nothing worse than being a designer full time.  I took a break and worked in an office for a few years and created little trinkety type costume jewellery just to get my creative fix and I called the hobby based business Hungry Designs.  After I moved back to Australia I kept making the trinkety type jewellery but my family insisted that I start to draw again and attempt to make the switch from jewellery to art.  It definitely took a few months of them pestering me but I eventually listened and was stunned by the response my art received.  I had just 3 designs cut and made them into brooches and they sold out.  I illustrated 3 new designs and they also sold out.  Now I have over 200 individual designs! 
What do you look to for your inspiration?
I am a massive comic book fan and this is definitely reflected in my art.  I have been collecting comic books since I was 16 and still collect them today.  I also love anything Day of the Dead themed and am into more macabre themes, like horror, hunting and classic fairy tales.  I also love anything Disney and often watch cartoons and animated films while doodling and designing, so it’s safe to say that these play a massive part in my creative process.  I am also very much inspired by the people who follow me on my social networking sites – they always let me know what it is they hope to see, which is always so helpful! 

How long does it take you to do an illustration, start to finish?
Gee, it really depends on a lot of things.  I would say between 8 – 12 hours start to finish for an average, run of the mill illustration.  Obviously if there are lots of changes to be made it can take considerably longer.  I very rarely spend a lot of time sketching out ideas and tend to go straight for a finished product.  It’s a terrible habit that I have had since high school!

What is your process when working with clients? Can you explain your typical job?
Thankfully, all the clients that I have are all really wonderful and it is a very simple process that isn’t painful at all.  After chatting extensively about what my clients are after I then draw up the pencil illustration and send it away.  If they are happy with it I then move to the flat colours and send them to the client.  The flat colours are then approved or amended and the third and final stage begins (which is actually my favourite stage!): shading and highlighting.  This really breathes life into the flat colours.  After this is completed the client has their finished design.

What is the hardest thing about working for yourself?
The hardest thing I have found is finding the time to do everything I want to do.  I have a “proper” full-time job and it is impossible to cross everything off the to-do list – especially when it keeps growning.  Time management is key when working on Hungry Designs and although this doesn’t leave much down time, I am doing what I love.  Hungry Designs is my baby and without it I would be completely lost.

Do you get ‘Creative Block’ and how do you push through it?
I recently had a terrible case of creative block and it lasted for almost 3 months.  It was awful!  I felt so lazy not doing any illustrating and this put so much pressure on me to be creative.  I am so used to drawing/designing daily so when I couldn’t do anything creative or I wasn’t satisfied with anything creative I felt like there was a piece of me missing.  I actually think I started acting like a completely different person.  I actually don’t really know how I overcame the creative block I had, just one evening I sat down and started to draw.  That night I stayed up until 4am drawing, there was this intense outpouring of ideas and there were sketches and designs everywhere!  It was wonderful!

What Advice do you have for new kids starting out in the Freelance field?
I wish I had something profound to say but I don’t...  So, um, don’t be forced to work in a way that isn’t you, persevere and practice, practice, practice! 

Check out Hungry Designs here:

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