The Lady Sketch Portfolio.
Since I began Lady Sketch in 2015, I’ve tried to ‘be an artist’ in many different ways, with varying degrees of success! Having never had any formal training, my art journey thus far has been a mad mish-mash of different colours, styles and media. I blame Instagram! Looking back on the (almost) last four years, I see a trail of ideas at various stages of completion, derived from different techniques that have caught my eye.
From pebble painting to bigger, bolder murals; chalk lettering to vibrant festival signage… watercolours, sketching, collage, typography – I’ve had a crack at it all! Whilst adapting and evolving as you go along is a natural part of the process, there comes a time when you need to think about commiting to one discipline and developing your own style.
I’m not at this stage yet… my long term goal is to make ‘art’ that is colourful, expressive, unique and, ultimately, recognisable as ‘mine.’ In the meantime, I’m leaning towards the almost limitless freedom offered by using mixed media. Here is a place where I can make my own rules and combine as many techniques as I want in pursuit of this goal.
You can see where I’ve come from by clicking on the images below. As for where I’m going? I’ll keep you posted…
Hand Lettered Signs I first began making hand lettered signs for Mr Sketch’s birthday back in the summer of 2015. We had a Glastonbury festival themed party in our back garden and I made a set of wooden signs as decoration. Subsequently, I had a few requests for personalised hand lettered signs, and … Continue reading Hand Lettered Signs
Chalkboards Ah the humble chalkboard. Or blackboard. Whatever you want to call it. The smell of chalk dust in the classroom, the satisfaction of writing with a fresh stick on a brand new board and the hideousness of the noise if you accidentally caught your nails on it. People have … Continue reading Chalkboards
As you can see from the images, my murals are lively, vibrant and bold. I take my inspiration from street artists, popular culture and the pop art movement. Everything is drawn and painted by hand, and I use emulsion paint because of the almost limitless colour combinations available to buy, in a convenient tester … Continue reading Murals
The thing I love the most about mixed media is that there really aren’t many rules. For a freestyler like me it’s ideal being able to start with a blank canvas and let it take me wherever, based on whatever is to hand or happens to pop into my head. I use strips … Continue reading Mixed Media
Other Lady Sketch Projects As a freelance artist I’m prepared to try my hand at pretty much anything. Having had no art training however, I’m the first to admit that my projects have had varying degrees of success over the past 4 years!! I’m also easily bored so rarely stick to one style, … Continue reading Other Projects
Like many people, I can spend hours browsing through racks of greetings cards, and the thrill of finding exactly the right sentiment is one of the lovelier parts of sending them to others. I use my love of words to create different ranges of stationery, some puns, some a little cheeky and some … Continue reading Stationery