After drawing a veggie burger for national burger day, I decided to start building up my portfolio of food art! Being a vegan, I also thought I'd use this as an opportunity to show some of my favourite vegan treats and recipes!
I think I a lot of non-vegans assume that vegans only eat salad and 'rabbit' food. Changing my diet from vegetarian to vegan actually made my diet a lot more exciting and varied. As a veggie I often went for the quick easy/boring meals....Pasta and cheese, margarita pizza, omelette on toast, cheese sandwiches for lunch....almost every day! I was pretty much a cheese addict and never thought I'd be able to give it up... but 3 years later and I never crave even crave it! My diet is now definitely more healthy dropping the cheesy dinners...and my meals are certainly more exciting to draw!
Asian food is my favourite cuisine and great for vegans as it typically doesn't contain any diary products and its easy to swap out egg for tofu and eat rice/wheat noodles instead of egg noodles. I hope you enjoy my food illustrations!
It's national burger day....so I wanted to share one of my favourite vegan burgers!
There are soooo many tasty vegan recipes out there but this one is from a fantastic cook book called The Easy Vegan, by Sue Quinn.
Page 96-97 has six burger recipes, but my favourite is the 'Kibbe'. The bulk of the burger is made up of red lentils and bulgur wheat, mixed with herbs, spices, pine nuts, onion and garlic. It also contains pomegranate molasses....which I never have in the kitchen so substitute for some agave syrup. I like to pile up lots of burger fillings....beetroot, gherkins, spinach, lettuce, mustard, veganaise and chilli sauce!
I hope that one day there will be more veggie burgers on plates than beef in the future....I like cows so I don't eat them :)
Last weekend I sold my artwork and stationary at the Artisan's at St George's Hall fair. It was my first time selling things in real life (other than etsy!)
I had been putting off selling things in person, probably because I was nervous about all the things I needed to do to prepare; designing/ordering stock, making stands/shelves, and mainly worrying about whether anyone will actually buy anything!
After reading lots of blogs and trawling through pinterest I decided on a what products to sell and how to design / build elements of my stall. My woodwork skills from uni finally became useful! So a bought a few sheets of OSB and went to B&Q with the boyf for some dowel, brackets and screws.
Although the fair wasn't the busiest I've been to, it was great to sell some bits. It was also good to experience start selling in person, meeting customers, getting feedback and the most valuable part of the weekend was meeting other sellers. I met some really great people, who gave me lots of tips and knowledge about the do's and don'ts of selling at markets. Overall I was happy with how my stall looked and now I will be prepared to apply for more in the future!
Enjoying making a few gifs and summer sun illustrations during this sweltering heatwave!
Had the best weekend celebrating the wedding of Imogen and Gareth! They had thought of every last detail in making their wedding the perfect day! A lot of this was down to Imogen's architectural eye for design and a massive group effort from their amazing family and friends!
My contribution as well as a few bridesmaids duties were to help out making and designing some of the wedding signs. Both the order of the day and the table plans. The beautiful weather and tasty lunches at the Lee's house definitely made wedding tasks easy! Here are some photos my signs along with a custom wedding card of their wedding venue - Trinity Buoy Wharf (above).
I have just finished working on a cool project for an American company called Outboundworks. The brief for the project was to design and illustrate artwork to represent the company and their processes.
'Humans and technology working hand in hand to deliver customers to you'
It took a lot of doodling, a rough sketch up model and great feedback from the client to get to the final images and I'm really pleased with the end result. You can view the work on the website www.outboundworks.com . I particularly enjoyed designing the roll overs on the main factory image (below) which animate each character.
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Happy national vegetarian week! I have been a vegetarian for 21 years...with the last 2 1/2 years being vegan.
Watching Vegucated definitely helped me realise I should make the commitment to veganism! It has been such a positive change to my life. Not only have I become more healthy (still need to curb the crisp addition) but I feel better knowing that the food I eat isn't a result of animal suffering as well as all of the environmental problems caused by the processes involved in the making of animal products.
I LOVE food, so a lot of my artwork is based around fruit and vegetables! My vegan alphabet was the first series of drawings created once I decided to pursue a career in illustration. This image combines some of my favourite veggie illustrations! I hope national vegetarian week inspires more people to move towards a more veggie based lifestyle!
Finally finished setting up my Etsy shop!
Click here to view my IllustrationsByApril Shop
I'll be selling a mix of 'ready to post' prints and products along with some 'made to order' custom illustrations.
Illustrated places (so far of lovely Liverpool and Avebury),
Illustrated veggie / animal notebooks
Veggie / Under the sea stickers
Custom House / building illustrations
Custom Wedding venue illustrations
Hope you enjoy perusing my online shelves!