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By Ruth Thorp Studio, Sep 28 2016 12:55PM

Well it's certainly been an eventful and exciting couple of months for me. Having left my sensible salary paying job at the end of July to have a go at being a full time self-employed illustrator and designer, I have been enjoying working on a whole range of creative projects. I have been indulging in some much needed “creative play” producing new illustrations to build my portfolio and to submit to magazines and publications as well as working on some really fantastic projects alongside my parents for some new products to be published by Raw Mixture Publishing soon. I am also excited to announce that I am now selling illustrated art prints in my etsy store and will continue to add to this as my portfolio grows. For the moment I am offering A4 prints to start testing out which designs are popular as wall art, but am hoping to also start offering larger printed pieces in the future. Head over to my etsy store to have a look.

Ruth Thorp Studio Art Prints
Ruth Thorp Studio Art Prints

By Ruth Thorp Studio, Jun 14 2014 08:36PM

Today I made the first Squawk hand puppet to be displayed on our stall at the Dinefwr Literature Festival next week. Isn't he cool?! I'm hoping this will be the start of a little family. He still needs a name though, so I have decided to ask the people at the festival to help me name him. Come visit us if you are there. We will have lots of Squawk related and non Squawk realated loveliness!

By Ruth Thorp Studio, Jun 9 2014 09:02AM

Soul Manifestos and Pieces of Joy by Steve Thorp
Soul Manifestos and Pieces of Joy by Steve Thorp
Soul Manifestos artwork by Ruth Thorp
Soul Manifestos artwork by Ruth Thorp

There are lots of projects on the go at the moment - I am trying to keep track of it all by making lots of lists, but the lists get so long that they begin to scare me, so I end up throwing them away!

Here is one that I can nearly tick off though. My very lovely Dad has written a book which will be published in the next couple of weeks and is ready to pre-order here alongside another gorgeous large format poetry book 'Trails' which has been produced in collaboration with artist Elaine Johnson. As part of a previous project together - 'Under Blood Light' - I produced some illustrations to go alongside 5 short written pieces and I have now adapted and added to these to provide illustrations and a book cover design for 'Soul Manifestos and Pieces of Joy'. It's so exciting to start seeing my work in print as books and you will be able to purchase both of these books and 'The Squawks' (my very first picture book) at our stall at the Dinefwr Literature Festival from the 20th-22nd June.

Here is a short description of the book or find out more here

'Steve Thorp’s small, poetic essays are written against the backdrop of conflict in modern culture, politics, economics, ecology and psychology. Each piece stands alone but together the collection coalesces into a gentle, intuitive polemic that seeps into the consciousness. The small manifestos are written for wonder, wisdom, joy, love, and openness - and for the common good. They describe an alternative and grounded response to the material world, a way in which we might live our lives with depth and soul. This is a thought provoking collection and a whole-hearted approach to the crisis facing humans on earth.'

By Ruth Thorp Studio, Jun 24 2013 12:51PM

Birds and Leaves. Copyright Ruth Thorp Studio.
Birds and Leaves. Copyright Ruth Thorp Studio.

Happy Monday everyone! Further to my previous post, which showcased one of my bird designs submitted for the Ohh Deer competition, here are the other designs that make up my 'Bird and Leaves' collection. I have recently given a number of cards to people with these designs on and they have so far gone down very well, so I am hoping to get these into my etsy shop soon as my first paper product. Hope they help to cheer up your Monday. Ive nicknamed my favourite, the yellow 'Elvis' bird. I just love his hair!

Copyright Ruth Thorp Studio.

By Ruth Thorp Studio, Jun 13 2013 08:58PM

I recently came across the fantastic site 'Ohh Deer' which sells quirky illustrated gifts featuring the work of some incredibly talented artists and illustrators.

They are currently running a competition to become a regular contiribtuing artist and the above pictures are my entries. They are available for sale in their competition shop for a limited time only, so please help support me by having a look, clicking on the links below the images and feel free to buy them if you like them! ;)

Why don't you give it a go too. You can still enter the competition and there is some absolutely amazing work up.

Hope you are all having a good week.

All work and images are copyright to Ruth Thorp and photo mock-ups from Ohh Deer website competition shop.

By Ruth Thorp Studio, Apr 2 2013 09:49PM

Although I have been quiet lately, I have actually had some very exciting creative weeks and am feeling hugely inspired. After spending a week in beautiful sunny Pembrokeshire with my parents in their new barn conversion, I am having to gently ease myself back into 'real life' and I'm hoping that my productivity levels will remain.

There is something magical about Pembrokeshire that just seems to spark my creativity. I always feel inspired and productive there. A walk along the beach is a sure fire way of letting my brain empty of any worries, doubts or frustrations, (feelings that I'm sure all creative people are familiar with) and in turn free up space for becoming creative again. Last week, the weather was beautiful with blue skies, sunshine, and sparkly seas, although as all of you in the UK will know, it has also been extremely cold so apart from a daily walk on newgale, we actually indulged in spending most of our time inside. I am particulalrly lucky to have such a gorgeous home to live in when I'm there which is so important for the creative soul. The large table in the kitchen located at the centre of the open plan barn is my favourite spot for working with lots of space, natural light, easy access to food and connected to everyone else in the household. So it was, that last week I started a very exciting project with my very talented sister who has written a children's story book after being inspired by one of my illustrations, and I am now in the joyful process of fully illustrating and laying out my first children's book. I can't say much more that that at the moment, but it's turning into something pretty special, and we are all very excited about it.

So thank you Pembrokeshire for freeing up my mind and to mum, dad, Luke and Sarah for inspiring me to start this new project, for all the amazing food and support and for creating such an inspiring space for me to visit. It certainly is the best holiday home anyone could wish for!

As for you guys, where do you feel creative? Is there a specific place that you feel particulalry inspired? Do you work in the same spot or mix around to have a change of environment? I'd love to know your thoughts and if you are experiencing a period of time lacking in inspiration or finding it hard to feel creative, maybe it's time for a change of scenery. How about popping out for a walk in the park, working in a local coffe shop or meeting up with other like-minded creatives to share your inspiration. And if that doesn't work, why not book a trip to beautiful Pembrokeshire, a shameless plug, but I know of another lovely creative space that is available for holiday lettings. Check it out here!

By Ruth Thorp Studio, Mar 21 2013 08:46PM

So because the weather is being so rubbish and Spring does not seem to be on the horizon, here is my 'Spring Burst' design to brighten up the end of your week. First featured on Judy Adamson's Art and Design Blog alongside some other wonderful work by my classmates from ABSPD. Thanks Judy and have a happy Friday and weekend everyone. Here's hoping for some sunshine :)

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By Ruth Thorp Studio, Feb 18 2013 10:04PM

Lately I have been enjoying producing illustration work and placement prints instead of focusing only on making pattern repeats. After doing some illustration work for my Dad to go alongside some of his written work, it really gave me a boost to start exploring my signature style more and reach into areas I didn't feel as comfortable in. More on this in a later post!

I have also been reading the fantastic new book by Lilla Rogers and was particulalry interested when I came to the section about the 'Children's Picture Book Market'. This is an area I have always thought would be fun and exciting to be involved in, but I have always been wary of it, as Lilla states 'picture books are character-driven'. Well, I have always been very concious of the fact that drawing people and figures has been one of my weaknesses and so have shied away from it in the past. After reading the section in Lilla's book, however, I thought it would be a good challenge to set myself to see whether I could create some characters.

You can see my results above and if I can say so myself, I'm pretty chuffed with them as a first attempt. Things will only get better the more I practice and I feel comfortable with the fact that I am creating something that is very me! I have made a couple of compositions with the characters in 'Raindrops and Sunshine' and am planning to use the little characters below to develop some scenes or patterns. I'm pretty certain, I'll never be able to draw a perfectly proportioned, life-like figure drawing, but I'm ok with my little fun charcters with stickly legs and balls for hands and I can see my style getting stronger each day. This is a something I must remind myself of when things aren't going quite as well. In fact on the morning I produced these, I was having a very floopy day and was not feeling particularly inspired or good about my work. Turns out all it took was a couple of little hand-drawn doodles scanned in and coloured up to switch it all around!


So I have faced my artistic 'achilles' heel' and have survived! I wonder what else I can try. I've certainly inspired myself to try new things that I previously thought I wouldn't be able to do. How about you? Is there anything you have always shied away from or avoided? I'd love to hear your thoughts and why don't you give it a go too and see how you can flip your creative doubts around and make it work for you in your own style.

By Ruth Thorp Studio, Feb 18 2013 01:11PM

Hello and welcome to my new 'Ruth Thorp Studio' blog. After launching my website a few weeks ago, I have now managed to get the blog up and running too. Here you will find my inspirations, creations and a bit of day to day life alongside showcases of wonderful work from other like-minded talented creatives!

I will try to update you regularly on my new work and news - fingers crossed there will be lots of it as I launch myself into the world of Surface Pattern Design and Illustration.

I'll be showcasing some of my new work a little later, but for now, the latest news is that this weekend I became a proud graduate of the wonderful 'Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design' course run by the hugely talented Rachael Taylor and Beth Nicholls. This course has been so inspiring and opened up so many opportunities and ideas that I can only say thank you so much to Rachael and Beth for introducing me to this new exciting world. I'm not sure quite yet where this might take me, but so far I am enjoying the journey and indulging in developing my own style and creative path. I am finally on my way to doing what I love .......... and I'm loving it!

Ruth x

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