Inky big hoot adventure part two…


Hello again its me the dust covered inky illustrator!

I know I’m sorry, I’m so bad lately with my little blog here as I’ve been up to lots of different projects and to do’s which to say the least has taken more time than I expected! Day’s rolled into a whole month and I’m back to share with you the final part of my big hoot story .  So where was I? Ah after day one in the studio I spent around 5 more days going to and from Birmingham to get my inky owl finished.


Lesson two however was when you’re going to do this kind of project bare in mind that it’s a lot of work and you’re not wonder woman, I put so much stress and pressure on myself which really didn’t go down to well health wise, so note to self give yourself a break next time. The paint also needed at least 3-4 coats in places to really cover the owl perfectly to avoid transparency or patchy paintwork ( I envied how easily people spraying a base on looked apart from the smelly fumes lol).


Before I knew it my brown inky owl was all done and ready to fly the nest for the Big hoot launch this July. We made our way to the Fort Dunlop building where the launch was held and I have to say guys despite the 2 hour drive it was fantastic. I had no idea what a big impact taking part in the big hoot project would have on me, not only as a illustrator but a person to. If you were to ask me if I would take on another project like this I would definitely say yes. image I challenged myself in so many ways and was able to prove that despite the self doubt we can feel no matter what you’re afraid of or unsure of possibly achieving you can if you just try. The outcome might always be a mystery but if its good then it will all have been worth it. The big brown inky owl is currently on display outside the Jewelery quarter building ( my very kind sponsors), so if you happen to be in the area be sure to take some time checking out all the wonderful owls!

Inky illustrator over and out! Katie x

A inky big hoot adventure …. part one


Hello everyone!

It’s certainly been a while sorry for the slight crickets on my blog , its been a crazy busy few weeks. As some of you may know in my previous blog post I was lucky in being chosen to take part in the Birmingham big hoot art project. If you aren’t from the UK or familiar with what the big hoot is, it’s a huge art project where artists, illustrators and designers are commissioned upon entry to create a 3D owl sculpture.

Once finished the owl will go on display in Birmingham July 2015 and once the owl exhibition is finished, they are then auctioned off to raise money for the Birmingham children’s hospital.  I was so over the moon upon receiving the email telling me I was one of the number of artist chosen. It didn’t feel real though until I walked in that room and saw my soon to be inky brown owl!


imageI’m going to do a few part’s to this blog post because the week at the big hoot studio’s was so eventful and had so many learning curves to it, I don’t want to cram all that into one post. Sadly the finished inky brown owl can’t be revealed until this July so hold on tight till then! However it was an amazing experience and something I’m truly grateful to have been a part of.

Overall I spent around six days at the big hoot studio, little did I expect the commute to take so much out of me though!  Each day started with an early 6:30 get up , arrive at the coach station by 8:00 and pop on the coach for what would sometime’s be a 2 hour journey to Digbeth coach station in Birmingham.  This little inky illustrator did a fair few steps that day for sure!

imageApart from getting lost on the first day I found my way to the big hoot studio. After meeting the other artists there I was finally introduced to my big brown inky owl to be and got started penciling away.

Lesson one on day one however was “Thing’s always take more time than we expect them to”  as it took me around 5 hours to pencil the whole design ( originally 2D) onto a 5 foot + fiberglass owl.  Although before I left for my coach back to Staffordshire I was able to give brown the owl some colour to his eyes which I have to say really brought him to life! I’ll write more about my inky brown owl adventure soon!

Katie x

Its all a big hoot! #bighoot2015


It’s all a big hoot guys and things have gotten very inky at my little studio lately. On top of my new venture occupying my time and attention I was also *drum roll* selected as one of the winning designers for the Birmingham wild in art big hoot project.

So for a week this may I’ll be commuting to Birmingham to get inky producing the Big hoot owl and I’m so excited about it! This is my first ever big art commission so this tiny inky illustrator is taking big steps to better things.

You can do anything I believe if you try your best and have a little faith in yourself .

Katie x