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


Don’t be afraid to try new things #thoughtoftheday



Sometimes its scary to try new things when you pour your heart into something for so long. Art isn’t an easy path but if you know the road you’re following and are focused you can find people who connect with what you do and want a piece of your talent. For months and months I made artwork that I purely felt other people would like, so many of us fall into that hole of trying to fit the role of pleasing others however art is about self enjoyment to.

You have to make art you are excited to produce, excited to share and excited to make again and again. I recently realized where a part of my inky passion lies and wish I had discovered it months ago. This isn’t to say I don’t love producing elegant inky drawings but by combining my illustration with another passion its like double the fuel to keep going, because I’ve also found people who share that passion and admire my talents.

So my best advice would be that if something you are trying isn’t working, it doesn’t mean its a bad idea because sometimes great idea’s need tweaking and making even more fabulous than they were before. 

Katie xx