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 very big hoot of a inky project #bighoot2015

A few weeks back I came across the big hoot project. If you don’t know what “the big hoot” is it’s a huge art project taking place in Birmingham UK, where lots of creative owls are drawn on, painted and gotten inky to make the city more creative to. 1-IMG_0669

 Not only that the finished owls after exhibition are auctioned off to raise money for Birmingham children’s hospital.  I thought it was such a great idea not only supporting the children’s hospital but sharing art with the community ( both big and small) through a very inky three-dimensional project. So I came up with this little fella my inky brown own.


The idea behind my little brown inky owl was that I realised this little owl has come an awfully long way from his woodland home. Without a doubt he’s got many things to tell the children and adults of Birmingham about his woodland friends and the woods in which they all live.



So he asked me kindly to make an inky picture of his wonderful woods and he didn’t particularly mind me doodling on his belly.  In that wood purely in brown ink are going to be hedgehogs, bees and dragonflies by the trees. Cheeky squirrels picking nuts and rabbits using mushrooms as huts . Birds upon branches , moths, butterflies and many more little inky additions maybe added to the design.


So fingers crossed big hoot think my little inky designs “the hoot”. Lets hope both he and I can get inky in the big hoot project this year!

Kate x