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Youtube live Video Drawings – Recorded holding my blackberry phone camera – Beatrice Ajayi

Ok it has been a serious while. Let’s just say baby number two happened. Sleepless nights etc. But I haven’t stopped been creative. Check out my new stuff on youtube. Just search youtube with my name. I have been sketching and recording it with my blackberry phone camera. Its doable between diapers and breastfeeding. More to come.

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Beatrice Ajayi – Redbubble Print

Hi folks, I have uploaded my latest print on redbubble. You can find it here – http://www.redbubble.com/people/hyssopartz/art/7034393-peeka-boo-empress.
It is called Peeka Boo Empress. She has a rather extravagant hairdo.

I am having fun using my digital colouring software.
All prints make amazingly unique and Original gifts. I intend to order some prints from a giclee printer in Edinburgh soon, and may give some away.

Well I am off to do some more creating.

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Artist of the Week – Aubrey Beardsley versus Beatrice Ajayi

Hi everyone my famous line, ‘its been a while’ is used once again. I decided to get back to my artist of the week segment. This sunny week in april i am looking at Aubrey Beardsley. I have lost count of the amount of people who have said my work reminds them of his work. So I made an effort to looking at some of his work.

We do have similarities, our subject is the female form, we both have alot of Black and White images, and we love to use ink, be it pen or printing techniques.

We both have a narrative within our images – in this area is were we diverge strongly. Beardsleys content have been recognised as being quite erotic. I aim to look for an innocence in my subjects. Even though my Empresses are sometimes adults, their focus is on the wisdoms they can gain to govern their countries well. So since being aware of Beardsley it has been with a pinch of salt that I take our comparism.

It gives me great comfort when someone actually asks me what my work is about and doesnt just base it on the visual connections of other artists.

Regardless of my rantings Beardsley’s skill as an artist, illustrator and storyteller are undeniable. To read of artists that made an income in the medium of ink in his days and compare with our modern times is intriging. Alot of viewers of my work always wish i worked in colour. Appreciation of my medium is not that great, which is amazing considering they usually like my work.

Beardsley likes his silhouette and dark backgrounds, which I tend to stay away from. I use the patterns and detail on my images to to show a richness possibly missing in not applying colour. My patterns are the colour.

Check out the link above in bold of Beardlsey’s name to look at his work. See if his or my work share similarities in your mind.

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New Additions – Art by Beatrice Ajayi

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These two are new additions to my gallery. Their names from left to right are Little Empress Red Heart and The black Diamond Empress. Also check out my new calender here . Have a lovely weekend

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Illustration Mundo – Beatice Ajayi

Hiya, I have my Tree Hug image linked to the Illustrationmundo.com site as my advertising logo. Illustrationmundo is a place online for Illustrators to advertise their work and website. You are also linked to a large worldwide illustrator community, its great. I love finding outlets like this.

You can temporarily find me on this page here.

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The Empresses – Beatrice Ajayi

Hi folks, hope you all had a lovely weekend. I have been busy as usual trying out new techniques. I have added new images with the results. The first is The Bored Empress and the second is The Frightened Empress. I did the outlines some years back and filled them in a couple of days ago. I hope you like my colour experiment. I have uploaded them onto my Redbubble shop as objects for sale. They are shown below enjoy.

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Happy New Year- Beatrice Ajayi

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. It was full of the bustling business that is prevailent at the time of year. I have some new artwork on the home page to start off the new season, so please have a look. Also there are a lot of new t-shirts for the tee fans out there. The ‘Origin’ series is a concept I am looking at as designs for my tees. I have also got some t-shirts with the theme of Africa. The is more to come, so enjoy and I will post more information soon. 🙂

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Redbubble Shop – Beatrice Ajayi

I haven’t mentioned my Redbubble shop of late. Just click onto the link here and you will get to the main page. There are T-shirts, framed pictures or prints and babywear. Have fun!

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Little Chimp Society – Owl Carrier

Click here for my latest news on the Little Chimp society site. It is the Owl Carrier illustration. The Little Chimp Society site has a lot of illustrators and artists on their sight. They are full of some great examples of talent and creativity.

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Hollow

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I have been working on some new ideas for paintings recently. I am still trying to get my black and white drawings into coloured paintings. I have done a variation of these little characters, I like the ideas I am coming up with. There are so many ways to approach this style. I will have to keep going till I find one I am happy with. This image is of a very delicate Empress. She is done in water colour and pencil. She has a bird house inside her hair. It looks warm and cosy. I wonder if the bird minds been evicted each time she has to take it down for bed, she can’t sleep like that surely!:)