Wednesday, 31 December 2008

No Doubt I am psyched

No Doubt L-R: Tom, Gwen, Tony, Adrian

I recently heard the fantastic news that No Doubt are working on another album and on top of that plan to pack up their little babies and go back on tour. I would simply love it if they come out to Australia - I would definitely attempt to line up tickets for hubby and me. The last time this band was out here, I talked about getting tickets, but never followed through with the action and I regretted this for a long while. This time, no excuses.

Casey Hardman

Pictured Mark & Casey Hardman (father & daughter)

I was horrified this week when I read the news that a girl I knew from work had died in a speed boat crash - Casey Hardman. I almost didn't believe it. I had to keep reading the news report over and over again, until it sunk in.

Words cannot express how much my heart breaks for Casey and her family. Casey's adult life was only just beginning to take shape and for it to be cut short ultimately by a lack of sense and judgement is nothing short of a tragedy.

Casey was always such a pleasant colleague as is her Dad, Mark Hardman. And my memories include glimpsing lovely father-daughter catch up sessions in the office tea room, when they would talk about the weekend or something that happened that day. You could tell that Mark and Casey were good pals.

My heart and thoughts are with the Hardman family.

Monday, 29 December 2008

Tall Lady

Following is another practice run using my Wacom tablet with Photoshop. I call this illustration "Tall Lady".
Tall Lady

Sunday, 28 December 2008


This is a little something I threw together for the Illustration Friday Flickr group I am with.

The visual theme this week is "clandestine".

Illustration Friday - Clandestine


The following photos are from my second baby album and date back to 1980. I was just past one year of age when these photos were taken.

The third photo makes me laugh because I think I am trying to be one of the girls even though everyone else is obviously so much older.

I like the smell and texture of my baby albums. They are musty and quite delicate now. And the photos are processed on completely different paper to what is used today.

1980 #3

1980 #2

1980 #1

Saturday, 27 December 2008

Squiggly Wiggle Ornamentation


Floral Ornamentation


Practice Round

This morning I practiced using my Wacom tablet in Photoshop, and the following picture is the result.


My First Wacom Tablet

I am so, so excited. For Christmas this year, from Dad and Jenny (thank you), I received a Bamboo Wacom tablet. I have wanted one for a couple of years. Ever since I found out that is what Claire Robertson uses with her illustrations, as well as hundreds of other professional artists.

I have big plans for my Wacom Tablet and will make good use of it.


Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Mmm! Donuts!

Do you have an appetite? If not, then you will now after seeing these delicious chocolate and strawberry flavoured donuts...


Monday, 22 December 2008

Emjie Zine Issue 1

On Saturday just gone I posted to Sticky Institute ten copies of my latest zine.

Emjie Zine-Holder Issue 1, 2009

The zine is a compilation of my best and favorite artwork from the recent year. To cut down the cost of printing I lovingly produced the zine as a computer disk, and the design you see pictured herein is the actual zine holder.

So the next time you are in Melbourne check out Sticky Institute and have a look for Emjie Zine - Issue 1.

Where is Sticky Institute?
Degraves Subway
Shop 10 Campbell Arcade
Melbourne Vic Australia

When is Sticky Institute open?
Mon to Fri 12-6pm
Sat 12-5pm

Monday, 15 December 2008

My Mix Tape Prize

MixTape Giveaway...

Today is a day for celebration for two very good reasons.

Firstly I won a Mix Tape giveaway the other week and my prize arrived in the post today. Thank you Mix Tape. I won a lovely plush elephant pattern, which was designed by Louise and Cathy of Audrey and Maude blogging fame.

Also today's entry marks my 100th blog entry on this site. I can hardly believe that I have done so much on this blog in such a small space of time. That is practically half a years worth. My next major milestone would now have to be 500 and then 1000. My goodness, can I truly make it that far???

Friday, 12 December 2008

Something for Gwen

Here is the end result of the shirt that I mentioned in my blog entry yesterday. It turned out quite nicely, and the fabric is so soft and clean.
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The shirt and skirt look so cute together.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Feeling Crafty

I am feeling that crafty vibe at the moment. I think I will sew up a baby shirt and include a name to be transferred to the front of the shirt. I'll make this up for my future bub...

Pink Baby Achievements

Check out my latest creation: It is a pleated skirt, similar to a kilt which I have patterned and sewn to suit a 3 to 6 month old baby.

Note: Instead of a safety pin which would usually be placed on this sort of skirt, I have used press studs and a decorative bear button for a bit of 'baby safety'.

This is the first time that I have made an actual pleated outfit, not including the samples that I made during fashion school. Feeling quite pleased with myself.


I thought I would do the same survey that Pip from Meet Me At Mikes procured.

1. Were you named after anyone? I do not believe so.

2. Do you still have your tonsils? I sure do though there was a close call at age 12.

3. Would you bungee jump? Heck, No!

4. What is your favorite cereal? I am not much a cereal person, but if I had to choose it would be porridge with honey.

5. Do you untie your shoes when you take them of? Naughty, naughty girl. No, I do not. My shoes would surely last longer if I did.

6. What is your favorite ice cream? Oh, this is a toughie. How to decide! I will have to say chocolate.

7. What is the first thing you notice about people? Their face.

8. What is your least favorite thing about yourself? My indecisiveness. I think, though I'm not quite sure about this one. Maybe I'll come back to this question.

9. What's the last thing you ate? Jam on toast.

10. What are you listening to right now? Nada.

11. Last movie you watched? Taken.

12. What did you dream about last night? I do not entirely recall. But I remember there being lots of tall trees and a plaza.

13. What book are you reading? Vanity Fair by  William Makepeace Thackeray.

14. Summer or winter? I am a bit of both, though maybe swayed more toward cooler weather. It really depends on the mood I am in, and what I want to do.

15. Do you have any special talents? I am highly  imaginative.

How do you say cute?

I recently checked out the website for the line of Harajuku Lovers fragrance, which happens to be an offshoot from Gwen Stefani's L perfume and an extension to her growing place in the world of fashion. Yay for Gwen!

You can check out the very clever and cute website for this series of perfumes at Harajuku Lovers Fragrance.

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Patch Works

It has been a long while since I have prepared a patchwork quilt and today was feeling inspired to doodle up a mock in Illustrator. The below image is the resulting mock up.

I might try to make this patchwork quilt in the new year. Perhaps it can be for the baby's room, or even be used as a travel quilt.

Patchwork Quilt 06-12-08

Rogue & Gambit

Herein is a rough illustration of two X-Men from the Marvel comics. They are Rogue and Gambit - currently my two favorite X-Men characters.

Rogue & Gambit Illustration

Friday, 5 December 2008

Enjoy the Show

Incey Wincey Spider-Girl

Yesterday I worked on my hand drawn illustrations* and the theme was none other than the future daughter of Spider-Man ~ Spider-Girl!!!

Spider-Girl Illustration 1

Spider-Girl Illustration 2

Spider-Girl Illustration 3

* It feels weird to call these illustrations hand drawn, because when I do my computer art that too is done by hand. It just happens that when working off a computer based art program I am using a mouse. And when drawing straight to paper I am using a pencil. So how different is it really between a pencil, a paint brush, scissors or even a mouse?!? I think that all of these mediums are simply an extension of our own thoughts. And not one of these mediums makes what we create any less artistic. Whether I draw directly to paper or to computer screen the outcome is the same for me - total satisfaction.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Enter the Light on a Shirt

I have been keeping busy with my artwork, now that I have more time for it.

See here my latest illustrated shirt design which is currently available for sale at Red Bubble.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Oriental Paper Crafts

Following are a couple of great pages that I came across on paper crafts, courtesy of HP and Epson. If you are looking for some free holiday fun with paper these are definitely worth a look in. Some of these paper crafts can even make for great gift ideas. Check out the following links.

Emjie Shirts For Sale

As of this morning the above t shirt designs are available for sale on my Red Bubble profile. These designs are fantastic Christmas and Birthday gift ideas for people who are collectors of unique and cute t shirts. So check it out when you can!!

Monday, 24 November 2008

Lady Oceania

Lady Oceania

Herein is my latest piece of artwork titled "Lady Oceania" or "Lady Ocean". I have merged together a number of themes and styles. The flavour is very much oriental - loosely based on 'old school' Japanese fashion, with an oceanic theme. You will particularly notice that when I drew the back of the dress it is similar to the tail of a Chinese Fighting Fish.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Meet My Chub Babies

Emjie's Chub Babies

It has been quite a few weeks since I have felt inspired enough to create fresh artwork. It feels great to have done something after such a long break. When I get that creative block it often leaves me feeling restless. I cannot stand that feeling. In an idea world I would be able to move from project to project without pause.

What names should I give my Chub Babies?

Friday, 7 November 2008

Something New - Something Old

I was searching the internet for inspiration, particularly with baby clothes, when I came across this Visual Journey excerpt on rose detailed motifs. It came from a blog dating back about 3 years ago by a lady named Vivienne.

This blog entry is definitely worth a look in for the crafty inclined, particularly if you are looking for some early 20th century inspiration.

My Nanna

One day ago my Nanna passed away.

It is difficult because I only really just started to get to know a bit more of her history. I already miss her.

Nanna's name is Elizabeth and is sometimes known as Betty. She originally came from, Portarlington, Ireland. She twice lived in England and later moved to the state South Australia where she spent the remainder of her adult years. Nanna married Timothy Garry, whom came from a neighbouring village back in Ireland. They met at a local dance hosted by the village that Nanna lived in.

My memories of Nanna...
  • She kept a pressed flower set and because of that I began a childhood hobby of pressing my own flowers between the pages of books.
  • Nanna grew strawberries and she used to let me have a couple each day for morning tea when I visited for the holidays as a child.
  • She had a collection of willow china. So now whenever I see willow china I associate that with Nanna.
  • I have a collection of postcards in my old photo albums that came from Nanna whenever she visited Ireland. The below postcard was the last bit of mail that I received from Nanna.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

My First Homemade Doll

I pulled out this photo from one of my early childhood photo albums. This photo was taken when I was roughly six or seven years of age. The doll in this picture was my first attempt at doll making. I raided my mum's craft basket, resulting in this crazy, armless stocking doll with thunder thighs. I remember being pleased with my creation, but was also told never to go into the craft basket again.

Colour Madly

Feeling Sort of Blue

This is how I am feeling today.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Blue Moment

I am having one of those blue moments, where I just can't see it happening for me. Darn those rejection letters! What they really should be called is "infection letters", because those singular pieces of paper have such a paralysing affect. Words are so potently powerful and even if written politely a person can still be thrown off balance and are left feeling doubtful in their own artistic abilities.

I wonder if Andy Warhol ever felt like this. Were there moments when he considered throwing in his screen printing inks after reading an "infection letter"?

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Fashion Illustration Sunday

These are my contributions to  today's "Fashion Illustration Sunday".

For the majority of these illustrations I began with a grey lead, then added the colours, and finished off with black pen for a more striking effect.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Fashionable Apple Blossom Girl

This is my Saturday morning contribution to my blog. The more I have fun in Photoshop, the more I learn.

Friday, 17 October 2008

Inspirational Board Friday

Todays theme is non-specific. In fact it is, as the board states, a stream of consciousness. There isn't a whole lot I feel like saying about the visuals of this one, except that these interested me.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

The Tagging Game

I am rather excited! I have been tagged for the very first time! So here it is...

I have been tagged by Evie of Handmade Romance blogging fame, to tell you"six little things about myself"

The rules of the game:
• Link to the person who tagged you.
• Mention the rules.
• Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself.
• Tag six other bloggers by linking to them.
• Go to each person's blog and leave a comment that lets them know they've been tagged.

Six facts about myself:
1. I have bilateral subluxing sternoclavicular joints. This means that when I lift my arms in the air my collar bones move and lift as well.

2. I once interviewed Bruce Mansfield live on his 3AW Friday night radio show.

3. Part of my childhood was spent in a mixed Australian/American community in Woomera, so at an early age my accent had a slight American twang.

4. When I was a child I had a crush on Bumblebee the Autobot (Transformers). Still do.

5. In my early childhood I showed signs of being ambidexterous, until primary school, back in the days when the use of the left hand was still discouraged. I can still do some things quite comfortably with both hands, such as playing pool.

6. When I was a child I was a fan of "Jem & the Holograms" and intended that I would be just like Jem when I grew up. Alas I am now all grown up and the fantasy continues.

And should you wish to play this game the six people I am tagging are: The Moldy Doily, The Art Studio, sfgirlbybay, Tom Bagshaw, Happy to See You, and Crowded Teeth