DIARY OF AN ARTIST: Tattoo Commission

A new feature for the blog called Diary of an Artist which I hope may give a little interesting insight into the process and ideas behind my work.

I’ve been working on my first ever commissioned illustration for a tattoo design over the past couple of weeks. Someone who’s seen my work in Bristol approached me via Instagram to ask if I would draw a hummingbird design for her to use for a tattoo. It’s really exciting to be asked to do something especially for someone and a little different to my usual design application.

Sky Siouki Hummingbird Outlines    Sky Siouki Hummingbird Progress

 

I’ve loved every minute of drawing this hummingbird and can’t wait to see the final tattoo literally in the flesh! I have had others show interest in the application of my illustrations for tattoo designs previously so it’s something I’d be very happy to continue with on a commission basis. If you’d like a bird, insect or perhaps some other kind of wild creature designed by Sky Siouki for your next tattoo then please do send me an email for a quote!

Sky Siouki Hummingbird Illustration

 

This is the finished illustration. I always try to post the progress of my drawings on my Instagram profile and stories so do make sure to follow me on there if you’d like to see more of my creative process! My next illustration is going to be a cormorant for a special Bristol inspired design.

If you enjoy my blog posts, you can stay up to date with what I’m posting by subscribing to my mailing list – sign up form on the right.

Sky x

SaveSave

SaveSave

Going Bananas for Tropical Birds!

A little bit of visual research and inspiration on the blog this week! Feast your eyes on this beautiful array of tropical bird species.

If you regularly follow what I’m up to at Sky Siouki you may know I’ve been talking about ideas for a new design collection for a little while. I hate that I’ve been continually saying new designs soon but as of yet no illustrating has been happening. I’m so eager to get going on a new set of birds but it takes a lot of dedicated time to do and there are always a million and one other jobs that seem to need doing first! BUT I think I may have at least made a decision on what the theme of the new series will be… Tropical Birds!

Tropical Birds Green-Breased Mango Hummingbird

Green-Breasted Mango Hummingbird

Tropical Birds - Greater Bird of Paradise

Greater Bird of Paradise

Having had a few suggestions via Instagram, a lot of followers seem keen to see hummingbirds, kingfishers and birds of paradise which all fit into the tropical category quite nicely. I also had a lot of suggestions for garden birds and although I was heavily swaying towards that direction at one point, I then realised that there are an awful lot of garden bird designs already out there and let’s face it, tropical birds are just a hella of a lot more exciting! I mean check out the plumage on this White Faced Ibis!

Tropical Birds - White Faced Ibis

White Faced Ibis

Tropical Birds - Banded Broadbill

Banded Broadbill

Something I love so much about designing a new collection is researching all the different bird species out there and learning about them. It’s astounding just how many species there are and the incredible variations of colour and markings they each have. For example I only learnt today that the Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher even exists, how gorgeous is this little guy?!

Tropical Birds - Oriental Kingfisher

Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher

Putting this post together has certainly helped to get me inspired and motivated for this next collection so I really hope it won’t be much longer until I get working on it now! I will still need to make a final decision on four birds but a kingfisher and a hummingbird definitely look to be on the cards. It’s not too late for suggestions either so by all means post a comment below or hit me up on Instagram to tell me what you think. I always love to hear customer feedback.

New Notecard Sets

New Notecard Sets

I’m very excited to announce that I have two new products now available in my online shop! Following the popularity of my first two sets of notecards I decided to make all eight of my Flight collection designs available in sets of notecards. Initially I just produced two different sets of these A6 cards, each pack containing 6 blank-inside cards with recycled envelopes, but since they’ve proven such a popular product I thought it only fair to include the full range. So you can now find a set of the Jackal Buzzard and Red-Footed Falcon designs in a pack and the Sandhill Crane and Northern Lapwing designs in a pack via my online shop!

Buzzard & Falcon Notecards

Crane & Lapwing Notecards

They’re beautifully printed onto high quality smooth white card and each card has the name of the bird that’s illustrated written on the back so everyone can gain a little further knowledge of bird species! The cards are really versatile for any occasion so if you could do with some emergency birthday cards on hand or have a few thank yous or invitations to give out then they are ideal. Find them all in my online shop here.

Tropical Paradise Exhibition

I have recently designed a new A3 print design called Caribbean Flamingo which is currently exclusively available in the Paper Arts Tropical Paradise Summer exhibition in Bristol city centre! It’s on for another two weeks until 29th June and features a wonderfully colourful and varied mix of 50 artworks. I’m very proud to have had my submission selected to be in this show in which all of the prints are available to buy either framed or unframed.

Carribean Flamingo

The new design uses an illustration I drew from a photograph taken by my dad when we visited Slimbridge Wetland Centre together so I feel particularly proud of this piece. The Paper Arts gallery is right in the centre of Broadmead here between Debenhams and Vodafone so be sure to drop in if you’re visiting Bristol!

The print will soon also be available to buy via my online shop and stockists as part of a new selection of waterbird designs I am adding to my Flight collection so watch this space for updates on that!

Tropical Paradise Exhibition

Tropical Paradise Gallery

 

TOP 5… Wintery Wildlife Prints

I absolutely love getting lost online finding artist’s work I haven’t yet discovered. It’s so awe inspiring to see the talent out there and so I’m giving a little homage to just that this week with my favourite 5 winter wildlife based art prints. I’ve known the work of some of these artists for a while but some are entirely new and very exciting discoveries. Hopefully you might discover a new favourite of your own amongst them too! I’ve gone for the winter theme to remind us to appreciate the frosty beauty of nature during winter since it’s been feeling particularly nippy out this January.

Deer by Mark Hearld

1. Deer by Mark Hearld – A printmaker and a collage artist, I’ve been a big Mark Hearld fan for some time now but everytime I revisit his work I fall in love again. These vulnerable little deer trampling amongst the winter branches are just delightful.

En El Bosque by Daniela Dahf Henriquez     Ghost Owls by Helen Musselwhite

2. En El Bosque by Daniela Dahf Henriquez – I’ve come across this illustrator’s work many times on Pinterest but never known her name so I feel it’s about time I give her some recognition. Her drawings are so full of character and charm, some sillier than others. This one beautifully celebrates woodland wildlife.

3. Ghost Owls by Helen Musselwhite – I came across this paper cut artist only today and was blown away by the incredible intricacy of her work. Her website is a must see, honestly I was dumbstruck! This collection of works called ‘Ghost’  fits my winter theme perfectly, the subtle variations of colour really make you appreciate the complexity of layers she uses.

Brown Hare 3 by James Bartholomew     Wreath (February) by Denise Nestor

4. Brown Hare 3 by James Bartholomew – Another new discovery, Bartholomew’s work beautifully captures the energy of the animals he paints and his colour use has a wonderful fresh balance. I particularly liked this hare against the duck-egg blue background with his eyes wide and alert.

5. Wreath (February) by Denise Nestor – The attention to detail in Denise Nestor’s illustrations is second to none but besides that her compositions make for such wonderful pieces of art. I love how this fawn, hedgehog and blackbird are so perfectly nested together into a circular wreath sleeping peacefully together like a little woodland family.

That’s my Top 5 for this month, look out for Valentine’s Day ideas next month and next week I’ll be posting some news about an exhibition I’m going to be a part of very soon.

Cosy January Cushion Sale

Hello and a very happy new year to you all! Can’t believe 2016 has hit already, 2015 went unbelievably fast for me. Just writing a short post today to tell you that I’m offering 25% off all of my cushions throughout January! I’m calling it my Cosy January Sale because once Christmas is over but it’s still very wintery out I think we all need a little bit of cosiness to get us through to Spring, and a touch of retail therapy doesn’t go amiss either. So if someone owes you a late gift or you’ve been given some spending money to buy yourself the present of your dreams, take your chance now to get a luxury Sky Siouki cushion at an amazing price. Now you just have to choose linen, silk or velvet, unicorns, jackals or birds?

Barn Owl     Deer Dream

To get the 25% discount simply enter the code COSYJANSALE when asked for a promo code at the checkout in my online shop here. Offer ends Jan 31st. Plush cushions not included.