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my lockdown locker - free colouring in download

It's been over a month for most of us since lockdown began. The mixture of emotions is strange and confusing, there's elements of the 'slow down' that for many of us have deep positives yet it all sits so uncomfortably within the greater suffering and worry. 

For many freelancers it's been a time of less pay checks and more 'spare' time. What happens when the creative work dries up but you have time to ponder, evaluate, draw and dig deeper? New ideas are born. Like this.

We teamed up with Brighton based illustrator Melanie Smith of Smith & Wonder to bring an idea to life that shared a positive message and hopefully is a reminder to add some joy into your day.

Print out the line drawing or colour version and fill in things the things that make you smile. We highly recommend sticking it to your fridge (or your locker!!) to remind you to put that song on that makes you dance or to take the time to dig out your long lost favourite book. These are all things we so easily forget make us feel good. 

 

download line drawing

 

download ocean locker

 

download berry locker

 

We'd like to introduce you to Melanie Smith... 

I'd describe Melanie's work as a mix of observation, appreciation for poetic, beautiful things, a natural flair for colour and always a dose of play. But it's hard to capture in words why her work brings a smile, with clients like London's National Portrait gallery under her belt it seems we aren't the only ones who love it. You'll find Melanie wandering The Laines gathering clues for her map illustrations in Brighton, UK where she lives with her partner Mark and two kids Gabe and Violet. 

Smith and Wonder bird illustration

What is Smith & Wonder in a nutshell?

In essence I want my practice to delight and inspire the people I connect with. For my work to encourage a closer look at the world, to revel in the detail, explore and discover new ways of seeing, feeling and being. 
Hahaha that sounds like a very lofty ambition! 

 

Tell us what inspires you to create and illustrate? What’s your favourite thing to draw, when are you most eager to get your pens out?

I'm always really inspired by going for walks, whether that's in a City, a Gallery or in Nature. There's always something that catches my eye and makes me want to whip out my pens. I'm really loving the Spring here in the UK at the moment, so I'm drawing lots of birds and flowers and starting some new exploring maps!

 smith and wonder illustration

You’ve worked a lot with museums and institutions like the Royal Opera House, what is it that draws you to these beautiful historic buildings and the work within them?

I love the incongruity of these grand, beautiful yet static buildings, and when you open them up and step inside they are just teeming with ideas and people and life. 
They are like magical boxes for me, so I want to draw them, and to draw people in. For us all to be curious about them, and to venture inside.

 

What’s the bright side and the downside of being in lockdown?

Oh, this is a tough one! I really, really miss seeing my friends. And hugging people. I love a good hug! But I'm really enjoying spending more time with my family, and having so much more time to draw.  Work is pretty quiet at the moment, and my projects have been postponed until lockdown is over, so it's giving me the time and space to think about where my work is going, and just allowing me to draw and see where it takes me. I'm loving that!

 

Oh and in case you want to know what Mel's lockdown locker answers are...

Fave book - Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Best ever movie - Lost in translation

Song to dance to - Shake it off - Taylor Swift

My happy outfit - dungarees. Always.

Drink of choice - coffee

A luxury item - Ipad pro, so I can keep drawing

App of survival - Procreate - see above

Yummiest snacks - Green and blacks chocolate and cheesy wotsits. Not always together though.

 

Follow Mel at @smithandwonder 

Shop + see more illustration at Smith & Wonder

 

 


1 comment

  • Hi Ms Mustards
    I’ve just ordered my first Skinny in slate…first of a few methinks( I have to wait to pair it with the olive) and I’m so glad I finally got to buy from you.
    I have been eyeing off your products for some time, but just had to wait until everything fell into place to actually make a purchase. TG for Afterpay in Oz!
    I’ve been a self-employed person in the arts all my life, so supporting what you’ve done here came as no surprise…..reading your history in forming the business has been so enjoyable, with much head nodding this end!
    Then I find this article-the icing on my cake- I ,support anything to do with colouring ( I lost the ‘in’ ages ago ) in any form…I love this artist’s work and have downloaded the page to colour and pin on my fridge in anticipation of my Skinny arrival.
    Trust me to find something connected with colouring in my purchase -serendipity!
    Mel’s work is beautiful and so is yours, many thanks from me .
    Lilo

    Lilo

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