Fruit Illustration

cherry illustration by Helen Simms

cherry illustration by Helen Simms

It’s safe to say it’s been a long time since last I posted …. 2016 to be exact! Since then, I have had two beautiful daughters (now aged 1 and almost 4) and they have well and truly turned my life upside down. In the most amazing way of course….. but also, as you can imagine, in a sometimes all consuming way.

Though I’ve had a few commissions in the mean time, my illustration career has definitely been forced to take a back seat and while my heart is filled with so much love for my daughters, family and home life, I definitely feel an ache that can only be fulfilled through creating art.

So, I thought now was an apt time to reflect and make some updates to my portfolio and much neglected website. My hope is to create and develop my portfolio in order to attract a wider range of clients and to explore aspects of illustration and painting that I have been interested in for a while – including hand lettering and surface pattern. To start, here’s a few fruit illustration paintings I recently created…… definitely more food and lifestyle illustrations to follow!

lime by helen simms

watercolour cherries by Helen Simms copy

oranges by Helen Simms copy

pear illustration by Helen Simms

lemons illustration by Helen Simms

pear illustration 2 by Helen Simms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The iPhone Addict

When the iPhone first came out, our friend Q*, who is madly into his gadgets, was the first person I knew to have one. We’d go to the cinema and while we were waiting on the film to start, he’d sit there checking the football scores while the rest of us gabbed about our week…… I put it down to novelty.

 

Then, a little while later, Chris (my husband) got an iPhone. He works for himself so it’s really useful for him in terms of checking his diary and keeping up with emails and phone calls while out and about. But then he grew slightly obsessed (and annoying), laying in bed at night looking at his phone and watching youtube videos while I was trying to sleep …. “seriously, I am going to throw that phone out of the bloody window!!”

 

But then, once I started out as an illustrator, I could also see how useful it would be to have an iPhone. I was chatting with my sister in law about it and she very casually offered to give (yes, give!) me her iPhone when she upgraded to the newest model. Wow, so generous – I was thrilled! and yes, I too am now slightly obsessed. First thing in the morning and last thing at night, what do I do? you’ve guessed it! Etsy, Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter …. not to mention email, the occasional ( or not so occasional) online mooch in my favourite store.

 

The result of all this is RSI in my right thumb (seriously!). I’m sure it’s not good for my brain either as I find I can’t sleep if I check my phone too late at night and I definitely didn’t feel like I missed anything when I only looked at my phone every couple of days to see if I had any calls when we were on holiday in Italy this summer. If anything, not using my phone helped me to de-stress a lot quicker.

 

It has to stop!

 

Anyone else got a similar addiction? Or at least some advice on how to use an iPhone in moderation? Please!

 

*Obviously not his real name. I went to see Skyfall last night and it seemed a suitably techie name. I’m not feeling very inventive today…. great film though.