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Crafty little Tiger

Perhaps a quirky title for a spin off project. I thought I would take the time to show you some examples of my craft items that I have been working on.

Considering where else Tiger and Friends could appear, rather then just on the pages of a book, I set about working on items to be enjoyed by fans of Tiger and Friends in other ways.

My initial ideas were lavender pillows, bookmarks and key rings. My craft box was getting a little too full, so I was keen to use up some of the felt, ribbon and lavender. The more that I make, the more room is made and then the more shopping for new craft items and inspiration can be done!

I am currently looking into ways of selling my items, so this could range from Ebay, Etsy, Folksy or just local craft fairs. I shall see where the crafting venture takes me.

Many thanks for taking the time to look at my blog entry and please feel free to get in touch with any questions or to express interest in my craft work, just like with my illustration work, I am keen to know where this could take me.

Until next time, take care and stay creative!





Tiger visits space

On his latest adventure, Tiger has been visiting space. Joining Tiger on this adventure was his canary friend who is determined to race him to the moon. But who will win?

I had a lot of fun working with this story, as it allowed me to experiment with overlaying, patterned plastic sheets, sequins and pastel dusting effects to really capture the twinkles and atmosphere with what we associate with being out there.

I also felt that this story used two of our favourite characters well, allowing them to teach about planets on their journey whilst providing the fun element of the race.

JupiterMoon flag


As previously mentioned, I have also been dedicating some time to stories based around my bird characters and their associated characteristics. These stories are coming along nicely and I hope to post up some examples here soon.

Recently, for my birthday, I received a new sewing machine which will certainly come in handy for the craft side of things, but besides that, I hope to experiment with the usage of stitching in my illustrations and to see how effectively it works. Stitching as part of illustration certainly isn’t anything new, but I will enjoy seeing how it works alongside my style.

Until next time, enjoy yourselves and stay creative!

Take care


Pets galore

Recently I have been pulling together my favourite papers and sketchbooks, and really getting stuck into themes and colour schemes. I considered what the various colours and patterns could mean and what they made me think of.

One of the papers featured a variety of birds, so instantly I began to consider my own variety of birds and where they would be found. I have been considering the beginning for many pets and their families, which does of course involve a pet shop. Upon the collages of various birdy papers, I began to create some funky pet shop based scenes…

Canaries in cage
Copyright (c) 2012 – 2015 Rachel Denison
Family holding canary
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Canary catching family's attention
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Variety of small pets
Copyright (c) 2012 – 2015 Rachel Denison

I also couldn’t resist a bit of humour, where a child may ask, where do we buy our pets from?

Tiger in trolley
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The supermarket?

The latest idea that springs to mind when pulling together these illustrations, is line quality and the enhancing of details, particularly regarding the hands which are currently very basic. I believe that my next step will involve the exploring of further enhancing my imagery to gain quality, whether that be with hand drawn or digital techniques.

Besides my illustration work, I have had a couple of extra projects, such as exploring my new computer game (Sims 4) and making hair scrunchies, which I shall certainly have to post some pictures of!

Until next time, take care of yourselves!

Best wishes


Tiger goes to space

Hi everyone,

Besides showing off my latest Tiger based imagery, I have a couple of happy announcements to make…

Firstly, I am now an official member of the AOI, so I therefore feel that I have been able to take a big step into the “real” world of illustration and really get some sound advice regarding what I should do next.

Secondly, I was very pleased to secure my first ever permanent job last week! I have been working for the past four years after years of education, but as many people will know about the modern working world, it is not easy to get more than a temporary role at present. Thankfully all of this has now changed and I can look forward to making plans surrounding my future.

Onto my illustration antics, I recently rummaged through my collection of papers and sketchbooks, and found my black paper sketchbook hidden away amongst it all. You can probably guess what sprung to mind from the title of this entry… Tiger in space!

I instantly began to gather all relevant colour schemes and pulled together a few cute images as follows:

Copyright (c) 2012 - 2015 Rachel Denison
Copyright (c) 2012 – 2015 Rachel Denison
Copyright (c) 2012 - 2015 Rachel Denison
Copyright (c) 2012 – 2015 Rachel Denison
Copyright (c) 2012 - 2015 Rachel Denison
Copyright (c) 2012 – 2015 Rachel Denison

My room has deteriorated to the state it was during my time as an Illustration degree student, but I am keen to really get stuck into using the various papers and sketchbooks to the best that they can be!

Until next time, have fun and try not to eat too much chocolate!


Who are the friends?

Well, let me introduce you to one of Tiger’s oldest friends, and that is my cute little canary character…

canary pose1
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canary pose2
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canary pose3
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canary pose4
Copyright (c) 2012 – 2015 Rachel Denison

With Tiger being a very friendly cat, I wanted to explore the friendship found between a bird and a cat which would not be anywhere to be found in real life! As with Tiger, I have written some stories for canary, which are sometimes based around canary on his own, but sometimes feature Tiger. I shall get a few extracts from my stories typed up for you all to see, hopefully very soon.

As you can see above, I have been experimenting with canary’s many poses, just as I did with Tiger. I will soon get to work on merging the characters into one image, allowing you to see the interactions between them both.

Before I get back to work with these two friends of ours, I would like to wish everyone the best for 2014 and I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas, (I’m missing the tree already!)