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For lovers of fashion illustration and travel – inspiring and capturing wanderlust.
Blog posts about my latest illustration work, exhibitions and my adventures, both near and far.

Behind The Scenes – The Art of Beauty – Stylist Magazine Collaboration

Behind The Scenes – The Art of Beauty – Stylist Magazine Collaboration

        After a long lockdown the reopening of hair and beauty salons is worth celebrating. And so is the opportunity to go out and get dressed up and apply some make up. I was commissioned to work with Stylist team and make up artists to create a story celebrating all things  beauty, using a combination ink & make up. Using a variety of materials and mark making methods - great moments were captured fully  embracing the use of colour and capturing an energy. A true celebration of a new Season . It. was a wonderful shoot, working with a very talented team. Here are some...

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In celebration of Spring and Easter.

In celebration of Spring and Easter.

         With the end of lock down edging slowly towards us,  I feel the need for both embracing colour (see my instagram for latest colour pieces), and marking of the arrival of Spring all the more significantly this year.   The light at the end of the tunnel!  So I've been painting more florals and Spring related pieces for personal work and commissions. In celebration of Easter 2021 - a flower crown - inspired by the beautiful collections of Rodarte.To see more of my studio and work in progress - click here.

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Shortlisted for CA Illustration Awards 2021

Shortlisted for CA Illustration Awards 2021

A little piece of good news worth sharing - my fashion illustration inspired by Paris Fashion week has been Shortlisted for CA Communications Awards 2021 for Self Promotion Category.  Which is further proof if you draw what you love (in this case shoes) - good things happen.To see more of my studio and work in progress - click here.

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Spaghetti Magazine Feature

Spaghetti Magazine Feature

Spaghetti Magazine interviewed me from my studio in Shoreditch on how I stayed inspired after a year of no travel, what's next for 2021 and dream collaborations. To read the full interview, which is in Italian and English click here  And to watch a short film about why travels inspires me and a look into my studio click here. To see more of my studio and work in progress - click here.

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In Her Studio Magazine Feature

In Her Studio Magazine Feature

In Her Studio Magazine invited me to write a piece about my studio. My space has become a sanctuary for me over the years.A Different Kind Of SanctuaryOftentimes, images of what is deemed as, or sold as, a “sanctuary” are often all white and glass, containing curated bookshelves, a selection of perfectly mismatched soft furnishings, and plants that are in achingly stylish vessels. These images convince many that this is what a sanctuary should look like.   To say my studio has been a sanctuary, especially during these recent months, would be an understatement. And yet my studio looks...

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Illustrating Undressing

Illustrating Undressing

The Act of UndressingI used some down time at the of last year to begin a couple of personal projects I had been contemplating. Currently this project is very much a work in progress. But with so many inky sketches and prints, I decided to share the process and evolution. As I have been painting and drawing endlessly, enjoying a looser line. Much of my commercial work is predominantly lifestyle and fashion focused. So to counteract this I decided to strip things back. My aim is to look at producing a series which exploring the act of undressing. To capture the female form and the removing of...

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ILLUSTRATING DOGS – Man’s Best Friend

ILLUSTRATING DOGS – Man’s Best Friend

The beautiful Basset Hound illustrated- click here to shop all my dog prints.After 2020 - the year of lock down - the dog has become all the more present and vital to so many of us. They give us all so much love, laughter and purpose. Myself included. My daily walks with my little Oscar have always been a constant highlight in daily life. However, during 2020 they became far more necessary than just stepping out for some air and stretching legs. They became head space and sanity on a much larger scale than before. And so with that in mind I decided I would finally kickstart a project that I...

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HALLOWEEN ANIMATED & ILLUSTRATED

HALLOWEEN ANIMATED & ILLUSTRATED

    Perhaps one of the more playful of mailers is the annual illustrations and animations created for Halloween. This year I decided to do a mix of day of the dead stylish skulls. It convinced me that one of  2021's goals is a Halloween themed campaign for a brand. I could see these skulls being made into treats... I've already started manifesting.....fingers crossed.....🎃       

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A LITTLE DOSE OF GOOD NEWS

A LITTLE DOSE OF GOOD NEWS

To counterbalance all the crazy, and at time depressing news - my wonderful agents in the USA have each week, for the last three months been sending out a weekly mailer 'A Little Dose of Good News' .   Each week one of their artist takes over and selects current events with the aim to hopefully remind us that all is not so bad.   This time it was my turn. I captured the work in progress on my Instagram as always.  I illustrated articles on  Body Neutrality, repurposing expired beer for renewable energy and a thank you from Rio to its health care workers that made me smile.   I...

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FASHION ILLUSTRATION EXHIBITION – SUMMER 2020

FASHION ILLUSTRATION EXHIBITION – SUMMER 2020

The Summer of 2020 is one I think we will all remember, but for myself, it is definitely not for the usual Summer holidays. At the start of lock down, way back in early Spring (which to me feels forever ago...) I was invited to be included in two separate exhibitions, both focusing on Fashion Illustration. These wonderful opportunities gave me a creative outlet and focus, which in hindsight helped me focus on something beyond that madness of 2020. And perhaps most importantly two deadlines - and I now know there is nothing quite as effective as an exhibition deadline to keep a creative on...

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Studio Move. I am now in Shoreditch.

Studio Move. I am now in Shoreditch.

Back in April, (yes it’s really taken me this long. This isn't procrastination -  I’ve been really busy) I moved studios. After moving back to London last May, I landed in Dalston - in a really great spot sharing with a big bunch of talented, successful and very inspiring illustrators. It was my first ever London studio and it really helped in more ways than I could have ever imagined. Far beyond the obvious of not working from home all alone (yup, did that once, won’t be doing that again thanks)  For me, working in a shared space with fellow creatives did far more than keep loneliness at...

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Review – Ca Na Xica, Ibiza, for Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels

Review – Ca Na Xica, Ibiza, for Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels

There are few things more disheartening than the dwindling days of summer in London. But the turtlenecks and trench coats would have to wait. Mr Smith and I were bound for southern Europe: one last summer swansong in search of warm days and blue skies. We craved a pool, great food and a destination that lent itself to relaxation, so Ibiza was settled on. Now, before you go waving your glow sticks at me, I am aware that this notion may be a contradiction on this celebrated party isle. But today, Ibiza is as much about R&R as it is about bars and clubs. Especially if, like me, you...

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Review – Soprarno Suites, Florence, for Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels

Review – Soprarno Suites, Florence, for Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels

In need of weekend away filled with both culture (for Mr Smith) and carbs (for myself) we pick Florence as our destination. It’s a city that’s as breathtaking in its beauty as it is in its food. And its wine come to mention it. Oh, and its negronis… As Tuscany’s capital, it’s a place that has all the aforementioned wants of a great city break but is in close enough proximity to Chianti’s vine-covered hills to be the starting point of a flavoursome Italian adventure. We pack our weekend bags and leave London one Friday lunchtime and arrive at the Soprano Suites early afternoon. Leonardo, the...

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A little bit about me…

Caroline Tomlinson

Hello, Welcome to my blog. Here I share my thoughts, experiences and inspirations on my trips of wanderlust. Along with the highs and lows of my day to day of my working weeks.