Thursday

Fearless Drawing in French, German, Korean, Russian and Spanish!






Hello! here's the new foreign language editions of my book 'Fearless Drawing' now available in French, German, Korean, Russian and Spanish. It's so exciting to see them, and really interesting to note how the cover has been adapted for the different markets. I'm so proud of this book, and amazed at the idea of it now being accessible to people speaking all these different languages!

I'm having a fantastic week, Saturday I went to see Tree at The Old Vic (highly recommend, and I LOVED the giant tree in the set), on Sunday I went to see 'Connect & Grow' at The Garden Museum which explored the link between choreography and horticulture. On Monday I had the most interesting and inspiring lectures and lab practicals as Artist in Residence at Royal Holloway University in the Plant Molecular Science dept more info here. Tues saw me in the studio working on lots of exciting new projects (can't share any yet but will as soon as I can). Yesterday I went to glorious Chelsea Physic Garden to speak to the team about my residency, they were fantastic and I look forward to collaborating with them more. 

Today I'm off again to the Eton Natural History Museum to study their glorious Banks' Florilegium. It's a collection of copperplate engravings of plants collected by Sir Joseph Banks while he accompanied Captain James Cook on HM Bark Endeavour between 1768 and 1771. Sydney Parkinson drew each specimen aboard the ship and made notes on their colour. Between 1771 and 1784 Banks hired 18 engravers to create the copperplate line engravings, but the first complete full-colour edition of the Florilegium was not published until 1980 and only 100 sets were made available for sale. The plates were printed using a 17th-century technique known as à la poupée where each colour was applied directly to the plate and each plate took from one week to two months to proof. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to study them up close, and I'm off to get the train now!

Have a wonderful weekend whatever you get up to, mine will be drawing and reading through some of my giant biology textbooks - I have so much to learn! x

Paris Adventure

Hello! I'm back in the studio today (creating new illustrations for Waitrose) after the most astonishing trip to Paris, for research, drawing and thinking. I've returned feeling really inspired and excited about my work, so I wanted to show you a few of things that I saw and loved whilst I was away...


I went to the beautifully renovated Musee Picasso Paris it really is worth it just for the beautiful architecture, but throw in a ton of Picasso's and it became epic! Highly recommend (and also recommend buying tickets in advance to skip the GIANT queues!) The image above was my favourite piece, a small gouache panel titled La Suppliante.



Next up was the Natural History Museum Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, I loved the Botanical Gallery most (obviously!)




The Evolution Gallery was amazing, such dramatic lighting and fantastic interpretation.


The botanical gardens and greenhouses were beautiful, I'd love to return and see them in their splendour later in the year.



The anatomy gallery was wonderful, such a huge impact to be confronted by that army of skeletons - I LOVED it.



I managed to squeeze in a quick trip to my beloved Musee de Cluny I've been many times but can't resist returning as it is my favourite place in Paris. The objects are so beautiful, and the spaces so calming and majestic - who can resist The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries!

A quick visit to look up inside the Notre Dame Cathedral, at the beautiful ceilings and stained glass windows.


Then a hop over to Shakespeare & Company to stroke their big white cat and browse the groaning bookshelves.


Then finally WHOOSH up in the lift to see the view from the Eiffel Tower, such a fantastic structure and beautiful view.

I hope that you're also having a lovely week, tonight I'm off to see The Philharmonia Orchestra perform alongside footage from Attenborough's Blue Planet HURRAH x

Holland & Barrett



Hello, I just wanted to share some new drawings for Holland & Barrett illustrating the Alexander Technique and lemon balm. 

I'm having a really fun and busy week, on Monday I returned to Royal Holloway University after the Christmas break (each Monday I'm Artist in Residence find out more here). This term I'm attending the undergraduate lectures and practicals and they are inspiring, exciting and very very hard! I'm doing lots of extra reading, and really enjoying being a student again! 

This week I've been drawing birds of paradise for a new commission, and had lots of exciting meetings about new projects for 2015. I also managed to squeeze in quick visits to the ever inspiring Garden Museum and Guy Bourdin's exhibition at Somerset House which was fantastic. I've also had the MOST exciting news that my book 'Fearless Drawing' is going to be translated into Korean, Russian, German, French and Spanish - HURRAH!

Next week I'm running away to Paris for a few days with my sketchbook to visit the newly opened Picasso Museum and to see the Museum of Natural History. So next week I'll be back to tell you all about it - you can see what I see by following me on Instagram here.

Have a lovely week! x

Friday

Retail Focus press




Hello and a giant belated HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I am so happy to be back in the studio, I had the most wonderful break with friends and family, but my favourite thing to do spend all my time drawing in the studio! I've got so many exciting ideas for 2015 and lots of exciting (and secret) things in the pipeline.

On Thursday I went to view Michael Landy's 12 life sized etchings of weeds called Nourishment at the Tate Prints and Drawings room. They are SO beautifully detailed and inspiring, and it was such a pleasure to have the opportunity to study them at my own pace in such an intimate way. I then managed to catch the Late Turner show whilst I was there, which was BEAUTIFUL and made me rush home and pull out my watercolours. It finishes on the 25th Jan so do visit if you can, as it's a giant, exceptional and exciting show.

For this week I just wanted to share some recent press for Retail Focus where I was interviewed about the effect of illustration within retail environments. here's a little excerpt from the article, have a great week!...

"Kerry Lemon has racked up an impressive portfolio of clients, including Liberty, Harvey Nichols and Fortnum & Mason. She was asked to create a scheme for Harvey Nichols' London flagship during London Fashion Week. This was then taken to Scotland for the Edinburgh Festival before arriving in Bristol. 'I was commissioned to create a scheme inspired by British wildlife with a slight sinister edge, achieved by the monochrome pallet and the scale of the animals next to the mannequins,' explains Lemon. 'I used cut rather than printed vinyl, and for the London scheme I spent three days in-store creating hand painted details to the windows and backdrops.'

She's just completed a huge 25m x 12m illustrated window scheme for Coutts at 440 Strand in London, which launched in December. 'I relish the challenge of these big projects and couldn't wait to see it installed!

'Lots of stores use cheap stock vector illustrations, or blown up photos from their look books, but commissioned illustration offers bespoke artwork. This allows brands to demonstrate their creativity and tap into the trend for the handmade, unique and artist-led. It allows clients to really stand apart from their competitors and create a buzz for the space, particularly when paired with a live art element and social media campaign.'"

Tuesday

2014 round up

Hello all!

I hope that your Christmas was happy and merry, I've had the greatest time with friends and family and I'm now getting stupidly excited about a brand new year just around the corner. I just wanted to take a moment to pause and reflect on my favourite commissions from 2014, I've been so busy all year and had the most fantastic opportunities and so here are just a few of my best bits...

JANUARY
My favourite job in January was this drawing for Countryfile Magazine...



FEBRUARY
In February I loved completing a big editorial job for Glamour Magazine, creating illustrated envelopes which were photographed to illustrate an article about agony aunts...


MARCH
I loved capturing the texture of this crab and lobster for an article about glucosamine for Holland & Barrett...



APRIL
In April I created these blue and white pottery illustrations for BBC Antiques Roadshow, I particularly loved drawing the willow pattern plate as my Gran used to have plates just like this...


MAY
In May my book Fearless Drawing launched...



JUNE
June saw me complete a new botanical commission for Virgin Airways...


... and return to Squam USA to teach drawing (I'll be back again in 2015)....



JULY
In July I undertook a short artist residency at The Nordic Watercolour Museum in Sweden...


AUG
In August my illustrated windows for Harvey Nichols were launched in their Bristol store...





SEPT
September was a fantastic month as new Phaidon book 'What to Bake and How to Bake it' was published featuring lots of my illustrations...



...I also visited the Millenium Gallery in Sheffield to run a drawing workshop based on exercises from 'Fearless Drawing'...


OCTOBER
In October I loved drawing echinacea for Holland & Barrett...


...I also begun my year long artist residency funded by Ted Baker, working in the plant molecular science department of Royal Holloway University...






NOV
In November the Harvey Nichols Christmas campaign launched, and so I was able to share my commissioned designs which helped to inform their window displays...



...my new illustrated museum trail for Eton Natural History Museum also launched this month...


 

DEC
Finally (and obviously!) I wanted to share my illustrated Christmas windows for Coutts 440 Strand London which will remain in place until the end of the year. It really was the most ambitious and exciting project to finish 2014!...








I am so excited about what 2015 will bring, until then enjoy the last celebrations of 2014 - Happy New Year and I'll see you on the other side... x