Behind the Artwork: Conversations with Ursa Major

arts, drawings

Conversations with Ursa Major‘ is my latest finished piece from my current work. The series itself focuses on the subconscious, dreams, fantasy, emotion and reality. Each piece has an element of the ‘real’ in it but it is quite hard to translate as the viewer. 

What is the work about?

To be honest, none of my work is wholly about one thing. It often starts as one thing and transforms into another. This piece in fact began as an underwater theme, but it turns out that I am not quite done with my planetary/space exploration. I’ve always been fascinated by space. Looking at the stars has always had an effect on me – they make me feel so small, they make me feel quite insignificant which is quite calming actually.

Story time: When I was 4 I wore glasses for the first time therefore I saw the stars for the first time! – it’s a moment that I’ve remembered ever since. (a little cheesy I know, but so true.)

Why Ursa Major?

Well, Ursa Major is also known as the Great Bear and as you can see, this piece features a bear – I wanted to give a earthly form to the stars (I seem to like a challenge). Personally, when I’m feeling trapped, stagnant or stressed out I like to either escape to the sea or take a little bit of time to myself out in the open air. I guess you could call it a form of meditation – hence the pose of the female character.

What medium did you use?

Again, like most of my work this is a pastel and graphite drawing – A1 in size! 

How long did it take to make?

This one took a while, probably about 3 full days in total – it just kept transforming. 

Do you plan to continue your ‘spacey’ series?
Honestly, I don’t think I have a choice, it seems to be subject that won’t leave my head, spherical imagery seems to appear even when I don’t mean it too. We’ll see. I’ve never been so creatively excited by my work as I am now though. It’s a great feeling to have! Plus the vastness of space mixed with subconscious and fantasy is certainly a challenging subject matter.

What’s next?

Well, I actually have a drawing in mind (almost a plan) but to tell you what it was before it happens would make it much less exciting…you’ll just have to wait and see – it’ll probably change anyway! Who doesn’t love a little bit of unpredictable chaos anyway? Haha.

Thanks for the questions and the interest in my work – you make me smile. Until next time.

New Project…Under the Sea

arts, drawings, fantasy

I have always loved the sea, well looking at it at least. There is something magical and breathtaking about it and of course it is home to some of the most wondrous creatures and plants.I love a good coastal theme too so it was on natural to use the ocean and its  contents as a source of inspiration for my artwork and illustration.

My new project is based on the sea, but like many of my drawings or paintings I wanted to include and element of storytelling. This combination of themes can be seen most plainly in my jellyfish series of drawings…here is a preview…

Number 1


Sometimes you plan drawings…sometimes you don’t – I find the ones that aren’t planned are stronger. This concept wasn’t planned, it just happened. A3 in size it is a larger piece. It is part of a series, you’ll have seen snippets if you follow me on instagram.

Here is another drawing in progress…



And another, but this one involves digital painting…



So this is just one side of my under the sea theme, there shall be more to come, I’m really enjoying exploring the depths of the ocean!


Cushions Glorious Cushions



Just a quick post to showcase my new cushions, well 2 of them, there are many more to be created…

More cushions #cushionscover #illustration #newproduct #homewareNew hand printed cushions to be added to my shop soon! This is a light green cushion for those craving a quirky vintage interior! #homeware #illustration #bear #newproject #newproduct

They are to be added to my shop very shortly, a long side many more unique designs. If anyone would like to request a specific artwork to be featured on a cushion, simply let me know and I’ll make sure that it’s included.

I’ll announce when they are available, but I’m awaiting some more material and cushion pads so I can make some more.

I hope you like! I promise I’ll update my blog more in the new few months, it’s been a very busy start to the year!

New Year…New Drawings!


Happy new year everybody, I know it’s now the 18th of January and I’m a little late…but it’s better late than never I suppose. I was very busy over Christmas working on various commissions and January is working out the same! I love a good commission, so if you would like a specific something for your loved ones, let me know – just give me an email.

Anyway, this is going to be one of my favourite type of blogs…FULL OF PICTURES! As I’ve been very bad and haven’t posted for a couple of months (wow!), I’ve got quite a few new images to share with you.

So here we go…(sorry about the watermarks, but people do enjoy to steal images without permission – not cool.)

 Time Flies – New Series

This is a new drawing/digital painting as part of my ‘Time Flies’ series.

The Barn Owl & the Pocket Watch




Stealing Time


Wagtail & Pocket Watch


Dog Commission


Grizzly Bear





I’d like to thank everyone that voted for me in the Oh Deer Pillow Fight, unfortunately I didn’t win, however I did sell quite a few and the cushions looked fantastic!

Currently I’m on with a new series of drawings entitled ‘Time Flies’, so keep popping back to see more. Plus you can always see what I’m up to on my Instragram page; gracescreations!

Hope you have a lovely weekend, email me at for more information about commissions etc!

Support Me in the Ohh Deer Pillow Fight Competition!



It has been a while since my last update, sorry about that, I’ve been a busy beaver and I have some exciting news to share, so here goes! 3 of my designs are currently for sale on Ohh Deer for a limited time only! This is a part of the Pillow Fight competition, where artists and designers can submit designs for sale, but that isn’t all the lucky winner will get to join the Ohh Deer brand, and for those of you who’ve heard of this incredible store will know that that is pretty much A BIG DEAL!

So, how can you help? Well, all you need to do is head to the website and like, share or even buy my cushion designs; I’m going to post them below though!

Competition Cushions:

The Chequered Bear

The Chequered Bear is a brand new drawing that was completed on a train journey back from Glasgow – how exciting! You can view, like, share, buy and vote for the Chequered Bear by clicking here!

Run Rabbit Run

This design is part of a series in progress at the moment; you will get to see the rest of the bunch soon! click here to head to the website to vote or click the image below!


Mr Hare

Now if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll have met Mr Hare before, but now he has a cushion all of his own; to vote for Mr Hare click here or again just click on the image!



This competition is hugely exciting and I’ve already sold a few on there, which is always a positive place to be! Honestly I’m just so pleased at how amazing my designs look on these cushions, so let’s just wait and see how I do. Wish me luck and please support me on my quest!

To take a look at more quirky illustrated gifts, just have a browse around my website – if you would like to discuss commissions please get in contact with me and I will get back to you as soon as I can in regards to pricing and deadlines.

New Art & Sketches


Tonight is a very special night as I’m going to unveil the new addition to the Bowties ‘n’ Beasties series; The Wolf. Now if you have seen much of my previous work, you’ll know that wolves are pretty much one of my favourite animals. There is something very intriguing about the wolf and, of course, they are absolutely stunning creatures! So, let’s get on with it, ey?

The Wolf

The Wolf

Like the others in the series, this is a mixed media piece as I used traditional drawing techniques together with digital painting. To see more of my drawings make sure that you visit my drawings & illustrations page, where you can find some more weird and wonderful drawings!

In other news I have just moved house and have a brand new studio, and garden! it’s all very exciting, the sun is shining down on my as I type…it’s pretty warm actually, but we cannot say bad things about the sun here in Britain. So today is the first day that I’ve had internet in along time (a week is like a year in internet terms!) so as you can imagine I have been sketching a lot…it’s been fabulous!

Let me introduce you to a few sketches:

The Mermaid's Game

The Mermaid’s Game




Admittedly I think my scanner needs a clean after the move. It’s been a while but fantasy art is back! I’ve sketched a few mermaids lately, it could be down to the fact that I’ve been to the seaside a lot (Morecambe), all artists should pop to see the sea every now and then…maybe it’s just me. One of them has already begun its digital painting journey, but we’ll save that for another post.

Until next time happy sketching!


Oh deery Me (Beasties ‘n’ Bowties)


Greetings Beasties!

I’ve been adding a little colour to my deer as part of the ‘Beasties ‘n’ Bowties’ series and here is the gorgeous little fellow now….Image


Do you think yellow suits him? It has been a quick digital paint of a job. The rest of the series is coming along nicely, I should be able to introduce you to a few more characters next week and hopefully have a few prints available for purchase, isn’t that exciting?

For now I’ll leave you with the deer, my favourite so far is Mr Hare who you can view in a previous post ‘Beasties ‘n’ Bowties‘. Once I’ve completed the series they shall be uploaded in all their glory. Goodnight!


Squirrel Sketch


Squirrel Sketch

A quick sketch of a squirrel as part of my ‘Bowties ‘n’ Beasties‘ series.

Beasties ‘n’ Bowties


Hola Amigos!

Good news, I’ve begun a new series of drawings – I say drawings it is really more an amalgamation of traditional drawing and digital (oo how posh!). The new series shall be called ‘Bowties n Beasties’. So, I’d like to share a few pieces that are currently in progress so that you can see exactly why I have entitled my series so. 

Enough of my words…bring on the images! (sounds of cheering…ish)



Mr Hare is looking rather handsome if I dare say so myself! 



Mr Fox and his green bowtie…looking rather dashing.Image


Oh Deer…


You probably see why the new series is called ‘Bowties ‘n’ Beasties’ now, I’m combining two of my favourite things; wildlife and quirky fashion. There shall be many more of these little creatures popping up to say hello. Some of them will make it to the finish line, you’ll have to wait n see what the finished series is like…

Well, I better get drawing. Until next time,…wildlife wanderers and fairy followers!

The Ginger Rhino


Hola all!

I’d like to present to you the latest addition to the animal family; the Ginger Rhino. This was created for a friend and I must say I had a lot of fun creating it – well, what isn’t entertaining about a rhino with long luscious locks of curly hair and a goatee?!


digital painting of a ginger rhino

Mixed Media – Ginger Rhino

This was originally just a pencil sketch of a rhino transformed into this glorious piece of art you see before yourself on Photoshop. This image is actually not the finished version, I worked into it after printing with pencils/pastel pencils and a wee bit of pen to add more depth and texture to it – but this version still tickles me and if a picture doesn’t put a smile on your face or make you feel something then what is the point ey!?

I’m planning on producing many more entertaining animal paintings/drawings etc, plus I’m getting some fantastic material printed full of original Grace Owen designs! Huzzah! There are many exciting things to come so remember to keep coming back to – you never know what you’ll find next.