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Artist working out of Godstone, Surrey, United Kingdom

nicola@howellillustration.co.uk

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New Compass Rose Pen and Ink Art Now Available

It's Friday! and the day to update my shop. I've finally listed all of the compass roses I've done so far, check out the latest two:

One is inspired by spring and the other by the moon. All of my compass roses have been inspired by nature, and originally drawn with a dip pen and ink. They've all been inspired by Helen Cann's art and map work that is just so beautiful, and especially by her book Hand Drawn Maps: A Guide for Creatives. Both of them are available from my etsy store as recycled paper cards, standard edition prints and limited edition prints that have been hand finished with metallic colours (see if you can guess how long it took me to do that!). You can buy the lunar wolf art print here and the spring rose art print here. They're limited to 6 only.


You can also buy the original pen and ink art of all of these compass roses on my artfinder store here.


I love doing these compass roses, and my style suits it I think, as I usually work very small and detailed. I think I love doing these too because I especially love maps. I read a fab book recently on fictional maps called The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands. I've drawn a few maps for authors, including Angela Slatter's Vigil, Julia Bradbury's Unforgettable Walks and Joel Dicker's The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (for the WHSmith special edition), and I've always taken inspiration from this legendary collection. The book is also extremely interesting, intelligently, knowledgeably and succinctly put together with the voices of several of my favourite and much admired authors. It's well worth a read, although you might want to put the book down to do so, it's seriously weighty!

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