My Art History: Art School Drawing

I’m sharing some artwork from my school and college years. See all the posts here.

Art School Drawing

Before I get into my printmaking work (since none of it is dated), a final round of drawing. We still did a whole day of life drawing every week and my line work definitely kept improving.

Art School Drawing

When I was watching that painting challenge TV show earlier this year, I was annoyed at the people who didn’t ‘get’ perspective. That’s because you’ve never been made to draw a pile of chairs and ladders!

Art School Drawing

Whoever set up this was clearly mental – let’s strangle the model with some drapes. The good thing about a weekly drawing day is that we were able to experiment with different mediums. I had a few in coloured pencil, some on dark backgrounds too. The previous chair is in chinagraph pencil, which is meant for drawing on glass but is now one of my favourite things to draw with on paper.

Art School Drawing

We still did 30 second life drawings too. I kind of miss doing these.

Art School Drawing

You didn’t think I got through art school without having to draw a skeleton, did you?

Next time: printmaking

Posted in My Art History

What’s In My Bag?

what's in my bag

I like to keep an eye on the upcoming Spoonflower contest themes and What’s In Your Bag jumped out at me a few weeks ago. What with work and broken eyeballs and the like, I didn’t think I could make something in time, but I just managed it.

What's in my bag drawings

Here’s the drawings I did in my sketchbook, which I then scanned in and coloured in Photoshop. I dropped a few things at the inking and colouring stages, either because they didn’t look like anything recognisable or were boring. Sorry fold-up hairbrush and tiny screwdriver for glasses. I also cheated slightly by including my iPhone and keys even through they are always in my pockets.


I am really pleased with how it all turned out and I think my iPhone and keys are my favourite. Fun fact: I did originally draw the Cakeify fabric on my first aid pouch, but I thought it would be cool to use the actual fabric design since it’s Spoonflower fabric – woo, meta.

What's in my bag repeat pattern

You can view the full fabric repeat at Spoonflower and voting opens later this week so please look out for it and vote for me! I will of course remind you later.

So, what’s in your bag?

Posted in Creative Work

Weekend Wrap Up

Today's view: the Waverley is back.

Not much going on this week as I have had to rest my eye, though it seems to be getting better much quicker than expected. We haven’t been getting any heatwaves or thunderstorms here, but at least it’s pretty warm and the Waverley is back so it feels like summer.

PS. I won’t be shipping orders until next Thursday 9th, but there’s a free gift for everyone who orders before then to make up for the wait.

News, Offers and Reminders

I've been adding all-over print tees to my society6 store and trying to decide which one to order for myself. 15% off & free shipping worldwide all weekend!

  • Society6 have added all over print t-shirts and there’s 15% off and free shipping worldwide all weekend.
  • 17.76% off everything in my Zazzle store today with the code CELEBRATEUSA.
  • 15% off my decals and wallpaper at Walls Need Love through Tuesday with the code FIREWORKS15
  • 25% off some of my cards at Not on the High Street.
  • 50% off my stickers at Redbubble if you buy any 6 designs.
  • If you have a customer account in my shop, there’s 15% off all Cakeify & Friends products. Just login and check the cart page for the code.
Posted in Sales & Offers

Summer Postcard Club

summer postcard club

Last month, after a record-breaking 8 consecutive days without any post at all, I thought I should organise something and came up with the Summer Postcard Club.

What’s the Summer Postcard Club?
Basically, I gather up some interested parties and we send postcards to each other this summer for some guaranteed surprise fun post.

How does it work?
Depending how many people sign up, I’m thinking we’ll each send and receive maybe 4-6 postcards each, split into groups if necessary. You’ll send each person a postcard and write or draw something on the back. You can send the postcards from your holidays, or from home. You can buy postcards, make them or use ones you already own.

I want in!
Awesome. Check you’re okay with the following and then sign up below.

  • You need to send all your postcards this summer, so by the end of September at the very latest. This is super duper important – swaps are so disappointing if someone flakes.
  • You may have to send a few overseas, but it’s just a postcard. Going by my blog readership, I would suspect the majority will be in the UK so consider your signup accordingly.
  • And really, just send a postcard. No envelopes or extra gifts required.
  • Adults only please. i.e. don’t get your kids to make/write the postcards. If someone wants to organise a kids version, that would be cool.
  • You don’t need to have a blog but it would be nice if we all share postcard pics on our Instagram/Tumblr/Whatevers.

That’s all. SIGN UP HERE with your name, address and a few key words to help people choose a postcard you might like. I’ll leave that open for ONE WEEK so don’t dither about it. After that, I’ll split us into random groups as necessary and email you all back.

If you have any issues or questions, leave a comment or email me.


Posted in Free Things!

July Wallpapers


There was almost no wallpaper for today, but I have battled through an eyeball injury* to get something finished. This month features the very first character I created – Cakeify the happy cupcake.

*everything to do with eye health sounds horrifying, but it’s not that big a deal. I do need to rest it up so blogging may be more sporadic than usual for the next few weeks.


As always, I’ve made a desktop wallpaper with or without a calendar, plus an iPhone/mobile wallpaper. These should fit most computers and smartphones. Download the July Wallpapers.

Want to be emailed on the 1st of every month with a link to download the latest wallpapers, instead of waiting for me to blog them? Well then, join my mailing list and you’ll get an email of cuteness once a month, as well as first look at my sales and other exclusive offers.

Posted in Free Things!

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I'm Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I make illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii.

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