The Legend of Zelda Trinket Box

Back in August (I think) I was approached after finishing my Marauders Map box with the idea of a Zelda box for a friends daughter. Luckily Zelda is something I love so I actually had some idea’s already on the back burner.

We had a chat about what aspects of the games her daughter liked, and we selected the image for the front. The cover image is the cover illustration from the Ocarina of Time, Part 1 manga. I chose this particular image as Ocarina of Time holds a special place in my heart, and I wanted to be able to transfer those feelings to wood for this gift. The images on the sides of the box were drawn by myself. Just a few images to include various aspects from different games.



Cara had this to say about her commission:

Commisioned this for my daughter and i honestly couldnt be happier
Asha was great talking through the design and working out what i actually wanted, she is utterly commited to providing what her customers want
My daughter loves her Zelda box too
Thank you Asha i’m certain i will be back for more 🙂


I’m so pleased that Cara and her daughter loved the box, and I’m looking forward to making more in the future.

If you’d like to commission your own gift, you can contact me here, or head on over to my Etsy Page.



Re-learning Photoshop

It’s been a long time since I’ve gone out of my way to do anything illustrat-y and decided I would make a start before my course transfer is completed and I receive my new course materials.

First things first – Tablet

I’ve always preferred digital illustration to more ‘traditional’ mediums. With this in mind, way back in May I bought myself a new Tablet Monitor. The dream would be to own a Wacom, but that’s way to expensive while I’m studying so I settled for a Ugee 1910B. It took a little fiddling, and some help from my IT guy friend, but its up and running now. I just need a DVI lead as its running through a VGA at the moment so the resolution isn’t as good as it should be.


I used to be pretty good at Photoshop, but again its been years. I used to be able to create things like this:


But I’ve since lost all my skills and shortcuts, so it’s basically back to square one. I essentially watched loads of video’s on YouTube and made loads of notes.

Here are a couple that I found really helpful:

I’m probably going to add to this list as I find more useful videos and tutorials so I have a useful list of references.

So using this new info I set out with a quick doodle:

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I really wasn’t happy with the finished doodle. The perspective is off somehow? I think it’s just where I need to get used to drawing directly on to a tablet screen. I used to use an old Wacom Bamboo tablet, which had no display, so it just translated on to your monitor as you drew. This is a learning curve for me though so I’m not going to beat myself up over it. Just need more practice.


Studying with OCA

For those of you that don’t know, back in February of this year, I started studying for my BA(Hons) Graphic Design. I’ll be honest.. it hasn’t gone well. I lost all motivation for it a few months back when my mental health started to deteriorate and I didn’t physically have the energy to manage that and working full time. I’m currently signed off work for that very reason, and decided that a step towards improving my mental health would be to sort this out.

After some careful consideration, I’ve decided to switch from Graphic Design to Illustration. It was always my dream to study Illustration and even went to Falmouth Uni for an interview, but alas, didn’t get in. Since then its kind of taken a back seat to real life. One of my deciding factors in originally choosing Graphic Design was that I was working in a marketing role, and I had it in my head that Graphic Design was more marketable as as a career path.

Since then, things have changed. I have met a wonderful man that fully supports my passions, (weather they’re marketable or not) we’re getting married next year, we’re saving for a canal boat AND we have a Parrot! I’ve come to the realisation that I shouldn’t be spending my life trying to do the things that I think people want me to do, and that is it actually ok to do some things just for myself.

For regular readers, you’ll notice a new menu option at the top of the page ‘OCA Learning Log’. We’re required to keep a learning log documenting all work and research we do for our tutors as everything is online. Click the link if you’re interested in seeing what I’m up to. I mean, soon. At the moment there’s nothing there. But I’ll be updating it as soon as I can, and probably more often than I do here. Ooops!

I’m feeling better. Not good, but better. I’m hoping making steps to sort this all out, and focus on something I enjoy will help. And obviously I’ll keep the various crafts and wood burning coming.

Thanks for reading



New Addition!

My  mental health isn’t great at the moment, and I’ve been signed off for a few weeks. Now I had planned to use the time crafting and trying not to worry about work, but plans changed very quickly.

Sunday afternoon, Sky came home with us. He is a 10 year old Orange-winged Amazon Parrot. An absolute darling if not a but fussy.


He used to belong to my (soon to be) father-in-law. We had a quick visit on Sunday morning where we found out they were planning to get rid of him. Now its been a dream of mine to own a parrot, so I immediately said we’d take him.

I don’t think he’s had much handling in the last few years. He was extreamly hand shy when we got him home and wouldn’t even take treats from us. Monday I discovered he likes it when you sing to him, and he had a dance, promptly climbed out of his cage, and sat on my shoulder for a bit! This was a huge step! He was a bit unsure of Chris for an extra day, but soon decided he liked him too. He has pretty much free reign over our room when we are here. And we bought him a new much bigger cage for him to sleep in.


This is his ‘room’. It used to be an old built in wardrobe. One that’s not had a front on it for as long as I can remember. It was full of crap, so we had a good clear out and moved the room around so there’s more space for him.

Cage came today and I spent the afternoon building it. Now that’s done and he is settling in hopefully I’ll get some crafting done next week!