Orela Vokes

Goat (LBoS)

lbosgoat12Finally, a new image on here, even though it’s actually one I did at the end of last year. This is the cover for Last Box of Sparklers’ EP Stage Fright, Summer Night, featuring a gorgeous goat I met in New Zealand.



1115instagramIt’s been very quiet on the art front for a while now and the truth is that I’ve lacked time and inspiration. I have, however, finished my degree in English literature and creative writing! Only time will tell whether I create with paint and pencils rather than words in the near future, but feel free to check out my photos on Instagram: https://instagram.com/triple_o_v/

Lion – Last Box of Sparklers

Another music-related post – this time the cover art for the heart-breakingly beautiful Lion EP from Last Box of Sparklers. You can listen to it on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/album/3udJrWT86gBUBBnSULeIjj) and Bandcamp (http://lastboxofsparklers.bandcamp.com/album/lion), and I really recommend that you do!

Lion - LBoS

The Incredible Disappearing Boy

It’s been quiet on the art front lately, what with having a dissertation to research and write, so when I saw that The Incredible Disappearing Boy (http://incredibledisappearingboy.com/) needed artwork for their debut EP I was gutted that I didn’t have time to get involved. Imagine my surprise then, when I was asked if my painting Red Sky could be used for the cover! I’ve been listening to the EP all weekend and am so happy to be involved (in a very small way) with such fantastic music!

The Incredible Disappearing Boy - EP cover


It’s that time of year when being outdoors changes from something I want to avoid to something I can’t get enough of. Spring has finally sprung here in Gothenburg and it’s delightful!

Squirrel spotting

Purple flowers




To the Lighthouse

I’m writing the final essays for my literature course at the moment and one of the books I’m studying is Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. It reminded me of this painting I made when I was little – one of those ones where you paint on half the paper and then squish the other side onto it creating a mirror image. For a long time I saw it as an apple, then a ribcage, but for the last decade or so it’s been a lighthouse.

The Lighthouse

Work, work, work

Here’s some work-in-progress, and a few photos of the other things that are keeping me busy: There’s uni work; lots of reading and thinking and writing (usually with my study-buddy-bunny for company). Then there’s what I call work-work, my job, which is made immensely more enjoyable by sunny lunchbreaks with pretty views. And occasionally, there’s housework, which is not so bad when it includes making blueberry muffins!


Woolf Bunny

Lunch view

Blueberry muffin mix

I am Woman

…Hear me roar! (Yes, I know this is a male lion, but they have such beautiful manes!)

Lion sketch

Another LBoS cover!

Watercolour pencils + wet paintbrush + hand-drawn lettering + template from previous covers + Photoshop = the latest cover for Last Box of Sparklers. Sometimes it’s good to keep things simple, especially when there are dissertation proposals to write and poems to analyse! You can listen on Spotify or by clicking this link: http://lastboxofsparklers.bandcamp.com/album/more-songs-that-no-one-wants-to-hear

LBoS-More Songs...

Saturday Sketching

I decided to continue this marvelous weekend I’m having by enjoying a few glasses of wine and sketching some of the animals I met in New Zealand. I started with these alpacas who had recently been sheared and were totally adorable.

Alpaca sketch