So I’m still in Asia – Cambodia, specifically – and I’ve been here a healthy not-quite-four-months now (OK, so one of those months was spent in Thailand doing a bit of pure, unadulterated travel). In the interest of expanding my ‘transferrable skills’ and generally doing something new, I’ve been working at a Montessori school in Phnom Penh, teaching 3-4 year olds the skills of life. And drawing, taking photos, taking on a little freelance on the side.
The launch part for Amelia’s Antholopy of fashion Illustration was an absolutely fab event. I was super excited to be asked to attend the afternoon event and take part in the ‘live illustration’ of attendees! So I broke out my pens & pencils and met some totally awesome people.
Although I sketched my line-art in person at the event, everything was coloured later from home using The Magic of Photoshop:
Susie Bubble of Style Bubble blog.
Katie Wright of StyleMyWardrobe.
Neil Bennett of Digital Arts Magazine
Tigz Rice – fellow Westminster University graduate and photographer.
Sarah B. Vernon of Essbeevee blog.
I also took some photos. my camera HATES anything but bright, direct sunlight so a lot of shaky graininess follows:
Didn’t miss out on the the Pukka Tea though. My review? It’s proper tasty!
Also: Lily Vanilli Cake. As tasty as it is beautiful to look at. Anyone who can make decorate cakes well get impress me infinitely.
Artist Andrea hard at work, ignoring the temptations of tea & cake, unlike greedy me.
Lesley Barnes’ gorgeous vintage cape. I never got to tell her how much I love it. Which is a lot.
6 Day Riot providing the rather good soundtrack for the evening.
So… all in all a great day and an excess of images in one blog post!
I was feeling a little fatigued with my other current projects and wanted to draw something fun, loose (this is ‘loose’ for me!) and colourful… view large to see details & textures better…
I’m not the type to make resolutions (and I don’t entirely love looking back at my past year of work either!) but still felt inspired to start finding my own path rather less hesitantly, and connect with other illustrators as a source of motivation and inspiration; I joined in with Illustration Fridays and got myself a Twitter account. It’s full of awesome people and opportunities, so if you don’t have a twitter feed – get one! Now! And add me, please!
I launched my new website and branding – Precious Little.
Through the magic of twitter I hooked up with very lovely the team at Sketchbook Magazine and did a couple of illustrations of blogger Tavi Gevinsson for their Fashion Blogger issue.
March – a busy month!
I have been working for Mogzilla Publishing since Feb 2009 – started as an intern but now work as a design & illustrator for them part-time. I worked on 3 ‘Roobarb & Custard’ books for them, involved at every stage from adapting the original scripts into stories to creating layouts. Didn’t get to illustrate, but hey, who’s complaining?
I also got myself some new business cards and had a twitter exchange with Amelia gregory of Amelia’s Magazine. I created a fair few illustrations for their London Fashion Week articles.
And finally, I exhibited at Showcase London, although the timing – St Patrick’s Day – is not coincidentally better known for drinking than for getting people in to art exhibitions…
Visited the Enchanted Palace exhibition & loved it. Go if you like fairytales, as it’s still on. Added element of oddness as I once worked at the palace as a temp visitor host.
I also took on a couple of private commissions in traditional media.
Went to Paris! It was very wet and very French. Versailles was awesome though.
In the world of work, I drew elephants for Amelia’s Magazine, and entered the AOI/TFL biking promo competition.
I didn’t win, but I got quite good at drawing bikes!
I was in the mood for some girly, fey illustrations of pretty girls and carousel animals…
And my first proper book cover was published! Haywired by Alex Keller, who also worked with me on the Roobarb books. Haywired is great and definitely worth a read if you like steampunk, adventures and dark humour. Its sequel is out in 2011, with further cover designs by me!
Featured in Somewhere, Sometime at the East Gallery. I sold some prints and little pocket mirrors currently available on my shiny new etsy.
I also entered a compeition to land myself a spot in Amelia’s Compendium of fashion Illustration.
A quiet month… more drawings for Amelia’s Magazine and general design tasks for Mogzilla. guess I needed a rest!
Found out that I won my place in Amelia’s Compendium of fashion Illustration! Wahey!
I also hit Portobello Market with some of my prints & trinkets to sell…
It uses lovely thick matte paper stock, has a fab pearlised cover. It features 29 other illustrators and 50 ecologically-friendly fashion designers. All this plus a highly cringey interview with me! It would also look lovely on your coffee table or book shelf 😉
And so there we have it; my year in review. On the whole, not too shabby! Who knows what next year will bring? Bored with my London life I am taking myself on the road and going location independent for a few months… it is certain to be crazy exciting so watch this space!
And have a happy 2011, all!
New images produced for the awesome Amelia’s Anthology of Fashion Illustration! you can see them printed in their full glory in the book, along side 29 other talented fashion illustrators’ works. The illustrations themselves are based on the S/S2011 Speedo collection by From Somewhere. How great is that dress? Love it. Probably handy at the seaside, too 😉
Well, I wasn’t anticipating 2 blog posts in one day, but I couldn’t resist sharing these photos of proofs for Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration! It’s currently available to order in time for Christmas for your fashion/illo-loving friends and relations!
This is one of mine – illustration of an awesome dress by From Somewhere with Speedo – haven’t shared some of the images in the book with the rest of the world yet! Doesn’t the design look fab with the images? Love. It. 😀
So baby, it’s cold outside & I have ‘flu, so I thought I’d update with some sketches/roughs I’ve done semi-recently… each was coloured briefly in Photoshop only after the commissions were over.
Originally this was a rough for Sketchbook Magazine’s 2nd issue & their article on Tavi. They didn’t run with it as it’s not ‘fun’ enough, which may be true, but there’s something I still like about this picture…
This image & the one following were roughs for a private commission – a gift for a newly-married but mature couple who love cats!
In the end they ran with this. Now I’m working on a new illo for a very nice lady who bought som of my work at Sketchbook’s Silent Auction, in addition to a new Steampunk book cover & some basic interior layouts for children’s books.
If you would like to commission me for personal or commercial work, don’t hesitate to ask! I don’t bite and love to work on new things! 😀
So my Nautical Giveaway ended yesterday! And now… *drumroll* I will select the lucky winner…
*More drumrolling, dancing girls, parading elephants, etc.*
Congrats, Sophie of Oh My Clumsy Heart! Send me your address & the goodies will be on their way to you soon… 😀
*Bows; exits pursued by bear*