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Just for fun…

January 25, 2011

A drawing of some of my awesome friends. Want to see their blogs? Check out LilyQGirl, Wardrobe Under Construction and Soul Searching Illustrator!

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…

My Freelance Illustration Year in Review / ACOFI

January 5, 2011

January
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!

February
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…

April
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.

May
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!

June
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!

July
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.

August
I took part in Sketchbook Mag’s Open Studio and sold my work at auction. Also there was my ex-classmate Jimbob Ward</a, showing off his latest work.

September
A quiet month… more drawings for Amelia’s Magazine and general design tasks for Mogzilla. guess I needed a rest!

October
Featured in Ballad Of
took part in the Secret Tea Party Illustration Swap.

November
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…

December
Worked on a private commission which I haven’t shared here yet, and got my copy of ACOFI! Isn’t it awesome?? Here are some lovely fresh pics…

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!

Let’s Party! Fashion illustration / sketchbook page

September 15, 2010

Random sketch idea, inspired by vintage fashion pattern packaging illustrations (and those old Janet & John children’s books. “Janet pets the dog. See the dog run!”). My mum had lots when I was little, and I always loved the pictures:

I used to imagine stories around the characters in the pictures! If you like a bit of reto fashion & vintage dress patterns, you should check out A Dress a Day blog if you haven’t already. So much love!

Judge a Book…

August 29, 2008

I kind of love Judge a Book by its Cover. It has some amazing designs on it – amazingly creepy, comical or plain ol’ crappy, that is.

This is a personal favourite.

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I think it speaks for itself so beautifully.

Beasts!

May 26, 2008

Lately, I have been keeping an eye on BEASTS!. It’s updated slightly intermittently, but there is some beautiful work on there, such as this:

 

Jennifer Tong’s little Garlic Nymphs, whatever garlic nymphs may be… whatever they are, they’re bridging the gap between cute and weird in just the right way to make my eyes happy. Huzzah!