Posts Tagged ‘fairytale’

My Freelance Illustration Year in Review / ACOFI

January 5, 2011

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.

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.

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

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

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…

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!


A Nautical Giveaway!

November 1, 2010

Hi all!

To celebrate a few exciting recent events – 300 followers on Twitter, a lovely spread in Amelia’s Anthology of Fashion Illustration – and the launch of my Etsy storeI have decided to launch a giveaway! Because it pleases me, I’m going with a nautical theme.

One lucky person will get the chance to win:

‘My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean’ pocket mirror in organza bag

‘Fishy Kiss’ gift-card (with envelope!)

A signed A5 fine-art quality print of a magical narwhal on a carousel. As an added bonus, he grants wishes!

To win, simply leave a comment on this post, link to this post in twitter (remember to include my username @precious_little so that your message shows up on my feed) or on your own blog! The winner will be picked randomly from a ‘hat’ (or, more likely, bowl) of names on 14th November.

If you miss out, and/or would like to buy something else pretty, visit my Precious Little Shop


October 6, 2010

I’ve been featured on Ballad Of’s blog. Their magazine is entirely gorgeous, so needless to say I’m happy!

Also – a bonus sketch!

Art in Action 2010

July 22, 2010

Last weekend I spent a delightful day at Art in Action, which is one of the UK’s biggest art shows featuring 250+ artists working live on-site. Here are a few pictures:

And on the way home, a little guerilla knitting in Chipping Norton:

Carousel Pony in the Clouds!

June 7, 2010

Carousel pony bounding through the clouds… more inking/painting and general prettiness…

Sweet dreams tonight my friends!

Painting practice…

May 31, 2010

It’s been awhile since I’ve done much inking, painting, mixed-media-type-stuff; computer-aided design has taken over my life! This, in addition to being part of an upcoming exhibition at East Gallery in July, has made my fingers itch to pick up a brush again!

So my latest bits & bobs are more about me getting to grips with colour and texture than any strong concept. This one is inspired by Mori Girl fashion. Plus she seems to be channelling a little of Belle from Belle & Boo – entirely unintentional, though!

Considering how out of practice I am, i’m not unhappy with the result.

Sketchbook girls

May 25, 2010

Been doodling some little figures in my sketchbook, limiting myself to pen/pencil and two colours in acrylic ink. They were inspired by some fashion out of Portobello Road, before the sudden surge in temperature! Here are a couple:

The Enchanted Palace…

April 12, 2010

This weekend I paid a visit to the Enchanted Palace Exhibition at Kensington Palace. At £12.50 a visit, it isn’t cheap, but if you love art and fashion with a strong dose of wistfulness and a dreamy, lost-in-time feel, this is worth shelling out for (besides – the V&A, Science and Natural History Museums are all within a mile and are totally free!). As I worked there last summer, often ending up alone in big, empty rooms waiting for the next glut of guests to arrive, I know that the palace has its creepy moments even without the added mood lighting/sound installations. Now it’s as if the palace has been taken over by ghosts of the past, who sing and play and dance, whilst wildlife creeps into corners – eggs in the fireplace, foxes nesting in a wardrobe, branches reaching across windows.

If what you are after is a day filled with historical facts and no whimsical nonsense, this probably isn’t for you (as a glance at the visitor’s book will confirm – some very unhappy people out there). I hadn’t realised that half the palace had been closed for renovations, and so was a little disappointed not to be able to see the downstairs, but there was enough dark whimsy to keep me happy regardless.

Without further ado – the photos (taken by Michael Jin, who is a far cooler rebellious rule-breaker than I could ever hope to be):

Illustration Friday: Confined

January 14, 2010


Also, as if there was any doubt, I love doing all that line-art -creating organised chaos!


September 26, 2009

Over the Ocean

The Rescue