Posts Tagged ‘illustration friday’

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!

Illustration Friday: Wilderness

January 21, 2010

Illustration Friday time! : the theme is…. wilderness.

Illustration Friday: Confined

January 14, 2010

Confined:

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

Tiger Time! // Illustration Friday: Renewal

January 7, 2010

I know that the Gregorian (our calendar is the Gregorian calendar, right?) new year & Chinese New Year are not one & the same, but… in my head that doesn’t matter.

Come Feb 14th, it will be Chinese New Year – the year of the tiger. I am a tiger (Rowr!), so hopefully it’ll be my lucky year! Plus it’s my birthday just 2 days later. Woooo.

Also though this fitted in nicely with Illustration Friday’s weekly topic: Renewal.

Anyway, there is never a wrong time to draw tigers eating cake:

Also, may I take a moment to remind you of the awesomeness that is The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr?

And, as a final note: follow me on Twitter!

Pattern – Illustration Friday

September 29, 2009

My 1st Illustration Friday submission…

Introducing: pattern!

Illustration Friday - pattern

Found *another* cool podcast – Big Illustration Party Time – I’ve been listening to the first few episodes about useful things like process, portfolios, etc., and there’s definitely some good advice floating around in there, in addition to some good, nerdy stuff about the benefits of different pencils/printers/inks!