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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…

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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!

Portobello Market Stall

November 17, 2010

Last Saturday I had a stall at the new art market off Portobello Road… it was very cold, but overall a good day! Thanks to everyone who visited or bought my nick-nacks!

Sketchbook Studio Event Photos!

August 4, 2010

Me drawing fashion knitwear illustrations at Sketchbook Studio


James Ward’s really big drawing in progress.


Supermarket Sarah and Vintage Academe set up their visual merchandising wall.



My work next to the talented Angie Wu’s Monkey Menagerie painting!


Two of my A3 posters being admired!

A little of the crowd!

All in all, a good night! I sold 3 new prints, with 50% going to charity, and ate a lot of free cookies and cupcakes.

Somewhere, Sometime: East Gallery

July 4, 2010

‘Somewhere, Sometime’ is now in progress! Having been featured on some great art & illustration sites, including Amelia’s Magazine, it’s drawn a great crowd and some awesome visitors.

The day before:

And our private view:

Awesome!!


My work decorating the wall…


…opposite some large posters & original paintings by Mesh137


Plates by James Ward – very popular, as you can tell by all the red dots!


My own prints…


… and my Precious Little Pocket Mirrors.


Art by Lisa Lee, Lauren Ellis and Natasha Baker.


Everyone’s a critic 😉

The show is on until the 7th July – so come on by, say hello & nab yourself some art!

Bikes, bikes, bikes!

May 17, 2010

My entry for the AOI/Transport For London competition to design a poster to get people cycling. I took a load of photos of bikes in my local area and turned them into drawings – like dogs often seem to, each bike reflects the personality of its owner, and there’s one to suit all tastes, needs and budget!

London Elephant Parade // Illo for Amelia’s Magazine

May 15, 2010

Another illustration for Amelia’s Magazine Elelphant Parade story – this is of one of the elephants (Eko by Paul Kidby) you can see *in real life* in Green Park.

Showcase London – Photos

March 23, 2010

My night exhibiting at Showcase London went pretty well! The one caveat: I didn’t realise that the Wednesday 17th show clashed with St. Patrick’s Day, and when I did realise it, I didn’t think it would make much difference. Unfortunately, it had a definite impact, and the night was definitely quieter than the previous events I’d visited. I guess you live & learn.

But! I met some lovely people and definitely feel like i benefitted from just … organising my work/promotional stuff/space and getting out in public! When you work from home 4 days a week, as I do, being out promoting oneself can only be a good thing…

Anyway! Here are some photos:


Showcase certainly has that authentic Brick Lane feel to it!

Thank you to everyone who turned up, you made my night joyous xx

Matting & Mounting!

March 16, 2010

Spent today buying frames for my prints, then matting, mounting and framing them. Considering I’ve never done it before, I was pretty pleased with the results, with the help of this tutorial from The Small Object’s very helpful blog.

Tomorrow (Wed 17th March) is showtime (***jazzhands***)! If you’re in London between 5.30PM and 11PM, swing by Showcase London on Brick Lane to see me & 30 other artists showing off our work!

Showcase London Exhibition!

March 11, 2010

Free on the evening of Wednesday 17th March? Come & visit me at:

There will be plenty of other artists to check out, and it’s generally a fun & exciting evening. I’ll have on show some old and new artworks, so please do come & visit!

Ohhh yes, and this is my new business card from Goodprint.co.uk – I would have liked new Moo cards, but couldn’t risk the possibility that they might not turn up in time. Still, Goodprint did a good job – I paid out for express delivery, and the cards were in my hands within 24 hours. Impressive!