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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!

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‘Haywired’ cover process diary

June 10, 2010

So one of the projects I’ve been working on lately for Mogzilla Publishing his been this – the cover for a steampunk novel by new author Alex Keller.

The process went something like this:

1) I created some cover design concept sketches (some of which are above), which were looked at by various people from different levels of responsibility – including, in this case, the author, which is apparently quite unusual. Mogzilla is a small company where everyone will be asked for an opinion – obviously not the case for somewhere like Penguin, say! We also made a mini mood-board of covers of books currently available for the same age range/genre.


3) We decided to go with the metal heart concept, which I dutifully drew using references showing ‘real’ (or at least, real diagrams of) human hearts. I coloured it up and began to mock-up a more polished version of the cover. Obviously at this point it looks iffy at best!


4) Added more cover elements to build up a more complete-looking image – the plaque, wires, newer, better font, etc. Tweaked and re-coloured until it all came together – agreed with the client on a purple/bronze colour-scheme as they weren’t keen on the green/silver (apparently green books often sell badly! Who knew?). Began working on the back.


5) Designed this little fella – a HELOT if you’re interested! – to add a bit of extra interest to the back cover. Also made a paper texture and designed spaces for the blurb and barcode/logos.

6) Pulled everything together in InDesign! Almost finished, & was blogged about by Alex, the author. Who seems happy! The font was changed once more at this point, due to some licensing problems, but ultimately the design was signed off. Huzzah!

Of course I’ve glossed over the ins-and-outs, techniques, etc. this time, but I hope it still all makes sense to everyone!

As I enjoy a bit of darkness and drama, and haven’t fully designed/illustrated a cover before, this was a fun project work work on. The book also looks to be a tip-top story (yes, I have read it, and it is available for pre-release reviews for those who may be interested). I imagine that fans of fantasy/sci-fi/steampunk that doesn’t take itself too seriously would enjoy it.

Roobarb and Custard books – out now!

March 2, 2010

Given that I started this blog whilst at uni more for showing off illustration than anything very much else, I haven’t written a huge amount about my work for Mogzilla Publishing – in fact I do a lot of design work for them each week, and this is one of the most fun and exciting projects I’ve worked on: Roobarb & Custard books! And they have now officially been released!


When Custard was Grounded


When there was a Pottery Party


When Roobarb found the Hieroglyphs

Next project: 3 more Roobarb books, plus some book covers for slightly older readers, including Alex Keller’s first novel ‘Haywired’ – which is great fun, lots of steampunk drama!

Design Work / London Deep for Mogzilla Publishing

September 26, 2009

London Deep

Design & colour by me, drawing by Paul McGrory; published by Mogzilla, London Deep will be in shops/online from February.

Internship

January 17, 2009

I have got myself an internship in publishing!

Mogzilla is a small company which specialises in puntastic children’s books, such as Spartapuss (who I want to call Sportapuss, presumably some kind of hybrid of Sportacus/Spartapuss/Spartacus hybrid; a gymnastic kitty who is impossible to identify because everyone else claims to be him.)

Oh, grandpa; I’m sure you would have been proud!