Posts Tagged ‘work in progress’

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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Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration – Proofs!

December 1, 2010

Well, I wasn’t anticipating 2 blog posts in one day, but I couldn’t resist sharing these photos of proofs for Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration! It’s currently available to order in time for Christmas for your fashion/illo-loving friends and relations!

Proofs for illos by Antonia Parker, Emma Block and yours truly…

This is one of mine – illustration of an awesome dress by From Somewhere with Speedo – haven’t shared some of the images in the book with the rest of the world yet! Doesn’t the design look fab with the images? Love. It. 😀

Cosy little roughs

December 1, 2010

So baby, it’s cold outside & I have ‘flu, so I thought I’d update with some sketches/roughs I’ve done semi-recently… each was coloured briefly in Photoshop only after the commissions were over.


Originally this was a rough for Sketchbook Magazine’s 2nd issue & their article on Tavi. They didn’t run with it as it’s not ‘fun’ enough, which may be true, but there’s something I still like about this picture…

This image & the one following were roughs for a private commission – a gift for a newly-married but mature couple who love cats!

In the end they ran with this. Now I’m working on a new illo for a very nice lady who bought som of my work at Sketchbook’s Silent Auction, in addition to a new Steampunk book cover & some basic interior layouts for children’s books.

If you would like to commission me for personal or commercial work, don’t hesitate to ask! I don’t bite and love to work on new things! 😀

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!

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.

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:

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!

‘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.

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:

New Beginnings – a wedding gift commission (awww)

April 20, 2010

A couple of weeks ago I took on a rather fun commission – a piece of art based on the theme of ‘new beginnings’ to be given as a wedding gift! As final artwork (as opposed to a digital file to print) was the aim, I busted out my pen and inks and drew… and painted… and inked…

Until…

Then I packaged it up &and handed it over. Not something I am used to doing in this age of new-fangled technology!

Coming soon – my first fully illustrated book cover for an awesome Steampunk novel by new writer Alex Keller! *happy dance*