Monday, 24 October 2016

Framed Prints

Hand drawn illustrations using coloured pencils. Finished with a plain white frame.
Personalised initials available upon request x

Friday, 14 October 2016

Happy Birthday Pooh Bear

Winnie the Pooh is 90 years old today! These were some of my favourite books as a child and I once proudly played Pooh Bear in a school play many moons ago :) He's always been a very special little bear. 

I made a quick little sketch using pencils and ink to celebrate.

Happy Birthday Pooh Bear, here's to the next 90! x 

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

UNICEF Commission

This month I was asked to create an illustration for a Space Lectures event that took place in Pontefract, Yorkshire. The artwork was in celebration of guest speakers from the USA, astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly. As a huge fan of all things space, I was over the moon to be asked to create something. Scott has recently returned from his 'year in space' onboard the International Space Station alongside British astronaut Tim Peake. I wanted to design something that encompassed the Kelly twins and also their huge achievements within the space programme.
Below is my final design that was auctioned at a dinner event prior to the lecture. All proceeds will be donated to UNICEF and I couldn't be more proud to support such an amazing charity.
Commissions like this remind me why I love being an illustrator :) x

Photograph courtesy of Space Lectures

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Updated Portfolio

Hello! It's been a long while since I updated my little blog, here is lots of new work! x

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Starving Artist

I have been working as a freelance illustrator for almost three months now. I enjoy what I do and feel incredibly lucky that I have the opportunity to do it with the incredible support of amazing family and friends. The job itself, like any other, has its ups and downs.

Illustrators are by nature, generally quiet and introverted people. They spend a lot of time working alone, whether at home or in a studio, where they lose themselves in the creative loveliness that comes with being an artist. It's great. I really like this aspect of the job. I currently have a studio space  as oppose to working from home as I feel more motivated when I'm away from distractions slash Netflix. Working in a studio is a lot like being back at uni, you have your own creative space but also have others around you so it doesn't feel so lonely.

I've been lucky enough to have had a pretty consistent stream of work since I went 'full time' freelance. However, I have noticed a trend from a few clients which, sometimes makes me question why I bother. This is the business of payment. Or in some cases, lack of.

Unfortunately, there is a trend in which a very small minority of clients will be reluctant to pay for work done. It's happened to me a couple of times now which is just a really frustrating process. Not being paid for a job is one of the most disrespectful things that someone can do to an individual working in this industry. Think about it, in any other every day scenario. It is essentially like hiring a plumber but not expecting to have to pay for the service. Or going into a shop and leaving without paying. Even worse is when they say things like "I can't afford to pay you right now but it'll be good experience," "it'll look great on your CV,' or my personal favourite "it's a great way of getting your name about." All equally horrendous for any creative to hear, I'm sure.

I knew when I started out, that with any business, freelancing is a risk. Unlike in a 'normal' job, you don't have the luxury of a guaranteed wage. Some weeks are better than others, naturally, but at the end of it all, illustrators still have bills to pay just like everybody else. Studio rent, materials, printing and postage costs can't all be paid for by 'experience.'

The comfort (for lack of a better word) to all of this is that I know that I'm not alone. I'm sure anybody working within the arts/creative industry will have experienced this at some point. Artists, actors, dancers, musicians. At times it can be pretty unfair. That is the sad truth about the nature of the business. The passion and drive to do something that you really love is ultimately what keeps you going. Would I give it all up tomorrow?

Probably not.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Ongoing Story Project

I'm currently working on a children's story that has become a bit of an ongoing personal project alongside everything else. I've developed the story from an idea that I had whilst at uni (many moons ago). There is still quite a long way to go with it but so far I'm pleased with the way it's looking. For my masters degree I studied children's literature and my thesis was all about bibliotherapy and how books and stories can help children to come to terms with difficult situations. I really wanted to work on the premise of this for my own story. It encompasses a lot of different emotions but primarily focuses on the idea of someone suffering from depression and anxiety. I'm using a lot of colour and light and shade to represent this notion as well as looking at size and scale (the main character in the story is a giant). With other work pretty much all up to date at the moment I've had a lot more time to work on it and am really starting to immerse myself into the story making process. Below are a few photographs of some of the artwork that I've done so far.