Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Getting There...

So lately I have been piling up and collecting a few vintage children's books. And with that I've really come to admire and appreciate illustrations in older books- there's just this quality about them that I love- the limited colour palettes and just that overall classic feel (not to mention that vintage smell...strange, I know!)

Back to the point of this blog post; I'm just enjoying experimenting with more traditional mediums at the moment and trying not to illustrate much with my Wacom tablet. 

Above I created an artist study, using and referencing a 1963 illustration by Pelagie Doane. I didn't try to recreate her piece accurately, but instead added my own twist and injected vibrant colour to my homage painting.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2017

I don't think I've blogged about this at all yet but...I received an award!!
I submitted this piece way back in June before I graduated and only just found out last month that I was highly commended for the Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2017 (Student Award). 

I am absolutely thrilled about the news and couldn't be happier; it's my first time being published in a book AND also being displayed in an exhibition. A huge achievement for me since graduation!

Just My Type

Been practicing with my Tombow brush pen...

Knot, Issue 2

I contributed an illustration for Knot magazine, Issue 2. If you haven't seen my previous post about the magazine it's written and edited by Francesca Rose and she creates her articles on knitwear...

Give the site a visit and maybe even purchase a zine! (www.knotjournal.com/zines)

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Picture Hooks

So rewinding back to September, I submitted 3 illustrations to Picture Hooks (a non-profit organization that arranges events for aspiring picture book illustrators) in exchange to meet some industry professionals within the picture book field who will then give portfolio advice; only 10 could be selected.

I was very fortunate to have been chosen! Feeling very lucky as I found out 150 people applied for this particular event. It took place on the 26th of October 2017, in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, National Gallery of Scotland. 

I had my work and sketchbooks looked at by art directors, publishers and agents from Macmillan Children's Books, Two Hoots, Hodder, just to name a few. I received mixed reviews about my work, which I didn't mind (it's all part of the process), but took the feedback on board. Hopefully my work will just grow from here!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Knot Magazine

I did a set of illustrations for a fashion journalism student from another uni back in March this year. I was asked to illustrate preppy 'Ivy League' university clothing (particularly knitwear clothing) and model them with my own characters.

I had fun with this little project on the side whilst I was doing my Final Major Project a few months back. The first 3 images are the final illustrations and the pictures after that are them in context of the magazine. It was something completely different to what I usually do, but it was worth trying out. 

More details about the magazine on: www.knotjournal.com (Creator/ founder of the magazine: Francesca Rose) Check it out!