After a sluggish January, I’m starting a journey to further understand my business, identify my goals and plan to reach them. I’ve written a mini manifesto to supercharge my motivation and inspiration!Read More
I spent the week trying new fitness activities at different times of the day to find a routine that works around my freelancing, as well as to see the benefits of regular exercise when you work from home.Read More
If you're like me and react to pressure with flustered stress, or sometimes struggle with self discipline, I've discovered some really useful activities and rituals to help kick start your working day and reset your creativity! Featuring products from Lush and in collaboration with In Balance Hot Yoga.Read More
It’s been a whole month since I made the leap to go freelance! I’ve already learned so much about myself and the way I work, and I’ve still got a lot more work to do…Read More
The first part of my new Freelancer series - check out what I thought about my first week of self employment!Read More
Guys, it’s finally happening. After years of imagining that it MIGHT happen, it’s happening.
As of Monday 2nd April 2018, I'LL BE FREELANCE BABAAAAAAAAAAAY!
*FAN FAIR MARCHING*
So things have gotten a little crazy in Harwood HQ following a successful Christmas, and all at once my stars aligned when the perfect part time job at a coffee shop I love (just across the road too!) was offered to me - the time had finally come!
I’m leaving my lovely B&Q family after enjoying almost 3 years working in the design team, but I’m SUPER EXCITED to start my next chapter as a freelance Illutrator and Blogger.
I’m starting a Freelance Series on my blog and potentially YouTube channel too, where I’ll share my journey and honest experiences from jumping into self employment, as well as how I got here, goals for the future and tips for fellow arty folk who hope to make the leap too.
Thank you all so much for your support throughout the years. I couldn’t have made my dream come true (n’aaaw) if it wasn’t for you guys liking and commenting on my posts, buying products from my shop and even just saying hi at craft fairs, which gave me the confidence and motivation to continue my small business and to deep dive Pocahontas style into the madness and excitement that is freelance life.
I’ll be in touch soon!
Earlier this year I was commissioned for a branding and illustration brief inspired by nature - my favourite subject!
I had to illustrate and design the front cover for two self published e-books inspired by nature and education. As well as the cover designs, I also created a typeface and a logo for their website.
I used my trusty gouache paints along with a little help from Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to digitalise the lettering and tidy up the painting.
If you'd like to get in touch about a project for your own business, pop an email over to firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out my week of illustration fun - I paint food, a rooster and some other bits and bobs.Read More
A look into the pet portrait orders I've painted this Christmas!Read More
I had so much fun working on this bespoke wedding invitation suite for a couple who contacted me about designing their stationery. Wedding stationery is a business that I've always wanted to delve into, so with a resounding yes and a few conversations about what they were looking for, I created the following design:
The brief was to illustrate the date of the wedding in a heart shape for one invite, and then two invitations for the guest's info within an illustrated border. The watercolour painting was done by hand with a lovely spring time colour palette, and hand brush-lettering for the date. Scanned into Photoshop, I adjusted the levels to make the colours extra vibrant and clear, and I artworked the guest info on the bordered invitations.
I used Printed.com (as I do with my greeting cards) to print the invitations on their gorgeous nettuno stock. The paper is textured so it's lovely to touch without interfering with the finish of the illustrations. I also ordered the A5 envelopes to match.
I thoroughly enjoyed working on this commission, not only because creating the artwork and designs is so much fun, but to contribute to a couple's special day is really cool! I hope to design a range of customisable designs for my online shop, as well as working on more bespoke, one-of-a-kind commissioned suites.
If you're getting hitched or planning an event and would like to have a chat about a bespoke stationery design, say hello at email@example.com
I'm happy to announce that I'm currently working on a picture book project! I can reveal imagery and details when we're ready to publish this Summer, and I can't wait to showcase not only my own work, but also the lovely writings of my collaborative partner! And on an even further exciting note, this story heavily features animals and nature - my favourite subject matter! So for a bit of research (and an excuse to hop on the train to London) I took an inspiration trip to the Natural History Museum.
I met with a friend and fellow illustrator/travel buddy Michael (check out his instagram) and after an amazing banana and oats breakfast smoothie from Natural Kitchen in Waterloo station, we were ready for our daring adventure to the most popular musuem in London - on a weekend. CHILDREN ERRYWHERE.
It was a a success though and I took lots of reference material for my new book characters, and it's always great to visit the dinosaurs of course.
I'll keep you posted on the book project, and now I've moved into my new home studio (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) I can crack on properly in my own space (blog post / studio tour to follow when everything's in place!)
Another year has gone by and 2015 has been an exciting year! I started my career in retail design as an Artworker at B&Q, I saw a few of my childrenswear prints in store from my time with the Debenhams and I worked on various commissions and projects throughout the year. I also travelled a lot, I visited places like Lisbon and Costa Del Sol with my boyfriend and spent September travelling West Coast America on a road trip with my friends. Amazing.
Work wise, I've struggled this year with maintaining my illustration work whilst working full time (darker evenings make netflix and fluffy robes all the more appealing), so my new years resolutions for 2016 are mostly to guide me to aim for a more productive, active and happy year to come!
1) Get fit. I've already been attending the gym at work (SO USEFUL), sometimes twice daily! I'm weighing in at 10 stone - after already losing 2 pounds post America trip - and at 5"2 inches, I want to shed a layer of the wobbliness and build muscle and definition. Look out world! I just need to keep the leftover christmas chocolates away from my mouth.
2) Be proactive in my freelance work. When I move out and have a new work space to be excited about, I'll be buzzing to create new work on weeknights. I also need to stop writing lists unless I'm actually going to complete them. Writing this blog post was top of my daily list for today, so well done me.
3) Make new work. Also make new work that I want to be commissioned for. Also make work that interests me and showcases what I can do and who I am as an individual. This means going back in time to uni life when I would experiment with materials, research subject matter and play with various outcomes and not fixating on what others are doing on instagram. IGNORE TRENDS, HARWOOD.
4) Chill out, but not too much. I need to relax and not stress out about work. Also must focus on the day job and improve my skills.
5) Make time for friends and family. There are a lot of people I need to reunite with and visit because I'm a terrible person. Hopefully passing my driving test and moving out will make this easier.
6) Read more. Watch more. Educate myself on what's going on in the world and find out where my inspiration comes from.
7) Blog more. Here I am!
8) SAVE MONEY FOR GROWN UP LIFE. Help.
So that's basically it. Here's to a productive, happy and grown up 2016!