Hello blog, my old friend! Since my move to London at the beginning of January the internet on a laptop hasn't really existed for me, hence a lot of Instagram activity but very little activity anywhere else, such as my Twitter, Tumblr or this blog. I've only been here a little over two weeks now but it feels like I've lived in London for a lifetime, so I thought I'd pop by and just share a little update on my experience so far.
Monday, 18 January 2016
Wednesday, 30 December 2015
2015 is creeping quietly but quickly to an end, and with that in mind I thought I'd take a moment to trawl through my work archive of the year and have a look at – and reflect on – what I've gotten up to creatively over the last 12 months.
Tuesday, 22 December 2015
It's easy, isn't it? Easy to doodle up a few snug looking critters in hats and scarves, painting smiles on their faces in an attempt to partake in the regular glee-ridden festivities throughout December, but, honestly, I'm struggling this year to feel even a little bit festive, or happy, excited or positive about Christmas at all.
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Last Friday I made my last journey back up to Middlesbrough for my graduation, and besides a lot wind and a little bit of rain, it was a bloody good day. It was amazing to be back with the people I'd spent the last three years of my life with, and it was great to meet with our tutors and chat about what's been happening since our departure from university back in July. It was a day full of high emotions; elation to be together celebrating the fact that we'd all made it through the three years together, and a bit of sadness knowing that we'd probably never be back in Middlesbrough together again, but for me there was an overarching sense of nervousness because I was waiting for a phone call to find out if I'd been successful at a job interview or not.
Saturday, 21 November 2015
If you're a frequent reader of my blog you'll know that it's been a few months now since I was first contacted to ask if agency representation was something I'd be interested in, and I'm delighted to now announce that I'm represented by the lovely people at Advocate Art!
While my portfolio on their website is currently incomplete and is still being updated with all the illustrations that I've sent over to them, I was asked to create an illustration to feature in their calendar that they send out every year to their offices all around the world. The illustration could be of absolutely anything that I wanted, and seeing as I've had a thing for doodling bears as of late I cooked up an idea based around one. Because my last process post seemed to prove pretty popular, I thought I'd again document my process while creating this illo.
Friday, 6 November 2015
I reverted back to what I know best for this week's colour collective and doodled up a couple of sloths just taking life in their stride. I've said it before but I'm REALLY enjoying colour collective now I'm well and truly stuck in with it! I feel like I've finally fallen into a work/work balance and am really making the most of my days off to try and broaden my portfolio and push my illustrative skills, which feels fantastic. Let's hope I can keep this ball of productivity rolling!
Monday, 2 November 2015
I was pretty on the ball with my CC piece last week and had it doodled up early in the week, so later in the week when I saw someone share some similar doodles of a cat in a pumpkin suit I felt a little nervous about later sharing my own pug in a pumpkin suit. The idea initially sprung from a Christmas Pugging I shared last year as part of the #illo_advent challenge of a pug in a christmas pudding costume, so while I knew that this person's doodles hadn't inspired my own, I couldn't help but feel that that was how others would interpret it.