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August 28, 2014



Last night I went to the I Scream Factory's show at Hoxton Gallery where my friend John was exhibiting some pieces; I helped with his photographs, getting covered in buttercream and sprinkles in the process...! I haven't been to Hoxton Gallery before, it's on Kingsland Rd and the space is an old archway so has an amazing curved roof and exposed bricks.

The show was based on a quote from a Jim Jarmusch film and considted of photographs, a film projection and some installations all based around ice cream. It's on until 31st August if you want to catch it... 

Inspired by a segment of Jim Jarmusch's Down By Law (1986) in which Bob Benigni, an Italian cellmate, quotes from his “book of English” – “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream”. This line becomes a maniacal recitation. Ice Cream, a fast-melting delicacy, seems to embody various dimensions of life itself. Delicate yet cold, and of ephemeral pleasure... and those who eat it, know it.

August 26, 2014


I recently entered the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search, with a brief based on terrariums - I didn't get into the shortlist but it was nice to get a chance to make some new work. I created the repeating pattern above using illustrations from my entry.

I'm really into patterns (and hands!) at the moment... I really want to print some fabric with these to make clothes :)

August 22, 2014


Some patterns I've been working on today...

August 18, 2014


A music video by a very talented friend, featuring a prop heart cookie by me!

August 16, 2014


On Thursday I went along to 'Marketing for Designers' event, organised by Today/Tomorrow in Camden. I was umming and ahhing whether to go as it was raining and miserable... (SO lazy) but in the end I did. The space is really cool and after getting in and attaching our stickers - me, 'Illustrator' - we had a talk from graphic designer Yoni Alter about his work, followed by panel Q&A with him and an art director and interior designer. 

Although not all directly relevant to me, some of the advice was great and it was nice to hear that established artists and designers still don't really have much of a marketing plan and are winging it like the rest of us! 

I got chatting to someone there and we're hopefully going to attend a few more talks together soon :) It's made me realise that I need to go to a lot more events like this and get out there meeting more artists. 

August 10, 2014


Early stages of an illustration for a non-fiction history book...

I spent yesterday helping a friend out on a photo shoot for an exhibition, which involved us covering our entire faces in buttercream and sprinkles... can't wait till the photos are done, they looked amazing! Here is the very talented John's website

August 6, 2014


I actually have a couple of weeks to myself at the moment, with nowhere I have to particularly be and no meetings (as of yet...) so I think I'm going to use this time to work on current jobs and also change my illustration branding, website etc. 

I feel very lucky to be able to work freelance doing something I love and live in London. The fact I've been paying my rent for almost ten months now without a 'proper job' still surprises me! But just lately I've had a few let downs with jobs, missed out on commissions and dealt with clients who expect me to change my whole artistic style to fit in with what they want, instead of them commissioning the right person in the first place.

I don't want this to sound like a moan at all, as I absolutely love what I do, but it would be great to hear from other freelancers (arty or otherwise) about their client experiences and generally dealing with the overlapping work/life balance that a freelance career inevitably brings?

I recently bought the Computer Arts Self-Promo Handbook and it's really inspired me to want to make a bit of a change with the way I get work and brand myself. I suppose I was aware of a lot of the tips and advice already, but having it all laid out in easy to read snippets has drummed it into my head a lot more sufficiently!

So over the next few weeks (I hope!) there will be a big change in my branding, website and general web presence. I also then want to work out a social media schedule, keeping on top of updates and generally getting myself 'out there' in front of the right people.

I also want to start selling lots of illustrated products through online stores and re-start my clothing label, making things using illustrated fabric from my own patterns. Not a lot then, eh?! :)

My problem is I want to do everything, now. But I think making a plan and sticking to deadlines and small regular goals for myself is the best way to go. Again, any other freelancers reading this with helpful tips would be great! I think another part of my plan should be working on networking and getting to know other artists. I spend far too much time cooped up in my studio (ahem, living room) working away and not engaging with other people. 

I hope writing all this here will be a good reminder of what I want to achieve and push me into sticking to it... I love seeing other illustrators becoming successful, having huge numbers of followers on social media, making great work and getting awesome collaborations, but I'm also insanely jealous!! Ha.

I hope I can do the same with a bit of determination, patience and a decent pencil...

August 4, 2014


Just wanted to say hello and thank you to my new Bloglovin' followers!
I now have 90 so ta very much!