Tour de Taaryn

I try to blog around once a month ish but seeing as though the last one was in JANUARY, I'm somewhat taking the piss. 

As you can imagine, it's been a busy few months. After realising I was trying to aim my portfolio at everyone, I've narrowed down my markets, written down my goals and using my spare time to make work in line with this. If I could make my absolute basic living costs from solely drawing food and drink and animals, I think I'd be pretty bloody happy! 

At the start of the year, I signed up to Hire An Illustrator and you can view my page here. It's a slow work in progress getting somewhere with it, but so far I've been really impressed in Darren and Jane's effort in promotion, they really do go above and beyond!

I've been enjoying working on my illustration style lately. I think I may have mentioned in a previous blog that I've been consciously trying to add handmade elements into my work. I genuinely can't get across how FUN it is to play around with charcoal and ink! I think the next step would be to draw and paint everything by hand but I'm not sure I'm ready to leave behind the graphic vector elements just yet!

In March, I was contacted by Alex Dulox to contribute an article on productivity to his blog, The Human in the Machine. It was a bit strange, at the time I was thinking I'd like to push writing a bit more and then a week later, Alex got in touch out of the blue! You can read my article entitled How to Get Shit Done here and hopefully you pick up some good tips! I wrote it during my lunch hour at work on a particularly bad day, I think you can feel the rage I was going through...

Also in March, I was asked to illustrate the front cover of the Bradford Review for the April issue on the theme of the Tour de Yorkshire. This was a mega challenge for me and I very nearly turned it down because I'm terrible at drawing people and even more terrible at drawing people on bikes! I genuinely nearly had a meltdown when sketching out ideas! I think it turned out alright in the end though, right?! They were also very kind and did an interview with me to go in the magazine. It's up online here for you to have a nosy at (you have no idea how many photos I had to take to try and get a semi decent one...).

There's a few exciting things coming up, I'm currently working with my pal Sally and her friend Lauren on some stuff for an amazing social enterprise they're starting. And there's something potentially big and exciting in the pipeline, which if it goes ahead it will be pretty ace!

I currently have some availability in the upcoming weeks so if you fancy adding some bold, graphic illustrations to your brand or magazine, get in touch at hello (at) taaryn (dot) com!

2017

Happy New Year! 2016 was a big one for me in terms of personal development and figuring out what I really want to do and how to do it. I re-read a blog post I wrote last year about resolutions and realised I totally aced some and failed others...

1. Start a shop

Nope, didn't do this at all. The idea was always in the back of my head but there was just always something else that was more important that needed paying for. Maybe this year.

2. Get off the internet

Since moving to Leeds, I've found there's so much more going on in the creative community. I went to a couple of Glug talks and joined Leeds Illo and met some very nice people. I'm very much looking forward to going to more this year!

3. Experiment with textures

I've been concerned that my work is quite dull and needs some personality to it so I've been using a lot of vector textures and brushes lately. However, for larger scale projects, it's becoming impractical as it's slowing down Adobe Illustrator. I recently took Tom Froese's Skillshare class about combining digital illustration with handmade textures. It was a really fun class and I've learnt some new techniques that I'll be applying to my own work. I'm not sure why I've been so hesitant to make my own textures, I used to really enjoy practical crafts. I suppose getting into graphic design and doing things digitally killed that. But I'm slowly bringing that back!

4. Get friendly with After Effects

I didn't think I'd actually be able to say this, but I've actually improved! I've had time at work to improve my skills and I even got to do a digital 6 sheet ad (I mean, it was only 5 seconds long and the animations were incredibly simple). Using AE is very intensive and I'm not sure if I enjoy it that much to progress with it.

5. Use social media more

I've definitely made tracks with Twitter and Instagram but I just deleted Facebook so I probably lost points there.

6. Stop the negativity

Ok I admit defeat with this one. It turns out that when I'm working on something with a tight deadline, I will be sat at my desk working while cursing very loud in a singsong voice. Something like this..."LALALALALA THIS IS FUCKING SHITE, WHY AM I SO USELESS DOODOODOO"

I'm not sure how I'm going to change that, I think it's just my way of dealing with stress!

I only have one simple resolution for this year: keep doing what I'm doing.

P.S. I just want to say thanks to everyone who said nice things about my work, to all the illustrators who have answered my daft questions and gave me really great advice and to those who chucked work my way!

New (old) work

Yet another long overdue update! All the way back in September, I finished two illustrations for my old design tutor, Bob Sanderson. He'd been working on the branding for Albus & Flora, a skincare company inspired by alpine plants, and I was commissioned to create two illustrations to use in a case study. 

Next up, I had the pleasure to work with Safe Partnership again. I was asked to create five illustrations to represent the services that the charity offers. I really loved working on this commission as I pretty much had free reign on the style and got to use more textures than I usually would. 

And finally, my piece for the A View of Sheffield exhibition actually turned out ok! I chose to illustrate the view point "Sheffield is the greenest city of the UK". 

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A Long Overdue Update

I say this every single time, but it really has been a super long time since I last wrote an entry. I have a genuine excuse though this time, I moved house recently and I've only just got the internet in my place! As usual, a crazy amount of stuff has happened in the past few months.

Ink & Water

In June, I spent some time freelancing with the nice dudes at Ink & Water who are a small design studio in Sheffield. Also, they have an ace coffee shop in West One Plaza so check that out if you're ever over that way. I mostly did some InDesign work but also got the chance to do a couple of illustration based things as well which is always an added bonus. I've always wanted to do an icon set and then I was able to create one for the Engineering Department at the University of Sheffield.

I also drew these illustrations for an animation to explain how to use a HIV testing kit. I'm just going to put it out there that I never want to draw hands ever again, I found it so difficult! My desk was littered with pages and pages of hand sketches ha!

Goodbye Sheffield, Hello Leeds

I'm not sure how, but I managed to bag a design job at a digital agency in Leeds. So sadly, I left Sheffield after spending nearly a decade there and returned to West Yorkshire. But I get to do a fair bit of illustration in my day job which is pretty neat. I've never been too confident with a pencil in my hand, but having to do it at work, I've really improved so I'm making it my mission to use my sketchbook and actually put it in my bag when I go out. My work let me loose on their blog, so naturally I wrote about how great illustration is and how demand for it is increasing, you can read it here. It's been my absolute dream project to do a mural and my first project at work was to design TWO. First one's up already, second one is in progress. (Note to self: upgrade my bloody phone camera).

Interview: Introtuesday

One of my favourite illustrators, Wijtze Valkema, got in touch to ask me a few questions for his blog which features new artists and you can read that here. I tried to make myself sound a bit professional but to be honest, most of my work is done stretched out on the sofa in my pyjamas. Comfort first!

Experimenting

As a lot of things have changed and I'm settling into a new routine (I am a creature of habit, major changes freak me out!), I've been fairly quiet. I'm currently working on a commission and my partner and I are planning a super awesome top secret project together, but apart from that, I've been taking time to refine my work/experiment with new techniques/draw inspiration from other places. At the moment, I'm really enjoying playing around with making textures and vector brushes. I'm looking to get my hands on some blow pens to make some ace scatter brushes (I love living round the corner from a Hobbycraft store, so convenient!). As much as I love flat vectors, I'm wanting to develop my work further and level up by making use of more patterns and textures. 

I think that's everything that's happened in the past couple of months. Oh, my ridiculously long "Things I'd Like To Do One Day" list just got bigger with the addition of "teach a Skillshare class". It's been in the back of my mind lately, I'm thinking of something to do with vector textures. 

P.S. The astute among you may have noticed all my social media handles are now taaryn_b. A new domain and email address to follow soon but more on this another time. 

 

Pattern Making

I've been terribly quiet lately, I've barely had time to work on anything of my own because I've been so busy with some exciting things (more on this another time)!

The last thing I was obsessed with was pattern making! I ignored custom patterns for so long because I once tried to create a seamless diagonal pattern and no matter what I did, it just would not work, so I ended up shelving the idea out of sheer frustration. As it turns out, regular pattern making is easy peasy and highly addictive. I'm pretty keen on quirky fabrics but they can be quite costly to buy. I'm thinking of exploring printing my own illustrated fabric to run through my poor neglected sewing machine or maybe selling it either by the metre or in fat quarter bundles for craft projects.

I've spent the last couple of weeks freelancing at Ink & Water, a design studio and coffee shop in Sheffield. If you're local, do pay a visit, they have some seriously tempting baked goods!

Starting with After Effects

Afternoon! So if you've read some of my previous blogs or seen my exasperated tweets, you'll know I've been making an effort to learn the basics of After Effects.

Before I even jumped into the program, I had the idea that I'd go back through some of my old illustrations and try to animate something. After reading about how to set up Illustrator files for After Effects, I quickly realised I wasn't going to be able to whack an old illustration into AE with lots of bits on it without sorting the layers out. As each object needs to be on its own layer, it's probably best to keep this in mind and do it as you go along if there's loads of different elements, rather than using the release to layers function. That said, if you're working with something pretty simple, then release to layers is the bomb and will put every element on its own layer for you to rename.

My biggest struggle has been trying to get used to the AE interface. When I first started out teaching myself design software, I started with Illustrator. Then I found Photoshop and InDesign relatively easy to pick up because they were similar. After Effects is a whole different kettle of fish.

WTF indeed. Not only is there a complex looking interface, but motion graphics comes with a new vocabulary too. 

I've probably mentioned this before but Skillshare is a brilliant resource. So far, I've taken advantage of the 3 months for $0.99 deal and there's just SO MUCH to learn. It's been really useful for getting to grips with After Effects and I'm mostly likely going to keep my subscription after the 3 months. For animation in particular, there's a wide range of videos to go through for all skill levels.

When I think about it, the actual animation part was the easiest bit. Trying to figure out where stuff is and how to save it out for web were really frustrating! (Side note: how irritating is it that Dribbble needs a GIF format and Instagram needs video?!)

Here are the only examples I feel ok about sharing. Everything else so far has been either quite terrible or just abandoned. 

Just extremely simple stuff at the moment, I know! But it's a work in progress. I'd like to be able to animate a character, but even that seems too advanced for me right now!

I've got a bit of spare time before I start some freelance work and inbetween brushing up on InDesign, I've sort of started a new little personal project. I did a couple of illustrations last week of wildlife/coastal birds inspired by Skomer Island. 

I was originally thinking about using them for a map but now I'm looking into some sort of data visualisation. I had an interview ages ago and they told me my work would really suit infographics. To be honest, it's not something I ever even considered before but I think I'd like to get involved in that area of work. My brother got me a book on infographics for Christmas which I totally forgot about and have just unearthed to have a flick through (sorry!). If you haven't noticed already, I'm an absolute sucker for learning new things so data vis sounds like a good fit. And I guess if you eventually want someone to pay you for it, the only way to get noticed and considered is to start doing it yourself and show it off! So watch this space!

Spring Has Sprung

Hope you've had a great Easter bank holiday! The last couple of months have been ultra busy! A lot of things have happened and there's some exciting things in the pipeline so here's a round up.

Firstly, I finished my design course! I received a Distinction* and I'm pretty chuffed with it. I also wrote an article on deciding to retrain and enter the design industry by doing an apprenticeship. Creative Digest very kindly published it and you can read it here.

I was recently commissioned by CityMag to design and illustrate four maps of different areas of Sheffield for their craft beer issue. I think it was around last autumn that I decided I wanted to explore editorial illustration. After contacting local magazines, a couple of months later, CityMag got in touch. I honestly did think it would take me a lot longer to get my first editorial illustration job. I've also been looking into doing map work so this really was the perfect job!

I'm currently working with a charity called Safe Partnership to produce some family illustrations for their school programme. It seems that I don't really do a lot of character work so it's been great to get out of my comfort zone and do something a bit different. 

I'm excited to say that I'll be part of another exhibition! The Artfelt programme, part of The Children's Hospital Charity, are putting on an exhibition at the Long Gallery and my River Cottage piece was chosen to go in it. More details to come.

I currently have some free time for illustration commissions, so if you like what you see and think we could work together, feel free to drop me an email at hello(at)linedotdesign.com

Obligatory New Year Post

Happy New Year! I've been pretty productive so far, updated my contact list, updated my website and got myself a Dribbble invite (starting the year as I mean to go on!). Also, I finish my course in a few weeks and I'm a bit nervous as to what will happen after. Here's my goals for this year. 

1. Start a shop

I've been thinking about this for ages and spent loads of time looking at other people's online shops, printed products etc. So yeah, can't wait to get one up and running myself. I'm looking to start out very small with a couple of prints and hopefully see how it goes from there. Right now, I'm totally in love with Squarespace, their shop features look pretty slick!

2. Get off the internet

And get out into the real world. I find this one particularly difficult, especially with all the anxieties and negative thought patterns I deal with. But 2016 will be the year where I make an effort to network, seek opportunities to meet other creative individuals and find new inspirations away from my computer. I was thrilled to be part of an exhibition by Girl Gang Sheffield last year, more exhibitions for this year please!

3. Experiment with textures

I've tried and failed so many times using texture in my work, it just never looks right. Owen Davey really is the king of subtle texture, I've enjoyed having a nosey at images from his Bird Search book and it's inspired me to go back to it. I really really dislike Photoshop though. I only ever use it in my day job. So I might have to suck it up and get over it. 

4. Get friendly with After Effects

I've sort of started with this but I've been rather lazy with tutorials. Still trying to get my head round the timeline. Thankfully, I've discovered Skillshare and can't wait to get stuck in to some tutorials. I find I learn better when I'm actually working on a project. Lately, I've been poring over GIFs by Robin Davey and James Curran, they keep me motivated when I'm getting frustrated with AE!

5. Use social media more

A tricky one for me since social media isn't a big deal in my personal life. It feels a bit alien to me sometimes, especially selfies and food photographs...

6. Stop the negativity

This one is especially important to me. I get REALLY down when I find an illustrator/designer doing everything I want to be doing, working for the clients I want to be working for and just having amazing work. This needs to stop. It's destructive and destroys the little self confidence I have in my work. Then this negativity ends up seeping into other areas of my life, it alters my attitude and mood which affects how I feel in my day job and it really tests my relationships. 

The crucial thing I need to remind myself of is that I've only been doing this for just over a year. I've not spent three years on a design course. I worked in other industries before I ended up in design. My course may have nearly finished but I'm only at the very start of my journey.

During these periods of negativity, the advice Andy J Miller gives on his Creative Pep Talk Podcast is invaluable: firstly, be a friend to people and support their work without looking for self gain. Secondly, keep pumping out new work and tell people about it. After all, nobody will believe I want to be a freelance illustrator if I'm not constantly updating my portfolio.

Winter Schminter

Hello! It's been quite a while, I thought I'd check in before Christmas. 

Anybody else suffering from December burnout? I find winter to be a really dull season and I've noticed I've not really done a lot of work. Autumn is wonderful. My walk to work takes me through a lovely leafy suburb of Sheffield. The colours, patterns and leaves are all great sources of daily inspiration for me. Plus I usually get followed by a squirrel. Winter, on the other hand, does nothing for me. It's so bleak and I usually end up getting ill.  So yeah, I'm really looking forward to the Christmas break to just switch off and recharge. Here's some autumn themed work.

This illustration came about from really wanting to move to a house that has a garden so I can grown my own food. If I had one, it would probably look like this.

One of my favourite things about autumn is when the wind makes trees look like they're raining leaves.

I've also started an illustrated advent calendar which you can keep up with over on my Twitter or Instagram. These are a few of my favourites so far.

And finally, have a very merry Christmas!

My Experience and Advice on How to Change Career

Hello. Have we been introduced? I'm Taaryn. I'm 26 and this time last year I made the decision to leave my job in digital marketing and client services for the design industry. It hasn't been an easy ride, so I wanted to share with you my experience and advice for changing careers. 


1. Work out why you want to leave your job
A change of career is a big thing so it’s pretty important to nail down why you want to leave. If you hate your boss or don’t get along with your colleagues, maybe try looking for a new role in the same area. If you don’t like your hours, see if your work can be flexible. If processes at work are really long and drawn out, talk to senior colleagues on how you can improve these.

I had been wanting to retrain for a while. I had planned to go college part time but I was promoted at work to a role where there was no leeway for part time hours. I was greedy, I took the pay rise! I later left for a trainee PPC role and to be honest, I just wasn't very good at it. And that was it. My boss was great, my colleagues were ace and the work environment was fun. But the work just wasn't very fulfilling and I had a hard time trying to get my head round the numbers. 

2. Research! 
Of course, you need to research your chosen new career meticulously and figure out if it’s right for you. Get out there and speak to people you might know who already work in the industry. Read relevant magazines and blogs. Get on Google and absorb EVERYTHING. You need to know about typical hours, salaries, career progression, roles within the industry and what you’d be doing on a day to day basis. 

I have a friend from university who was my go to guy for anything design related. I would ask stupid questions and send him my crappy first designs (I recently had a look at the stuff I was doing over a year ago. I wept). Very graciously, he did not laugh directly in my face but offered very helpful constructive criticism. On a side note, it’s so important to be able to deal with criticism, especially if you’re just starting out. It’ll help you develop and steer you in the right direction.

A friend’s boyfriend was also invaluable. I asked him questions about the industry and he also provided me with so many tutorial sites and lent me books on the basic principles of graphic design which were a great head start.

3. Get a qualification
Ok, so you’ve established you definitely want to make the move. I think in most cases, you might need a qualification. Get in touch with your local college or university to find out about part time and evening courses. Also, keep an eye out for opening evenings.

If I had the money, I would have definitely gone back to university or enrolled with Shillington. I could no longer afford to work part time/study part time. And then I came across apprenticeships which offered me the chance to work and get paid to get a qualification. The pros and cons of going down the apprenticeship route is probably a blog post for another time. It’s been tough but I've now nearly finished my design qualification and have a year’s relevant experience on my CV. One thing to note is that with apprenticeships, the older you are, the harder it is to find a placement due to funding.

 4. The money will be terrible
Unless you’re a trainee solicitor working for a top dawg firm, more often than not, the starting salary may be a shock to the system. So you need to figure out if you can live on it and how you can make cut backs if you need to.

As mentioned above, I went down the apprenticeship route to get a qualification. This pays a paltry £3.30 an hour. As I'm over 19 and have been doing this for a year, by law I'm now entitled to minimum wage (wowee…). Thankfully, it’s just me and my partner. We have no kids to support and probably never will, so we can make do on a low income. However, I have had to make severe cutbacks. I pretty much don’t go out anymore (I think that’s more to do with getting old and moving in with my partner rather than zero money) and a trip to the cinema is now considered a luxury. I can’t actually remember the last time I was able to buy some new clothes. Plus I have a mega overdraft from when I dropped out of university that still has some way to go before being paid off. This isn't a sob story, this is to hopefully give you an idea that your current lifestyle probably isn't maintainable on a junior salary. 

5. Be prepared for the bottom rung of the ladder
Admittedly, this is something I didn't even consider and ended up getting really down about. In previous jobs, I've been really lucky that I've been able to progress pretty quickly. I was used to being in control of my own workload and working autonomously on my client accounts. If I had an opinion, I could say it to my boss or client and it would be taken on board. It wouldn't matter which way I decided to do something, as long as it got done. I admit, sometimes I can have control freak tendencies and need to have involvement with the whole project rather than a small part of it. So coming into a junior role, I was not prepared for all responsibilities and control to be taken away from me. And I HATED it. I would sulk in the toilets. I would go home utterly frustrated that I wasn't progressing. My partner would keep reminding me “You've only been doing this for X months, be patient and keep doing what you’re doing”. So yeah, be patient and understand that you will be doing the tasks no one else wants to do. Thankfully, I don’t have to make anyone tea. 

6. Your colleagues will be younger and better than you
This one hurts. As I am an apprentice and work with other apprentices, my colleagues are on average 8 years younger than me. I literally had no clue how to use Photoshop when I first started, I had spent 6 months teaching myself Illustrator so I wasn't prepared for the fact that everything here is done on Photoshop. My colleagues were whizzkids in comparison and had years to get even better. Whereas I felt like I had to make up for lost time and ended up putting a lot of negativity on myself.

On the flipside, I work and study with some incredibly talented people. People who have different skills and who are inspired by different influences. So yeah, you might have years on your younger colleagues but there's plenty to learn from them. 

7. Never ever stop learning
This one is so incredibly important as a designer. Just because you got your qualification and first job does not mean you can sit back and be lazy. Do a tutorial, learn a new skill, be inspired by other people's work, get on Brief Box! There's always something to be learning, don't get stale!

Inspiration & Motivation

I'm really intrigued as to what motivates other designers. The inspiration for this post came from one of my favourite podcasts, The Creative Pep Talk by illustrator Andy J Miller (which you can find here.) I've been in a really good place lately, lots of ideas and just generally feeling pepped up. Stuff’s happening, I'm enjoying doing some personal projects whenever I can and I've got my head down after figuring out what I want to be doing. The last couple of months were filled with some serious self doubt so to discover this podcast was a real help. If you like Boyz 2 Men and amusing sports metaphors, I really recommend checking it out. Whether you’re a student and just starting out, or a few years in and you feel like you’re losing direction, Andy has some great advice for all. And you know what, it’s working already!

I also recently discovered Red Lemon Club, a very helpful blog where Alex Mathers shares his experiences of being a freelance illustrator. It's imperative in the freelance creative world to be 50% business and 50% art and Alex is very knowledgeable on the subject. Plus when you sign up to the newsletter, you get a free eBook about landing quality clients. Bonus!

A survey about the kind of music you listen to while designing came up on my Twitter feed a while ago (can’t remember where it originated from, sorry!) and so many people said they listen to classical music/soundtracks/generally music without lyrics as words were distracting. I’m the complete opposite, I often find lyrics give me an idea for something else. I gave it a go though, I went through Spotify to find instrumentals. Somebody mentioned that the soundtrack to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (again, I can’t remember who, sorry!) really helps them concentrate on doing their best work. I love Jon Brion, his compositions are always so dreamy and wistful and I found it quite relaxing. Maybe too relaxing for working. I did find a playlist called “epic classical” on Spotify containing loads of dramatic and energetic classical pieces. That was ace, really riled me up. I pretty much had one hand on the mouse and one hand in the air conducting away. Man I wish I was a composer.  I'd really love to know your tips for keeping motivated!

A quick round up of work:

For those not local to Sheffield, this is Abbeydale Road, a wonderfully independent area of town. I love living here, there's so many great places to eat and shop right on my doorstep. So I thought I'd illustrate a map of all my favourite places. I enjoyed creating this, I think I'd like to do some more maps.

I've been involved with Girl Gang Sheffield who, after their immensely popular Mean Girls film night, will be putting on another night to show The Craft. They've got lots of designers and illustrators on board to design a tarot card which will be sold as posters on the night. Can't wait to see mine up with everyone else's!

Also started a little under the sea alphabet project, something to pick up when I've got spare time. I've been posting these over on my instagram page so do feel free to have a nosey at my other little doodles!



Modern Fuel and Maps

Well the last month has just flown by! I'll keep it brief, here's the design stuff I've been up to lately...

1. I was commissioned to do some artwork of Park Hill. I really love the lines and shapes of the building so I was more than happy to oblige!

2. Next up is a poster for Modern Fuel, a company that specialises in innovative outdoor products. This was really fun to do! Usually when I work on something, I tend to do it all in one go because I'm so involved in it and focused that I end up losing track of time. This piece was great to keep dipping in and out of and adding little bits and pieces when I had a new idea. Speaking of ideas, how great is the Google Keep app? I recently just discovered it and it's so easy to pop in a note to remind me of an idea I had for later!

3. I'd really like to do a couple of prints to sell so I've been thinking on that a fair bit. Here's a bit of line art of some of my favourite buildings round Sheffield.

4. You know those days when everything goes wrong, no one likes what you do and everyone expects you to be a mind reader? Yeah this was inspired by that and some angry doodles...

5.  And lastly, this is what I'm currently working on. I live on Abbeydale Road, for you non local folk, it's a pretty ace independent community in Sheffield. There's so many great places and I love the fact that there's an independent bookshop, record shop and bakery practically on my doorstep. So I thought I'd really like to design a map and record all my favourite places. It was partly inspired by hearing the news that the Encore bookshop is closing which is a real shame, the collection of books was always interesting and really varied. If I could, I would buy it and carry on selling the books!


Sheffield Design Week

 

What another incredibly busy month! This week has been Sheffield Design Week and I'm proud to say I was a part of it! On Sunday, a couple of colleagues and I organised a pop up shop with Voca Voca in the Winter Gardens. It was great to show off everybody's work, we got some lovely feedback from people and even sold a few prints which was an added bonus!

We were also interviewed on the spot by Sheffield Live which made me very nervous. But I think my colleagues did a great job. You can watch it >here<

There's some new work up on the home page which includes some of the prints I did for the pop up shop. I've also partnered up with a brand new wildlife blog and have designed a logo and will be doing the illustrations for the blog posts which will be mega fun!

I'm currently working on a couple of commissions. One of Park Hill and one nature inspired piece. Here's a sneak peek of it so far. Slowly getting round to filling out the rest of the details.

Is anybody else bloody freezing? Where've you gone sunshine????

 

 

Cocktails

Just a quick post today! I've been working on some cocktails to sell as prints, hopefully these will be available as soon as I've finished the set!


Branding and Book Covers

What a gloriously sunny week! Unfortunately, I think it's going back to rain next week. Well, at least I got two days of bare legs.

Here are some things I've been working on lately:

These are some book cover ideas I did for an art anthology. Really happy with how these turned out and it was quite fun to do!

These were some logo ideas for a book publisher, inspired by P.G. Wodehouse. The first draft ended up looking too much so the second image is the much more simplified version.

I was going through some of my photos recently and having a bit of a tidy up when I came across some I took in Copenhagen last year. It inspired me to do this little illustration of the colourful waterfront.

Solar Eclipse and Sunflowers

Happy Easter! I don't have much of a sweet tooth lately, it's taken me all weekend to eat one Easter egg. Also, I seem to have missed Ben Hur being on tv wah! Anyways, on to a quick round up of things that have been happening round here.

There was the solar eclipse a couple of weeks ago. I think I was around 10 the last time. I remember having to write a story at school (complete with a mixed media illustration!) and I was dead pleased that it was picked to be read out in assembly. This time around, the best place to see it in the office was from my desk. I heard that one of the best places to see it was Svalbard. I'd absolutely love to visit there and travel round Norway!

Speaking of the office, on the other side of it you can see a great view of the Arts Tower. Visually, I really like this building. It's just so striking and minimalistic way, something I strive for in my own work.

Here are some more quick illustrations that were done when I had a bit of down time.

Currently working on some exciting things including some book covers, a logo for the band Seven Tors and some illustration prints. Watch this space!