My Favourite Colour Collective Illustration (Twitter Group Challenge) 2016
I so enjoyed taking part on Colour Collective this year. Though I couldn't do it every week, I tried my best to! Every Monday a Pantone colour was announced and the idea is to create a visual piece using that colour. It could be in any medium and on any theme; total freedom.
This allows you to play with both colour and styles and push yourself to create as you try to make your piece stand out. I was amazed at how supportive and collaborative the group was, how quickly comments, shares and likes were given. There was endless inspiration to be found by just scrolling through everyone's work.
I bought new Photoshop brushes and pushed myself to draw in new styles. This little fellow was the result of an experiment in style, using new Photoshop brushes and taking inspiration from outside my window. A little boy, on his way to school, stopped and splashed about in the puddles, and then tilted his head back to feel the rain on his face before his mum pulled him back into the school run! So cute!
MY FAVOURITE PERsonal PIECE of illustration 2016
This was a difficult but rewarding piece of work that I completed for my self help/advice eBook called "Living with Endometriosis".
I wanted to finally write down my story, which is something I had been putting off for a long time. I've spoken about it a lot, but I'd always thought that if I put down my story in writing it would somehow make it feel more real and permanent. That it would somehow make me feel those same feelings or emotions again. In truth, it did, but it also served as a great healing tool; I felt lighter from doing it.
To go alongside my story I illustrated several key moments to help get my message or a particular feeling out to the reader. I shared the illustrations on social media, with Tweets about living with endometriosis, including the physical and psychological effects of living in chronic pain while trying to get a diagnosis.
MY FAVOURITE COMMISSIONED PIECE of ILLUSTRATION 2016
I was asked by a wedding celebrant to create an illustrated bride for her to use across multiple platforms as piece of her brand.
She wanted to have a "Bo-Ho" bride to promote the handfasterning market to brides, as this was something she was enjoying doing.
I was delighted to help with this as I LOVE drawing bridal dresses. This one was a challenge due to the lace, but I really enjoyed the process and the delicate touches in the dress and flowers.
S6 & Redbubble PIECE OF ILLUSTRATION 2016
One of the most purchased pieces from my online stores in 2016 was from my Hot Drinks collection.
These started as a study of portraits in the vector style, and three little pieces came about! My favourite piece is "That Hot Chocolate Feeling", because I LOVE hot chocolate in the winter, especially with little marshmallows floating around on top. Yummy.
"That Hot Chocolate Feeling" - Artwork and gifts at S6 Shop
"That Coffee Feeling" - Artwork and gifts S6 Shop
"That Tea Feeling" - Artwork and gifts S6 Shop
MY LAST PIECE OF ILLUSTRATION 2016
Ohhh Mr Trump... Mr President-elect...
So much came to light in America's latest Presidential campaign; quotes, news, false reports, back stabbing, lies, truths, Russian tampering (?), excellent comedy sketches and the diverse opinions of the good people of the USA themselves. So much was said, shown and done it was a feast for illustrators everywhere.
One of my last jobs in 2016 was to illustrate an article about the idea of those people who made "him". I wanted to show that certain people and politicians campaigned and manoeuvred Trump into power while both cheering and leering at the "monster they made". This illustration has a Frankenstein feeling, while the "Monster" soaks up the power and glory.
I think it came out well and the article writer loved it!
I hope to do more of these political based illustrations in 2017, but not all on Trump, I hope.
I work for a wide range of clients across advertising, editorial and corporate business fields but I don’t really have a ‘typical’ client. I get approached by all sorts of different people and companies and I love the challenge of creating something unique for each one in order to solve a problem visually.