Joules clothing have released some more of the t-shirts I designed for them back in 2018 as part of their SS20 kidswear collection. It’s so great to see the final product and how their artworking team have made the designs come alive. As I used to work for a large fashion brand, I know all the meetings, reviews, sign-offs and amends products have to go through before they make it on to the shelves so it’s so gratifying to see some of my designs make it through the whole way.
Got to love a stripey t-shirt.
I love this little crab, although I don’t approve of his junk food diet…. These interactive prints are so much fun.
And this guy, well, I think he may be my finest illustration yet. Dinosaur, check. Surfing, check. Japanese influenced Hokusai-style giant wave, check. That ticks all my criteria for a successful illustration. And applique too! The print is so tactile. My only regret is they don’t sell these in adult sizes….
I'm writing this in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. It's a bit rubbish if truth be told. Not being allowed outside for any significant length of time is a real kick in the pants. Like most people, I'm trying to find creative ways to occupy my time, so I was super excited when Millican got in touch and asked if I'd help them out by illustrating a page for a colouring in book they were doing. I've worked with Millican previously on their Nav Your Bag series, so was delighted to work with them again.
You can see download the book here if you are in need of lockdown inspiration. Or just fancy a doodle.
I decided to focus on the lockdown itself, but imaging that I was in my dream house, living my best life. Look at those houseplants. And the cat. And the vegetable patch. Living the dream right there.
I mean, can anyone keep houseplants alive in that condition? I doubt it somehow.
Cats make everything better I think.
This year I decided be proactive and really jump in to the self promotion side of my business. As I really enjoy illustrating the annual children's nature almanac for Nosy Crow and the National Trust, I thought I'd pop along to the London Book Fair. To get the most bang for my buck I decided to book some space in the illustrators gallery. Unfortunatly, I was thwarted by the coronavirus and the book fair was cancelled a few days before I was due to attend. So, in the spirit of well, petulance and a desire to make the best of a bad situation I'm going to post what I would have exhibited here on my blog.
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My first panel is images taken from both of my books for Nosy Crow, including the cover art, some chapter opening double page spreads, some quarter page illustrations and some spots. I included a selection of both character pieces and the accurate natural history illustrations peppered throughout the book.
My second panel is a selection of other illustrations including some of my kids t-shirt designs for Joules Clothing, my shortlisted entry for the Poster Prize for Illustration, my artwork for Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club's 60th anniversary party, an editorial for the Cornwall Green Party, a teatowel for Seasalt and some development pieces.
Now, it was to be my first time advertising here. If any publishing types are reading this and feeling kind please let me know if I'm on the right track with this. What kind of artworks do you want to see at book fairs? Afterall, I have a whole year now to generate new portfolio pieces....