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I’m really excited to announce that my collection of prints and patterns will be on show with my agents, Cinnamon Joe Studio at the new BluePrint show in New York. Along with 11 other studios, Cinnamon Joe Studio are inviting buyers and art licencors to visit between the 14th – 16th May 2015. You can find out more HERE.

From the 17th – 19th May, I will also have some of my work shown at Surtex on behalf of A Fresh Bunch and my new agents, Pure Illustration. Fingers crossed for some positive reactions to my work.
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I have been illustrating for Tesco for 2 years now illustrating a variety of things from craft projects for kids, to recipes. Recently I did two illustrations for two recipes. One was Asparagus 4 Ways, and the second was for a Pop Tart recipe. I wanted to share my original ideas and to show you the edited final. I really prefer the depth I created in the original asparagus piece, but Tesco asked me to to remove the texture on the table. I also added the title in the middle, and changed the positions and colours of the recipes on each section. The Pop Tart piece was originally proposed with the written instructions, but Tesco wanted it to be very visual with just the ingredients. I love the colours in this piece which came about after I was making a pattern on illustrator and accidentally created this palette. I HAD to use it somewhere!

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This March I have just completed Part B of the Lilla Rogers e-course. This was a follow on to Part A and sees a new market being introduced each week for 5 weeks. For me on a personal level, completing the assignments was strenuous. I lost my dad and my cat in March and was emotionally exhausted (I still am). Finding a little energy each day I managed to get though the assignments, completing artwork for the markets: stationery and card, kids clothing, scarpbooking, editorial and party paper.

You can see my final pieces below (minus 1).

I’m about to restart Bootcamp now, so will be posting monthly reviews of my work for the next 3 months.

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Back in January I moved (for the very first time in  my life) out of my family home in London, to a small flat in Saint Cloud just outside of Paris.

I was terrified, stressed beyond belief, and hated leaving my parents. I’m writing this now, as my Dad has recently passed away after a long battle with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and he was so happy and chuffed to see me fly the parental nest. I’m pleased he got to see me grow up at least a little.

I’m currently back in London now, but will be going back to small flat as soon as i can. The satisfaction of knowing how easy it is to travel between here and there makes it a little easier on the heart and head, and I don’t think my Dad would have wanted to me give up so soon.

I’m going to try and share more of my experiences out there on this blog so please do check back. Below are some snaps of my first 7 weeks in Paris.

I’ll be back soon.

Au revoir!

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Wall Art was the flavour of the month and the theme was scenic vintage plates.

After researching and sketching a little (a very little due to time restraints), I started focusing on folk style houses.

The main assignment was to paint on a round wood slice, and with some experimenting I opted to do a digital illustration rendered onto the wood.

You can see my final artwork below and you can access the entire class gallery HERE.

I’m looking forward to starting MATS Part B on Monday now. I enjoy the intensity of this course and how much I can learn and grow in just 5 weeks.

I’ll be doing my weekly blog roundups during the course so check back here then.

Have a creative day!

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A look at some of the development work and my final design for January’s Assignment Bootcamp.

I have just signed up to do Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells Part B course which starts in March.

This course is different to Bootcamp. It is over 5 weeks and will cover various markets each week including paper goods, kids clothes and editorial.

I love the fast pace of this course and I learnt so much from Part A, that I am so buzzed to be taking the next one. I’ll keep you all updated here.

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I’m taking part in the Lila Roger Make Art That Sells Assignment Bootcamp.

It’s spread over 5 months, and starts this Monday. It will be a great opportunity to create a piece of art every month that will help me get work in the markets I am interested in (kids, fabric, home decor, paper goods).

You can see examples of my work created in MATS Part A HERE and HERE

I’ll share sketches and final pieces each month.

Until then, Happy New Year.

Alice

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Wow! This year has flown by for me. What has actually been 12 months feels like 6 and it surprises me how much you can achieve in that perceived time-frame. Below I am going to outline a few projects that have stood out  for me, and some personal things from this year:

1. WWT Waterlife Magazine

I was happy to start the year working on an editorial project for a trust that I admire and am passionate about. When I was 15, and in the first summer that the Wetlands Centre was open (around 2002 I think), I did my work experience feeding birds, planting rice paddies and getting sunburnt. It was wonderful! Having the opportunity to create illustrations for their magazine was like re-visiting an old friend.

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2. France

It’s become my second home this year having visited Paris, Lille, Epernay, Reims, Chalons en Champagne and Nime on multiple occasions. Here is a photo from my trip to the South Of France in July.

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3. Make Art That Sells

At the end of October I signed up to the Lilla Rogers Studio Make Art That Sells course. That turned out to be an excellent decision, as during those short 5 weeks, my creativity improved and I had a new passion for designing again. I have since signed up for the Assignment Bootcamp starting in January, and will be joining Part Be of MATS in March. My drawing pencil is tingling with excitement already!

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4. My Boyfriend

At the end of November I celebrated 1 year with my boyfriend, Aurelien. He’s French, which will explain all the visits to France this year. We have been very lucky to travel as much as we have and I look forward to more future adventures with him.

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5. Secret Projects

In November I worked on a really exciting project with a great client. The brief was wonderfully free and open, and I look forward to sharing the results in 2015. I also signed a temporary contract with Cinnamon Joe Studio, and have been busy designing new prints for stationery and kids clothes. Since MATS, I have a new sense of what I want my career to be, and being a full time freelance designer for a studio like Cinnamon Joe is that dream. If things go well with them, I hope to be able to share with you some of my sold designs out there in the world.

6. My Niece

What a gift she really is! It’s such a wonderful pleasure being an aunt and it has made family get together’s all the more special. When you come from an exceptionally small family like I do, any new addition is greatly received and my niece Phoebe has certainly had an entertaining 1st year. Here is a little picture of her about a month before her 1st birthday.

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