Recently, I was lucky enough to be asked to work once again with the team at Bulletin Magazine on an internal editorial illustration. Last year I did a typographic cover for the magazine, which was my first cover art, and my overall experience with the team at the publishers, has led me to love the creative freedom they give their artists.
Below is my editorial spread for the article on therapists using Skype to offer one-one sessions with school students.
I wanted my illustration to convey the privacy of the sessions but also the remoteness of doing therapy via the internet. To convey this I used the image of a desk in an office with the computer screen showing the start of a session between a child and their therapist.
You can see below some rough sketches that were sent along to the client before I started on the computer. These are more rough than I normally would do, and I would generally tend to do roughs on the computer in line. You can see the theme beginning here in the roughs, and the client decided upon the bottom version which was my top choice.
This is the final version in print in the March 2016 edition over a centre fold spread. I’m really happy with the simple colour scheme and overall effect of the finished illustration. Coming up with a solution to the subject matter was a challenge but I think I achieved a response that was both bold and sensitive to the theme.
It’s a real pleasure to work with clients who give creative freedom to their artists, and I hope to have the opportunity to work with the team at Bulletin again.
If you like this editorial piece and would like something similar, then please get in touch HERE.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I just wanted to share this recent editorial I did for Click Magazine. It’s a 1/4 page illustration on the theme of archiving. You can see by the roughs that I came up with the the idea pretty quickly.
I really enjoyed working on this piece for the client. I only wish I could see a print copy.
I was asked to do 15 quick and simple illustrations to accompany a presentation by Sane & Able. Many of these illustrations are available to view in my portfolio, but I am adding some here for you to see the full collection of what I did. It was a fun project, and the turnaround, being so quick, forced to produce some fun responses.