I have been away from my blog recently, (read over a year!) and it’s not until I sit down to write a post that I realise that I’ve really missed this space to share my work and thoughts. I work as a freelance illustrator and designer, and for promotion, collaboration and generally working out direction sharing online is a massive part of what I do.
I’ve obviously been using Instagram for sharing a lot of this, which feels like a really instant and reactive medium. But this also has it’s downsides, which are being really widely talked about everywhere, and which I definitely have to check in my own use of the platform. So I’m going to make a concerted effort in how I work to come back to this space, and nurture it and journal my own work progress.
I thought for my first post in a while I could go into the projects that I’m working on at the moment, and what’s really inspiring me, and I can follow these up with slightly in depth posts later down the line.
A project that I’m really loving at the moment is with my amazing friend Holly Gisselle Yoga We started off with a weekly instagram challenge we set ourselves, which was to do an illustration of a different yoga position every week, with a readable and approachable write up from Holly of how to implement this into your daily routine. We’ve kept this up and have started our own instagram for this @illustratedyogis where we are illustrating sequences, and are beginning our own journey to create prints, postcards and other products to make yoga accessible and beautiful within your life.
I’m really excited to see where this goes. Follow our journey HERE
I’m also continuing my work with commissions which I previously talked about, and working on expanding this, to encompass a wider range of projects including weddings.
I have worked with brides across the last few years, to create personalised wedding stationery, but I now have sets available for purchase on my Etsy site, and website which can be personalised with my own watercolour portraits.
These include Invitations and Save the dates which are personalised with a portrait of the couple, this can be anything you like, and really work to show the individuality of the couple. I am very much open to the individual couple’s interpretation, so if this is something you’d like to know more about please don’t hesitate to drop me a line!
I have also been really enjoying seeing my other business The Mark Makers grow and evolve over the last few years. I started it in 2016, as a way to experiment with my love of props, colour and sets, as well as drawing and making marks on paper.
Since this I have done private workshops, hen parties, drawn in restaurants, drawn at a yoga retreat, taught kids, and met many amazing people along the way. I’m always adding dates to my site, so check it out, and give it a follow on instagram for more details.
Keep up with what I’m doing on my instagram, but also check back here! I’m going to be posting more and more as I go. I’ve also updated my website, which has a little blog section too, so all of this content will be there too. Thank you for reading!