Tuesday, 20 May 2014

My First 3 Hallmark Cards!

It's been two months or so since I last posted here. Gulp. I'm still keeping busy, but I tend to update my Facebook and Twitter a lot more often than Blogger. Not sure why, maybe it's just a habit I've developed? I still love blogging though, and despite opening a little Tumblr blog, Blogger still feels way more 'me'.
Anyway, as always, I'm going to try to post more on here! :)

Well, loads of things have happened since I last posted! I can finally show you my first three Hallmark cards, which have been sighted in certain shops in the UK already! It's so exciting. Here they are ~

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And some close up images, front & back (I'm so, so SO pleased my name is actually displayed on the back for this collection!) ~

Boy & Girl

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Dogs

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Cats

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Hopefully they will be the first of many, as I'm still freelancing for them a few times a week. It's the loveliest office ever, and the work I've done so far for them has been so interesting and fun!

I'll post again soon, thanks as always for reading.

Soph x

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Sketchy Bear Obsession

Well my New Year's Resolution to post more often didn't exactly work out for me... but at last, I'm posting again! Please forgive my neglect of blogger...

'Little' life-update ~

All I can tell you is I've been super-busy.

Well, that's not totally true - I've been working for Hallmark for three days a week, and even though that might not seem like much, settling into a routine again has been really tiring - especially since it takes so long to get there and back. It's good though, I just wish I could train myself to keep up with important stuff, like this blog, keeping in touch with people, and trying to draw at least once a day, amongst other stuff.
I've also shamefully wasted lots of time and effort watching loads of Dexter and films and playing Dungeon Keeper 2 again (one of my favourite games when I was little), which was mainly because I got a tablet for Christmas, and there's a new (awful) Dungeon Keeper game that reminded me of how awesome the original ones were... anyway yes. Excuses, excuses!
It's not all been horrible distractions and laziness though - I finally took my first driving lesson last week! I have my second one tomorrow, and I'm totally excited and hyped for it. Had to sort out some new massive glasses to get started, but I'm so glad I took the first step. 
 As always I promise to post more often! Check my facebook page for the most up-to-date updates on my illustration though!

Back to illustration-related news! 

I've mostly been doing work for Hallmark, and I wish so much I could share some of the stuff I've done with you! I'm super-proud of a few things, but sadly for legal reasons I really shouldn't. I do have three cards going into shops this year though, so hopefully I'll spot them in shops and share them with you here! I'm so excited about that. It's going to be totally surreal - they're going to have my name on the back and everything. Wow oh wow.

I've done lots of stand-alone illustrations too, which I've tried to keep up to date with sharing on facebook. Still going through a severe bear phase (which I doubt will ever really leave me) and I've also recently embraced the pencil as my weapon of choice. Here's a few bear illustrations I've done with the humble pencil, but edited digitally like nobody's business (what can I say, I just like using my graphics tablet...) ~

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Seriously I'm feeling a little children's book coming on with this bear character. It just has to happen I think. I've been thinking about going back to Uni this year to do my Master's in Children's Book Illustration, but I'm not sure I'm ready yet. Feel like I need the skeleton of a story before I even apply...

Thanks for reading, I'll be back again soon.

Soph x

Monday, 23 December 2013

Collaboration with Knittynudo!

So so so SO sorry for the lack of posts recently! I've been super-busy working for Hallmark and visiting my nan (she turned 100 recently!) preparing for Christmas and generally trying to get myself on track! It's been the busiest few months I've ever had, I think. Anyway, there's a backlog of stuff I have to tell you about! I'll keep it simple and do it post by post, over the next few weeks hopefully - one of my New Year's resolutions is to just generally sort things out and get more organised, which includes updating my blog as often as I can.

In short, Caroline (AKA Knittynudo) is a talented needle felter - we became friends earlier this year through a mutual respect of each other's work, and general kindred-spiritness. I loved her felties so much that I decided to illustrate a few of them in what I thought their 'natural habitats' might look like ~


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We also did a collaboration, where I drew some creatures and Knittynudo felted them, and vice versa. The original results are available to buy on Etsy (although I sort of hope nobody buys them as I've grown rather attached!)

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'Fox Friends'
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'Bear Pair'
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'Flapjack'
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'Slumberslug'


Hope you like :)

I'll update you with other stuff I've been up to soon! Have a lovely Christmas!!

Soph x

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Hallmark Cards!

A couple of weeks ago, you might remember me mentioning a two week placement at Hallmark Cards I was about to go on. Well, I've been and come back, and it was such a brilliant experience!

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Placements with knitted finger-warmers -
Hannah Tolson, me, and Gemma Luxton.
Couldn't believe how fantastic the Hallmark office was. Cute, interesting (and rather distracting!) things were dotted around all over the office, it was a wonder I got any work done at all really. And then there was the atmosphere, and the really interesting, funny, and lively people! I even ended up learning to knit while I was away, which is something I've wanted to do for ages. Sadly, I can't share the work I did with you on my placement, as it could be chosen to be on a card at some point (I really want to though! D: Maybe in the future).

I stayed at Hallmark's special little house especially for placements, and it was great. I really miss the bed, it was huge... and the house was in a perfect spot right next to a chip shop and an Asda. The other placements sharing the house with me couldn't have been nicer, or more talented! That was something I was a bit worried about as I'd never house-shared before, but it really wasn't anything to worry about. It's good to be home, but I do quite miss it.

Here's some photos I got during my stay in Leeds (the Hallmark office is in Bradford, quite close to the house I stayed in). Also had a couple of days out in the city centre and in Halifax on the weekend. It was like a little working holiday :3



On the last day of my placement, I was asked to come back and work for Hallmark as a freelancer! I couldn't believe it - I felt so lucky! So the plan now is that I'm going back every Wednesday. I've been back twice now, and I love it! Couldn't be happier with the way things have turned out.

Thanks for stopping by!

Soph x