Monday, 11 May 2015

Nocturnal Animals Project with Class 4!

I was contacted the other day by a lovely primary school teacher named Marion. She was researching artists for her class (Class 4 from Greatstone Primary School in Kent - all age 6 at minute) to study within their 'nocturnal animals' project, and asked if they could ask me some questions about my Nocturnal Animals of the Forest illustration ~

Of course, I was completely flattered and thought it was the cutest idea ever, so I agreed. The questions were brill - they ranged from 'how long have you been drawing?' and 'what were your best lessons at school?' to even more delightful ones; 'are those possums or badgers in your drawing?' and 'how did you draw bats upside down?', which I was more than happy to answer.

Also, to my surprise, they children spent an hour of their day drawing using white pencil on black sugar paper, in my style! I was taken aback by how great their drawings were - I think there's certainly some budding illustrators in Class 4 (thanks again guys, you really made my day!)

I was a little overwhelmed to see they'd even made a display featuring a photo of me and my original artwork. Just lovely! Hope you like the photos :)

Soph x

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Little Update & Some Items of Note in My Studio

Hello lovely blog readers! I hope you're all well?

After being on a bit of a hiatus from blogging, I'm hoping to be updating a lot more from now on. I can now legitimately call myself a full-time freelance illustrator (yes, it's terrifying), and I'm working entirely from home now so there's no excuse to neglect my blog any longer. I stopped freelancing on a regular basis for Hallmark in September last year (I think) due to budget cuts. Since then, I've been lucky enough to find freelance work with a few different companies, and have focused on commissions and selling through my Etsy shop again, which is great (thanks to everyone who has bought things recently - you're the absolute best!). I've had time to work on personal projects too, update my website, and add to my online shops (Redbubble, Society6, Teepublic... the list goes on. They're all amazing companies, keeping me afloat and being lovely about it, too). Even on quiet days with no freelance work, there's always something to do, and the best part about it is that I find it so fun!

Also, I've really felt like blogging more recently. Things feel like they're starting to piece together, and while it's hard at times, I feel so, so lucky that I'm able to be doing what I've wanted for so long - actually be a freelance illustrator. It seems to be working for me at the minute, and that's exciting. I'm currently working on a top-secret project involving a children's book! I wish I could share more about it - it's terribly exciting for me and so difficult to keep quiet about it. Sigh.

Oh well, as an introduction to my new freelancing and oft-blogging self (I even have a daily diary now and can pencil blogging in - this stuff's serious) I've drawn a silly little sketchbook-style illustration of some items of note that reside in my 'studio' (yes, it also doubles as my bedroom for now, but that will be changing soon too. Another top-secret update that I should be able to discuss shortly)...

Hope you like! If you enjoyed this illo, do let me know. Or if there's anything you'd like me to blog about in particular, feel free to leave a little comment :)

Soph x

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Illustration Friday ~ "Wiggle"

First Illustration Friday post in aaaages! Had to do it, as 'wiggle' is one of my favourite words.

Dancing Turtles

They might look a bit like the Ninja Turtles, but I was inspired by this amazing video to draw some dancing turtles ~

Work in progress with some more sketches ~

Hope you like!

Soph x