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 :)