2013 was an amazing year for me, one in which I was able to shake off the day job for the first time in my adult life, and become a full time illustrator. This time last year I was newly back on English soil having spent 3 months travelling with my sister (read about it here!) and was in the process of getting myself to London.
Looking back, it was stressful, finding work to support myself and finding somewhere to live on my own, but if I hadn't done all that, (lived with strangers, worked a waitressing job and painted feverishly in my spare time) I would not be where I am now. I've worked on some amazing projects this year and I feel incredibly lucky for that.
However, as someone who is naturally pesimistic, I can't help but be quite nervous about 2014, given that 2013 was "my year" (a few people have told me this!). What if it was all a fluke? What if I have to go back to the dreaded "work place"? What about creative block?!
However, I have a few great projects to ease me into the new year, so I'm hoping I can hide these questions somewhere very far away.
|Apple computers - FEBRUARY|
I produced this piece on the progression of Apple products for a University magazine that I've actually forgotten the name of. How rude.
|My Secret 7 submission (with added text) - MARCH|
|A lost project - MARCH|
|A hindu goddess for a fragrance line in the US -APRIL See more here.|
|Campaign For Wool Illustrations - APRIL. See more here.|
|Autumnal illustrations for the Lindex toddler clothing range, Little Ones - MAY.|
|Mini chef illustration - MAY|
|Sweet chilli noodles for The Sun - MAY|
|Ten illustrations for Voyeur Magazine. See them here! I loved this job - JUNE|
|Portraits for RIBA Journal - JULY|
|VIP Magazine - AUGUST|
|Black & white work for a book! AUGUST|
|Chocolates for a pitch with Selfridges - AUGUST|
|Teacups painted in SEPTEMBER|
|Black and white composers - SEPTEMBER|
|Baked beans on toast - OCTOBER|
|Halloween themed food illustrations - OCTOBER|
|Wool Week 2013 - OCTOBER|
|Wildlife illustrations for The Sun in OCTOBER|
|Black & white paintings for a book on frozen yogurt - NOVEMBER|
|Beef bourguignon for Readers Digest - DECEMBER|
|A snowy scene for BBC Wildlife Magazine - DECEMBER|
LASTLY, I should also mention that from around September I have been working on a full colour book with Chronicle Books that has, as of today, been completed! It was hard work and involved months of late nights but I'm so pleased to have illustrated my first full-colour book - in fact I can't quite believe it!
Other clients this year have included Du Jour Magazine, Traveller Magazine and Intelligent Life magazine.
I hope you enjoyed 2013 as much as I did - and thank you for reading!