If I could summarise 2014 in two words they would be "arm ache". My painting hand has been working itself pretty hard, with an estimated 350 paintings painted this year (I tried to count!) It's all been a bit of a blur, it's been busy, but it's also been enjoyable. A nice ache.
It's also been my second year as a full time illustrator and if you take a look at 2013's summary, I was concerned that I wasn't going to be so busy and that it was all a bit of a fluke - a rather unnecessary fear Holly! Instead I'm very relieved to conclude that it's been another successful, work-filled year. Once again I've been extremely lucky to work on some really exciting projects and I've met some really lovely new clients. My only regret is that I didn't manage to "do" very much - my plans for 2015 involve many more adventures and more time away from my desk!
|Bird nest illustrations for Pets At Home magazine - JANUARY|
I was eased into 2014 with a lovely brief from VIP magazine to produce a double page pull-out spread on identifying birds nests.
|20 monkey key-rings in watercolour for United Arrows - JANUARY|
|Grey scale illustrations for a book! - FEBRUARY|
At the start of the month I rejoiced in being able to hand in 39 finished illustrations for a book about preserving food at home.
March & April
|Mozart portrait for Composed - MARCH|
During February, I began work for a VERY exciting project. I remember going to the meeting about it in Islington, and afterwards sitting in Starbucks, surrounded by smartly dressed people on their lunch breaks, just feeling on top of the world. In a state of disbelief, but also of complete relief, that an opportunity so wonderful could come my way and impact my career in such a positive manner.
The work has now gone live, but I'm not really supposed to shout about it until I'm given the all clear from the clients, so for now I'll just *whisper* about it on my blog. I worked on an app. A music app. A music app from Classic FM and Universial Music. Eek!
Aside from the exciting name drops, it's also a thing of beauty, and I am just brimming with pride to have been a part of it.
You can find it in the app store. My work is in the app store! Eek! Also, the website is here: https://www.composed.com/
|Five bats for Aquila Magazine - APRIL|
|A front cover for Lionheart Magazine - APRIL|
In June I became represented by Folio Illustration Agency for two short months, a move that was an interesting learning experience, but something I don't think I'd repeat. I'm going to be talking about this more in the coming months, so stay tuned if you'd like to have more information on joining an illustration agency, and my views and experience on it.
|World Cup food illustrations for Tesco Magazine online - JUNE|
|Space for Lonely Planet book (more on this later) - JUNE|
|My biscuit tin design for Marks & Spencers hit the shops! JUNE|
|Another delightful commission with Japan based United Arrows - JULY|
|Six martini illustrations for Stylist Magzine - JULY|
|Five watercolour illustrations for the Metro Newspaper - JULY|
|An illustrated map of Venice - AUGUST|
|Colour-coded food , red mullet fish illustration - AUGUST|
|Bloody mary illustration for Esquire Magazine - SEPTEMBER|
|Literary Listography hit the shops & I spotted it in Paris! - SEPTEMBER|
|Part of an infographic for Westfields, see it in full here - OCTOBER|
|Christmas illustrations for Tesco Magazine - OCTOBER|
|18 baking based illustrations for a baking journal - OCTOBER|
|18 food illustrations for a food journal book cover - OCTOBER|
|How to make éclairs - for Wall Street Journal - NOVEMBER|
|An Asian Owl for the Tsz Shan Monastery guidebook in China, one bird of six - NOVEMBER|
December was a crazy month too. I was (and still am) painting for a book project due very soon. As well as this I secured a rather last minute commission painting lots and lots of seaside objects for a property development project in Dawlish, Devon. It was a lot of work in not a lot of time, but I really enjoyed painting all the details, and the end results should be great - more to come on this too!
Thank you for making it to the end of another year with me! Hope you enjoyed 2014 as much as I did?