June was a great month! I’m really pleased I started this little blog, it’s been a great creative outlet, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it so far. (If you’d like you can also follow along on bloglovin‘.)
Some of June’s personal highlights were enjoying a girly pamper day for my mum’s birthday and celebrating 10 years with Christophe. I shared some photo’s of my lovely pooch Elsie and lots of weekly snapshots including a location drawing afternoon at Regents Park. I also shared a few recipes from my fave cookbooks & websites on my weekly eats post.
Work-wise I completed a commission for Stella magazine and shared some behind the scenes pics of how the piece developed from pencil to publication. I continued working on my monthly Love-life food feature for Waitrose Kitchen magazine and finished working on a bread book for Running Press for Adrienne Kane’s new book. After drawing lots of delicious breads, I can’t wait to see the final book in September! I also started an exciting new book project that I’ll be working on until October that incorporates food + crafts = the perfect combination!
I got to do some teaching at a local school working with year 7’s on an illustration stylisation project, a portfolio session with year 12s and assisting them with their final projects on the human condition – I want to go back to art school! I’m excited about visiting Wood End Park Academy in July to work with the primary school pupils on a large art display based on beaches.
I wrote a series sharing some of my thoughts and experiences of starting out and working as an illustrator called Pencil Adventures. Some of the topics covered: how I got my first commission after graduating, how I got an illustration agent, how I approach working on an editorial commission and working from home.
1. Plant some flowers, work on the garden outside the chalet (and maybe make a raised bed!)
I’ve wanted to work on the little garden area outside the chalet ever since the weathers improved, I love flowers but I’m a bit clueless and overwhelmed when it comes to proper gardening. If I tackle a small section I’m thinking I can build up to more gradually :)
2. Make a blurb book of summer recipes
I love food and cooking but I’ll go through stages where I’ll cook lots and then times when I eat rubbish convenience foods. In July I’d like to cook and prepare lots of healthy meals and document them in my own little book. I used blurb for the first time this month and was really pleased with the finished product (a photo book of Chris and I over the last 10 years.) I’ve been wanting to create my own recipes for a little while so this is the perfect excuse.
3. Spend as much time outside as possible
This one’s a straightforward one! Soak up the vitamin D baby!
I hope you’ve had a great month! What were your favourite moments of June? Do you have any goals for July? (If you’d like to share please click leave a reply above!)