When I look back at 2015 and the illustrations I created I feel really lucky to have worked on such a variety of different projects. I’ve drawn all sorts this year and I’m really thankful for this crazy roller coaster career and passion that keeps me inspired and frustrated in equal measures. 2015 was a year of ups and downs and at times I struggled with self motivation. In the spirit of a new year fast approaching, the chance to wipe the slate clean and the prospect of a fresh start I thought I would reflect back on my favourite projects from this year.This year I was grateful to work with some brilliant clients and a couple that I’ve wanted to work with for a while (in particular Time Out magazine – Peter Pan map below and BBC Good Food magazine.) I was also asked to work again with some existing clients like story telling agency Make Believe this year. I worked with them on three separate jobs in Switzerland and on one of the trips I also got to work alongside Sarah McMenemy (a fellow Artworks artist) which was hugely inspiring. I delved a bit deeper into working on live illustrations in 2015 which was challenging in the best way and took me out of my comfort zone.
I did my very first book cover for a UK publishers (which was only last week) and I worked on a few titles with German publishers Rowohlt (including the illustration above) who have been a pleasure to work with.
I thought about ways I could expand my little business and new directions I could take my work in. This included different applications like the below cushion with illustrated fabric, making art prints to sell and creating 3D objects featuring my illustrations (more to come about these soon.) I also tried inktober which didn’t actually last long but helped me to experiment with ink and line. I just got a commission where the client saw one of my inktober drawings so it just goes to show creating personal work is just as important (if not more) as client work. In 2016 I’d like to push my personal work a bit more and use any spare time I have more productively. I’d love to experiment with more 3D applications and I have my heart set on creating some 3D models of buildings.I worked on lots of maps in 2015 and they’re something I really love to draw. Over the summer I had an enquiry about creating a large scale map (5 foot high) unfortunately it didn’t go ahead in the end but it opened my eyes to thinking about scale. Illustrating a huge wall piece or mural would be dream job.
The Family Calendar Cookbook was published in 2015 which was a joy to illustrate front to back. Book projects where you get to illustrate the cover and all the interior illustrations feel like a real privilege. It’s nice to get fully immersed in the whole process and have a good chunk of time to draw unlike the shorter deadlines on editorial jobs. I enjoyed drawing all the food illustrations within the book.
I hope you had a great 2015 too and you’ve had time to reflect on all the good bits alongside the not so good. I had a lot of exciting enquiries which didn’t happen in the end which was a bit hard at the time but when I look back at what I did do, I realise I achieved more than I thought. I’m very excited for 2016 and the prospect of chasing more illustrated dreams. It’s going to be a good year I think :) Thank you for stopping by to read my rambles this year, I hope you have a very happy new year!