My early illustration work
I love drawing, I always have. I studied fashion design at university, and by far my favourite part of the design process for me was pulling the whole collection I had designed and and creating the illustrations, showcasing the final result of all of my hard work. Sometimes I loved the illustration part so much that I would start with it and then do my ‘design development’ last. Completely Backwards, I know!
Once you get into the industry, if you go into design you don’t illustrate your collection like you once did at university. I went into print and accessory design so I wasn’t even designing clothing anymore, and I really missed it.
I wanted to carry on illustrating, so I bought an iPad mini 1 for £70 from a girl on twitter and started to draw on my 2 hour bus commute most days.
And here we are! I quit my job to travel to the other side of the world and I am now back after over a year away and I am now a full time freelance illustrator! I started freelancing in South East Asia and now I’m back in the UK, I have seen it as a window of opportunity to start something new and watch it blossom.
My earlier work was very detailed an I have a completely different and more simplistic style now as my old style was too time consuming. I just had too many ideas I wanted to illustrate and I wanted to try out new styles and get more creative!
Nonetheless, I am so so proud of all of these drawings and I am so happy to share them on here. These early illustrations remind me of why I started drawing in the first place and how happy I was to be creative again which is something I will always hold close in my heart.
The Artists Sketchbook
A portfolio building project that I competed in February 2019 for Spring Summer 2020.
This print design project centres around an artists sketchbook. Each print has an element of what you might find in an artist sketchbook. I referenced my own sketches and worked into them to make the prints I used in this project whilst also working external research into the project too.
WGSN’s SS20 womenswear trend Code Create was a big source of inspiration for me. The trend focuses on creativity in science, nature and technology and how they marry together. In print and graphic design, the trend focuses on modernism and texture.
I chose the Australian brand Finders Keepers The Label as I personally love the brand with their simplicity in shape and silhouettes and their elegant cuts. Their injection of print with each collection has always inspired me and I am confident that each of the prints I have designed would fit right into their brand.