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Should I enter competitions?

By |2021-12-03T15:46:50+00:00December 3rd, 2021|Art, Blog, Business, Commercial, Education | Learning, Illustration, Uncategorized|

Well that’s entirely up to you really but there are a few things you should check first. More of that later. In the summer of 2020 (a year we’ll never forget), I took part in my very first art competition. Well, as a business anyway. Obviously I can't forget about all those colouring, egg decorating [...]

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10 Tips for Budding Freelance Illustrators

By |2021-11-19T18:16:17+00:00November 19th, 2021|Art, Blog, Business, Commercial, Education | Learning, Illustration, Licensed, Uncategorized|

1    You need patience and bucketloads of it. You will wait. A lot. For emails. For feedback. For the green light on a project. For approvals. For the final say from everyone involved that the job is complete. For your invoice to be paid. The last one is usually the biggest wait of all. 2    [...]

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Do I really need a designer?

By |2021-11-12T14:35:38+00:00November 12th, 2021|Art, Business, Uncategorized|

That age old question. Do I pay a designer to do it or can I do it myself for free? Well it all depends on what you're considering a designer for really. If you're talking about social media posts, there are definitely things you can do yourself using something like Canva. If you don’t already [...]

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Things To Love About Autumn

By |2021-11-05T11:46:54+00:00November 5th, 2021|Blog, Uncategorized|

Everything. Well that was short and sweet wasn't it? Seriously though, autumn has to be my most favourite season so I thought I’d give it a little shout out before winter arrives. I think a lot of artists probably love autumn for much the same reasons as me. Here's what I love about it. I [...]

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My Top 10 Art Shows

By |2021-10-30T12:34:52+00:00October 29th, 2021|Art, Blog, Uncategorized|

Ooh, I do love an art programme, don't you? It doesn't even have to be that arty. I will watch a bridge being built, skyscrapers being erected. Hell I'll even watch someone glass blowing or bashing iron bars into fence posts because it's the process that's the exciting part right? It's why we're addicted to [...]

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The Importance of Community for Freelancers

By |2021-10-22T14:40:55+00:00October 22nd, 2021|Blog, Business, Uncategorized|

It’s 20 years since the illustration studio I worked in stopped trading and I was made redundant from a job I loved. I was devastated. I had no work and no contacts. The internet was barely even a thing. I had nobody to ask anything and nowhere to learn new things. It was a very [...]

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Create More Live

By |2021-10-15T22:52:01+00:00October 15th, 2021|Art, Blog, Education | Learning, Uncategorized|

I'm part of an amazing design community. I've made friends from all over the world because of it and we have our own community hub to share work, tips and have general chit chat. It's all thanks to the lovely team at Design Cuts. It's their 8th birthday this week and they've had an amazing [...]

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Halloween Gift Guide

By |2021-10-08T16:17:46+00:00October 8th, 2021|Blog, Gift Guide|

Spooky season is upon us and I've created a mini gift guide of some fantastic indie businesses who can help you make this year special. Remember last year when Halloween was cancelled? I mean, you could still celebrate it in your own home but it's not really the same is it? No trick or treating, [...]

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London Party Trip

By |2018-09-17T16:08:02+00:00September 17th, 2018|Art, Blog|

When an old friend that you shared some fabulous memories with on several holidays in the Caribbean asks you to a rum and reggae party, the only answer can be YES! Okay, so it's not quite as simple as that because said party just happens to be 310 miles away but it's definitely doable. Plus, [...]

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