Everyone Says Hi

Hello there.

I figured it was about time I start writing a blog, to tell anyone who is interested about my profession, my projects, my progress; my philosophies, my fancies, and anything else that happens to come into my head.

Let me introduce myself. I’m a man of wealth and taste…

No, I’m kidding! (and quoting ‘Sympathy For the Devil’, in case you can’t tell ;)

I’m decidedly female. I’m almost definitely not the devil. And I may not be wealthy, but I love my work, and I bring my own innate personal taste to it.

For anyone wondering what I do, I’m an illustrator.

For anyone still wondering what I do, put simply: I draw stories.

I trained as a graphic designer, did a Masters thesis on graphic novels (ie. a fancy word for comics), and now take on freelance art commissions, as well as trying to make inroads on my own pet projects, of which I have far too many.

That’s me, in a nutshell.

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Even though this is my first blog post, I have to start with a retrospective.

Last year was a strange year for me. It marked ten years (yikes!) since I started studying at university, and in so doing chose this as my career path. It’s notoriously difficult to succeed at a creative vocation, but I feel like I’ve progressed a lot over the past decade. As little as half that time ago, I didn’t have much confidence in my abilities. The work I’ve done in that time has improved me immensely as an artist. I now have the confidence to approach all sorts of projects, knowing that with the skill set I’ve got, I should be able to pull it off.

I suppose I’ve changed as a person, too – just don’t ask me what those changes were! Whatever they are, I hope they are an improvement.

I’ve done some very good work over the years, and I have so much more left to do. I honestly think that my best is yet to come, which is good; there’d be no point in continuing if I felt like I’d already peaked.

I’m one of those people who is cursed (or blessed!) with too many ideas. If I want to turn every idea I have into a reality, I could be drawing for the rest of my life. Which, to be honest, is perfectly fine with me – as long as I’m not destitute while I’m doing it!

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I’d like to start writing some of those ideas down and sharing them.

I’d appreciate it if people didn’t attempt to steal my ideas; and I hope whoever is reading this can find some intelligible thread amid my ramblings. Like most creative people, I spend a lot of time up in my own head, and I find the subject matter up there endlessly fascinating; but I hope it doesn’t bore people other than myself.

Whoever’s out there reading this, you can be my motivation (if you’re even out there; I don’t really mind performing to empty stalls!) It will help to have an audience, even an imaginary one; I’ll need to keep coming up with things to show you, and I’ll get things done so much quicker.

Since it’s almost still January (in certain time zones – I’m cheating a little here!) the first thing I can show you is my New Year’s card for this year:

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I’d never done a New Year’s card before, and don’t know if I ever will again. It’s actually just a hasty reworking of an old drawing I did of Sydney Harbour:

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Both artworks are available on Etsy as greeting cards.

I’m not mentioning this in order to try to make a sale; but if anyone wants to throw me some small change and score themselves a nice card for their trouble, it’d be much appreciated!

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So, this is my first blog post. I don’t know how often I’ll post. I don’t yet know what I’ll post about. Perhaps expect a mixture of detailed project-proposals and spontaneous stream-of-consciousness; both tend to run through my head with equal prevalence.

Will I keep naming my blog posts are David Bowie songs? I’d like to, but I might need to branch into to Crowded House, or even Keane, if appropriate titles start to run out. Considering the vastness of Bowie’s back-catalogue, I don’t know how likely that is.

I’ve got more on him planned for my next post. Stay tuned.

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