Friday, 31 August 2012

Rare Bird Interning

 Well my time at Rare Bird has come to an end. It's been such a wonderful experience, seeing behind the scenes and learning what goes on day to day in an illustration agency. The second week consisted of blogging, organising and uploading images, making homepage amendments, portfolio building and creating PDF pages.

I loved my time here and would return in an instance. I think working part time in an agency would be the perfect sideline as an illustrator. Not only was I surrounded by incredible illustration that has inspired me to produce some self initiated portraits, but interning here has given me real insight into how an agency works. Maybe I will be back soon... Here is some of my work from the week (including front page editing and blogging)

I really enjoyed (yes, I'm sad...) cropping and organising images to go on the front page and be used as thumbnails throughout the illustrators' pages. I guess attention to detail is an important part of life as an illustrator!

I absolutely love the above image from illustrator Paul X. Johnson. Working at Rare Bird has allowed me to familiarise myself with the other illustrators' work and Paul is a definite favourite. His work is both striking and inspiring. I especially love this cover for Little White Lies.

Blogging about my own new work was a little bizarre, but it was great to get my hands on a copy of the recently published magazine. Below is a post about the promotional work we undertook in the previous week.

What do you think of my illustration in context? (Below) It's one of the most exciting parts of a commission, seeing the work published and owning a copy!

Well, as I quickly mentioned earlier, next week I will be working on a new project. It will be portraits based on some familiar faces. I'm excited & can't wait to share them with you! Have a lovely weekend, we're hoping to make a spontaneous camping trip. Yay!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Midwives Magazine Cover

I'm really excited to be able to share my latest piece of work, a commercial commission brought to me by my agent, Rare Bird. I was asked to illustrate the front cover (yes, front cover!) of the latest issue of Midwives Magazine, the magazine for The Royal College of Midwives. The illustration was based on an article looking at the issue of women not being able to give birth in the way they chose and feeling "locked out" of natural home births. I loved the brief, creating a beautiful home birth scene of a new family. It was a little scary, but perfect for my style. I was helped greatly and given great freedom with the piece. I hope you like my illustration!

I started with the central illustration but loved bringing it all together with the door and detailed features, such as the screws. I wanted to add colour to the illustration, so decided to do this using the baby's blanket. I found the most perfect blanket on Little Woollie's blog. This beautifully crocheted blanket was the inspiration for my illustrated version. I love the colour and patterns and really enjoyed reading about the process and seeing the initial sketches too. Thank you Julie for allowing me to use your blanket in my work!

And below is how the piece looks in context. I should be receiving my own copy soon, so I'll take some pictures when that arrives. I still can't quite believe that my illustration is on the cover of a magazine for all to see. I love that it's being used for such an important topic too. Midwives do such an amazing job, I'm so proud to be in this magazine!

I'll be back with more work soon. Enjoy the rest of your week in the meantime! :)

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Rare Bird London

Well, as you may know, I have been with my new illustration agency, Rare Bird, for a few months now. Kelly Fysh, an illustration agent with 11 years experience, started up the agency on her own and so far I am very happy to be involved in her new venture. She's wonderful to work with and my first job was fantastic. (It isn't live yet, but I will blog about it when it is!) 

I've been very lucky to intern with Kelly this week and have loved seeing behind the scenes. So far I've helped with the first big postal promotion campaign, sending out limited edition postcard and magazine packs to editorial, advertising and marketing agencies and compiling the artist portfolios. It's been great seeing how it all works and especially wonderful to see so much beautiful artwork and hear about ongoing projects. I will be back fro a second week the week after next, this time I will be working on the website, blog, newsletters and more portfolio work. Exciting! I will also take some more photographs that we can share on Rare Bird's twitter feed.

Here's some photos form the week...

Magazine cover illustration by Bożka.

And I just want to share some of my favourite illustrations from some of the other illustrators also on Rare Birds' books. I think you'll like them too!

The first (above) llustration is by Melbs. I love the energy and colour in his work.

The two illustrations above are by Ellie Tzoni. I love the subtlety, colour and shape in her work.

 I love the humour and character in Clayton Junior's illustrations, as well as his bold use of colour.

 I really like the use of colour in this piece by Imeus. I love the range of illustrations in his portfolio. Beautiful work!

I'm sure you'll agree Laura Oakes' work is absolutely stunning. I love the colour and line work. Amazing!

Gal Shkedi's work is full of humour and beautiful character work. I especially love this piece!

Love this illustration by Miss Swanne. Colourful, bold and fun!

Beautiful floral and decorative illustrations by Bożka. She has a really unique style which I love.

I love how dark and striking Paul X. Johnson's illustrations are. They create such a dramatic, powerful mood which fascinates and draws in the viewer.

The final illustration is by Patrick O'Leary. His work is bright, exciting, colourful and fun. I love it!

Definitely go and take a look at the Rare Bird London website. It's full of inspirational illustrators and exciting and beautiful illustrations. I'll let you know how the second week goes and bring you more work updates soon!