Before 2013 even started, I knew it was going to be an eventful year; with a new home, a new job and a wedding to be planned. There's been a few surprises too. I've moved studio and spent a lot of time in Berlin . And now, at the end of the year, I've been able to go full-time as an illustrator.
Here's a round up of my year's work in pictures:
This time last year I was finishing up some work for the Salon Selective's relaunch. I was commissioned to produce floral illustrations for their packaging. Unfortunately, there were some delays and changes, meaning that the artwork was changed to be linear for the hair accessories range, which you can find instore.
Also, in January, I part of the Call of the Wild exhibition at A-side B-side Gallery with some other great illustrators.
February and March
The start of the year was busy with a number of editorial commissions.
Here's some fitness step-by-steps for Canadian woman's magazine, Glow;
A mother's day special for London's Time Out;
A perfume guide for UK's Woman and Home;
and a special on wedding hair for different face shapes for online magazine, You and Your Wedding.
I worked with American magazine, Bon Appetite, to create this gorgeous BBQ illustration for their BBQ special.
I also ran an illustration workshop with the Islington Word Festival's Midnight Run. (video)
In June, I was commissioned through 1000heads to create illustrations for Liz Earle's Facebook app. It was later used in their brochure as well.
In July, I worked with The Lady Magazine, creating two illustrations for their short story section.
I also worked with You and Your Wedding again, this time looking at dresses for different body shapes.
I also had a piece of work shown in the Mail Me Art exhibition at The Framer’s Gallery in London.
Unfortunately, in July we lost our studio space in Cobble Lane. Because of the bad timing, with my wedding in August, I decided to move my tools home and set up a temporary home office. It wasn't ideal, but it gave me an opportunity to catch up with life.
August and September
I continued to work with You and Your Wedding magazine creating some gorgeous fashion illustrations for a new project they have starting in the new year - I can't wait to show you these.
And, on the seventeenth of August, I got married! After, my husband I went on honeymoon to Antigua. It was wonderful!
October and November
I spent October and November working from home and going slightly mad as a result. I also completed my first full book - The Ladies Guide to Bicycles. The book will be out in April 2014, and I look forward to sharing this will you all too.
Here's also an editorial eyeshadow feature that I did for Boot's Health and Beauty Magazine.
And finally, at the end of the year I found and moved into a new studio. I'm now working from Candid Arts in Angel, Islington.
Also, I've been back working on some new projects with both Salon Selectives and Liz Earle, so have finished the year on a high. In December, I was able to give up my part-time job and am delighted to be starting 2014 as a full-time illustrator.
I'm lucky enough to be spending New Year in Chicago with friends. I hope you have had a great 2013 too, and have a fabulous NYE party, where ever you are!