Illustrated packaging with Links of London and Harrods.

A couple of weekends ago, I was delighted to be drawing in-house at Harrods. I was invited by Links of London to create bespoke, hand-drawn packaging to celebrate their 25th anniversary.  Throughout their anniversary campaign, Links had used the London skyline and wanted to keep this theme for their Harrods events, although we threw in some lovely Harrods-inspired designs too.

AND, next weekend, 27th-29th November, I'll be back at Harrods for their Black Friday 10% off weekend. Come and find me and say hello. 

Here's a few pictures of my handiwork.  

and a few pictures from Harrod's instagram page:

Bespoke, hand-drawn customised packaging for Links of London



London Fashion Week - Bloggers Event - Live Drawing

Carrying on with my live fashion drawing events, I went along to the Bloggers love #LFW event to draw the gorgeous bloggers.  It was crazily busy, and great fun. 

A big thanks to everyone that got a sketch, for the kind reviews and Instagram pictures.

Live Portraits with The Jockey Club

Another live drawing event! This time with a difference.  
I was asked by The Grand National and The Jockey Club to attend a dinner event and create a series of fashion sketches of people as they mingled and during dinner.  The sketches were to be portraits of the attendees, each wearing a hat, in ode to a day at the races.  Hats were provided by the fabulous Awon Golding and Lizzie McQuade and provided some excellent inspiration and couture shapes for the portraits.

Obviously, I didn’t want to spoil the attendees appetite or make them feel awkward, so I tried to be as inconspicuous as possible.  It’s not an easy task to capture 20 portraits over dinner when people are eating and chatting; especially when you’re trying to keep track of who you have/haven’t drawn already. *yikes.

Here's some photographs (with thanks to The Jockey Club) and some of my favourite portraits from the event.



my tools
A selection of the beautiful hats on offer

The amazing venue

Drawing secretly in the background



Live Fashion Illustration with Links of London.

Photo from @labelsforlunch instagram Lettering by me.

Last week I was asked by Links of London and Epiphany to attend a blogger event and create some live fashion illustrations of the bloggers.
As always, it was a great night.  The girls were all so lovely and made sure I got plenty of cupcakes to keep me going. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures, but I've shared some of the great pictures from instagram below.  Thanks to everyone for your lovely pictures! It's great seeing them being shared and loved.


Photos from
@mintyessence
@acidbrights
@linksoflondon
@laurenella1990
@sabrinachakici


x, Willa


Event: The launch of The Girls Bicycle Handbook.

Last week I was invited to the launch of my first internally illustrated book,  The Girls Bicycle Handbook.
I created over 40 illustrations for the internal pages of this amazing, non-fiction bicycle book.  The book was written by Caz Nicklin, the owner of Cyclechic, an online bicycle accessories shop and blog with a mission to "promote cycling as a desirable lifestyle choice and encourage more women to take to 2 wheels."  How apt that is was a fully female team that created this wonderful book.
The Girls' Bicycle Handbook - by women for women.

The book is essential reading for any cyclist; with handy tips on how to look after your bike, cycle safety, and how to look good on your bike. It would make a wonderful gift for any lady cyclist.



Some of my pictures


The launch was held at the Mare street "Look Mum No Hands".  It was a great opportunity to meet the lovely ladies from my publishers, Quercus books.  A big thanks to Caz, Sophie and Kerry for making me part of the team!

x,
Willa

Handsome Frank - An Insider's Guide and #hftab

Last night I was at Handsome Frank presents "An Insider's Guide to Illustration".

It was a cool little event, hosted by Illustration Agents Handsome Frank and held at The Church of London's new event space, 71a.  If you don't know The Church of London they are the creative genius behind Little White Lies Magazine the beautifully illustrated movie magazine, amongst other fab publications.  To be honest, I was even quite excited about seeing inside their offices.

The event had great insights from illustrators Tim McDonagh and Malika Favre and Art Director Paul Pensom, 

D&AD New Blood winner and Pick Me Up 2012 exhibitor Tim McDonagh talked about his working practice and what he has learned since he left University.
The sublime illustrator, Malika Favre showed us a how her saucy work has developed over the years. 



And Creative Review Art Director Paul Pensom was there to give a really helpful top ten list of what to do to impress an art director.  I definitely took away lots of great ideas.

While I was there, I also got to see Handsome Frank's first exhibition; Tweet-a-Brief  - an exhibition inspired by creative briefs collected on Twitter, which was hanging in the same space as the talks.  The exhibition was great!! Handsome Frank has the most incredible talent on its books.  Totally worth seeing, so go visit before it finishes on July 22.