I was delighted to recently be asked to work with sisterMAG again. I created these black and white line illustrations for their Spring issue, and it was lovely to work in a slightly different way to usual. They’re part of a feature on Oona bags, and have been used both in the magazine and on t-shirt. You can actually download the patterns to make the clothes seen in the shoot, how amazing is that? You can read the new issue here!
Illustrating is my full time day job, which is obviously completely wonderful, but sometimes it’s nice to do something a bit different, which is why I enjoy writing. I generally write about illustration, but it isn’t really too much of a stretch of the imagination, so it’s nice to use a different part of the brain. I recently wrote an article about university portfolio interviews for IdeasTap, trying to demystify the process a little bit. If you’re a 6th form student thinking of applying to an art course do have a read! There are lots of tips for preparing your portfolio and tips to prepare you for interview itself.
Whilst I was in the process of writing the article Grammarly contacted me and asked if I would like a one month free trial of their service. Grammarly is much more in depth than your standard spellchecker, it’s like a second set of eyes looking over your work, checking for spelling mistakes, repeated words and all manner of grammatical issues. I’m the kind of person who knows what I want to say but has trouble putting it down on paper. When I read my own writing my brain fills in the all blanks and I don’t realise I’ve missed out words, spelt things wrong, and basically written some total gibberish. I once emailed a client and used the word ‘cake’ instead of ‘face’. Fortunately she found it quite funny, but it’s worrying to say the least. Anyway using Grammarly helped me fix silly errors, and made me look a little bit less like an idiot, so thank you Grammarly!
Last night was the premier of the final season of Mad Men. I have to admit in the last season the plots have gotten confusing, and I can’t remember the name of any of the new characters, but it’s the 6os style that keeps me watching. To celebrate the end of an era I have illustrated some of my favourite Mad Men outfits.
This dress is a sleeker silhouette for Betty, than her usual full-skirted frocks. I love that it’s a casual summer outfit but she still has her gloves on, very old school glamour.
It’s hard to pick out just one outfit for Joan. Joan is lady who knows what works for her and sticks to it, turning up at the office looking impossibly glamorous every day.
Peggy has been lumbered with some truly awful outfits over the series, but this one is actually very cute.