Monday, 13 November 2017

Feeling Stress-tive (?)

Following a gap in freelance projects (and a few other hurdles life has thrown my way), I've found I've been feeling quite down about my illustration work. As a lover of all things cutting, sticking, drawing and making - to sit down and feel so completely blank has been a real knock to my confidence. Being exposed to a constant stream of beautiful artwork on Social Media can be both a blessing and a curse, the latter for me a the moment. The worry grows when I remember my creative pursuit is also my source of income.

So today I decided to be nice to myself, to sit down and try to create something, and to enjoy the process. It also meant waving bye-bye πŸ‘‹ to those niggling doubts and insecurities.

I ended up making this Christmassy pattern. It was so nice to just 'go with the flow'. I've even designed this year's Christmas card around it, so I'm counting it as a win.



I find it all to easy to become too emotionally involved and beat myself up over artwork that's not going to plan. It's so easy to forget everything I have achieved, being a Freelancer is tough and I'm glad to have work published full stop.

For all the other Creatives and Freelancers out there, I'm sure this is nothing new, but if you happen to be feeling down about your work, just remember to be kind to yourself, remind yourself why you love what you do and to keep on keeping on. 

xxx 

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Monday, 2 October 2017

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Busy Birds


Recently I've been exploring new visual ideas and I loved drawing these birds. It's been great pushing how I create and think this busier style of illustration may be an exciting path to follow... We shall see!

Say Cheese!

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A new artwork available in my online shop: society6.com/emilyfox

Friday, 30 June 2017

Paddington Bear


I was saddened to hear the news that Michael Bond passed away a few days ago. Paddington Bear has always been a favourite of mine (along with many others!). It's a timeless classic and a really wonderful children's book. 🐻

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Mug Full-O-Pun

Congratulligator




Dramallama



😁 πŸ˜‚

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Digital Drawing

I've been wanting to work on some entirely digital illustrations for a while, so I was quite pleased when I finally found the time to do so this week! I ended up drawing these animal and dino scenes. It was so refreshing to push myself artistically - and really focus on colour and texture. It also felt oddly appropriate to label everything (perhaps it's just a phase?!) Anyway, here they are:



Tuesday, 14 March 2017

World Book Day 2017

For World Book Day this year I visited my old school (eek!) with the super talented Michelle Robinson for a fun day of 'Monkey's Sandwich' activities. Incase you didn't know, 'Monkey's Sandwich' is our shiny new book published by Harper Collins. Here it is:


And incase you've never seen our faces, here we are!


We had a great day inventing, drawing and constructing some crazy sandwiches, reading stories and generally monkeying around. Here's our towering sandwich featuring squirty cream AND mustard... Looks tasty, right?


For me, the best part of the day was live-drawing some absolutely bonkers sandwiches, fuelled by the *interesting* and *unique* suggestions from the kids. Yes - there's an octopus, T-Rex and a car in this sandwich...


(please excuse my bad case of Illustrator's 'claw hand')


We also learned 'How to draw Monkey' step by step, following this handy sheet: 


Everyone had a go at drawing their own monkey, it was really great seeing the all different interpretations.

Check out these amazing artworks by Michelle's own two 
(Yes, I AM worried by the competition!)

If you fancy stepping up to the challenge, you can find this sheet available to download on my website, along with some Monkey's Sandwich colouring in sheets.

All in all, we had a fantastic World Book Day. It was a pleasure and a joy visiting Trinity School - I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who made it happen!

And of course - incase you were wondering, 'Monkey's Sandwich' is available to buy here πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰

Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Jungle Book

I've always fancied illustrating the Jungle Book, so I did. πŸ€“πŸπŸ»πŸ…πŸŒ΄πŸ“•
It was great working with a slightly 'wackier' colour palette - mixing bluey purples, hot pinks and zingy greens. Anyway, here are a few illustrations and a speculative cover. Enjoy!


Choo Choo!

Just wanted to share this illustration I did for the wonderful Highlights magazine. It's for a great little article about Owney the Mail Dog, the US Postal Service mascot.


It's always fun drawing trains! Checkout highlights.com

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Wedding Invitation Floral Motif

I wanted to share a few details from the wedding invitations I recently designed for my Brother and his FiancΓ©. I had great fun mixing fresh greens with vibrant yellows and oranges, a palette which works well for this spring wedding. It's always fun to do a bit of cutting and sticking!



A Day In The Life Of Business Koala

Because this marsupial means business.



A Day In The Life Of Business Koala:

The commute
The coffee
The calls
The number crunching
The filing
Lunch
The presentations
The meetings

The research
The second coffee
The big decisions
The printer error

Home time
Bed time
Repeat.

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