For the second time this year UK Foodies Festival commissioned me to illustrate another food festival for them, in this case the winter foodies festival and as usual they are going to use my illustrations for their posters, flyers and tickets. The Foodies Festival Christmas is hosted in three places, London, Harrogate and Edinburgh.
I was going to blog about this delicious and fun event a few weeks ago but unfortunately I got completely swamped with all the work I’ve had going on and blogging would have meant deadlines could have been missed. My blog always suffers when I’m busy with work so if you don’t see me update my blog for a while it usually means I’m really busy. In the creative industries, whether you are an illustrator, photographer or whatever a lot of people including the general public, designers, art directors etc assume if you’re not updating your blog you must have no work going on. This really isn’t the case at all.
My husband for example is a full time professional photographer and several years ago he updated his blog twice a week but now updates once or twice a month. He’s busier than ever with all the kinds of photography he’s doing. Also the fact we have a nearly four year old rampaging daughter (lovely girl but the amount of energy she has!) so blogs do suffer. I’ve decided one of my new year resolutions is to try to update my illustration blog at least once a week.
It’s a great feeling when clients come back to me for work again and in my relatively short time working as an illustrator a few clients have come back to me 2, 3 or even more times for work again. I like to build long term relationships with my clients so I always try to deliver the best service possible and in return when they have work that suits my illustration style they always come back to me.
Food is one of my favourite things to illustrate so this has been a really fun project to work on. My niche in illustration right now seems to be food and I love Christmas so combined this has been great. When I worked on this project in September I was listening to Christmas carols to get me in the Christmas mood and to give me some inspiration.
For the Foodies Festival Christmas, I illustrated things like ginger bread men, mince pies, trifles, orange pomander (for decoration, not for eating). I enjoyed illustrating everything but drawing the mince pies and trifles were a real highlight.
The below set of illustrations are of a bakery stall, Christmas pudding, Christmas biscuit and Christmas cup cakes.
2015 Foodies Festival Christmas Ticket:
2015 Foodies Festival Christmas Poster: