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.
Earlier this year I was commissioned by the Royal Botanic Garden here in Edinburgh to illustrate a series of illustrations for their upcoming event called the “Survival of the Smartest” which was basically a children’s glasshouse adventure trail.
This is one of those “bucket list” projects that I’ve wanted to work on. The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, or RBGE as I’ll call it from now on, is one of my favourite locations in Edinburgh for my family. Chris and I both love the gardens and Amelia loves charging around there and if we were to renew our wedding venues in Edinburgh (want to do this when we hit the 10 year mark) then the RGBE would be our instant first choice.
I also love drawing anything to do with nature, whether it be flowers, trees, plants, animals or whatever so I have always dreamed of being commissioned by the RGBE. So when I got their email I was over the moon.
Working with the RBGE was a lot of fun. All of the people I worked with were super friendly and lovely. I got multiple free access to the Glasshouse for drawing and sketching. They even picked some passionfruit for me to eat in the Glasshouse. The photo below shows myself and the copywriter Sarah eating passionfruit. I never even dreamt of eating fresh delicious fruit directly from the Botanic Gardens. Before I was always worried I might get arrested or at least thrown out of the gardens if I touched any plant especially in the Glasshouse. But they actually welcome people to touch their plants and feel the different textures.
So far I am still waiting for the official launch date for this event. The event was due to be launched during the summer but they had a big event when the largest flower in the world, the “Titan arum” blossomed. Apparently the flower smells like rotting meat when it blossoms so I didn’t check it out but still, it was a big event that brought in a lot of people. Then we had the Fringe festival for which everything, and I literally mean everything, gets put to one side. So fingers crossed everything will be put on display in the gardens really soon, I’m so excited!!
I illustrated a series of illustrations for a small booklet, two different poster illustrations and a billboard size illustration. The illustrations below are just a few examples from this project. You can see all the illustrations by visiting the Botanic Garden Edinburgh and walk through the trail in the Glasshouse. I believe the booklet is free and full of fun facts about plants and activities so don’t forget to get a copy. Just a note but I loved the paper and texture they printed out the booklet on. Usually booklets will use a coated paper but they chose un-coated paper this time which has a lovely texture. I will post photos after this event has launched and I will definitely visit and take more photos to show everyone.
This is one of the poster/billboard size illustration I created for this project.
This February I was commissioned by Foodies Festival to illustrate a series of advertisements for their “2015 Foodies Festival”. The Foodies Festival just to give you a brief overview is a series of food festivals lasting several days throughout the country. Each festival brings in local chefs, some Michelin star, as well as produce providers and product makers from all over the country. There are also cooking demonstration tents and best of all lots of stands where you can try all kinds of different foods which range from BBQ meats, seafood, Jamaican, Mexican, local Michelin star restaurant and so forth. Last year you could even drink from coconuts.
So back to this job, I was told that my illustrations are going to be used on their website, on their tickets, banners, posters and flyers. So after this project finished I was really desperate to see my illustrations in public. As I’m based in Edinburgh and Edinburgh has so many festivals of all types most events don’t get a lot of advertising until quite close to the event but on several trips out I’ve seen my illustrations including on the billboard below and a flyer at a local Marks and Spencers.
My friends sent me photos they took in a local restaurant when they saw the flyers, then I saw the aforementioned flyers at Marks and Spencer in their magazine at the check out counter. I was so happy as this is the first time I have seen my illustrations outside in the public.
Finally and as mentioned also above I also saw my illustration billboard size at Craigleith Retail Park which is a really busy local shopping park with a Sainsburys, Nike shop, Marks and Spencer, KFC, Boots and more. Well actually, my husband saw the billboard when we were driving in. We drove into then park and he shouted “look at the poster” and my heart nearly popped out of my chest when I saw it.
This is first and only time I’ve seen it in poster form as to be honest I don’t really go into town that often. My friends liken me to a hermit as I literally work all the time from home but I’m really happy with how the poster looks.
So if you’re in Edinburgh between the 7th and 9th of August and want to taste some really quite awesome food (genuinely the food is great, I’ve been for two years now and it’s great) then you should make your way to Inverleith Park to join this delicious and fun event. You also have the added bonus of Inverleith Park sitting right next to the Royal Botanical Gardens so you can spend a few hours at the Foodies Festival and follow this up with a lovely walk around the gardens (which really do look lovely at this time of the year). Chris and I are going to the Foodies Festival this Sunday as the organisers very kindly gave me some free tickets. I guess this is one of the bonuses of being a freelance illustrator and this is one of those jobs that makes me really love being an illustrator.
Earlier this month, I got an email from an Edinburgh based agency called “The Gate Worldwide”. If you follow my blog you will know that I was asked to provide three illustrations for their client viewing room before. This time a different art director decided to commission me to work on their new project which is a campaign for the Highland Council called “Highland Council Carbon Clever”.
I was over the moon to be commissioned once again by the Gate Worldwide as they are one of my favourite clients and both times I have done any work for them I’ve had really great experiences. Also I have always wanted to illustrate transportation, such as trains, buses, cars, etc, but I always got tied up with other projects so it’s hard for me just to sit down to work on illustrations that are just for myself.
Another reason I was really excited about this project was because I was able to use the style I want. My illustration style has changed over the last couple years. When I started becoming serious about becoming an illustrator I would hand draw outlines then colour within photoshop but as my skills have improved, at least from a digital point of view, I’ve now got to the stage where most of my work is done in Adobe Illustrator. This doesn’t mean all of my work is done in illustrator but that’s how I like to work right now and it’s what I’m hired to do. So you can imagine how happy I was to receive a job asking me to work in my style. Great!
For this project I created a total of seven illustrations. For of these illustrations are based on the theme of people using public transport and cycling or walking to work. Another three illustrations are about the benefits of using these methods of travelling. For example, walking and cycling will benefit your fitness levels, save you potentially lots of money and you can do lots of shopping after a short while (you will need a whole new wardrobe after all these exercises anyway). And who knows, you might even meet your future other half on the way to work.
Cycling To Work
Sharing A Lift To Work
Taking A Bus To Work
Taking a train to work
Before And After Walking To Work
Meeting Your True Love On The Way To Work
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Illustrator by day, home cook by night. For years I was a professional chef but now I draw and cook for myself
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