More and more recently I have been finding my work developing in a certain way that I am really pleased with. As long as I can remember I have been obsessed with tattoos and the culture around tattoos, I’ve been blessed with a few close friends in the industry and they’re constantly sharing their work that inspires me so much. Slowly my style is developing I am happily working in my watercolours again, 2017 was spent grasping at different styles and ideas and I never really felt I was onto something good. I see the way that I work as a journey, constantly learning new skills, styles and ideas. I receive a lot of messages from people saying how refreshing it is an illustrator to see me not just work in one style and constantly evolve the work I am creating, I promise that is not intentional its just the way I’ve always worked.
I never shy away from artistic blocks, even though I hate them with ever fibre of my being as artists we have to go through them to push ourselves to seek a new direction in our art.
I haven’t bought a cohesive collection of new art work out in about 5 years, my bearded men got me known in the illustration world but I feared being pigeon holed, looking back at my naïvety on this I wasn’t being pigeon holed I was being known for a style. I often run away from this idea, seeing myself as an Artist it can be very stifling to be trapped doing the same old same old when all you want to do is create things for yourself in a style that helps you feel free, because isn’t that what being an Artist is all about?
The favourite part of my job is having the ability to think of something that you desperately need to draw, imagine it and then make it come to life on the paper. Sometimes it isn’t as successful as you hope but never the less you created something from nothing and that makes me so excited to think of all the things I am yet to create or to see other artists create.
So I am hoping to get my new collection of illustrations out in to the world January, they will come in the form of cards, totes, pins, cups you name it I’m hoping to get illustrated. I NEED to take the shop in a new direction after nearly 1000 portraits being painted over Christmas I don’t want to put that kind of pressure on myself ever again and I just want to deal with stock from now on. Its not I wont be painting portraits but these wont be readily available in my shop but via email. Anyway enough rambling before this year ends I had better crack on with all the new work I need to get making!