Saturday, 10 January 2015

Hello 2015 & What I Did in Iceland

Yes, I know I'm very late with this, but here we go... Happy new year everyone! I have a few updates since I last posted, so here's the first... In December, I went on a plane for the first time in my LIFE, and traveled to Iceland for a Christmassy break. A few people have been asking about it, so here it is.

View from Hallgrimskirkja church. You can see my hotel from here!!

Iceland was lovely. I stayed in the city centre of Reykjavik, right near the Hallgrimskirkja church (which has an amazing view from the top) and close to so many ace cafes and lovely shops. I was only there a few days, and wish I'd had time to visit them all! I did spend a day buying gifts and checking out the shops - there were so many tasteful gifts to bring back, and I don't even want to think about what I spent. The city was utterly adorable, all the buildings were colourful and cute, and I didn't see one tacky Christmas light. Every light I saw was tasteful and pretty, which was nice, and lots of the houses looked like gingerbread men lived there. Oh, and while I was there, the entire city was covered in snow! I even saw diamond dust one morning (as I was making my way to the hotel's breakfast buffet, oh yeah), which I'd been wanting to see for ages. I also saw the aurora borealis (or northern lights to people from t'North, like me), and that was what I expected - magical. I went on a tour of the Golden Circle, which included seeing the massive Gulfoss waterfall and Geysir, meeting some cutie horses in the middle of nowhere, walking the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and talking to the tour guide about trolls. I even met some crazy geese on a frozen pond, in the middle of the city. I wish I'd brought some bread for them, but they seemed to like me anyway. I bought a lopapeysa. I tried skyr. I listened to a Chinese tour guide sing opera on a bus at night, for no reason (she was pretty good). I visited the Phallological Museum (also known as the Penis Museum). That was crazy. I clambered about the snowy city of Reykjavik for four days, like nobody's business. It was well ace. Apart from, of course, the failed attempt at whale watching. That was the one negative part of my journey - no whales were spotted that day, but I did discover I get seasick pretty easily. And so do lots of other tourists. Horrific. But yes, Iceland is a little gem, and I'd certainly recommend. Just make sure you have lots of layers on beforehand, it got a bit chilly at times.

Here's more holiday snapz ~

Looking chilly by a waterfall (this one was a lot smaller than Gulfoss)
The Lights!!

Typical Icelandic wall
Original Coca-cola lorry
Friendly birdies on the last night
The Sun Voyager sculpture!
I didn't even slip here (I did near Geysir though, of course)
dat Geysir tho
Fluffy Icelandic horses that my mum would have adored
Lookin' froz'd on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge
A sample of colourful Reykjavik!
Hallgrimskirkja - the pretty church outside the hotel

Since I got back, Christmas has come and gone, and I'm now back to work! (And also playing lots of Nintendo). Looking forward to this year, I have a good feeling about it. I'm going back to Uni in September to do an MA in Children's Book Illustration, so I especially can't wait for that! Lots of new work in the pipeline, so make sure you follow me on facebook to keep up to date!

Thanks for stopping by,

Soph x

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Free Drawing Promotion

Last month I ran a promotion on my Etsy shop where you could get a free A5 drawing of an animal of your choice! Here are all the drawings I made...

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Hope you like them, thanks for stopping by!

Soph x

Friday, 8 August 2014

Ohh Deer!!

Some very exciting news - some of my designs are now available on one of my all-time fave websites,!

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It's like a dream come true ~ I've loved this site for years, and never thought I'd one day become one of the contributing artists! At the moment, there are cards available, but soon my designs will be available on their famous and utterly gorgeous cushions! It's just too exciting.

Click here to see my page!!

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 Thanks for reading - I have more updates for you which I shall post soon, but in the meantime you can follow me on facebook, twitter or instagram as I tend to update those more often! :)

Soph x

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

My First 3 Hallmark Cards!

It's been two months or so since I last posted here. Gulp. I'm still keeping busy, but I tend to update my Facebook and Twitter a lot more often than Blogger. Not sure why, maybe it's just a habit I've developed? I still love blogging though, and despite opening a little Tumblr blog, Blogger still feels way more 'me'.
Anyway, as always, I'm going to try to post more on here! :)

Well, loads of things have happened since I last posted! I can finally show you my first three Hallmark cards, which have been sighted in certain shops in the UK already! It's so exciting. Here they are ~

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And some close up images, front & back (I'm so, so SO pleased my name is actually displayed on the back for this collection!) ~

Boy & Girl

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Hopefully they will be the first of many, as I'm still freelancing for them a few times a week. It's the loveliest office ever, and the work I've done so far for them has been so interesting and fun!

I'll post again soon, thanks as always for reading.

Soph x

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Sketchy Bear Obsession

Well my New Year's Resolution to post more often didn't exactly work out for me... but at last, I'm posting again! Please forgive my neglect of blogger...

'Little' life-update ~

All I can tell you is I've been super-busy.

Well, that's not totally true - I've been working for Hallmark for three days a week, and even though that might not seem like much, settling into a routine again has been really tiring - especially since it takes so long to get there and back. It's good though, I just wish I could train myself to keep up with important stuff, like this blog, keeping in touch with people, and trying to draw at least once a day, amongst other stuff.
I've also shamefully wasted lots of time and effort watching loads of Dexter and films and playing Dungeon Keeper 2 again (one of my favourite games when I was little), which was mainly because I got a tablet for Christmas, and there's a new (awful) Dungeon Keeper game that reminded me of how awesome the original ones were... anyway yes. Excuses, excuses!
It's not all been horrible distractions and laziness though - I finally took my first driving lesson last week! I have my second one tomorrow, and I'm totally excited and hyped for it. Had to sort out some new massive glasses to get started, but I'm so glad I took the first step. 
 As always I promise to post more often! Check my facebook page for the most up-to-date updates on my illustration though!

Back to illustration-related news! 

I've mostly been doing work for Hallmark, and I wish so much I could share some of the stuff I've done with you! I'm super-proud of a few things, but sadly for legal reasons I really shouldn't. I do have three cards going into shops this year though, so hopefully I'll spot them in shops and share them with you here! I'm so excited about that. It's going to be totally surreal - they're going to have my name on the back and everything. Wow oh wow.

I've done lots of stand-alone illustrations too, which I've tried to keep up to date with sharing on facebook. Still going through a severe bear phase (which I doubt will ever really leave me) and I've also recently embraced the pencil as my weapon of choice. Here's a few bear illustrations I've done with the humble pencil, but edited digitally like nobody's business (what can I say, I just like using my graphics tablet...) ~

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Seriously I'm feeling a little children's book coming on with this bear character. It just has to happen I think. I've been thinking about going back to Uni this year to do my Master's in Children's Book Illustration, but I'm not sure I'm ready yet. Feel like I need the skeleton of a story before I even apply...

Thanks for reading, I'll be back again soon.

Soph x