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just doodlin…

6 August, 2012

A little while back I mentioned I was planning to re-design my blog, I had a few ideas in mind but because I’m still getting to grips with the geek side of blogging (I’m no techno girl…unless it’s of the musical variety such as a shadowy dance stint in Altern8‘s video), I still don’t really know how to do a custom header! But once I do, I’m going to apply one of my main loves which is illustration.

I went to fashion college in the early 90′s because I wanted to use these skills. I never used it to actually be a fashion designer as I decided to try marketing roles for various lifestyle brands, mainly PR. I don’t regret this as I’ve seen how hard Fashion Designers work and how sometimes, in the more commercial areas of fashion, it can become a little …well…commercial! I’m also quite happy doing what I do.

Recently though, I did a couple of doodles for my fab online friends Sian from Geek Is New Chic, Claire from Bad Fiction, Ryan of Transatlantic Blonde and the fabulous Viviana from The Lean Times. I never thought it could turn into anything serious until Ryan mentioned that maybe I should offer this little service to others who might like my style of illustration. So I opened an Etsy shop offering commissions for anyone who has an idea and would like to turn it into a one off illustration for their blog/avatar/logo/poster/something to be framed for the loo/etc – I’ve called it Popsy Illustrations - I need some feedback for this by the way. Each illustration will be an original, (no prints…unless someone wants me to of course).

front cover Illustration of the new book called The Stylish Frugalista

Book Illustration for the front cover of The Stylish Frugalista

Illustration of Sian and Claire from The Geek is New Chic

The Chic Geeks – Claire and Sian

An invite for Mel & Jo’s leaving do – fab night by the way!

First attempt for the Stylish Frugalista…then I lost it!! Now found again! Sorry Viviana

I’m not sure if I’ve over-charged/under-charged, etc – I’ll learn as I go along I guess, but if you do like the featured pics and would like something for yourself, let me know and I’ll see what I can do. Just comment at the end of this post and I’ll get back to you on your email address.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. glamorous glutton permalink
    6 August, 2012 3:27 pm

    Great illustrations and a really good idea. Love the Chic Geeks. GG

    • 6 August, 2012 9:49 pm

      I bet you have a few illustrations up your sleeve too…St Martins don’t let just anyone in you know! ;) xx

  2. Jo Lewis permalink
    6 August, 2012 9:00 pm

    Sweetheart, have wished for so many years that you would do something productive with your natural talent – ever since Ravensbourne (too many years ago!!) and had a sneeky feeling that you would once you’d put behind you the necessary experiences in other fields, and we’re so proud of you, You will gain confidence and untold imagination for your clients as time progresses. Your logo ‘Popsy’, taken from the names of your/our adorable Issy and Poppy! Well done, my love. Mummy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • 6 August, 2012 9:48 pm

      love you mummy – you do realise this is all your fault!! Thank goodness I have your creative genes xx

  3. 6 August, 2012 9:12 pm

    Oh my goodness Lizzie! These are totally amazing! What a hidden talent you have there. I love them! You should totally put this out there as I’m sure people would love to have themselves illustrated for their blogs!

    • 6 August, 2012 9:47 pm

      Thanks Stacey, really appreciate your lovely encouraging comments and tweets – I never thought it would cause much of a response, hence me not bothering until I turned 40!! Ah well, better late than never!! Big kiss to you sweetheart xx

      • 6 August, 2012 10:38 pm

        Definitely better late than never. Think of all the people you will be able to help. All those bloggers who don’t like having their photos taken for a start!

  4. 6 August, 2012 10:41 pm

    Wow, what a talent. I am always jealous of creative people as havnt got artistic bone in my body. I would love to talk to you to see if you would like to explore some ideas we have. Not sure if up your street, and with quality of your work we can afford you but would love to see :-)

    Whatever happens now you have embraced you talent please dont hide it away again

    Dean

    • 7 August, 2012 8:52 am

      wow – that’s quite a thought provoking comment and thank you. Would love to know more about your project – let me know what you need and I’ll see what I can do, my email is e.owen@virgin.net. thanks again

  5. Nickie-Typecast permalink
    7 August, 2012 11:33 am

    These are amazing. I love your style, missus.

  6. 7 August, 2012 12:24 pm

    These are gorgeous. I especially love the Chic Geeks – you’ve really captured them perfectly.

  7. Tasha Goddard (WAHM-BAM!) permalink
    7 August, 2012 12:26 pm

    These are gorgeous. I especially love the Chic Geeks – you’ve captured them perfectly.

    • 7 August, 2012 12:29 pm

      Thank you Tasha…to be fair, Sian and Claire both have feisty characters, so very easy to do…pop over to twitter and join in their abuse…they’re both hilarious x

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