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Illustration Seminar Emma block and Stacie Swift

Before the bank holiday, I took a seminar Insider’s Guide to a Career in Illustration run by two lovely illustrating ladies, Emma Block and Stacie Swift at the gorgous Smug lifestyle store.

I have been a fan of Emma’s illustrations for a quite a while (remember the Lemon Teacake recipe from her Tea & Cake book) and it was lovely to discover a new illustrator in Stacie.

Here are a few of the topics they covered:

  • Portfolios – What should you really have in yours? Quality over quantity.
  • Events, Craft & Trade Fairs – The benefits of attending events such as Top Draw, Pulse, Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
  • Online Tools – social media, your website, networking
  • Your products – sourcing suppliers, wholesale pricing
  • Freelancing – agents, licensing, royalties
  • The ‘boring’ stuff – tax returns, invoicing
  • & more!

Emma and Stacie were really generous sharing their knowledge and answering any questions. I have personally found, there is very little support and business advice in succeeding in the ‘real’ world as a creative professional. Luckily Emma and Stacie have more seminars in the pipeline, delving deeper into more specific areas such as using social media with your illustrating business. Oh, I nearly forgot… you get to eat cake too!

The whole of Campbell Children’s Books department (an imprint of Macmillan) were also at the seminar! Insiders info – they are looking for illustrators interested in board books for very young children at the moment!

– Katy x

This Christmas has been filled with dreamlike restfulness. Most of my time has been spent either taking leisurely walks through wintry banks of cloud or lying with a warm mince pie in one hand and a fairytale book in the other.

My fairytale binge started with a trip to The Enchanted Forest exhibition at The Gallery at Foyles (where Mr C and I saw the Mark Hearld exhibition). Featuring some of my favourite illustrators; Emma Block, Lesley Barnes, Laura BarrettNatsuki Otani, Yelena Bryksenkova, Emmeline Pidgen and Karolin Schnoor. The illustrations on show were a mix of originals and prints depicting classic fairytale stories, it was so lovely to see the different styles of artworks up close. I skipped out of the gallery in my red duffle coat, à la Little Red Riding Hood, and the world seemed to have a little more magic in it than before.

The Enchanted Forest Exhibition

cinderella illustration

The fairytale theme continued with a first time viewing of Tangled (the classic Rapunzel tale with a sprinkling of girl power and a little artistic license), I have had Disney heroine theme songs on repeat in my head ever since.

I actually felt like a fairytale Princess (albeit a geeky one) when my new Wacom tablet arrived. Can you guess what the first thing I drew with it was?

Princess and Rose Bushes

– Miss C x