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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

Kate Crumpet Tropical www.crumpetcottage.comOh, how I wish I were sipping a pineapple cocktail on a tropical island. Imagine wearing just shorts! No thermal leggings or woolly socks.

Hiding from the cold indoors, I have been experimenting with different watercolour papers, this one is a little too rough, maybe the next one will be just right.

– Miss C x

Beginning Kate Crumpet IllustrationI love the beginning of a story, don’t you? Sometimes, I am so eager to get to the next chapter, I forget to enjoy the page I am reading. A beginning has no pressure, no disappointments and no distractions.

As much as I love the smell of books and the texture of paper, I am loving the new Kindle Paperwhite Mr Crumpet got me for Christmas. Now my heaving bookshelves are soley reserved for art books. And my Kindle is overflowing with Anne of Green Gables and Enid Blyton adventures.

– Miss C x


Dressing Up Box Search - Kate CrumpetI have never been one of those people who gets their outfit ready, clean and pressed, the night before. However, searching through a dressing-up box, rather than through a dusty old wardrobe, would make the mornings more fun I am sure.

When I was 16 I owned a pair of bright pink cowboy boots and wore them everywhere – I wonder where they are adventuring now?

– Miss C x

Kate Crumpet visits Clara Button at the V&A

Thank goodness I went to see Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day: A Fantastic Journey in the V&A. I have thought of Emily Sutton’s artwork as simply wonderful since I first saw her fabric songbirds years ago. A chance to see her original illustrations for Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day children’s picture book had me jumping on the bed with excitement.

The illustrations were hidden along a dark corridor in the V&A, next to the prints room on the first floor. It is always amazing to see illustrations ‘for real’, they look so different after being scanned and published. Emily uses a lot of pen in her work for drawing fine lines, combined with ink colour and body colour paints (gouache). I liked seeing the few bits of collage added to an illustration, or even to cover up a mistake!

Clara Button in London

Emily Sutton Illustration Ollie's Jungle Dream

Emily Sutton Clara Button Illustration Exhibition

After so much excitement, a cup of tea under a sparkling chandelier in the museum’s cafe was needed – just like Clara, Ollie and their Mum in the book.

– Miss C x

V&A cafe chandelier