Ever since I remember I have loved being creative and especially drawing in particular. I started when I was little, when I'd sit in front of the tv with a big pack of felt tip pens and block of A4 paper. Nowadays I still draw by hand in pencil and then ink. Once I'm happy with the drawing, I scan and colour them in on the computer. I love mixing traditional illustration design with modern technology.
I get my inspiration funny real life funny observations as well as good old English household items like Marmite and Heinz baked beans to create fun and quirky greeting cards. I like to offer people something a little different and so lots of my cards can be personalised.
I have a real interest in graphic novels and the comic strip format. I find there is something really captivating about the square picture layout which reveal stories and this has been reflected if my range of personalised illustrations. I call one of the type of personalized drawings I do "no-me Adventure" Illustrations and they are little comic strip illustrations about people, and the adventures they have been on.
To create these, I require photos supplied of the person or people being illustrated and use them to help create the scenes in the Adventure. However I don't always have exact photos of every occasion so sometimes I have to blend what i have with some creative licence! They make the most perfect personalised present for those "big" birthdays, anniversaries, wedding gifts and bridesmaid presents in particular.
I absolutely love creating quirky jewellery too and use a laser cutter to create shapes and etch my illustrations into wood and acrylic. I then paint and sometimes apply copper and gold leaf to my designs. I finish by varnishing and adding jewellery fixings to them.
I love what I do and I hope you will too