Sunday, December 30, 2012

Review of the year!

Here's a quick review of my 2012. Happy New Year you lovely lot!

In January. I won ad space on Illustration rally as part of their fashion rally, the Red Rock competition. I also did an illustration for Secret 7" in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. My submission for Secret 7'' Florence and the Machine's "Only if for a Night" inspired. I started a new job. My friend came to visit and we did lots of fun, touristy things around Dublin including drinking Guinness, visiting the oldest pub in Ireland, live music sessions, shopping in Grafton street, visiting Temple Bar. Yes! A very busy month!

My ad space on Illustration rally went live in February. Did some valentine card designs for Tigerprint competition and they were featured over at Illustration rally.

Pretty much a workaholic March, nothing too exciting going on. Much of this month was spent working, lusting over clothes I can't afford and dreaming of Summer.

April gave me the chance to do some illustration in my spare time. My work was published in Peculiar Bliss magazine. I even had time to do an illo for Amelia's magazine, a Cate Le Bon review.

I went to a few gigs in May, one of them being Keep Shelly in Athens gig, an electronica-downtempo band from Athens. I did an illustration you can see here inspired by the song Our Own Dream. With this illustration I experimented using outline and shadows. I did some illos for illustration friday, like this 'Hitched' one above. There's a theme set out every Friday and you have a week to do it, its really quite fun.

In June my illustration was published in New Empress magazine. I was commissioned by the editor Helen to illustrate an image to accompany a review of the film Angst, a 1983 horror film. Bit out of my comfort zone, the theme was so different from what I usually do which was a challenge but great fun to do. I tried to incorporate flashbacks from the film, plus elements and little details while still keeping with my own style. I do love a challenge! You can read about it here.

For July, I was commissioned by a new mag, Commas&Colons to do a series of illustrations for their first issue. Julys' illustration for the first issue accompanied a short story by Sara Hirsch called Rubber Dust.. about a girl who works in a stationary shop.

August. My illustration accompanying The New Animal by Scott Morris was published ‪for Comma & colons magazine. I was published in JAPAN! Exciting was not the word. I was contacted by an art publishing company in Tokyo a few months previously to see if I'd like to have my illustrations published in their new book. It was a great honour to be asked and to have my work featured in this book. One of the highlights of the year. See more of my work is Art Box here.

Then I also took a little trip to Bristol. Such a beautiful city. The buildings are beautiful and there are random pieces of street art around every corner. We also sampled some local cider... as you do. Busy excellent sunny weekend. I booked a Summer holiday when I got back. My final illo for Commas & Colons "The Bird Stretches Out Its Wings And Becomes Beautiful" was published online.

September - was like woah it's September. Meet Kit! When not drawing crazy cat ladies I was working on a family portrait commission which took most my time. And it was my birthday month. My illustration was used on the Commas & Colons contribution page for illustrators.

October was holiday month. When not enjoying the sun, reading books and general holiday-ness, I spent time on a gift commission.

In November gift commission unveiled. Painting, illustrating, printing, running around like a headless chicken and getting card stockists. Yes!! I have stockists for my illustration ( be continued in the new year :)

December - end of the year! Seen the XX live, amazing did this little illo of them. Lots of social occasions you know, the circus and the likes, winning competitions, going to crafts fairs, raiding a food fair and getting inked up (nice way to end the year).

Wishing you all the very best for 2013. Hope it's a great one for you all xoxo

Sunday, December 2, 2012


Illustrated using collage and photo montage.

From a series of illustrations for the book 'The Life of Pi' by Yann Martel. You can see the series here (if you scroll to the 7th project down).


Edit: See project below :)


Saturday, December 1, 2012


It's December! I've been a busy bee, I have stockists for a new range of greetings cards!

I'll be selling them at a crafts fair next week also. Wish me luck!

I have exciting plans for next year. 2013 will be thee year! :)

Happy December!


Friday, November 16, 2012

I-D Cover.. G'wan the Grace!

One of my fave I-D covers! Full of character and humour. Inspired by cover of Grace Coddington photographed by Arthur Elgort for the 'Wise Up Issue'. The coat is from Celine isn't is beautiful?!


Sunday, November 11, 2012

The XX

Well this weekend is the first time I've had a chance to do some illustrating excluding a recent commission. FUN! This is an illustration of the band the xx, who I'm in love with lately... their new album Coexist is amazing!!!

Hope you all have had/are having a lovely weekend!!


New gift commission....

A special illustration for special somebodies...

I really enjoyed this illustration which I spent few weeks doing (what with working, lack of time bla bla blah) but I really enjoyed doing it and seeing the final piece come together. Was a little scary to illustrate people you know, getting it right was so hard and not being sure what people will make of it all but luckily the recipients loved it and were very happy with the final illustration....

Photo in situ....


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Baby You're My National Anthem!

Inspired by Lana Del Rey photographed by Simon Emmett...


Something *NEW*

Ooh dear I haven't blogged in so long. I have quite a few illustrations finished, and some are still being worked on.....

This illo was inspired by a cute fashion shoot I came across with Alexa Chung wearing Christopher Kane... like hello! Could illustrate this man's fashion all day long. And Alexa Chung... don't get me started...

Thought I would do a quick 'Process of...' for a change I took a few quick snaps to show how I got to the finished piece....

Firstly, I drew a quick sketch, scanned it into my computer and digitally drew the illustration...

Then painted my pattern then scanned in again and added to illustration.... (I usually use collage, patterns not painting but I wanted to try watercolour for a change)

Then some final touches, adding of colour, background....

And voila! What do you think? Do you think I should work more with new techniques like watercolour?

What would you like to see more of on the blog? I'd love to know! :)

Eeeeep have a lovely Sunday!


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Oh hello September.

When did that happen? I've been working on a commission for someone very special and been horribly busy.. some illustrations are in hiding and not finished yet, hope to show them off very very soon. Hope everyone is enjoyin' Septembre so far....

Oh and my illustration is used on the commas&colons contribute page for illustrators take a look and i recommend contributing if you have the time. lovely online mag.

Also, these are some of the things that are rocking my socks this month...

Illustrations//Fuchsia Macaree

Mary Katrantzou//Patterned dresses

Dreamy paint splattered photography by Sølve Sundsbo//ID mag//Just kids issue 

New ad campaign for Louis Vuitton


F*** I'm in my twenties book! (Hilarious!)//Emma Koenig

Rifling around Urban Outfitters...

Chunky funky knits//Topshop
What's rocking your socks?! xoxo


Wednesday, September 5, 2012


This is Kit! She is just crazy about cats. This illo was originally created for the animals issue of a magazine which unfortunately is no more. i do quite like it though, it's been hiding in my computer for a quite a while.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Summer Holidays here we come!

Going away at the end of Summer. Genius. I need these!

Source: Shirt//Net a Porter,  Wedges//Rebecca Minkoff, Clutch//H&M, Shorts//Topshop, Cuff//Dannijo
Source: Skirt//Glamourous, Vest Top//Net a Porter, Bag//Mango, Sunglasses//Nasty Gal, Sandals// Rebecca Minkoff
Source: Sandals//Asos, Shorts//Old Navy, Sleeveless Blouse// My Wardrobe, Bag//Warehouse, Bracelet// Dannijo                    


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Artbox File New Illustrators Issue Vol. 10

These are my pages from the book Artbox The Illustrators' Issue. A few months back, Yuji from ART BOX, an art publishing company in Tokyo contacted me to see if I'd like to have my illustrations published in their new book as they had seen my work on Illustration Rally.

The book is an index-type book gathering about 100 Illustrators (mainly Japanese) currently active on the japanese illustration art scene. So it was a great honour to be asked and to have my work featured in this book. And in Japan. Pretty amazing.
Thanks to Yuji and Artbox for this opportunity. xoxo

all photos taken by myself please do not use without permission.