Hello there my creative friends it’s been a while! I hope you’re all well and are as creative as ever. Today I wanted to share a wheekly exciting update and some inky advice with you aspiring creatives.
Update one: I’ve started a little inky project and blog called the Guineapig wheekly . It’s an illustrated small pet blog and a little side to this inky business I’m passionate about. I blog 8 times a month about lots of different things from pet advice to tutorials and more.
My point I wanted to make with all of you is I found a way to combine two passions together and really connect with over 3000 people through it and my artwork.
I even created a little wheekly shop and product line of greetings cards, notebooks, decal stickers and a colouring book to boot.
By doing this I realised where I felt a little lost before in my creative business and maybe you feel the same? I was trying to promote myself and my artwork, but I didn’t realise that sharing a love with others and joining that with your creative passion could really connect with so many people.
Also if somethings not working don’t be afraid to try something new. Be brave my creative friends and if you have two passions why not put them together?
Hello again its me the dust covered inky illustrator!
I know I’m sorry, I’m so bad lately with my little blog here as I’ve been up to lots of different projects and to do’s which to say the least has taken more time than I expected! Day’s rolled into a whole month and I’m back to share with you the final part of my big hoot story . So where was I? Ah after day one in the studio I spent around 5 more days going to and from Birmingham to get my inky owl finished.
Lesson two however was when you’re going to do this kind of project bare in mind that it’s a lot of work and you’re not wonder woman, I put so much stress and pressure on myself which really didn’t go down to well health wise, so note to self give yourself a break next time. The paint also needed at least 3-4 coats in places to really cover the owl perfectly to avoid transparency or patchy paintwork ( I envied how easily people spraying a base on looked apart from the smelly fumes lol).
Before I knew it my brown inky owl was all done and ready to fly the nest for the Big hoot launch this July. We made our way to the Fort Dunlop building where the launch was held and I have to say guys despite the 2 hour drive it was fantastic. I had no idea what a big impact taking part in the big hoot project would have on me, not only as a illustrator but a person to. If you were to ask me if I would take on another project like this I would definitely say yes. I challenged myself in so many ways and was able to prove that despite the self doubt we can feel no matter what you’re afraid of or unsure of possibly achieving you can if you just try. The outcome might always be a mystery but if its good then it will all have been worth it. The big brown inky owl is currently on display outside the Jewelery quarter building ( my very kind sponsors), so if you happen to be in the area be sure to take some time checking out all the wonderful owls!
Inky illustrator over and out! Katie x
It’s all a big hoot guys and things have gotten very inky at my little studio lately. On top of my new venture occupying my time and attention I was also *drum roll* selected as one of the winning designers for the Birmingham wild in art big hoot project.
So for a week this may I’ll be commuting to Birmingham to get inky producing the Big hoot owl and I’m so excited about it! This is my first ever big art commission so this tiny inky illustrator is taking big steps to better things.
You can do anything I believe if you try your best and have a little faith in yourself .