This is me… tick tocking til our second baby is due (any time now?!). I’ll be bloggin less frequently, but baby spamming more on Instagram! @jessesmess if you are on there. Thank you for all the art support over the past few years, I’ve been loving working as a freelancer, beyond words!
I’ve been very disciplined at making sure I do at least one drawing each week for the ’52 Week Illustration Challenge. It’s been a great way to experiment with media, and without some sort of theme I often get stuck on ideas – so loved the weekly prompt to kick me off. Here is a collection from the past few weeks…
A long, long term dream has been to create children’s books, and much to my excitement, the past year has been the beginnings of this – I’ve been working with several publishers on some picture books and board books, hurrah!
Recently the first project was released – two board books, available through Amazon and in the U.S. through Little Bee Books (although sadly not Australia at this stage). Written with my friend Jo, the books are touch and feel for little ones, and were much fun to create. More to come!
It was a lovely change from normal projects to be able to put together a bundle of flowers, herbs and spices for my regular Chinese Medicine clinic, Quiescence. This was just a few from the project, there is about 30 in total… they will be used for business cards and herb labels.
You may have seen few posts a fun little card project recently… Another recent project creating milestone cards has been for Jolla Baby. This time I went digital (rather than watercolour) and did the full design rather than just the creatures. Both projects have been really fun, especially since we have a little one on the way very soon!
I got a lovely email from Julie Foxall of Kids and Pigs who runs some amazing workshops for kids creating art. For their 10-12 year old watercolour class they took a couple of my works for inspiration and the results really made my day. Thanks so much for sharing Julie! You can see the full post here.
Jess, age 34: