It’s been a whole year since we adopted our little munchkin. A whole year! I’ve learnt a lot from her within the past year, and I call these the ‘important life lessons from my cat’.
Howdy, hey hi, it’s your gal Lizzie!
I wanted to create a series of graphics that represent all of the things I love, from fancy cakes to the world of lettering and design. And here goes!
As soon as Aftri said that she wanted to do a collab about “magical things” I knew I wanted in. Me? Magic? Yes please! We decided to go along the lines of magical girls and I had the best time. It was so much fun, and the quickest collab I’ve ever done, and within a week since putting together a thumbnail sketch we were both gazing happily at the (shared) screen at our work. Here’s a more detailed account of our process…
I’ve recently crawled out of what seems like the longest art-block in my life, which has been going on since I completed my Advent Hal-endar project, and while I tried to do a lettering piece here and there I always fall back into the crippling fear of not being able to meet my ideal standards. I joked with one of my close-friends how it seems like I was trapped in a vicious cycle because of my pride and perfectionism, and yet I still kept trying.
I made it my goal this year to take part in the 6th edition of 36 Days of Type, a yearly typography challenge for all of the type enthuisiasts out there. Despite being head-over-heels in love with letters, I haven’t actually participated before! But I told myself to take it easy, and just do what I can and, most importantly, have fun with it!
This blog post will be updating every so often with new pieces. Enjoy!
For years I hated my body; I used to wish that I had a different body or that so-and-so was a lil’ bigger, but whenever people pointed out that I could have surgery to achieve the body I desired, I always looked at them in shock. It’s silly, right? You’d think that if I hated my body that much I would change it to make it something I would love, but I was too chicken (and too poor) to do so. So I decided: why not save all of that money and just learn to love every aspect of myself instead?
I’ve long learnt that self-love is a never-ending journey. Thankfully, though, I don’t seem to be caught in the comparison trap as much these days and have started to embrace the things that I used to hate. So yep, I’m now in love with the shape of me!
Happy International Women’s day you gorgeous human being you! I was so worried that I wouldn’t be able to create something for it (because hellooooo art block) but I managed to get this done just in time.
A special shoutout to my mama for being the girl boss inspo I need!
"Is there enough space for another hand-letterer like me? Does the world need another graphic designer?" Here’s a lil’ story on how I battled this ‘scarcity mindset’ in order to focus on the things I love doing.
I went through a major burnout and art block after my Advent Halendar project back in October. It was my longest-lasting hiatus, so instead of forcing inspiration back into my life, I went with the flow and took this art-block as my chance to let my mind rest. That’s when I came up with the project “letters to a tired creative”…
One thing I love about OMB (One Minute Briefs) is the amazing community; I met Clare of Ampersand Writing through it, and was over the moon when she sent me a message over Twitter asking if I’d like to work with her on a series of hand-lettered ampersands for her website. I, of course, didn’t hesitate - handlettering and ampersands? Yes please!
It’s October, witches! Also known as the best month of the year because it’s when Halloween comes around! For this year I’ve decided to launch an Advent Hal-endar, where everyday I’ll release a new illustration. This page will be regularly updated with all of my illustrations, so keep your eyes peeled, and enjoy!
It all started on a Sunday afternoon when I decided that I needed a nap.
I had a really tough week; work had been hectic, and my social life was, well, social, and my energy bar was rapidly running low. It didn’t help that I was trying to do some hand-lettering outside of work - which was just another thing to add to the never-ending pile - and I was experiencing “burnout”. I never had this before; at uni I was usually very good at juggling my part-time job, my internship and my uni courses, so being burnout was a strange concept to me.
So I had a nap.
The other day I was thinking about donuts - Krispy Kreme donuts, to be exact. How they come in all shapes and sizes, some with lots of sprinkles and fancy patterns and others with just a thin layer of sugar glaze…
I can’t believe that it’s that time of year again! And, as always, I’m late to the party… I’m still battling a huge artist block so this year I wanna do something simple and dip into lettering again. I’ve always wanted to do a project of “hellos” but the other day I thought - why not do “goodbyes” instead?
Elizabunni is a JFashion (Japanese fashion) enthusiast based in the UK, and one day she approached me to create a logotype and watermark featuring her new brand name ‘Bunnie Banshee’. It’s not everyday that I get to draw cute characters for a logo, so I immediately jumped at the opportunity. Plus, how could I say no to drawing ghost-bunnies?
My friend Vi (of Vi Young) is an amazing photographer. Call me biased, but she’s so good at event photography, and one day she sent me a little message asking if I was able to do some branding for her. And the rest is history!
I realised that I had already started doing short blog posts before I even introduced myself - how rude of me! - so howdy, hey, hi. I’m Lizzie and I’m a designer and hand-letterer from the land of Harry Potter and afternoon tea.
I’ve had imposter syndrome for as long as I can remember. Every time I made an achievement I felt as it was because I got lucky, instead of the fact that I just worked very hard to get where I’m at. Some days I have these voices in my head that I’m an imposter, and they go hand-in-hand with Mrs. Self-Doubt who joins in by saying that I’m not good enough. Mr Imposter Syndrome and Mrs Self-Doubt can sometimes overpower me and drain all of my creative energy.
Last week I got a message that my work had been stolen and sold on eBay. Yep, stolen. So I hopped over to investigate and did everything that any normal person would do - rant in despair, endlessly report them, and lay wide awake for a response from eBay. Luckily I managed to get the listings taken down but then lil’ old me decided to have a look around to see if it was sold anywhere else...
And wouldn’t you know, it was.
t's not normal for a letterer to admit this but... I used to suck at vectoring. I avoided it like the plague but one day I just clenched my jaw and decided that I was going to try and decipher the world of anchor points. So every other day I would illustrate a new letter (some taking longer than others) but I found myself getting quicker as the challenge went on. And here are my results! Which one is your favourite?