Was definitely blasting out Lizzo while I was drawing this witchy girl-boss piece! Here's how I did it...
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!
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!
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!
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…
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?
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?
Halloween isn't just a day, it's a season, and I celebrated by doing a series of Halloween-inspired pieces. Here I focused more on illustrative lettering (sometimes leaning more on illustration).