My Favourite 9 (of 2018)

2018 has been a really interesting year. It was my first year working as a freelancer, which has been both exciting and terrifying at times. I feel like I’ve learned a lot throughout this year, especially about the industry, and different ways to promote myself. There have been a lot of uncomfortable moments, but when I look back at how I started the year, I do have a lot more confidence. Which is a good thing, even if I still have moments of doubt. I can see how my style and skill has developed over the year, and it’s a good reminder to only judge myself based on what I used to produce, and to not compare myself to other artists.

I know a lot of people do their #bestnine on instagram, but I never seem to like the ones that instagram picks out for me! So here are my ‘favourite’ nine images, featuring some of the memorable moments of the year for me.

Images from the top left, reading left to right

  • The calendar! This was a project I’d been meaning to finish for months, but always left it on the back burner. I’m so glad I finished it (even if it was a bit late to pull together for 2019!)
  • A Grand Adventure, the story of Sammy and Gia - Being asked to do the book illustrations for a wedding proposal was a very special project.
  • Exhibiting at Pg.2 cafe in Richmond.
  • Baby Days book! - my favourite picture from the book
  • Baby Days book! And my face!
  • #inktober2018! It was definitely a challenge to finish, but I completed the challenge for the first time!
  • This one was an entry for a competition. I just really dug working at an itty bitty size.
  • Christmas cards
  • Toucan! Another project that I’d had on the back burner for ages but was glad to finish… (sensing a theme here)
  • One of the things I’m most proud of this year, was that I began receiving commissions from people I didn’t know. While I love my family and friends, (and I am so grateful for your support!) there is something really affirming about being commissioned by people who are contacting you solely based on your artworks, without knowing you personally. It has been a big confidence boost, and such a great experience to work with people on new and exciting projects.

    I have a few new plans for next year, though I’m not quite ready to talk about them yet. Mainly, I’m excited to keep doing freelance work, and to use everything I’ve learned to continue improving, and developing my art practice. 

    See you all next year!


    #inktober2018, and my first book!

    It’s been a while since my last blog post! Lots of things have happened personally and professionally which have been very exciting, but detrimental to blog writing. My partner Chris and I got engaged! I’ve had some exciting ideas for new projects, and am currently on a trip to Barcelona and London for dancing! So there are many different things happening at the moment.

    The first book I’ve ever illustrated ‘Baby Days’ by Nicola Philp has been published! It’s been a goal of mine for a really long time to illustrate a children’s book, so to hold the hard copy in my own hands was very rewarding. 

    I’m very proud of the work I did for Baby Days. It was a very steep learning curve, and I’m so grateful that Nicola put her trust in me, despite my inexperience. It’s definitely opened my eyes to my weaknesses, and areas I can improve upon. I learnt so much, and it’s made me even more excited to keep pursuing this creative career. While there were several times that I felt a bit overwhelmed, overall I’m so happy with how it all came together.

    if you’d like to purchase a copy just follow the link below! 

    http://nicolaphilp.com/shop/

    With all the other things that were going on, I was also very proud to get through #inktober for the first time! I had attempted to do it last year, but gave up about half way through. So to finish it this year was a good feeling.

    It was a great test of my time management skills, especially with everything else happening during October. It was also my first year using the official ‘prompt’ list. This was an added challenge, as there were some days where I really wasn’t feeling the prompts, but I’m glad I persevered. These are a few of my favourite images from the challenge.

    So that’s been everything happening with me lately. Exciting things ahead, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next!


    Part-time Long Distance

    My boyfriend Chris is away on a work trip at the moment. He works on a travel show, and often has to go on trips for 2-3 weeks at a time. He’s not the only one though, I’ve been on several dance trips interstate and overseas without him. Unsurprisingly, we miss each other a lot when these trips happen. We’ve been dating for almost three years now, and while it’s no fun being apart from each other, we’ve come up with a few ways to make it easier.

    We use our whiteboard to write messages to each other. It’s definitely one of the best things to come home to.


    Last year I made a zine about missing him while we were apart. I’m not the best at expressing myself, so it was a nice thing to show how I was feeling through my art.


    But by far my favourite thing is Little Chris and Little Annabelle. These guys started out as a bit of a joke, but now it’s turned into a thing, where we take them with us whenever one of us leaves town. Chris is a lot better at taking funny photos with them than I am.


    Anyway, Happy birthday dorkface!!!! Love you lots xx

    Enjoy the rest of the trip and I’ll see you soon!

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