I've been thinking and thinking about how I can become a more successful illustrator. I figure I need to start small and work on the thing which might, in the end, be the thing that gets me the big commissions. That small thing is of course, my website! And in order for people to see my website and my work, I've been advised to blog!
For my first blog post I thought I'd simply introduce myself. My name is Emily or Emilybob as my friends call me (silly story!) I grew up in the North East of England but at 18, moved to Middlesbrough to attend Cleveland College of Art. After a year of studying design, I moved to Wrexham and attended the gorgeous art college there, specialising in Illustration for Children's Publishing.
I must admit, I was pretty lazy at uni and didn't work half as hard as I should have! But after many jobs doing this and that, I'm now attempting to make up for my wasted time and have a good go at becoming a professional Illustrator.
Over the past few years my Illustration career has slowly started to grow. It started off with friends commissioning me to paint things like their pets which I'd post onto social media. Strangers then began seeing my work and I'd be commissioned to do various jobs such as personalised comics. My biggest commission to date came when writer, Victoria Richards, asked me to illustrate the children's story she had writen. After three years, that project has only just come to an end but it was a brilliant piece to work on and it's been a real learning curve for us both.
As a side project, Victoria and I also entered a picture book competition. The Stratford Literary Festival & Salariya Prize 2017. We were over the moon to be shortlisted and although we didn't win, the experience gave us lots of encouragement and proved to us that what we are creating is of quality.
So with my portfolio growing and my style getting stronger (I think) I'm finding myself in a position of craving more illustration jobs. The problem is, how do I get them? ... Maybe that can be me second blog!