I quit my job and became a Freelance Illustrator. My 2015 in Review.

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Hello my friends!

So I started 2015 with the decision to quit my day job  and take freelance  illustration seriously as a full-time job.  It’s taken me  six months to make the decision and now, I can say, I’m so glad that I did.

I have learnt so much in my first year, not only about managing my time but  learning to slowly overcome my fears and value myself more.

I will do another blog post about what I’ve learnt in my first year of being a freelancer.  I hope my experience will help anyone who is deciding a change of career.

I want to share with all my moments of 2015.

Thank you for  your support, your comments, likes, favourites and tweets. It’s been amazing to chat to  many amazing people online and aboard.

I hope I  meet more amazing people and make  friends in the new year.I hope  2016 will  bring us all amazing adventures.  Love from, June 


January – March

In January, I moved into my studio in Kingston-Upon-Thames! What a way to start the year. I felt pretty nervous moving in but I settled in and came up with lots of good ideas at my white desk.  I also made new friends too.

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February – April

In February, I attended the  Rubens exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. That sparked the  blog series of  illustrated exhibition reviews! I love going to exhibitions and I love talking about them.

From Rubens  to  Liotard, this year I have illustrated  5 artists portraits of the exhibitions!

I wanted to  illustrate  the titular  artists’ exhibition and share my experiences at the show. There have been positive responses from readers and galleries, for this series which I aim to make even better in 2016.

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Abuquerque, New Mexico

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Back in the spring, I visited London Renegade Craft Fair. Which was refreshing to see creative faces in one place.

May

Do you remember I organised a Sketchbook Scavenger Hunt as part of the Big Draw Campaign in 2014?  Well, we won an award for running that workshop!

In May, StoryHands Illustration Collective;  Jenny Robins and I founded together won the Runner Up prize at the Big Draw Inspiration Awards!

Look at Jenny and me, so happy to received our certificate illustrated by Quentin Blake. It was so rewarding to organise creative workshops for families and working professionals, it really rekindled a love for drawing.

I hope I will host more workshops and classes in the new year.

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June

I celebrated my birthday in June! Yes, my birthday is in June and my name is June… No irony here!  All jokes aside.

I held a stall at Hook Road Arena in Epsom, where I draw pet portrait of  Moose, the British  bulldog in the pouring rain.  Also, I got to draw these adorable twins and their baby brother. They were fun to draw and so patient in the rain too!

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I drew a pet portrait live outdoors!

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July – August

This was the summer of memorable exhibitions! From Alexander McQueen at the V&A and the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, this was a visual feast for the eyes.

I had so much fun creating lettering and calligraphy using a traditional signage brush. The typography looks so unique.

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Me trying out the signage brush for lettering

September – October

My husband, Robert and I  celebrated our 2nd Wedding anniversary in the beautiful English countryside of Warminster. We stayed in a lovely Georgian hotel and extended our trip to visit Longleat House and Safari Park. I got up close with a  penguin.

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Drawing portraits at UK Plus Size Fashion Week

I had the opportunity  to draw portraits at the UK Plus Size Fashion Week. This was my chance to challenge my live drawing skills at a fashion event. It was exhausting having taking no breaks from drawing!

Nevertheless,  it was incredible to meet such confident and body positive ladies in one room.

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Exhibiting my original Tiger and Rabbit painting at Hackney Downs Studios

I was chuffed to take part exhibiting at the House of Tigers exhibition at A Side B Side Gallery at Hackney Down Studios. I got to illustrate my favourite characters: Tiger and Rabbit  again. I am incredibly fond of them both, it was lovely to see them on the walls of the gallery.

I also tried out  a live streaming app, Periscope on the opening night of the exhibition, an exclusive chance to see the show no matter where you are.

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November – December

The exhibition of pastel portrait artist, Liotard was the last exhibition I ‘ve reviewed this year and many people really liked the portrait I’ve  done of him.

In November, I  was pretty quiet on the social media  because I went on a business course at the Princes Trust to brush up more skills for my business.

Volunteering for the Christmas  holidays

Finally, in December, I decided to volunteer for Christmas at Crisis, a charity helping the homeless and rough sleepers. I can go on in another blog post about my experiences volunteering for the first time. To be honest, it feels amazing to give up my time to those who will cherish it.

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Portrait of a  rough sleeper at the Shelter

For 12 months, the  rough sleepers have been ignored. So to draw their portraits, build their confidence to seek the help they need, is the best gift for Christmas.

I saw a  rough sleeper placed the portrait I drew of him, next to his sleeping bag, with the rest of his possessions.

Goodbye 2015, I wonder what the new year will bring for me…

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Wish me luck on my continuing journey as an illustrator

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