Thursday, 30 December 2010

Lovely Things

I came across this on Fashezine blog and thought it was lovely I had to share :) 
Some nice things to remember in 2011.... (and a nice picture of a horse)

  • Love
  • Hearing your favourite song on the radio
  • Lying in bed listening to the rain outside
  • Bubble baths
  • Giggling
  • Long conversations late at night
  • Lazing on the beach
  • Running through sprinklers
  • Laughing at an inside joke
  • Laughing at yourself
  • Laughing at yourself
  • Laughing so hard your stomach hurts
  • Laughing for absolutely no reason at all
  • Friends
  • Having someone tell you that you're beautiful
  • Worry less
  • Smile more
  • Accept criticism
  • Take responsibility
  • Listen and love
  • Don't hate
  • Embrace change
  • Feel good

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

2010 A reflection

Helloo! I hope you all had a lovely holiday.
It's that awkward time between Christmas and New Year where you either cause yourself stress trying to shop in the sales, or you hide out at home and watch DVDs - I opted for the latter, so I could contemplate 2010's highlights!

It's been a random year. Aside from having a mind-numbingly dull office job, my illustration work is doing well and I've had alot of really great projects.come my way this year.  I've been lucky enough to get involved with Graduate Fashion Week designing the lookbook for Northumbria, it was a huge project - full of fashion related dramas, but it was an amazing to work on (and a good learning curve for me).

(May/June 2010)

 I've been fortunate to have my work published in a number of magazines and blogs this year, I've loved being involved in Oh Comely, Ballad Of and Amelias - a couple of my fav mags!

In Sept. I exhibited some work at Birmingham Zine Festival and Richmix London which was alot of fun and met some interesting people (note to self: in future, don't wait til 2 days before to invite people to it!)

(Sept 2010)

And more recently in October, myself and 5 other girls formed a collective Tea & Crayons, to collaborate and share illustrationy things. We've actually just been featured in the Tigerprint blog this week - have a looksee here

I don't know where this year has gone, it's gone really fast! If you haven't seen my website I've recently updated it with lots of new work so please join my mailing list, I'm going to put together my first newsletter soon

Have a wonderful New Years eve whatever you're doing. I have a few things in the works to share with you very soon.
I'm off to make up some new years resolutions for 2011 I need to stick to :)

Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas!

Just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and New Year! Have a lovely day tomorrow, full of festive cheer!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! x

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Company Magazine Fashion Illustration Competition

I sent off some work to Company Magazine for their fashion illustration competition last week and I made the shortlist! Along with fellow Tea & Crayons girl Abby Wright - we made the final 17!

I'm not too gutted I didn't win, I'm so happy to be short-listed with some very talented illustrators

These are the illustrations I submitted (the second is featured on the Company website!)

Congrats to the winner - everyones work was amazing

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Oh Comely Magazine Issue 4

The new issue of Oh Comely Magazine arrived today! They asked me to draw a few houses for a feature on neighbours for issue 4
The mag is full of lovely illustration, photography and nifty features about recycled fashion, baking things and bookshelves! Go have a read

Monday, 20 December 2010

Hello Monday

I have a couple of new illustrations that I'm v excited about but I have to wait for them to be published before I can share them, so in the meantime I've added a couple of new pieces to my website  

And if you haven't already, please sign up to my mailing list (the little sign up box is to your right!) I'm working on my first newsletter for the New Year.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Fav music of 2010

I make a list every of my fav albums of 2010, and I can't remember if I posted it last year, but I'd thought I'd share it this year.
This year has been a really random year for music, it took me a while to narrow down my favourites, because they're all so different

 I managed to get the list down to 27 and then forced myself to make a top 10, so here it is:

Blood red, shoes, Two door cinema club, The National, Radio Dept, Crystal castles, Foals, Dead weather, Arcade fire, Laura Marling, Sleigh Bells

Albums also worthy of a mention are Sun Kil Moon, Deerhunter, Zola Jesus, Yaesayer, LCD soundsystem, MIA, Beach House, Everything everything, Agnes Obel, Warpaint, Summer Camp, Fever Ray, Drums of Death, Caribou, Delphic.and Bonobo/Andreya Triana.

And a couple of my fav songs

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

New website!

It's been a long time coming, but my website is finally back online!  Many thanks to my friend Neal who helped me with some of the technical stuff - html stresses me out. Hopefully this'll be easier to update. I still have a few bits to add and work on, but the majority of the site is there yay

Let me know what you think :)

xo xo

Friday, 10 December 2010

Fashion illustration, just for fun

Just playing with some fashion illustration and ink.  As its Christmas party season, it seems appropriate to bring out the little black dress

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Illustration Rally: Feature

The lovely Nat over at one of my fav blogs, Illustration Rally featured me on her site yesterday and wrote some very nice words about my work :) 

"Busy fashion illustrator Rachel creates some truly stunning hand drawn illustration that proves that raw mechanical skill gained through observation and training is still one of the best ways to present ideas and capture the imagination of the viewer..." (Read the full article)

Monday, 6 December 2010

Monday loves

I absolutely adore these little birdy mugs from jmrpottery etsy shop, if anyone would like to buy me one for Christmas that would be the best

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Tea & Crayons illustrate 'Home'

This week it was my turn to choose a theme for us to illustrate over at our T&C collective, and my theme for us was 'Home'. 

Magpies always fascinated me, theres alot of myth surrounding the birds, but they really just remind me of Newcastle... (read more at Tea & Crayons Collective)
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