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Nicholas Stevenson’s work is quirky, whimsical and full of character. He is an illustrator based in North London but once lived in the Seychelles. He is inspired by mystery, gauche paintings and his time abroad. Nicholas has worked for a broad range of clients including The New York Times, Urban Outfitters and Oh Comely.
If you would like to see more of Nicholas Stevenson’s work please visit his portfolio.
Though running your own creative business is an exciting venture finding a balance between life and what you love to do is sometimes hard to find. Sometimes its too easy to become engrossed in putting loads of time into your creative venture to start building things up from your portfolio to your website , however in your pursuit for quicker results this can often lead to becoming frustrated with what you draw and feeling things just aren’t panning out right (believe me I’ve been there). This is why balancing out your creative life is important, working too hard or intensely on your creative practice can wear down your idea’s and prevent you from creating things you are happy to shout about and share with others. So here are 3 tips to balancing out your own creative life;
1. Find time to do the other things you love
Finding time to do things you love that’s outside of the business is important, this can be anything from sport to other creative activities and though I know how much you may love to design , stitch , doodle and paint taking the time for yourself will just give you not only space to chill out but also gain new ideas and inspiration from other places.
2. Find time to do things to wind down the creative trail of thought
Repeat after me “I’m going to relax , slow down and put my feet up for a minute” , if like me you’re the biggest culprit for not relaxing then hopefully this tip will help quite a few of you . If your mind and body are active all the time you can easily wear yourself out both mentally, emotionally and physically. So for example yoga is a great activity to do on a daily basis to just really wind down your mind and body not to mention its good for your health , although if yoga’s not your thing there are other things you could try to chillax and wind down.
3. Socialising with people you know
Being creatives we love feeling cosy in our own personalised creative spaces, although there is one catch working from your home studio can be a little isolating unless of course you rent a studio space situated with other creatives . So it’s important to get a break away from your work even for a little while to share thoughts with other like minded people or close friends giving you food for thought or breathing space to recharge your batteries before getting back to work.
At the end of the day it’s important to remember that your creative business will only work at its best when you yourself are at your best aswell. The key thing is to just have fun with every project you do but also have fun outside of the business at the same time because finding your own personalised creative balance is sure to help it grow. Image by designer Vicky riley you can find more of her work here .
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Nadia Taylor is a designer and print-maker based in London. She is a fan of the screen printing process and this is evident through the limited colour palettes, textures and dark lines. Recently she has been working with the restaurant chain, Zizzi, to create wonderful wall murals within their restaurants as part of their Fresh Talent Collective. Nadia Taylor has also worked greeting cards and wrapping paper designs. She is inspired by mid-century design and nature.
Katie Rodgers grew up in a small town outside of Atlanta. She received her first set of professional water-colours from her Aunt before she was seven years old sparking off her creativity. She created her blog Paper Fashion in 2009, to showcase her beautiful water colour illustrations. Her clients include Elle, Parker Pens, Valentino and Alicia Keys amongst many.
In the midst of a world grounded in digital technology, sometimes we need a reminder that good things can still be grounded in reality. This is why we still go visit galleries and museums to see artwork in person (a habit I’m still trying to get better at). This is why we still give each other greeting cards, or why our desks seem to collect countless post-its over time. It can be as simple as opening a letter or unwrapping a present–interacting with real material still matters.
On that note, I’d like to introduce you to Anna Bond, owner and creative director of Rifle Paper Co.–an inimitable force in the stationery field and beyond.
While Anna now lives and works in Winter Park, Florida, she has roots in New Jersey and received a degree in graphic design in Virginia. After working as an art director and freelance illustrator for a couple years, she discovered (or rekindled, rather) her love for stationery design while illustrating some wedding invitations. As mentioned in her feature on The Every Girl, stationery was the optimal combination of graphic design and illustration that she had been searching for, and so she pushed onwards.
While there’s something to be said for art directing at 21, I admire Anna’s honest and expressive way of dealing with her expectations, realities, and how to improve upon them. She’s spoken before about the first launch of Rifle Paper Co.’s website, detailing product disasters, website crashes, international shipping issues, and taking turns panicking with her husband. Without sounding cruel or spiteful, it’s incredibly comforting to know that someone as ambitious and driven as Anna has screwed up before. And to me, there’s no better way to recover than by succeeding.
Nearly all Rifle Paper Co. products feature Anna’s hand-painted illustrations, which are often nostalgic in style with a pastel palette.
Some of Rifle Paper Co.’s selected clients and collaborative partners: Anthropologie (their very first!), Kate Spade New York, Hygge & West, Chronicle Books, AMC Mad Men, and Penguin Books. I think it’s important to note that the variety of clients reflects Anna’s ability to design for both traditional and modern brands, which can be difficult depending on one’s personal style.
Follow along with Anna and her husband Nathan’s exciting ventures at Rifle Paper Co.’s website, and take a peek at Anna’s portfolio here. You can also find her on Twitter. I particularly enjoyed her Day in the Life feature on Design*Sponge as well.
Illustration by Thomas James
Illustration Friday has been going strong for over 10 years as a vibrant online community of artists of all style and skill, and most of that is thanks to all of you!
Whether it’s your first visit or you’ve been participating in our weekly art challenges for any number of years, you’re part of the community thread that binds it all together in a rich and colorful tapestry of friendship. When being an artist can be such a lonely hobby or career, comfort can be taken in the company of like-minded folks. It has always been that way and Illustration Friday has always focused on finding the best ways to engage the community.
What we’ve really been finding effective in nurturing our vast international network of friends is our official Facebook Page because it allows us the space to dig in to more in-depth conversations about the industry of illustration, the hobby of drawing, and the joy of shared inspiration. With more than 120,000 artists joining in, it makes for a well-rounded gathering for sure! We’re going to be spending a lot more time and energy between this website and our official page to provide the richest experience to everyone, so we invite you to join us both here and there.
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Sam Falconer’s fantastic illustrations reflect science and the human experience through digital, collage, and hand-painted textures. His clever scenes provoke philosophical thought while quickly getting to the heart of a story. His editorial illustrations regularly feature in top publications such as The Guardian, The Washington Post, and New Scientist magazine.
Check out more illustrations on his portfolio website.
We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Jill Howarth, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘BEARD’. You can also see a gallery of all the other inspiring entries here.
And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:
Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).
Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.
Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).
Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the participant gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!
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Anne Baier is a Potsdam-based illustrator. She studied visual communication in Weimar and Toulouse.
and graduated in 2012. She’s currently working as a freelance illustrator for publishers and
You can see more of Anne’s work here.
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Jack Hudson is an illustrator from East London whose retro style has attracted a lot of big clients such as Google, Channel 4, Toyota and many press publications. He is inspired by fashion, photography, mid-century design and adventure. His illustrations are textural which really makes them pop and feel warmer rather than flat vector images. The colours used are usually bold and work beautifully together.
Want to explore more of Jack Hudson’s world? Visit his portfolio here.