Friday, 5 February 2016

circus fun ...

circus fox ©beebrown 2016

circus fun ©bee brown 2016

... Last Summer I was asked to create some jolly circus animals for a kids wall chart company in Korea. I was thrilled to bits when my samples arrived in the post so I thought I'd take a photo and pop it up on the blog for you to see too, along with one of my first round pencil sketches. The entire length of the wall chart is also being posted in 3 chunks on my instagram feed, so if you fancy popping over there to see it in all its glory, please do! 

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

brick building a brand in a book ...

photo © Fiona Humberstone

... It's the beginning of a New Year and it's the start of my personal 'book' for 2016 ... (not the one pictured above I must mention; I'll come back to that one later), but the start of the new book thats in MY head ... my imaginary book ... my creative journey book; the one that will help me write my creative story of this coming year. I like to think of every New Year as a fresh, unopened book that's waiting to be filled with its own particular stories, dreams, aspirations, achievements, heartbreaks and struggles ... Idealistic maybe, but it helps me organise my thoughts. I'm on that first, clean, untouched page of my allegorical yearbook and already I have a long list of things I would like to attempt to achieve scrawled onto it (in a very nice fine-liner pen I must add!). I'll warn you now, this is going to be a long post ... a long post where I share some of the thoughts and ideas whirling around my head, with the aim of trying to get them all in to some sense of order and shape ...

... So just to re-cap, last year was an astonishing year for me creatively. As those of you who have been following my blog for a while will know, I was lucky enough to be picked up by Jennifer Nelson Artists for representation. Having an agent like Jennifer has been a really great move and since January of last year when it all began, I can honestly say I have truly loved the journey so far. I have learned and have a clearer understanding of SO much: I've learned more about trade shows, prep-ing for trade shows, licensing artwork, clients needs, handling relationships better, developing work, different ways to organise and the list goes on. From my perspective, the benefits and relationship/work dynamic of having an agent have been great, but after a year with the agency, I realise I still have a long way to go...

... Perhaps it's just the endless battle that creative types have with themselves about achieving that 'style' that really represents them. That style that sets them apart from every other illustrator out there and that marks them as truly individual with that unique 'not what anyone can offer' quality, yet still provide the market-place with what it demands. It's a pretty tall order but necessary to pursue and I still have some refining to do ...

... And this is where the real, physical above-mentioned book-as-opposed-to-the-allegorical-one  comes in: I'm hoping "How to Style your Brand" by Fiona Humberstone will help me march on with the next round of 'illustration dream completion'! I've never met Fiona but she seems a thoroughly switched on cookie with lots of juicy tips to share. I'm not going to attempt to give a book review here, but from having a good look at all the other 'How to Brand Yourself' books available out there, she does seem to offer something accessible and digestible. And I think this is part of the next step in my journey and one which I'm hoping 2016 will help me define ...

... Last year came with rather a lot of private struggles and challenges (I know we all get them) ... but a BIG lot. I'm hoping this year will be slightly freer of those struggles and I'll have more energy & time to devote to making more lovely work. LOTS got neglected last year (like my website for instance - hasn't been touched in over a year), so the first part of my plan needs to involve devoting time to defining myself as an illustrator with a little more clarity and cohesion, and moving away from the mish-mash of how I feel things are at the moment.

... So, brick by brick, bit by bit, and coming in the first half of 2016 will be an updated logo, website and blog along with other bits and pieces ... and I think perhaps more importantly, a clearer idea of who I'm trying to illustrate for ... a more streamlined look and perspective! Lots and Lots of work to do but I'm looking forward to the challenge and to sharing some of my processes and journey with you along the way. Happy New Year everyone! Lets hope it's a goodie!! xox

Friday, 1 January 2016

welcome 2016 ...

'welcome 2016' ©bee brown 2016

... Happy New Year everyone! Like a fresh, clean page in a new book, may the new year bring us many happy stories and create for us many happy memories! xxx

Friday, 11 December 2015

printsource ...

... It's all go here (as not being one to rest on my laurels), I'm now busily preparing for Printsource which is taking place in New York on January 12 - 13th. This is a really major event in the textile and surface pattern print buying industry and so I feel very fortunate to have been given this fabulous opportunity to show my work there. This show is hot on the heels of Blueprint and with Christmas in between there's a gazillion things to be getting on with so I'd better get cracking, but if you happen to be in that neck of the woods (The Metropolitan Pavillion, NYC) then please pop by our booth and say hi! Jennifer will be as pleased as punch to see you! xox

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

blueprint banner...

...  Our first proper show as a little agency is soon to take place and we are all super excited to say that oodles & oodles of brand new work will be shown at Blueprint in New York!  (more info in the flyer) ... The show is on for 3 days from the 2nd to the 4th December & if you happen to be in that neck of the woods, & fancy a goosey goosey gander, then Jennifer would LOVE to see you...!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

cup of celebratory tea...

... I just found out that I've managed to accumulate 400 followers over on Twitter! I never thought I'd drum up that amount of interest in my little creative adventures but I'm so pleased that I have. It's great that peeps over there are joining along for the ride too. If you follow me over there as well, then here is another BIG thanks from me! If you'd like to follow along on twitter and don't already, just click on the link on the right hand side of the blog!  I'm now off for a celebratory cup of tea....xox

Saturday, 31 October 2015

halloween hoot...

'halloween hoot!' ©beebrown2015

... If you're celebrating Halloween this weekend, have a wonderfully wicked time!! Happy Hallows Eve! xox

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

feeling a lot like Christmas...

...Okay, so strictly speaking it's time to celebrate Halloween right now, especially with it being half-term and all, but I couldn't resist showing you these lovely samples of Christmas Holiday photo cards that have been coming through my letter box this week! They were designed and made for the lovely people at mpix and if you'd like to see more, please pop over to see them here!

Monday, 28 September 2015

hello and prints for Zulily...

...Hello blog! I'm so sorry it's been such a long time and so much has happened...summer holidays, children back to school and lot lots more. But in the meantime I was asked by the lovely people at Jelly the Pug to design some patterns for them for little girl's dresses, which was such a lot of fun! Having two boys myself, I don't often get to do the girly stuff so this was a real treat for me. Hope you like them too. You can find out more here

Thursday, 16 July 2015

hello baby...

©beebrown, photo by naturally maternal photography

... a while back I created some artwork for the fab folk at Mpix and I just thought you might like to have a little lookey-see! They make all sorts of lovely products that you can attach special photos to, from announcing new babies, to having fun parties, graduating and right through to tying the knot or all in another order if you prefer!! Fabulous! x

Monday, 6 July 2015

prints for Oopsy Daisy ...

... I'm super thrilled to be able to to share my 'Woodland Animals' collection that I created with Oopsy Daisy, the fab wall art company for kids!! ... the lovely folks there sent along this promo shot today and I'm really pleased with how they are all looking together. Super exciting as this is one of the first jobs I got with my fab agent Jennifer Nelson. The prints won't be available to purchase until a little later in the year, but if you happen to be thinking of new prints for a kids room makeover, perhaps you'll think of these!

Friday, 26 June 2015

going with the Flow ...

... A little while back, the lovely folks at Flow magazine contacted me saying they would like to print my 'Believe in Yourself' quote in an edition of their publication Flow Weekly ... I was super thrilled to be asked & my copy arrived in the post yesterday. I'm really excited to be able to share some photos on the blog today as well as a few answers to a few questions they asked me too:

Who are you?
My name is Bee and I am an Illustrator. I work from my little 'Design Hive' studio from home. I live in the heart of the UK near to the countryside. I share my workspace with my husband and the view from our window looks out over our garden.

What does this quote mean to you personally?
I love this quote because its something that can apply to everyone, whoever we are, wherever we live and whatever we may do. I believe self-belief is so important ... if we are allowed to dream and believe strongly enough, we can find magical places in our lives for both ourselves and others.

What do you like about quotes?
They can be so inspirational and encouraging. They can have profound and positive effects on our lives. They can make us think.

Where do you find them?
In all sorts of places: books, sometimes written on walls and there is a great source of quotes on pinterest! I think my favourite place is on the windows at the waiting room at our village train station where some lovely, amusing quotes have been beautifully etched and painted onto the glass!

Are you inspired by another illustrator?
Not one person so much, but mainly in everyday things and the assortment of things I collect and keep around me. My kids are a great source of inspiration! I always have ideas buzzing round in my head. I love an eclectic mix of everything!

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

a big, heartfelt thanks!...

'thank you nelly' ©bee brown 2015
... in an idle hour, I was totting up all the lovely followers I seem to have accrued here and there, and was somewhat amazed to realise that there are over an A M A Z I N G 2000 of you! (400 on this blog alone which I think is quite incredible)... I'm a little bit staggered by this fact as half the time I'm chasing my tail and wondering what the hell I'm doing, BUT I'm so pleased that you do ... it's a wonderful thing to be able to share little bits of stuff here and there with folk who seem to appreciate it. So, I hope you'll carry on along-side me on my creative adventures, listening to my ramblings and hopefully enjoying my little pictures. It means A LOT ... THANK YOU!

Monday, 15 June 2015

a bit of something that might be useful to someone ....