Monday, 4 January 2016

2015, in a nutshell

It's been a long time since I last updated my blog. I don't tend to write much on here, but I've always enjoyed sharing my artwork and pictures nonetheless, so I'd like to explain why I've been on the quiet side. Back in January my Dad was admitted to hospital for major brain surgery to remove a Cavernoma. Thankfully the operation went well and he has spent the last year recovering in hospital. I guess I've kept my head down because there has been so much to deal with and so much to do. 12 months later Dad is still in hospital, but I'm very pleased to say he is well on the road to recovery.

(a few Dad snaps)

Maybe I've noticed it more this year because of family worries, but working as a Freelance Artist can be tough - even with a brilliant agent! There's a constant pressure to line up the next job, balance part time work, keep your finances in check and taxes paid. You could even add the occasional wobble into the mix. I have to admit that for a while I was questioning whether my work was even good enough? I fell into the trap of comparing myself to other illustrators, artists, even my friends! Which frankly has never done anyone any good.

What I really wanted to say in this blog post is just how much I appreciate my job. I really love it, and that is what sees me through the occasional crisis of confidence. It's amazing how drawing can be a hobby, therapy and an income. It feels good to be paid for doing something you love.

I've had the opportunity to work on some wonderful books throughout the year. I've been illustrating a short series of chapter books by Adam frost called Fox Investigates. Here are the first 3 books:

I was also lucky enough to illustrate a picture brilliant book called Elephant's Pyjamas by Michelle Robinson. It was a real pleasure to work on and I can't wait to see it in the wild.

I had an exciting end to 2015. In November I went on a last minute trip to Korea and Japan. I've wanted to see the autumn colours for a long while and the time felt right. I'm so glad I went. It reminded me just how big the world is and reawakened my spirit of adventure. It was like somebody pressed a reset button in my brain and I was back to my normal self.


I guess what I am working my up to is a huge thank you. Thanks to everyone who has helped me through this year. I don't want to be soppy, but your kindness has meant an awful lot.

Anyway to quote Chumbawamba, I get knocked down but I get up again.

Emily x

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Frogs, Fireflies, Flamingos and Fish


Hello all, 2015 is proving to be a busy year. Hopefully I'll soon be able to show you what I've been up to. In the meantime, here's a couple of recent artworks. Just some creative play!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Studio

 After a rocky start to the year (with a very poorly Dad in hospital) I've realised my escape is the studio. It's a place where I can be happy and creative - and being there just cheers me up! So here's a little homage to my happy place...


Cards

Hello! Happy 2015, in celebration I've added a few new designs to my online shop. Do take a peek: www.emilyafox.co.uk/shop

Oh Nuts.

Happy Birthday or whatever...

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Wedding Invitations

Hello all! Recently I had the pleasure of designing wedding invitations for one of my nearest and dearest friends. It was so nice to work on something more 'grown up' and certainly something I'd like to do again. I also discovered I actually quite enjoy shopping for envelopes... Rock and roll!

Anyway, here they are

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Online Shop

I've decided to open a small online shop, due to popular demand. Small enough to fit in a box even! 
I will sell 4 original designs as digitally printed greetings cards, which will be ready to dispatch in 1-3 working days.

I will also sell each design in packs of 5 at a reduced rate, if you want to grab a bargain!

Please find my online shop here: www.emilyafox.co.uk/shop


Happy shopping!

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