When you think no one notices...


Back at the beginning of June, I received an email regarding my working on a project that 'might just interest me'.

Forward 2 months later and I'm working on said 'project' as it interested me very much! I can't really say much yet as I had to sign a non-disclosure form but what I can say is I'm thoroughly enjoying working with this team, and it's been great to get to know them in a short space of time as they've already been working on this for a while. 'Hit the ground running' springs to mind, and that I did!

So, my blog title brings me on to explain the situation around being asked to do this project; there I was, sitting in my corner studio space, hidden away and oblivious to the goings-on in the outside world...



Drawing and making have been my routine, and people buy what I make or commission me, a nice little stroke to the ego, but usually, I'm tucked away forming my next whimsical illustration.

When I received the email, I thought it was spam, or some 'round-robin get as many artists interested' message. But no, it was legit. Here's where the blog's title comes in; the email said that a colleague had seen my work in the studio and told him about it.

This image, in particular, caught their eye...


Unbeknownst to me, cogs were whirring and discussions being had, which to little ole' me who hides away in the studio is a BIG thing! I had to do a test illustration for them, which got the go-ahead, and I'm now working on a charming project with some great people. Don't get me wrong, it's hard work; I've had to speed up, change my style slightly, use brighter colours, get used to making changes here and there, and most of all, understand what the client needs.

It's challenging, scary and fun all at the same time, and I'm bloody lovin' it!

I guess the moral to my story, and one I remind myself constantly of, is:

'Keep working, keep creating, keep drawing, keep painting; as someday someone will notice, even if it's only oneself'.

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