Sunday, 21 August 2016

My Debut Publication!

Ok, so I realise it's been 18 months since I last posted any news, as they say, no news is good news. It's just that I have never been so busy illustrating for some amazing clients and blogging just hasn't happened.

It's also been a really challenging 18 months because, anyone who remembers from way back why I started out in business is because I have Ulcerative Colitis, which means that working for myself  I am much more able to shape my work around this condition and it's not been an easy time for me.

I also got married last October to my wonderful Husband, so it's been a whirlwind year.
Here's a little photo of our happy day and the man who supports me through everything!

Back in the Studio, I have not only been creating greeting cards for a growing number of customers here in the UK, France and Switzerland, but my work has taken on a new direction into the world of publishing.

I have contributed to these colouring books for adults 'The Art of Mindfulness' by Michael O'Mara Books and 'Calming Colouring For Kids' by Buster Books.

My fantastic agents Advocate have been keeping me incredibly busy licensing my designs to clients such as Nigel Quiney, UK Greetings, HarperCollins, Hallmark and WHSmith. There have been times when I have had to turn work down, I would love to say yes to everything, but selecting work, prioritising and time managing is so important.

At the end of 2015 I started out on my debut solo colouring book for adults, after receiving a commission from Anness Publishing. The brief to illustrate 100 different land, air and sea animals for 'Animal Magic - An Enchanting Colouring In Book'.

I spent a lot of late evenings perfecting my illustrations, making all the little details exciting for you to colour, and to see the publication in print is a huge milestone! When I was studying Illustration I'd spend hours and a lot of money in Waterstones, Borders and WHSmith on design magzines and books, so to find my very own book in book stores now is surreal.

If you'd like to purchase my book directly, you can do so here from Amazon. For a peek inside the publisher has a flip file here for you to browse. If you are a bookseller, please do approach Anness Publishing for further information.

Of course, I would love you to share your colouring skills with me, so sharpen your pencils and send your photos to me on Twitter @FaysStudio or share on Facebook with Fay's Studio Greetings.

Fay x