Sunday, 6 April 2014

Event: The launch of The Girls Bicycle Handbook.

Last week I was invited to the launch of my first internally illustrated book,  The Girls Bicycle Handbook.
I created over 40 illustrations for the internal pages of this amazing, non-fiction bicycle book.  The book was written by Caz Nicklin, the owner of Cyclechic, an online bicycle accessories shop and blog with a mission to "promote cycling as a desirable lifestyle choice and encourage more women to take to 2 wheels."  How apt that is was a fully female team that created this wonderful book.
The Girls' Bicycle Handbook - by women for women.

The book is essential reading for any cyclist; with handy tips on how to look after your bike, cycle safety, and how to look good on your bike. It would make a wonderful gift for any lady cyclist.

Some of my pictures

The launch was held at the Mare street "Look Mum No Hands".  It was a great opportunity to meet the lovely ladies from my publishers, Quercus books.  A big thanks to Caz, Sophie and Kerry for making me part of the team!


Friday, 21 March 2014

Behind the Scenes at my Photography Collaboration

This week I collaborated with the photographer, Lorna Milburn and makeup artist Sam Norman on a photo shoot.    I created an illustrated backdrop for the shoot, and created an illustrated paper floral crown for the shoot.  I can't wait to share the final photographs when they're finished.

Here's some pictures from behind the scenes.

 x, Willa

Friday, 7 March 2014

Insight Video - Learn more about me and my studio

Last week, I talked about how Perry, from WhiteSao, came to my studio to create a short documentary about me.  We spent the morning together, talking about my process, my artwork and my working space.  I've been excited, if not nervous to see the results.  It's never easy to hear yourself talking.  But, the final version is here, and I'm delighted!  I hope you love it too.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Filming in my Studio with Whitesao

Last week I had a visitor to the studio, the filmmaker, Perry from Whitesao.  He came by to film me in my studio.

Whitesao is an online platform that showcases emerging artists, their working space and their processes.  My video should be ready in a few weeks.  I'm excited to see it (if not a little nervous).  
x, Willa

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Working in Berlin (being location independent).

As you might know, my huband works in Berlin a lot, so now that I'm a full-time illustrator,  I'm able to go out there with him and work from the home-studio I have set up there.  It's amazing and I feel pretty lucky!
I spent my first week working from Berlin last week.  To be honest, it was so cold outside, I pretty much stayed inside but I got loads of work done.  I did make a journey to the zoo to do some sketching, but my hands were so cold, I pretty much gave up. 

The view from my studio in Berlin (brrrr!)

This week, I am back in London. I've been creating some new self-initiated work for promotion and been sending a lot of postcards out to art directors.  Also, I'm patiently waiting to hear back about some potentially exciting jobs, so keep your fingers crossed for me!

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Male portraits

In an attempt to introduce more men into my portfolio, I have created a set of male portraits.  The style is slightly more masculine and solid than normal, and I really like the results.  I'll be trying to take some of these darker colours and more solid shapes into all of my illustration.

the gorgeous Ryan Gosling:

and the beautiful Chris Helmsworth:

I hope you love them.  You can see the whole set of portraits here

x, Willa