Updates, maps, book covers, and insect illustrations

The last few months have been a bit of a rollercoaster, but after finally realising I was experiencing burnout and putting in a lot of work into self-improvement, implementing healthier routines and allowing myself actual time off I feel back on track.

I decided to put the ‘Women Aren’t Funny?” series on hold as I was unhappy with how it was turning out - for some reason I tend to steer towards a more realistic style when I’m stressed despite not enjoying working that way. I have since started re-working the two comedians into a style I enjoy illustrating for the type of jobs I actually want (it’s funny how stress can make you forget why you’re doing something) and I now feel much more proud of the direction it’s going. I’ll post updates on that soon.

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In the meantime I’ve been working on personal projects and focusing on my uni course. I illustrated a map of Europe for my boyfriend with landmarks from most of the places we’ve travelled to outside the UK. This was a really fun project and I hope to create more maps in the future.

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For my uni coursework I re-designed the book cover for Stephen Fry’s ‘Mythos’ as I’ve been really enjoying reading it. I decided to illustrate Prometheus moulding men out of clay with Zeus watching over in the form of an eagle in a Kylix. I love any excuse for adding handlettering, pattern, and texture so this was super enjoyable for me.

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Another personal project I worked on was this collection of moths. Since childhood I’ve been fascinated by insects and used to love going to exhibitions in London to see giant collections of beetles and other creepy crawlies. I’ve decided to embrace that weird side of me and explore as much of the weird nerdiness as I can in my work and combine that with my love of pattern and texture. I really enjoyed experimenting with creating different textures using the 6B pencil brush in Procreate, but in the future I’ll probably stick to bolder strokes and more solid uses of colour.

That’s all I have to show for now, but stay tuned for a reboot of the ‘Women Aren’t Funny?’ illustration series as I’m itching to get it out there.

Take care,

Annarose x