An illustrator’s work is never done when it comes to marketing herself. And even if you would rather be outside in places that are more green and simple than urban, technology still helps get that work done…
I’m in the middle of illustrating a new book about things that live in gardens; moles, foxes, squirrels, bats and bees. And frogs of course! I grew up with a mother passionate about nature and wildlife – tadpoles were always found each spring, nettles were collected each summer morning as food for the peacock butterfly caterpillars and stick insects were forever escaping around the house till my dad complained and banned them for good… I remember as a child standing on the porch in the early morning sunshine with a collection of butterflies sitting on my upstretched palms, shivering their still damp wings, fresh from leaving each chrysalis. Once dry, they would fly off into the brightness. My mum has passed her love on to me and illustrating stories about animals and plants is always something I enjoy.
In a world where technology – seen as the direct antithesis to nature – is necessary for marketing any small business, I created my first Gif this morning! A tiny thing (which perhaps took more time than necessary for the final result) but useful to post on social media and advertise my illustrations. It’s still a bit glitchy and posting in some places makes it look grainy but seems to work fine on my blog.
At some point, I’ll spend time on something more extravagant, but in the meantime, my little frog with his cheeky wink will have to do… Sometimes its the small, subtle things that are the most perfect.