It's almost 3 years since I met my friend Amanda, an illustrator, 'Amazing Amanda' when she not there, and also C'Amanda since my little girl once upon a time thought that was her name.
*First eye open*
A talented person who works for herself, being creative, enjoying what they do and earning a living! Without her I don't know what I would be doing now. It's not that I didn't know which direction I wanted to go in or what kind or career I wanted, or that I lacked determination or a work ethic. I've always been an artist at heart, a person who had to make things for the love of it.
I graduated from my Art & Design degree with a first in 2005 before creating a clan of mini me's. I just didn't know how to go about bringing that into my daily life in a tangible way. The very minute I saw what Amanda did I knew I wanted to be a commercial illustrator. But how?
I lacked courage and conviction.....and then I accidently, one day, found www.spoonflower.com AND www.boraillustrates.com
*Second eye open*
This was such an injection of faith. That you can be who you want to be, create what comes naturally, put yourself out there, and you don't even need as much courage as you think....... just enough to press publish, send, post, tweet, make public or submit. That's 2 seconds of courage......and a door open.
So when I sit down to my mad hatters tea party everyday at 9.30am, after the school run, conjuring up illustrations and design ideas, there will always be room at the table for C'Amanda and Bora who led me to my own front door and showed me the right key.
I am just at the beginning of my trip down the rabbit hole...............where I shall always try to do things for the love of it, with no rules, no rhyme and sometimes no other reason than I want to!
To see what I create on a daily basis pop here!
To see what's currently for sale pop here!