New Blog Banner

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The lovely Tracy Collins from travel blog “Tracy’s Travels in Time” contacted me about a new banner for her blog. She wanted warm colours (she LOVES orange and so do I!) and a good mixture of different landmarks, which is one of my favourite things to draw.

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We also decided to turn all the different landmarks that I illustrated into individual icons. That way, she can always add fun little illustrations to her posts, to go alongside her photographs.

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Tracy has been EVERYWHERE! I always consider myself to be quite well travelled, until I talk to someone like Tracy who has really seen the world. It’s inspiring to say the least.

Follow Tracy’s adventures on her blog and also her facebook page.

And if you’re thinking about getting a new banner for your blog, I would be more than happy to assist. Check out my Etsy Shop for more details.

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The Blogger

My “Blogger” illustration is now available in my Society6 shop.

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She can be purchased as an art print or on various cute little objects such as pillows, iPad skins, tote bags, etc.

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I had originally illustrated her when I was living in New York, 2 years ago. I wasn’t blogging very frequently (It was my first time in New York, you see, and there was so much to do!), but I was drawing a lot, all the time and everywhere!

One of my best friends from there loved this illustration and she would always mention it in our emails and chats. I had forgotten about it for a while until this morning. For some reason, I woke up thinking about it! It took me a while to find it among my several back up folders, but here it is! :0) Looking at it makes me happy. It brings back a lot of good memories.

See it in my shop here.

Lots of love,

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Mummyhood after Adland

I LOVE doing illustrations for personal blogs and small online businesses. From the early days of Wardrobe Mistress a few years ago, to So Many Lovely Things recently, and quite a few interesting projects in between, it will always be one of my favourite things to do! It’s fun and the result is immediate: after you deliver the artwork, you’ll see it live a few days later, probably sooner. In a few hours, perhaps! – This is definitely one of the benefits of being an illustrator nowadays: instant reward.

Anyway, this is the header I illustrated for From E to ABC.

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For those who don’t know, “E” refers to e: A Novel, by Matt Beaumont, about the everyday life of an advertising agency.

Like me, the blogger, Mrs W used to work in advertising. In fact, we started our careers together as graduates in the same agency in London! I quickly realised that she was bright (exceedingly so!) and hilarious, so we became very good friends.

Her blog is about her journey from the Ad world to motherhood, and she tells it like it is, in her very own brilliant way.

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Judging by this header, you can tell that I am going through an objects phase, right? Anyone who knows me or my work, knows that I love drawing girls. (Girls, girls, girls, always girls!) I still do, of course, but I am trying a couple of different things at the moment. Mainly objects and patterns. I’ll post them here very soon!

Read From E to ABC: Mummyhood after Adland here.

Lots of love

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So Many Lovely Things

My latest illustration assignment was to design the new blog header for London fashion and beauty blog So Many Lovely Things. This was such a nice project. Here is the final piece:

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And a couple of the initial sketches.

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This was a lot of fun to draw, especially the little louboutins. Dani (the blogger) was enthusiastic every step of the way and an absolute joy to work with. :0)

 

Witness This

Last Friday I was featured in the art section of the brilliant and oh, so cool Witness This.

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This is my favorite part of the feature: “I love the playfulness in Joana’s style. Her drawings are a fun and cheerful world to dive into, and simply put you in a good mood while there is also an element of latent madness residing within. If I was a child again, I would love to have her illustrate my favorite fairy tales… you know what, forget the child, Edgar fuckin’ Allan Poe it is!”

Oh my God, what a GREAT IDEA. Yes, I believe I am going to drop everything and start an Edgar Allan Poe series. It’s too tempting. And extremely flattering. – Thank you guys!

Read the whole feature here, and for everything cool, creative and inspirational, check out the rest of the page here. Some of the most interesting content I have seen in ages!