@phil-cullen Thank you Phil! That means a lot
Posts made by hannahmccaffery
Hello! Better late than never I guess!
So I've just realised that I've never actually introduced myself properly on the forum, apologies for just bursting right in recently haha!
My name is Hannah McCaffery and I'm from the seaside town of Llandudno in beautiful Wales, UK and it is ALWAYS raining hehe!
I came across the SVS podcast on twitter and I've loved it right from the start. Not only is it comforting to me to listen to other illustrators talk about the business, but I've learnt so so much and each podcast motivates me in some new way - so thank you Will, Jake and Lee
I've been illustrating since I was small, and after doing an Art Diploma in college, I went on to study Illustration at Loughborough University. Turned out that I hated it as they tried to make me illustrate in a way that wasn't natural to me and I ended up failing miserably, so I started afresh at Glyndwr University near my home and studied Illustration for Children's Publishing.
After graduating in 2013, I was lucky enough to be signed with The Organisation illustration agency after exhibiting my work at New Designers in London. I was signed with them until fairly recently, and during that time with them I illustrated 13 educational books for Heinemann and Scholastic whilst working part time too.
I decided to leave my agency a few months ago as I felt like i'd lost my identity as an illustrator (I detested drawing anything and it really showed in my work so my agent struggled to find me any paid work) and i needed to take a step back to start right from the beginning, so hopefully I'll be signed with another agency again when I've got a sparkly new portfolio.
I'm so glad that I've found this forum full of wonderful artists, everyone is so friendly, supportive and constructive and it's so comforting to have a hub that I can now go to to talk about anything to do with illustration
You're all fab!
Sorry for rambling on...haha!
RE: Top 5 favourite illustrators/artists!
@sigross I love Malika Favre's work too and wow I've just looked up Vanessa Lemen and her work is beautiful!
@irina It's so hard to just pick 5 isn't it? hehe! I'm a fan of Shaun Tan's work too, is Mariachiara di Giorgio the illustrator of Professional Crocodile? That book is on my 'to buy' list at the moment! Okada Chiaki's work is beautiful, i adore traditional illustration like that.
@twiggyt I love David Wiesner's 'Tuesday' book, it's so unique and random!
@cgordon I like Joe Todd-stanton's work too! I really like the look of Yvan Duque's work aswell.
@robgale I like Stephane Wootha Richard's use of light and Bobby Chiu's work is so brilliantly weird and cool lol!
RE: What are you drawing today?
@carriecopa Ooooh I love your character design, so beautiful
I'm working on some comic black and white spreads for a project in my day job, and in my spare time I'm trying to work on another one of my haunted house story pieces, it's becoming a very slow process annoyingly! I'm hoping to have 3 examples from that story for my portfolio
On my list for the new year, I'd like to illustrate some scenes from The Secret Garden and I've designed my own version of Postman Pat so I would love to work on some scenes from that!
Always love hearing what everyone is working on, don't know about anyone else, but it always motives me
Top 5 favourite illustrators/artists!
So I thought I'd start a little thread about everyone's top 5 favourite illustrators at the moment! Either the old classics like Beatrix Potter, Quentin Blake etc, or any current illustrators that you follow on social media.
Who's work inspires you or is inspiring you at the moment? I always find new artists work when I ask other people this, which is always a good thing! I've decided to list my favourite illustrators on social media at the moment, as they all deserve a shout out
My top 5 at the moment are:
1: Ben Mantle (his latest book Little Red Reading Hood is incredibly beautiful) www.benmantle.co.uk
2: Ellie Snowdon (her line work is so charming) www.elliesnowdon.co.uk
3: Benji Davies (His use of colour is simple but brilliant) www.benjidavies.com
4: Tim Budgen (his work always makes me smile) www.timbudgen.com
5: Rhi Moxon (my Uni friend who's work is inspired by her travels and is very quirky but so unique) www.rhimoxon.com or she's on IG as @rhimoxon
Look forward to hearing everyone else's favourites
RE: Feedback on little panda design
I love both your little panda's, they're so sweet! I personally think number 2 would work better for the story outline you've given us, his body shape and face etc, might be easier to illustrate emotions and pose better. Plus he looks more childlike to me and has a lot of sass - that second pose is the best hehe!
RE: Where am I going with illustration? Insights appreciated...
Ooh yes, your work reminds me of Raymond Briggs too like @irina says
RE: Illustration podcasts (besides 3-Point Perspective)
@benr I think he's just started doing them again, not as many though