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Screenshot of the job submission form.

Screenshot of the job submission form.

Over on hire an illustrator (the other site we run) me and Jane take it in turns to handle the job requests that come in asking us to find illustrators for the requester’s project. Sometimes it’s tedious, sometimes it’s fun and exciting. Normally we’ll recommend a dozen or half a dozen illustrators depending on the job. It’s not always easy finding the right illustrators for the client’s request, but we do the best we can.

Many moons ago I used to CC (Carbon Copy) the recommended illustrators in on the reply to the client so they could see the process and know what we were up to. But I had to put a stop to that because as soon as I sent a reply out I’d end up with a dozen emails from the illustrators asking for more information and the illustrators would also follow up with the client rather than waiting for the client to get in contact with them. It’s all fine and good for an illustrator to keep on top of things, but it wasn’t a follow up with the client a week later to find out if they’d found someone for their job. Instead, it was an email 10 minutes later telling the clients they could see more of their work at some web address. When 4 out of 6 illustrators do this to the client when they’ve already been sent links to portfolios which hopefully contain the illustrator’s best work it’s a bit overkill. Hence why I don’t CC the illustrators anymore.

My problem is that we’re running a promotional service for illustrators, but they can’t see all the hard work we put into pushing their styles and skills to potential clients. I guess there’s not much we can do to change that even though we’re doing 10-15 job requests a day, I just wish we could get the illustrators more involved without the site devolving into a job board. The way we work at the moment is if a client’s budget isn’t high enough for the type of work they want we’ll tell them before any illustrators are even mentioned. We also advise clients in the politest way possible how to proceed when there’s no budget for a job. Most clients are brilliant and over the 7 years we’ve been doing this we’ve build some really strong relationships with clients who come back again and again to hire our illustrators.

We love what we do, it’d just be nice for our customers (the illustrators) to see what goes on behind the scenes. We know the service we offer has value, maybe one day we’ll figure out a way to visibly show it’s value. Until then, it’s business as normal and back to the job requests.

If you want us to help you find an illustrator for your project, submit a job at:

The Illustrated Nature Journal By Fiona Biddington


The Nature Journal is a book in which to sketch and observe the natural world around you.

From Bladderwrack to Honey Bees, Sea Eagles to Deathcaps, the Illustrated Nature Journal is a pocket sized space to record the world around us in all its wonderful splendour.??

Fiona Biddington’s warm, accessible pencil-drawn illustrations of stars, bees and lichen will have you reaching for your own set of HBs in minutes. Plenty of blank space is left for you to draw and write your own thoughts and discoveries.

Beautiful packaging with kraft-board covers and creamy paper stock makes this one to have and to hold.

These new stationery product is part of Cicada’s ongoing commitment to identifying and promoting emerging talent. Part of a 3 book series.

7.99 GBP – Pound Sterling BUY ME

Red Brick Beer Label Bonanza


I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Red Brick Brewing company and the Creative Mischief team from Atlanta GA The idea was to create a psychedelic and enticing label for the Belgium Witbier Hibiscuwit, which combines hibiscus flower, cinnamon, and orange peel in a silky, tart, mellow brew that is easy to drink with surprising complexity.

Available now in limited release at your local tap-houses that carry Red Brick Brewery with a seasonal bottle release coming this February 2015. If your in the mood for an end-of-summer beer, then give this a try and you’ll know you will find it.

External Link: Red Brick Beer Label Bonanza

Editorial Illustration for All You Magazine


All you Magazine asked me to create a series of illustrations for their September issue. It was an article about how to avoid the common traps that a supermarket has in it to get you to buy more. I created a full page illustration for the intro, a spread and several smaller icons of traps that the article was calling out. It was such a fun job drawing what I love most…food!

External Link: Editorial Illustration for All You Magazine