2013’s self-portrait. It’s been so long since I’ve done any kind of vector portrait, or personal illustration at all, for that matter. All my creative endeavors have been work-related lately, which is good - don’t get me wrong. This one is intentionally simple and crisp looking.
Also, this is probably the first finished vector piece I’ve done that was a proper experiment with varying line weights. I like it.

2013’s self-portrait. It’s been so long since I’ve done any kind of vector portrait, or personal illustration at all, for that matter. All my creative endeavors have been work-related lately, which is good - don’t get me wrong. This one is intentionally simple and crisp looking.

Also, this is probably the first finished vector piece I’ve done that was a proper experiment with varying line weights. I like it.

Chubby Bunny Acrylic Brooches

I actually drew up the design for these a fair few months ago. The bunny was sketched by hand, then drawn up in Adobe Illustrator and then I took them to the laser cutter at my old university and had a large number of them cut from white acrylic. They were then mounted on brooch backings (I now use pin badge style backings as the weight distribution is far better, and they’re much less fiddly to assemble), and sold via my Etsy store and in a handful of local craft shops.

I even got a rubber stamp made up so that I could present them on little gift tags!
 

I really love how cute they came out - and I’ve sold most of them already, they’ve all received lovely reviews on Etsy, and I’ve even had requests from customers from the local shops to bring in more once they sold out. :) It’s a great feeling to know that I made something that has been in demand, and has significantly brightened someone’s day.

…So, I graduated.
Yup, I now have a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Illustration (with Honours, 2:1) - after 3 years of caffeine  blood, sweat and tears. And drawing. That, too.Actually, I graduated over a month ago, but I’ve been so busy with updating my online portfolio, sending out CVs, going for interviews and working on more freelance work than usual, that I’ve kind of neglected this blog a bit. Oops.Being done with university is weird. It’s simultaneously liberating and crushing. As much as I’ve learnt over the last 3 years of study, projects and internships, I still feel ill-prepared for the big, bad real world. Having said that, though, I’ve finally had time to take on more freelance jobs and create things that I love again.

…So, I graduated.

Yup, I now have a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Illustration (with Honours, 2:1) - after 3 years of caffeine  blood, sweat and tears. And drawing. That, too.

Actually, I graduated over a month ago, but I’ve been so busy with updating my online portfolio, sending out CVs, going for interviews and working on more freelance work than usual, that I’ve kind of neglected this blog a bit. Oops.

Being done with university is weird. It’s simultaneously liberating and crushing. As much as I’ve learnt over the last 3 years of study, projects and internships, I still feel ill-prepared for the big, bad real world. Having said that, though, I’ve finally had time to take on more freelance jobs and create things that I love again.


The Illustrated Haiku Project
Written and illustrated by Emmie McKee.For more information on my quest to complete my very first art book, click here.

The Illustrated Haiku Project

Written and illustrated by Emmie McKee.
For more information on my quest to complete my very first art book, click here.

The Illustrated Haiku ProjectFor more information on my quest to complete my very first art book, click here.

The Illustrated Haiku Project

For more information on my quest to complete my very first art book, click here.

HI GUYS, long time no speak (as usual, I know, I know).So I’ve recently started on a project. I like to write haikus. Silly little ones about whatever pops into my head. A friend suggested that I should collate them all and look into self-publishing a collection of them. Then, I figured, "Hey, I have a degree in illustration now, wouldn’t it be cute if I did an illustration for each one and made it into an art book?" So that’s what I’m doing: 50 illustrated haikus, 1 overly-ambitious book project. So far they’re ranging from deep and insightful to quirky and non-sensical. Here’s one of my personal favourites so far. I’m going to keep posting random pieces on tumblr in the hopes that, by the time I’ve finished, I’ll have drummed up enough interest to help fund my Kickstarter campaign. (Sorry about the watermark!)www.emmiemckee.com 

HI GUYS, long time no speak (as usual, I know, I know).

So I’ve recently started on a project. I like to write haikus. Silly little ones about whatever pops into my head. A friend suggested that I should collate them all and look into self-publishing a collection of them. Then, I figured, "Hey, I have a degree in illustration now, wouldn’t it be cute if I did an illustration for each one and made it into an art book?" So that’s what I’m doing: 50 illustrated haikus, 1 overly-ambitious book project.

So far they’re ranging from deep and insightful to quirky and non-sensical. Here’s one of my personal favourites so far. I’m going to keep posting random pieces on tumblr in the hopes that, by the time I’ve finished, I’ll have drummed up enough interest to help fund my Kickstarter campaign. (Sorry about the watermark!)

www.emmiemckee.com 

I recently helped out with a local festival in Birmingham called Swingamajig! (5th May 2013).

I designed the crew passes (pictured above) which were worn/used on the day by all the artists/technicians/stewards/staff, etc. 

I also designed a wooden stage prop (pictured below) that was placed in front of the PA on the main stage. It was a GREAT event, filled to the brim with talented people and loving, friendly souls. I feel proud to have been of assistance and had such an amazing time, too.

Finally, something new to post! Sorry for the long radio-silence.
I bought a mini portable photography studio for one of my uni assignments the other day (I’m sure we’ll get to that later, at some point) and I figured I would test it out by trying a few still life shots.
I knew obsessively collecting tin robots would come in handy one day! This is Edgar. He’s my favourite of the bunch so far. Shot with a Nikon D40X, red backdrop, mini studio lights and a colour filter. No editing except for enhancing the contrast a bit!

Finally, something new to post! Sorry for the long radio-silence.

I bought a mini portable photography studio for one of my uni assignments the other day (I’m sure we’ll get to that later, at some point) and I figured I would test it out by trying a few still life shots.

knew obsessively collecting tin robots would come in handy one day! This is Edgar. He’s my favourite of the bunch so far. Shot with a Nikon D40X, red backdrop, mini studio lights and a colour filter. No editing except for enhancing the contrast a bit!

I finished my 3 month internship at The Studio 4 (design agency) today. I’ve basically been working non-stop, posting blogs, writing SEO reports, designing logos, editing photos, laying out pages, writing editorials, illustrating bits and bobs - everything. Here’s something I did today for the company’s 2012 Christmas e-bulletin.
Working at a design agency has taught me a number of things:
1) Everyone always expects you to do everything at once.
2) Everything will only take you ‘5 or so minutes’ according to your manager
3) Clients are idiots.
To be honest, it was a great experience. I loved the people I worked with, and I got a lot of illustrations and designs accepted/published, so it’s helped me with my faith in myself, and it’s also make me work a LOT faster.

I finished my 3 month internship at The Studio 4 (design agency) today. I’ve basically been working non-stop, posting blogs, writing SEO reports, designing logos, editing photos, laying out pages, writing editorials, illustrating bits and bobs - everything. Here’s something I did today for the company’s 2012 Christmas e-bulletin.

Working at a design agency has taught me a number of things:

1) Everyone always expects you to do everything at once.

2) Everything will only take you ‘5 or so minutes’ according to your manager

3) Clients are idiots.

To be honest, it was a great experience. I loved the people I worked with, and I got a lot of illustrations and designs accepted/published, so it’s helped me with my faith in myself, and it’s also make me work a LOT faster.

New logo/self-branding for 2012-2013. And new double-sided, round-edged business cards. Yes, the logo is me from the side, based on victorian silhouettes, but with added ‘pencil behind the ear’ flourish. I thought it was pretty cool. And a marked improvement on the old cards, since they’re less cluttered, and more professional looking, in my opinion. Sorry for not updating in such a long time. Thanks to everyone who’s stuck with this blog still.