I have a wonderfully talented Nephew and I asked him to help me one Sunday. He came over and after letting him know the kind of thing I was after he came up with a brilliant idea...we spent a couple of hours whilst he drew and we worked through different fonts. He was incredibly patient..I know what I want and can see things very clearly and equally I know what is not right and know that immediately and that works fine when I am doing something by myself as I can take the time to get it just right but not an easy process for someone else to sit through... We did end up with an image at the end of the day and I do still love the concept he came up with but I knew it was going to take a great deal more time for me to refine it to be used as a finished logo. Knowing he is snowed under with Exam prep I didn't want to bother him again .
Then I remembered India... I have seen her work on facebook..
I am friends with her Mum on facebook... In my early days of Home education I read a large number of blogs. They were really invaluable at the time..Seeing how others lived and hearing their stories helped me find the confidence to follow the autonomous route we had set off on. It is only recently that I realised that the blog India's Mum had written back then was one of my favourite's :) I remember thinking when we became friends on Facebook that the children's names rang bells but somehow didn't connect the two. Then one day June posted something and I made the connection!
India has been home educated since she was Seven.
It has been an absolute joy to work with her. She has been professional but friendly at the same time, she has been patient, helpful and prompt. If you are in the market for a Logo or some graphic work I highly recommend her :)
Here she is, in her words, with some examples of her work...
Hi! My name is India, I’m 20, and a freelance artist. I worked with Lynn to create her logo for Lusciously Loopy, and she’s asked me to write a bit about myself & my art.
I’ve been drawing since I was about 12 years old. Before that, I doodled a lot, but I wouldn’t truly call it ‘drawing’. From 12 to 16 I drew a lot of things simply for fun, I never really learned an awful lot and truthfully, I was still searching for my style.
This is something I drew at 16...
Hehe, looking back on it, it’s terrible! But I was really proud of it back then and it’s around that time that I really seriously began to work on my art and strive to improve.
This is my most recent, finished picture.
Much better! I’m still improving every day, I’m working on gesture and lines of action right now, trying to make my artwork more dynamic.
I’m currently working as a freelance artist, under my business name, Indiv1dual Designs. I started working as a freelancer as soon as I turned 18 and could get myself a Paypal. I take personal commissions, I work on logo design for small businesses, and I do other small graphic design things, too.
One of my most popular commissions recently have been my ‘£5 Photo-to-manga’ commissions, in which I’ll take a photo of you, or you and a loved one/friend, and draw you in my own style.
I absolutely love doing these and they allow me to try out a more realistic style, too! I also do logo design, I recently designed a small avatar character for the Youtuber Mr. Strings, and of course, I helped Lynn design her logo. :)
Mr Strings avatar, based on the art style used in the game ‘Spelunky’.
In the future I would really love to work as a Children’s Book Illustrator and writer. I’ve already written and drawn my own book, as an app for the iPad, which should be released soon. If it goes well I’d love to make more and create a series of sorts, the main character & her story have endless possibilities! It’s what I’ve wanted to have as a career for a very, very long time, so I love that I’m getting to do what I’ve always wanted to.
If you’d like to see more of my art or just come and chat to me, you can pop over to my Facebook page!
Thank you India <3 I hope your dreams for the future come true!
I really enjoy getting to know a little bit more about the people who have followed their passions and created a business for themselves. There are more to come in the pipeline and as products are created to go in the shop I will introduce you to the people behind the small business.