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How To Hustle Like Crazy To Make A Powerful Difference

Want to discover how to hustle?

Crave to be a successful creative freelancer, business owner or career?

If you’re hungry and motivated, you probably answer both of these! Within this blog post you will discover my top 3 tips to help you hustle like crazy so you can make a powerful difference. Discover why hustle is so important and why hard work always pays off.

I publish a blog post just like this every fortnight, from regaining your motivation when all is lost to creating that killer illustration portfolio! See what you think of my previous posts by taking a look around. You are always welcome!

Why Is Hustle Important?

No one becomes successful by doing nothing (oh I wish it was that simple). Most of the time, it takes hustle and hard work to reach your goals. This was my first big mistake when I was new to freelancing and business!

You have to hustle to live a lifestyle of your choice, to live your passion, and to be your own boss.


Warren Buffett, the man who is currently valued at 77.6 billion USD by Forbes (4th September 2017), hustled like crazy when he was just 7 years old. He got up at 4:30am to deliver papers around the neighborhood before School.

I wouldn’t of done that when I was 7!

That’s the thing, most people didn’t hustle this when they were 7 years old (and most don’t when they are 27!) He embedded this ethic at such an early age that when it came to adulthood, he knew what it was like to hustle.

Hustling is crucial as it makes any dream a reality.

Why People Resist Hustling

When I think of hard work, I think of the grind, I think of someone knuckling down and getting on with it, I think of motivation to power through the dark times.

You might think of different interpretations of the definition of hard work and hustle, but most people reframe from the hard work, as it is hard work!

Oxford dictionary depicts hustle as;

“(of a person) tending to work with energy and commitment; diligent.”

This perfectly sums up what hustle really is. You need energy, you need commitment and attention to get the job done (even though the job is never done).

Like Warren Buffett, you can get yourself ahead of the game by hustling and putting yourself on the line.

A disclaimer here: this isn’t to say that with hustle everything will work out perfectly and you will earn lots of money. Unfortunately it’s quite the opposite most of the time. You might fail, you will probably make mistakes and you could even lose money. However if you get back up, try again and keep fighting, your persistence will lead to success. Basically the motto of hustle is to never give up!

So you’re wondering how to hustle, here’s 3 epic tips to help you succeed.

Tip 1: Focus Man!

To hustle like crazy you need to eliminate distractions and focus. This is the only way that hustle can be achieved. Successful hustlers aren’t looking at Facebook every 10 minutes, they aren’t turning on the television, and they certainly aren’t wasting their time.

They are getting to the nitty-gritty of it all, and that’s when the work gets done.

When you’re intending to work, the number one thing is to put your phone, your email and any distractions out of reach. Put your phone on silent, and don’t touch it before you have successfully completed your task.

How To Hustle Like Crazy To Make A Powerful Difference

Heck, don’t even touch it for several hours and see how much you get done!

According to Gloria Mark, it takes on average 25 minutes to return to the original task after a distraction.

25 minutes! That’s crazy!

If you check your email, Facebook or text your mates 4 times a day (and 4 is a low number!), it can take you up to an hour to get back into your original task! One hour of your day completely wasted. You don’t want that, and I certainly don’t want that.

The number one rule here is to put all digital distractions away. If you feel you need a break, resist the urge to look digitally to fuel your boredom, but get up and have a stretch before commencing work again.

If you just can’t resist the urge, put all distractions out of reach, and give yourself a ‘reward’ when the task is done by looking at your favourite Snapchat and Instagram accounts (or whatever you do with your time).

Eliminate distractions around you and focus.

Tip 2: Put Yourself On The Line & Get Out There

Hustling requires self confidence to succeed (don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you need to be the most confident person on Earth to hustle).

What I mean is that you need to put yourself on the line and get out there to hustle to your potential. If you have no self confidence and don’t put yourself on the line, you will never ring up that potential client, you will never attend that networking event, and you will never reach your maximum potential.

I might make it sound easy (and of course I definitely suffer with a lack of confidence every now and again, which is normal), it’s about overcoming your fears to hustle. If you’re scared of phoning up that one client, the only way you can overcome your fear is by doing it. If you do this it will help hustle successfully.

I recently watched a brilliant TEDtalk video presented by Dr. Ivan Joseph, which states that persistence, stopping negative self talk and practice you can become self confident. It’s a brilliant video which I highly recommend!

If you do something over and over again, and put yourself on the line then you will become so comfortable that it becomes natural. When you first started walking, crawling was a lot easier. Walking was hard, but your natural instinct was to walk, however hard it was. In the end, you managed to get on your two feet and start walking.

A miracle if we think about it!

If you want help with self confidence, I have recently published this blog post.

Put yourself on the line to maximise your hustle!

Tip 3: Network, With Everyone!

They say that it’s who you know, not what you know, and I couldn’t agree more.

When I think of hustling, I think of someone who connects with people, who gets amongst them and works with them. Whatever industry you find yourself, from illustration, design to owning a creative agency, it’s crucial that your network your ass off!

How To Hustle Like Crazy To Make A Powerful Difference

Get among others by attending conferences and networking events, being active on Linkedin groups and making sure that relationship building is your priority.

If you can successfully master this skill (as it is a skill), you will have the world at your fingertips. There are certain habits that you need to build relationships, but if you’re shy about these things, this is where self confidence comes into play (refer to my last tip).

Everyone you meet can be a potential client, so embed networking into your ethos.

To learn how to hustle like a real champion; network, network, network.

How To Hustle 101: Reach Your Goals With These Tips

I hope you enjoyed these tips to help you learn how to hustle!

I followed my own advice by not looking at ANY social media whilst I wrote this blog post, which is big for me! I turned off my emails and closed the door, and it made a real difference. I need to keep doing this to get the work done.

If you want to learn how to hustle, it’s important that you put yourself on the line, network like crazy and focus on your daily tasks.

If you want to discover more, take a look at my other blog posts on freelancing, creativity to business. Or if you fancy looking at my design or illustration portfolio, don’t hesitate!

I would love to know what you think of this blog post and how it has helped you learn how to hustle! Comment below, or hitting me up on social media on the links below!

Many thanks for listening and visiting my news page today. You can follow what I’m up to on my Twitter, Facebook or Google + pages, I’ll really appreciate it if you do, and don’t be afraid to say hi to me! Many thanks again, and have a great day!

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Sketchbook Drawing August Update

Hey everyone! Hope you’re all having a great August! I love drawing in my sketchbook, and try and draw at least once a day which I’ve been doing consistently for over 4 years now (sometimes more than once a day, and sometimes less when it’s hectic)!

It’s a great way for me to practice my drawing skill, and has a positive effect on my commissioned work. Drawing helps me explore different ways of working, and helps me experiment. There is a negative to all this sketchbook drawing however, where to put my full sketchbooks in my house!

I’ve recently been drawing with new mediums in my sketchbook; bringing in coloured brush pens. This double sided pen (a brush on one end and more of a ‘pen’ on the other), offers bright colour and mixes up the thickness which I love! Combining this with my trusted colouring pencil approach has lead to some pretty interesting results, which you can see below!

I have three forms of sketchbooks that I usually work in, from A4, A5, to A6. I tend to use A4 and A5 the most, with A6 coming into play when I haven’t got that much room whilst traveling or I want to sketch something quick.

I sketch a lot of portraits in my sketchbook, as I love to draw faces. I’m not too sure why this is, but it’s a challenge as every face is unique and different! I have also included my landscape and observational drawings to dig your teeth into.

Drawing has a great influence on my creativity and skill, which is evident within my illustration artwork (I hope)! Drawing in my sketchbook has always been something that I have done, and it’s become an addiction now! I always want to improve and this is a great way to evolve as an artist and illustrator.

What’s Included In This Drawing Update?

This sketchbook update reveals portrait drawings of the late Bruce Forsyth, Nile Rodgers, including a scary and moody looking portrait (which is my self portrait – I’m not sad, scary or rude in real life like I depict myself in my self portraits)!

I hope you enjoy this sketchbook drawing update, do have a look at my previous sketchbook update, and I have also revamped by website to show not only my illustration portfolio but graphic design portfolio too!

Many thanks for listening and visiting my news page today. You can follow what I’m up to on my Twitter, Facebook or Google + pages, I’ll really appreciate it if you do, and don’t be afraid to say hi to me! Many thanks again, and have a great day!

Sketchbook Drawing August Update

Sketchbook Drawing August Update

Sketchbook Drawing August Update

Sketchbook Drawing August Update

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Sketchbook Drawing August Update

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Sketchbook Drawing August Update

Sketchbook Drawing August Update

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Sketchbook Drawing August Update

Sketchbook Drawing August Update

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Sketchbook Drawing August Update

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Sketchbook Drawing August Update

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Why Self Confidence Is The Most Important Aspect For Any Freelancer

Self confidence is one of the most important aspects for any freelancer, regardless of the field or industry that you find yourself. From illustrators like myself, graphic designers all the way through to branding consultants, self belief is crucial within freelancing endeavors.

Why is this?

Without self belief you question yourself, you don’t back yourself, and because no one is in your corner (not even yourself!), ultimately you will give up. Imagine that, you’re highly talented and you are willing to hustle to the max, but because your self belief is rock bottom, you quit.

That’s just crazy!

Think about the Muhammad Ali’s, the Pablo Picasso’s, the Martin Luther King Jr.’s of this world, if they didn’t back themselves then we would never of seen their brilliance!

Within this blog post you will discover why self confidence is crucial for your freelancing or business endevour, as I reveal my top tips to help you develop self confidence.

Freelancing & Being A Business Owner Is Different

Freelancing is not like a 9-5 job. It requires patience, resilience and hard work, and there’s no guarantee that you will be paid at the end of it. Because of this, self belief plays a crucial role.

If you belief in yourself, then you will keep going and working hard to reach your goals, regardless if the money is coming in (and if you’re patient, it usually comes with hard work – which is always nice!)

If I’m going to be completely transparent with you (which makes me feel a bit uneasy – but helps me explain my point), I struggled with self belief during a period of my freelancing career (and still do in certain aspects). I’m grateful of my commissions and seem to have built something of substance with my illustration and design portfolio, commissions and my brand (even though this is a long way of where I want to be – goals goals goals!), but self belief is still the underlining aspect which needs to be maintained and controlled.


When commissions were not coming in, I doubted myself, my ability, and wondered if it was even for me. The doubt subsided when I was working on commissions, but doubt can still be there when you’re working on a commission too (crazy I know)! As you start to doubt yourself, it mounts, it builds, and it becomes this enormous thing that you can’t control.

You start to feel that you’re not good enough, and voices inside your head shout “GIVE UP”!

This is a serious thought that if not controlled, can lead to the inevitable.

There was even a time when I considered quitting freelancing altogether, but illustration and art is a passion which I have always done in my life, and I was born to do (sorry for the cheese and cliche there). I have learnt over time and with experience that it’s always going to be something that I will have to work on, and have realised just how important it is. I listen to a lot of podcasts which tells the importance of self belief, so I’ve worked on this big time to put faith in myself, by working hard and hustling and celebrating my small wins to remain positive.

But how can you control and embody self belief in yourself, so you keep working hard to reach your goals, and not give up?

Celebrate Your Small Wins

If you’re particularly lacking in self confidence, the smallest wins should be celebrated. Have you recently redesigned your website? Received a commission? Had a really productive day that you’re proud of?

These should be celebrated and you should reward yourself.

As you aim for your big goals, you can trick yourself to believe that you will be happy when you achieve them. For example, you can say that you will be happy once you earn a million pounds, and will celebrate when this is achieved.

However like big goals, it takes a long time to reach them. Imagine not rewarding yourself until these big goals are achieved? You will have to wait all that time until you are happy!

Why Self Confidence Is The Most Important Aspect For Any Freelancer


Not only will your life be miserable because you’re not rewarding yourself, you will burn out as it takes time to reach your big goals. Can you see what I’m getting at here?

It’s crucial that you reward yourself on your journey, so you will keep motivated and driven to reach your bigger goals. Small wins eventually equals big wins. This article by the Hazard Business Review explains the power of progress, and how even the smallest of wins help your mood and progress towards a goal.

Celebrate your small wins to self confidence.

Stay Positive, Even Through The Tough Times

There’s a great Henry Ford quote that perfectly embodies positivity;

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.†― Henry Ford

He was 100% right. If you want to develop self confidence in your freelancing, business or entrepreneur adventures, you need stay as positive as you can.

For you to successfully achieve this, you need to change your mindset. Never back down and never throw in the towel, never give up or anyone tell you what you are doing is wrong.

Prove them wrong and make sure you build a creative business that they will be jealous of in the future. If you develop positivity in yourself, no one or even yourself can tell you any different.

You begin to look at the world in a new light, you begin to celebrate your small wins that I mentioned earlier, and you will go racing towards your goals and dreams.

If it helps, say positive things in the mirror every morning to help your positivity and motivation.

Invest In Yourself

This is probably one of the most important aspects of developing self confidence; investing in yourself.

When we invest in ourselves, no one else comes first. No one tells us what we should and shouldn’t be doing, and we dedicate time to improving ourselves.

Investing in yourself can come in many ways, from one of my personal favourites of exercise, health and fitness, hobbies outside your creative work, or going to conferences or courses to improve your knowledge and expertise.

Lets look at health and fitness for example (as it’s one of my favourites). As you start to exercise, eat the right foods and consume the correct nutrition in your body, it can help you develop body confidence and improve your mental health. If you didn’t like your body previously, you can begin to like it, you can buy new clothes that look great on you, and a self confidence is built.

Why Self Confidence Is The Most Important Aspect For Any Freelancer


This majorly impacts your freelancing career or creative business, as you’re beginning to love yourself! Everything then stems from there – which is the golden ticket! This all comes from investing in yourself. Invest in yourself, from your health, your expertise and knowledge, to listening and reading new podcasts and books, and you will rekindle your passion and motivation for life!

This Is A Bit Of A Cheat, But It Works!

If none of these tips work (which I’m positive they will), one last tip you can try is to fake it until you make it.

This certainly helped me when I was a teenager, as I didn’t have much confidence back then. I decided that if I faked it until I made it, it would work. It certainly helped me develop self confidence, and I’m positive it can help you too. You might think this tip sounds too easy and is too much of a ‘cheat’, but it really works!

This goes back to the placebo effect, as you start to fake it, you start to believe in yourself, and a sense of self confidence is then developed without you even knowing it!

How Have You Developed Your Self Confidence?

I hope you have enjoyed these tips on how to develop your self confidence.

It’s always a tricky one to get right, as our mentality is so crucial within business and being a freelancer. Freelancing can be so temperamental that it’s crucial that you develop your self confidence so you can overcome anything in life. I didn’t realise just how important my mindset is within business and freelancing, so make sure you write these tips down and follow through with them.

I would love to know how you have developed self confidence in your freelancing career.

How do you overcome difficulties?

Have you developed self confidence, and how have you changed your mindset?

Anything that I missed?

The overall message with this blog post is to not give up, to not back down, and stay positive to reach the goals that you deserve. Don’t let anyone change your journey to your goals, and believe in yourself until the end!

Many thanks for listening and visiting my news page today. You can follow what I’m up to on my Twitter, Facebook or Google + pages, I’ll really appreciate it if you do, and don’t be afraid to say hi to me! Many thanks again, and have a great day!

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Animal Farm Illustrations To Be Featured By Bloomsbury

Hey guys, how’s it going? I’m happy to announce that myself and Mat Klicz’s Animal Farm illustrations are going to be in a book in late 2018!

I’m super soaked by this, and not only was it great to work with Mat, we have this great announcement too! After promoting the designs on social media, the author approached me, which I wasn’t expecting at all!

We created currency designs based on George Orwell’s classic, Animal Farm, that were created with watercolour, gouache and edited digitally. These Animal Farm illustrations were then passed to Mat to embed into his designs – he’s done an amazing job!

Whilst researching the novel, we looked at the link between dictatorships and the Soviet Union in particular, showing the power and authority of the farm characters. This power struggle is especially shown within the pig characters, which is included in our designs.

Showcasing the Animal Farm illustrations below, I have also included my sketchbook development; something that I didn’t show within the last post! I always start any commission in my sketchbook, drawing thumbnails, researching and mind mapping.

This is a crucial element within my illustration process as it helps me think outside the box. Of course I don’t always think of good ideas, some of them are just for my sketchbook! *wink face*

Published by Bloomsbury, it’s going to be about one of my favourite subjects; illustration! I presume (because I don’t know much about the book yet), that our designs will be discussed within the book. I will let you know more about these Animal Farm illustrations book feature closer to the time.

I am super happy by this announcement, and I hope you enjoy the illustrations below!

In other news, I have been working on new illustrations, including a map of Hong Kong. This was a great illustration to work on, which showcases the attractions of the city. If you haven’t checked it out yet you can see it all here.

Many thanks for listening and visiting my news page today. You can follow what I’m up to on my Twitter, Facebook or Google + pages, I’ll really appreciate it if you do, and don’t be afraid to say hi to me! Many thanks again, and have a great day!

Animal Farm Illustrations To Be Featured By Bloomsbury

Animal Farm Illustrations To Be Featured By Bloomsbury

Animal Farm Illustrations To Be Featured By Bloomsbury

Animal Farm Illustrations To Be Featured By Bloomsbury

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Illustrated Map Of Hong Kong

Hey guys! I’ve been super busy with new commissions recently, including a visual identity for National Museums Liverpool, and a creative collaboration of Animal Farm. If you want to take a look, they are all on my illustration portfolio.

Today though I want to talk about my new illustrated map of Hong Kong!

Illustrated maps are a big part of my illustration identity, and I love creating them. I seem to remember doing a map project at University a few years ago, where my addiction started! I love researching, capturing a place in one image, and discovering new places to travel! (Bolstering my portfolio is also an added benefit too)!

I’ve illustrated the likes of San Francisco, Berlin to Singapore, some of them I’ve been lucky enough to visit. I choose Hong Kong as I have never been there, and thought this was a great chance to learn more about this great city!

Beginning with researching, I discovered the top tourist attractions of the city. From Sky100, Victoria Peak to Mong Kok, I developed an understanding of the best places in Hong Kong. From here I drew thumbnails of compositions and how the illustrated map might look.

This is an ideal opportunity for me to see what works and what doesn’t. Moving things around until I’m happy with how they look, and how they interact with other landmarks. This is the most important stage for me, as if I don’t plan, I plan to fail! I need to know exactly what my illustration will look like in my sketchbook before sitting down to paint.

I don’t generally look at the colours that I’m going to use beforehand, and go for it when I sit down to paint. You might think this is reckless, but it keeps me free and makes me think about the colours that I’m going to use. I use a limited colour palette with my illustrated maps, as it keeps my colours focused and refined.

Gouache forms the majority of an illustration, using watercolour to set a base. This is then scanned to edit, which usually takes the longest. As I correct mistakes and colours, and make my illustrations more pleasing on the eye.

What I’m left with is what you can see below. I have also shown my sketchbook and how the composition developed below, alongside the final illustrated map.

I hope you enjoy this illustrated map of Hong Kong, produced with watercolour, gouache and digital. Let me know what you think of it by connecting with me at the links below, or visit my portfolio to see more!

Many thanks for listening and visiting my news page today. You can follow what I’m up to on my Twitter, Facebook or Google + pages, I’ll really appreciate it if you do, and don’t be afraid to say hi to me! Many thanks again, and have a great day!

Illustrated Map Of Hong Kong

Illustrated Map Of Hong Kong

Illustrated Map Of Hong Kong

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Sankofa Visual Identity – National Museums Liverpool

Hey guys! I have been busy over the last few months working on some new illustration and design projects! I’m happy to announce this commission for The National Museums Liverpool.

I created a visual identity for their exhibition The Sankofa: Connections and Collections. Sankofa is a word in the Akan language of Ghana that translates as ‘reach back and get it’. Which also refers to an Asante Adinkra symbol.

This project focuses on two collection areas identified as strategic priorities for National Museums Liverpool (NML); Transatlantic Slavery and its legacies and Black Social History/Black Diaspora (including Black maritime history).

Led by three of NML’s museums (International Slavery Museum, Museum of Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum) and the Bristol Museums Galleries and Archives and the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) in Hull. Developed and delivered in collaboration with Anti-Slavery International, Black Cultural Archives in Brixton and community organisations in Liverpool, Hull and London.

The visual identity had to be spot on and work across multiple Museums (no pressure then!). I approached the project by creating a moodboard to help me understand the topic. Looking at different types of art and symbols to help guide me. Collecting symbols, colours to photography, this helped imagine powerful ideas in my head.

Akan symbols are rich, powerful and striking, and works to form a graphical piece. From here I created rough designs that appealed to their target audience, working with the Museum so they could see how the design was progressing.

I focused on three aspects within the visual identity, colour, shapes and tone of the piece. The Ghana flag was one of my main inspirations as I was developing the visual identity.

From rough designs, I developed one final design that myself and the client were both happy with. Communicating what the brief had asked in a creative way. The design incorporates colour from the Ghana flag, typography, and an Akan symbol.

You can find out more about this project on National Museum Liverpool’s website.

This was a great project to work on which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope you do too! Have a look below to see all my work and how this project developed. If you’re after any visual identity, logo, or illustration please do get in touch or visit my portfolio!

Many thanks for listening and visiting my news page today. You can follow what I’m up to on my Twitter, Facebook or Google + pages, I’ll really appreciate it if you do, and don’t be afraid to say hi to me! Many thanks again, and have a great day!

Sankofa Visual Identity Moodboard

Sankofa Visual Identity – National Museums Liverpool

Sankofa Visual Identity – National Museums Liverpool

Sankofa Visual Identity – National Museums Liverpool

Sankofa Visual Identity – National Museums Liverpool

Sankofa Visual Identity Rough Designs

Sankofa Visual Identity – National Museums Liverpool

Sankofa Visual Identity Final Design

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How Big & Inspiring Goals Can Solve Your Creative Career Problems

Do you want to level up your creative career?

Have a hunger to reach the career heights that you desperately want?

Alongside showcasing my new illustration work on this blog, from publishing, advertising to design commissions, I also publish monthly creative career tips and tricks, perfect for those of you who are thinking about getting into the creative industry, or those of who are already within the industry, who want some extra knowledge!

This is not to say that I have all the knowledge and expertise, and have worked with the biggest brands and companies (however this is something which I’m always working towards), but I do believe I can offer help and experience of being an illustrator to help you succeed.

Within this blog post you will discover how you can achieve and reach your goals, and help you turn yourself into a successful creative, from illustrators, graphic designers to fine artists. You will discover how big goals can actually help you succeed!

No goal is too big

Let’s think about some of the world’s greatest sports stars, Andy Murray for example.

He dedicates himself to his sport to refine his craft and skill, he is consistent with his training so he developes his body, and most of all, he practises his skill so is was at the very top level of tennis.

He has maintained this for a number of years, including 2 time Wimbledon and Olympic Champion, which is an incredible achievement.

You might be thinking, “but I’m not a world class athlete like Andy Murray, so this doesn’t apply to me. I don’t have his luck, his talent or the team which he has.â€

But why can’t this apply to you as a professional in the creative arts?

He wasn’t the world’s best when he first started out in tennis, and was an amateur early in his life. For this reason, we can’t excuse not setting big goals.

You, myself, everybody can set their sights on anything they want, and can achieve anything they want if the right level of hard work, intelligence, knowledge and sometimes luck is combined together.

You may be sitting there thinking “Ok, I got you, but how do I make this happen?â€

Well, it’s actually easier than you think, and here’s how!

Reach for the creative stars, literally!

When we set our goals, we need to make sure they seem impossible to reach.

They need to make you laugh with how crazy and far-fetched they appear.

For example, as a wannabe illustrator, one of your goals may be to have your own live television show that is broadcast around the world showcasing your painting skills, to millions of people, like the great Bob Ross. You might take this further and want to own a television company dedicated to your talent, which is bigger than BBC, NBC and ITV combined.

This might sound ridiculous, but doesn’t it give you a sense of something to work towards, that you can aim for? If you set yourself accountable, and aim for these goals, you will do anything in your power to reach them.

We need to aim as big as possible (the scarier, bigger and more ambitious the better), to make you strive for better things within your creative career, and make sure we work to our maximum potential to reach these heights.

I recently discovered this as it perfectly sums up why you should be absolutely dedicated to reach the creative heights that I know you can reach.

Your goal might be to be a full time freelancing graphic designer, which might not sound big and ambitious to you, but to some people this is a big deal. Whatever goal you think is ambitious and totally crazy, is great!

Micheal Hyatt has published a great blog post dedicated to setting goals which you will find helpful in your quest to level up your creative career.

Make Yourself Accountable

One way you can reach your creative career goals is to make yourself accountable.

By keeping your goals to ourselves makes you willing to fail and does not help you succeed.

Tell your family, your friends, your even your dog about your wild goals, and tell them that you want to become the best illustrator, graphic designer or fine artist of the world!

How Big & Inspiring Goals Can Solve Your Creative Career Problems

When Victoria Beckham was growing up, she wanted to be bigger than Persil Automatic, and she succeeded, so why not you?

Sure, other people may think this is ridiculous, but if you tell them your reasons, and why you’re doing it, they can become as motivated as you are to reach your dreams.

The great thing unbelievable goals is that it’s positive. You set this goal to keep yourself motivated, driven and focused on the bigger goal, and by telling other people about the plan can make them feel motivated and driven too – which is exactly what you want.

Tell everyone and anyone so you can to keep yourself accountable.

What Goals Should You Think Of? (Creative Career Wise)

Like I was stating previously, the bigger and grander, the better!

But how does this apply creative wise?

Let’s look at some examples.

If you’re a graphic designer, you might want to secure a full time position as an Art Director, however you can take this a bit further by wanting to own a graphic design company, and overseeing it all. Or as a graphic designer, you might want to become the world’s most famous graphic designer as your creative career.

If you’re an illustrator, one of your goals might be to become a freelance illustrator, that is commissioned by the biggest brands and companies. You can take this one step further by wanting to see your work on massive billboards, in galleries, or seeing your artwork on television.

You can see that I have added to these goals and made them even more inspirational. No goal is too big and by making it bigger, means that you strive for it even more. The more you invest and commit to these goals, the more focused and determined you will become.

What If I Become Unmotivated / Can’t Reach These Goals?

The most important aspect of this is to be positive.

If you are positive in your approach, then nothing can put you down.

Positive thinking doesn’t destroy dreams, it keeps them alive and turns them into reality. If you see yourself failing or not quite living up to these goals, this is ok! Errors and mistakes is all part of the journey, and shouldn’t put you off. No journey is straight forward, so keep at it!

How Big & Inspiring Goals Can Solve Your Creative Career Problems

You might feel it isn’t for you and it’s not working, but keep positive and always think about your reason why. Why are you doing this? Why are you working towards your goals?

Keeping this in mind will keep you focused and determined to reach your goals, however ambitious, because you can and you will get there!

What’s Your Ambitious and Crazy Goal?

Ambitious goals are only achievable if you put the hard work in, as it’s not going to magically appear in front of you. They are ambitious for a reason, and it tests you to make sure it happens.

Work hard on your portfolio, your networking, your skills, and you can reach your goals.

I would love to know what your crazy goal is that you have set yourself to maximise your creative career! Simply pop me a comment below, and I will be sure to comment back with what mine is too!

If you’re after more tips and tricks to help you with your creative career or just need a bit more motivation to get things done, check out my other blog post on how to think of creative ideas!

Many thanks for listening and visiting my news page today. You can follow what I’m up to on my Twitter, Facebook or Google + pages, I’ll really appreciate it if you do, and don’t be afraid to say hi to me! Many thanks again, and have a great day!

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June Sketchbook Update

Following on from last month’s sketchbook update, featuring landscapes, observational drawings and of course portraits (one of my favourite subjects to draw), this month is packed with even more to feast your eyes on!

My sketchbook gives me a good excuse to experiment with different ways of working, and I always make sure I carry my sketchbook around with me. Including those all important trips on public transport, an ideal time to draw! This month’s sketchbook update is no different.

With this sketchbook update I have been playing with the combination of coloured pencil and colour fibre tipped pens, and seeing what I can achieve with these two mediums.

I found the result very satisfying, creating an initial pen line drawing, which is intrigant, in contrast to the loose pencil marks on top of this. I enjoy the contrast that these two mediums make, being loose in my mark making one minute, and more refined and controlled the next.

In this sketchbook update you can see observational drawings and portraits of Billy Connolly, Eden Hazard, all the way through to Theresa May. These are usually produced on a daily basis, as I try and practise and refine my drawing skills on a daily basis, which has become an addiction over the last few years!

Away from drawing in my sketchbook, I have some brand new illustration work on my portfolio! I have recently worked with Mat Klicz on a creative collaboration of Animal Farm, a new personal illustration titled ‘A Single Bird‘, and have recently designed a new business card design for a global business builder.

I hope you enjoy this month’s sketchbook update! It’s been a good month in terms of sketching, which I have thoroughly enjoyed! If you like this blog post, do comment below or share it on social media with the links below!

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June Sketchbook Update

June Sketchbook Update

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New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on a new creative collaboration with Mat Klicz, a London based graphic designer, who is passionate about branding and packaging design, which you can see more of his work here.

We wanted to work on a project that was thought provoking, had a but of substance behind it, and something that we would both enjoy!

Racking our brains over a few Skype sessions, we decided to work towards the story of Animal Farm, by George Orwell, one of our favourite novels of all time. Our ‘styles’ are very suited to this sort of story, which was an important aspect in choosing the story.

With it’s connotations towards the Russian Revolution of 1917, Stalinist era of the Soviet Union and communism, we thought this would be a brilliant story to work towards. (By the way, if you haven’t read the novel – it’s a real classic which I highly recommend). If you want to find out more about the story behind Animal Farm, or want to find out more about George Orwell, see the synopsis and plot here or here.

After discussing the story between us and how we can come up with some sort of creative solution that showcases our design and illustration skills, we thought of the idea of creating a set currency designs, that reveals the main characters of the story – like the pigs of Old Major, Napoleon , Snowball, to Boxer the horse.

We decided on currency designs as we wanted to communicate what the currency would look like if they did take over a nation (or even the world), and how their dictatorship would spread across all forms of everyday objects – like money.

Firstly we took inspiration from Soviet Union and propaganda posters, and how this can inspire and influence us in our artwork in creating this Animal Farm inspired designs. This helped massively when I created the illustrations, and I got to work and created portraits of the main characters, and how they would look.

I conveyed the characters to look powerful, ruthless, who everyone should obey. Much like that of many dictatorships across the world, like North Korea for example, the leader is seen as ‘Godly’, and someone who everyone has to listen to.

Creating portraits using watercolour, gouache and then scanned digitally to form the portraits, I used a limited colour palette of reds, blacks, yellows, and blues for an adjacent colour, that is similar to the moodboards that we created – which you can see below.

These portraits were then edited digitally, and using Mat’s graphic eye, imported into his currency designs – to create “The Union Of Socialist Farm Republics”. Creating a £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes, these include an abstract and stunning interpretation by Mat, and we are super happy with!

We are going to professionally print and photograph these designs, which I can hopefully show you all soon. You can see our inspiration, the currency designs and portraits below, which is also on my portfolio if you want to take a closer look.

Thanks to Mat for working on this project, it was a complete joy working with you, and to the famous George Orwell for writing Animal Farm – one of my favourite authors!

Many thanks for listening and visiting my news page today. You can follow what I’m up to on my Twitter, Facebook or Google + pages, I’ll really appreciate it if you do, and don’t be afraid to say hi to me! Many thanks again, and have a great day!

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

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May Sketchbook Drawing Update

Hey guys! How is everyone going? I have been working hard recently on some new commissions (oohhh!), that I am really looking forward to showing you all!

If you are new to my illustration work, from editorial illustration, gouache paintings to digital design, then do look at more of my work on my portfolio.

Whilst we all wait until I can show you these recent commissions that I have been working on, here is a taster of my May sketchbook drawing from the last few months.

I try and draw daily in my sketchbook to practice, develop my skill set, and look at new ways of working.

Sketchbook drawings have always played an important part in my work, as I use this as a base for any initial commission, and always comes with me wherever I go! Big up the sketchbook!

Landscapes, portraits and observational sketchbook drawings are what I’m particularly interested in when it comes to drawing in my sketchbook. I’m not too sure why this is the case, but I’ve always been fascinated by capturing and re-creating my environment.

However when it comes to my commissioned illustration work, from publishing, advertising to editorial illustration, I produce more imaginative pieces – which I have always found strange – but it seems to work haha!

Within this sketchbook drawing update you can see drawings using coloured pencil, graphite and pen, capturing Hampshire landscapes, portraits such as Mesut Ozil, Zlatan Ibrahimović (football seems to be a recurring theme) to Johnny Cash, and also self portraits.

I hope you enjoy this May sketchbook update, do let me know by commenting below or hitting up me on social media! You can check my new work on my portfolio, featuring a new logo design for a local client and a business card design! Until next time, see you on the other side!

Many thanks for listening and visiting my news page today. You can follow what I’m up to on my Twitter, Facebook or Google + pages, I’ll really appreciate it if you do, and don’t be afraid to say hi to me! Many thanks again, and have a great day!

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

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