Interview with Leigh Hodgkinson

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How did you start as an illustration?

I have always loved illustrating and designing, at college I had intended on studying illustration but got side tracked by the animation department which seemed so creative and fun . So then I went to film school to study animation direction and worked in the animation industry making short films and stuff for tv. During that time, the most amazing job of being art director landed in my lap. It was for Tiger Aspects Cbeebies show “Charlie and Lola” based on the books of Lauren Child. After the first series I was desperate to do my own stuff again and got in touch with Lauren Childs agent and showed her all the books and stories I had made (for myself!) She got me some meetings at different publishing houses and from that point on, I have been lucky and have published lots of books.

What fascinates you most about writing and illustrating for children?

I don’t overtly try and write and illustrate for children… I just do what is natural to me and what I like or find interesting. I suppose some might say that I have never really grown up, in the respect that I love dreaming, and seeing the magic and fun in everything. Most people lose a bit of that and perceive it as being not relevant and childish. I think there is a big difference between being childish and childlike. All children are naturally inquisitive and open to new ideas- I think that those are wonderful qualities and a great shame most lose this as they journey through life. I like to create characters and narratives that are familiar, but to inject absurdity and things out of context to create interesting discord that can be enjoyed, and then thought about.

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A Christmas card for every person

Not everyone has the same taste in greeting cards, but luckily there’s always a perfect card for everyone. So we’re giving you the thortful alternative Christmas collection!

For the proud dog owner

Every proud dog owner would appreciate a card that acknowledges the joy (and struggle) of having a dog close to a Christmas tree. Hopefully they won’t actually need a new carpet!

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What to write in a Christmas card

The festive season is nearly upon us, which means that it’s time to #GetThortful! Christmas is all about spreading warm wishes to our friends, family, colleagues, pets…. (you get the picture) and there’s no better way to say how much they mean to you than through a greeting card!

The Christmas shopping is done, your playlist is on and now you’re ready to write your heartfelt holiday message for all those cards.

What to write in a Christmas card

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Interview with Alice Potter

Interview with Alice Potter

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How did you start with design and illustration?

I studied Textile Design in London, where I specialized in Digital Print. After graduating in 2008, I was bit lost and it took me until 2010 before I took a short course in Illustration just on a whim.
The short course taught me what illustration was, and I produced a portfolio and set up my very first website shortly after.

Who inspires you?

My friends and family are enormous sources of inspiration. They spur me on to do what I do and without their support I would have had a very different career path. I also love the support and and community you get online through e-courses and facebook groups. People you have never met who give advice when needed and support your work. It’s so special. Read more

Send a thortful Christmas card

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As we’re getting closer to Christmas, there’s still time to to pick the right greeting cards for family and friends and of course, this is not always an easy task. Even the smallest act can make an impression on others and that’s why each greeting card should be unique.

Our lovely creators have submitted their Christmas cards and our goal is to make it harder than ever for you to pick the best card! Read more

Interview with Leanne Hearnden

Interview with Leanne Hearnden

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When did you start illustrating?

I don’t think there was ever a clear starting point; I’ve just always loved to draw and create things ever since I can remember. I still have a box of half-written stories that I wrote and illustrated in primary school. My favourite is a whole completed version of ‘the gingerbread man’, that my brother and I drew and wrote out, which looks tragic but at the same time is very cute. We used to have drawing competitions too for who could draw the best Pokémon. Read more

Featuring illustrator Rebecca Bagley

Featuring illustrator Rebecca Bagley

1) How do you find inspiration?

I think the more concerning question is how does it find me? I removed my address from my website  and everything but it still keeps turning up!

I think everyday life can be inspiring, even when nothing is happening. Stories and characters are hidden everywhere and it’s in the quietest moments when I tend to forage for them. Read more

Get inspired by @tonyfutura

Feature of the day: @tonyfutura

There are so many ways to be creative and that’s what we enjoy when discovering new creators that inspire us. We came across the work of @tonyfutura on Instagram, counting more than 17k followers and we just wanted to learn more about him and his work!

1) How do you find inspiration?

Instagram and the social web is a good source of inspiration, because it provides me with many different perspectives, topics and news…often I just need to see a random object and a process starts in my head where I try to set up a new view on it or to put this into a special actual situation. Read more

Interview with Lauren Goodland

Interview with Lauren Goodland

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How did you start with design?

I started ‘designing’ (well what I thought was designing) when I was in school, I managed to get my hands on Corel Paint Shop Pro, which isn’t ideal, but it taught me enough to feel passionate about what I was doing. In art class my work was quite digital, I didn’t even know what Graphic Design was back then, all I knew was that my work didn’t really fit into what we were doing in Art. Now, ironically I look to art and like to make my work more hand rendered. It’s funny to look back and see little hints of liking design, even when I was five, using Microsoft Paint, or 13, making terrible Bebo Skins. Read more