Ruby Who? is the sweet and innocent story of a little girl’s adventure in re-discovering her identity. Ruby wishes for so many things and dreams of being like others. Ruby Who? was created by Brisbane photographer Hailey Bartholomew, and her husband Andrew, to explain to children that having more ‘stuff’ doesn’t make life better; looking like the other kids won’t make you happy; it’s who you are when you’re being yourself that counts.
I was very lucky to illustrate the book and have the chance to work alongside Hailey and Andrew who self-published this book in 2012. As parents to two daughters themselves, the idea sprang from wanting to explain to them how wishing and longing for what others had did not always lead to happiness.
Written by Hailey and Andrew Bartholomew and Illustrated by Alarna Zinn.
Often seeking something ‘out of the ordinary’, I’ve worked with a number of publications to create illustrations that complement photographic spreads, feature articles or as stand alone and exclusive elements to help tell a story. If you’re looking for illustrations for your magazine, or have an editorial project we might be able to work on together, drop me a line.
Where you might have seen my illustrations:
Kids on the Coast
Kids on the Coast is a locally focused print and online magazine, bringing the best in community news, events, features and more to parents.
I was commissioned by Kids on the Coast to create a collection of seasonal content for the magazine’s online e-guide series. Cover illustrations include Education, Summer, Spring, Babies and Finance issues.
Read more about this great magazine and resource.
A personal project of visual notetaking, documenting some of the creative concepts I’m playing with, everyday moments and even a few experimental works-in-progress. This is a space for me to share with you what is currently inspiring me, pushing me creatively and showing what comes out the other side!
Whether a gift or something to treat yourself a custom illustrated portrait is a unique and delightful way to capture an already photographed moment of a treasured pet, person, or your favourite destination. Or perhaps you have a concept in mind and need a co-collaborator to bring it to life in illustration.
I’m excited to open up space for custom illustration projects and work with people to bring memories to life.
Price will vary and it’s always best to email for an exact quote so we can really work together to create something just for you, however, as a general rule of thumb these projects will be $170 for up to 4 people (finished illustration supplied as digital file) or $200 for the final result to be supplied as a digital file and a high quality print posted to you.
Drop me a line and let’s chat!
A well-known boutique in Brisbane’s West End, Nook is a curated collection of independent Australian and international designers, makers and artisans. I worked with owner, Michelle, to create a brand that used illustration to give this store a visual identity. The work extended across business cards, promotional postcards and website. The result? A brand that is as effortlessly cool as Nook’s owner and the collection of products she’s curated.
Original logo design by Holly Leonardson.
They say branding is the most important thing for any business. It’s what makes you unique and to creatively let people know who you are and what you stand for. Creative entrepreneurs and businesses is where I thrive and it makes sense that working with these businesses to develop their brand - concept, identity and creative - is where the magic happens.
If you’d like to work together on a branding project. Get in touch!
Mother’s Day animated greeting, sending big hugs and appreciation to all on Mother’s Day. Here’s to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.
Ask any designer and they’ll attest to the diversity and appeal of a kaleidoscope of colour. They can create powerful emotions, make you think of a certain place, or be tied to your favourite person. Blue is a children’s picture book concept illustrating the colours of the rainbow and touching on the concepts of tones and shades within the colour spectrum. Stay tuned. Book to be released soon.
My illustration has evolved since I first began and it seems that with every year it changes a little more. With every new influence, season or new medium, the style I had two, three or five years ago is ever so slightly different. It shouldn’t surprise you to read that the illustration style I work with now is unique and carries across the variety of projects I’m working on. My current inspiration is children’s art and stores - there’s a whimsy and freedom in their designs - and my own work has taken a natural turn towards the creation of projects including picture books, stationery, animation and editorial work for family titles. Unlike other graphic artists who dabble in multiple mediums, illustration and I have long made the commitment to be ‘exclusive’ and even after all these years it is where I continue to carve out my niche.
Interesting in collaborating on an illustration project? Get in touch!
This is a series of works that were amongst the winning entries in the annual KBR awards in the Australian Illustration Section.
'Let's Face It’ is the Brisbane initiative of Dan Hancock Design and Thirteen Digital. Partnered as a pre-party to the Analogue/Digital creative conference; participating artists included Ken Done, Reg Mombassa, Mulga the Artist, Loretta Lizzio, Stu Vidler, Ben Johnston, Tabitha Shafran, Alarna Zinn, Nick Chalmers, and Listen to the Graphic’s Jack Tierney.
Described as ‘the choose your own adventure of live art collaboration’ Let’s Face It brings together 12 artists and 50 tees with a possible 1200 design variations.
As a featured artist, I created an original face image that then became mix matched with other artists to create a unique and wearable artwork. All t-shirts were screen printed live in front of the buyer.
Honoured to have been a part of this group show presented by St Thomas Studio. Girls' Night is a celebration of women leading the creative charge in Australia and internationally through art, design and photography, a gathering of beauty and wonder presented.
Featuring – Pen Friend, Georgia Hill, Laura Strange, Sarah Huston, Cassandra Urquhart, Amber B. Dianda Jenna Coverly, Mia Parcell, Alarna Zinn, Loretta Lizzio, Ms Browns Lounge, Tiffany Atkin, Elana Mullaly, Trish Hodgson.
Who knew that this collaboration with fellow creative Hailey Bartholomew would grow into a pitch for an animated children’s show?
Inspired by real-life kids, we wanted to create an animated kids show about children aged five to eight telling us stories of their families. With the lense and view of the world that only children can have, the stories were honest, hilarious and magic. There were stories of grandparents who live with their family full-time, single parent families, same-sex families, only child families and families from all different cultures. As you might imagine, more than just kid’s stories of their families it became a project to show kids how families come in all shapes and sizes.
Little Jane St was the brand I established to design, make and sell all sorts of stationery, textile and papery goodness. My product range included greeting cards, gift enclosures, wrapping paper, notebooks, ceramics, artist prints and custom invitations.
Little Jane St grew from humble beginnings. The brand went from a small online boutique to supply over 50 stockists throughout Australia and internationally before opening a shop in Winn Lane - one of Brisbane’s most well known creative precincts.
It was a wonderful ‘creative test lab’ for me and gave me a platform to further extend on my creative pursuits and collaborate creatively on projects such as children's picture books, editorial, styling and editorial content, public speaking and workshops.
So you have an idea or a quarter-baked concept that won’t stop knocking at your door asking to be created but you’re not quite sure just how to bring it to life? That’s where I can help. As a creative director I’ve designed a Christmas wreath gift for Frankie magazine, styled shoots for Peppermint and retail layout and styling for Little Jane St stationery shop.
Get in touch if you need an extra creative mind to come up with a design concept or style a shoot (I have a collection of mad props!).
Creative direction for marketing concept created for Little Jane St stationery.
I was tasked to design and make this kaleidoscope project as part of Peppermint Magazine's ‘teenie greenie’ section in issue 19. If you want to see how to make a sparkly, woodlands inspired Kaleidoscope for yourself than take a peek at this gorgeous issue in which our project was featured.