Inspirational women series.

Hi guys,

So if you follow me in Instagram (@louillustrator) then you'll already know that I've started a weekly series about inspirational women. Every Friday I'll be posting an illustration and a little bit an inspirational lady.
I'm looking at ladies of the past, and hoping to be able to cover modern day ladies too --hit me up if you have any suggestions :)

Today was Amelia Earhart --

Amelia Earhart by Louise Wright

Amelia was born in 1897 and after boarding her first plane in 1920 she fell in love with the idea of flying.
In 1923 Amelia became the 16th woman to receive her pilots license.
Amelia was the first woman ever to fly solo across the Atlantic, and the first person to fly solo across the pacific! ✈✈✈✈✈
Fun facts:
✈Amelia's first plane was bright yellow and she nicknamed it 'The Canary'
✈During her flight across the Pacific Amelia enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate 💛 

Happy weekend everyone, I hope you go into it inspired and wanting a hot chocolate ;)
L x

Big News Time!!

Hi guys,

Ahhh the sunshine is currently warming my back in the studio as our little English heat wave continues -- honestly, this weather is all I need :D

Now in case you haven't already seen the image below news is that I am now represented by the wonderful Plum Pudding illustration agency!! Whoop Whoop.
I'm so very excited and really looking forward to the next step in my illustration career!

Corgi plum pudding announcement

They have published a little interview with me which you can read just here.
I really hope you enjoy having a read and I can't wait to share more news with you soon.

Lou xx

Branding for Social Media

I just thought I'd pop on and share some fun work with you as most of what I'm working on has to be kept under wraps, but not this time!

This was some illustration work for a lovely client who needed some professional and friendly images to use on social media and across printed materials.
It needed to show a little group of houses, and incorporate the social media icons subtly within it - Can you find all 6?
I adapted the image so it would suit full Facebook and twitter banners as well as sit nicely on postcards. This meant two versions had to be made rather than just cropping.

 Postcard Artwork

Postcard Artwork

You can pop over to the Sold On Social Facebook page to see them in action!

Such a fun project to work on - more work like this please :)
Lou xx

The 100 day challenge


Just a quick one from me today to tell you guys that if you aren't already following me in Instagram (@louillustrator) I'm taking part in the 100 day challenge and posting up some art from my sketchbook every day for 100 days! Do pop over and follow along - here are some of the bits you may of missed....


There are some much scruffier work in progress pieces too, I just wanted to show off :)

Hope to you over there!
Lou xx

Market Season!

Hello hello!

I'm pleased to announce that you'll be able to find Louise Wright Design across Derbyshire and Sheffield this summer for some fantastic events!

First up we have the Summer Market at the Roundhouse in Derby. Back for it's 5th year this one is looking like a blast! 

You can check out which other exhibitors will be there too now using this pinterest board!

I will be showing off lots of new products including brand new prints and cards! Here is a quick sneak peek at one of my new cards from the 'Fruit Loop' range ;)

 Photo by Holly Booth Photography

Photo by Holly Booth Photography

More news to come very soon!

Lou xx

January Round Up

As this is the last week of January and I'm immersing myself into more new card designs ready to launch at PG Live I thought I'd share with you some of the new illustration work I've created this month.
I've been pushing my development in between commissions and I'm really grateful I've had the chance to do this as my portfolio feels refreshed and ready and for the new year.
Here is a selection of fiction, educational and commercial work :)

I've been a busy bee this month.
I have lots to share (including the upcoming REBRAND of LWD!!) so I'll be posting again very soon! :)

Lou xx

Meet Haku! My Border Collie Puppy

Back last summer something pretty special happened and just incase you missed all the photo's on my instagram and tweets and general excitement on my part- We got a puppy!!
I've grown up with Border Collies and I've wanted my own dog for such a long time so when my other half slipped into a conversation with some friends the words 'we would probably have time for a dog now' he came home from work the next day to around 15 tabs open on my computer showing him all the puppies in the local area.

 This was Haku when we first went to see him. We went back the next day to collect him.

This was Haku when we first went to see him. We went back the next day to collect him.

I really love dogs and the fact that you can create this bond with an animal and they don't care how you look, what you wear or what you say. They only want love and looking after and they love you so whole heartedly in return. 
It's been a little dream of mine that I'll be working from home, with a lovely doggy companion and we'll be able to go for long walks together, and not have that stress that comes sometimes with other people -- A bit sappy I know.

Unfortunately things did not go exactly to plan, a few days after we bought Haku home he got really sick, couldn't keep any food whatsoever in and eventually stopped eating altogether. Being such a young puppy this was not good news and we spent every day in and out of vets, no-one could tell us what was wrong with him other then it was probably just a bug and hopefully it would pass so we opted for giving him some time to see if it was just a bug and it would pass over.
He was so weak, he would just go outside onto the grass and lie in a corner of the lawn and not move.
It was heart breaking, neither of us could work or sleep, and think straight.
It only got worse we had to go to the emergency vets one night as he hadn't eaten for around 3 days, barely drank and he just stopped responding to us. He got injected with a fluid boost and we were sent home again, all we could do was wait.
After just over a week the vets suggested he may of eaten a pebble or something that had blocked up inside of him and if still no better the next day it would be x-rays and perhaps an operation. 
Of course we had no insurance since he hadn't been able to have nay of his jabs yet so all the costs soon mounted up and the vet advised the costs of those procedures would be £600+ so not only were we sick with worry about Haku, it was about whether we could afford to carry on.

Then..that same night, around Midnight, Haku took some food from one of us! It was a small miracle and we still had to be careful incase he took too much and it upset him again, but he was very much on the road to recovery!

Boder Collie puppy2

Good news! He made a full recovery and after such a horrible week and a bit, we suddenly realised we very much had a puppy on our hands! 
Boy was it hard work!! 
We were setting alarms for every 2-3 hours throughout the night so we could take him out, cleaning up poo and wee, washing so much bedding, and of course, lots of saying 'leave that, no and not that!' 
I won't lie, I'd forgotten how much hard work having a puppy is.

After around week 12 things started to get more 'normal' Haku had learnt to go outside, so no more accidents indoors, he knew what to chew and what not to chew, and was well on the way with his training.

Border Collie Ears

Having Haku has made such a positive impact on my day to day life. I have to get out and take him for a walk every day meaning exercise, he doesn't allow for those stormy moods to last for long and he still does the bum wiggle when he says hello to me!

 Those silly big ears :D

Those silly big ears :D

Haku is now 8 months old, and we still have a little way to go on the *training front, but we are getting there :) Lots more adventures await for our little family! 

Walk times

Lou xx

*For training we used 2 great books - The complete puppy and dog care which is a great book, covers what dog breed would be right for you, toys, crates all the way through to training walkthroughs.
The Culture Clash A brilliant (if a little wordy) book on dog training, the mentality dogs have and how we perceive it. Includes some great tips, like a list of all things you need to dog to see before he is considered 'socialised' , rainy day games, training exercises and so much more.