Category Archives: Inspiration

Let there be light.

Have you heard of CreativeLive? They do brilliant online training courses in photography, marketing, software and even blogging.

Based in Seattle, they livestream creative classes around the world. You can watch for free if you’re online when the class is live – that’s usually from about 5pm to midnight here in the UK. If you can’t watch live, you can buy the classes as video downloads from as little as $29. You can get three days worth of expertise from $79. Seriously, it’s a bargain. These guys really know what they’re talking about.

I remember one of the first classes I watched was on Adobe Illustrator. I thought I knew it pretty well but, like when I go and freelance in an office with other people, there’s always more to learn. They often have different ways of working or cheeky little keyboard shortcuts I didn’t know.

This time, I’m excited to watch Ben Willmore’s Light Painting class. He takes photographs in the dark with long exposures and paints the light in where he wants it. It’s a beautiful effect. I really want to try it and I’m not even a photographer. I’d love to see what my friends who know their way around a camera could do. I’m going to have a go though and will report back in a future post.


Created by Ben Willmore from


Get out and get inspired

That was a great Friday night. I met a friend at the closing event of ‘Intimate’ by Miss Led at ThePrintSpace in Shoreditch. (Links below)

The exhibition has been on since the beginning of December but for this event, she was doing a live demo, sharing how she works with mixed media and some top tips on working as an illustrator. She had a selection of beautiful portraits on display and an opportunity to buy limited edition prints. What you didn’t get from the prints, of course, was the wall art extending out from each canvas, but they’re still nice pieces to have. Sometimes you just have to be there.

I didn’t get to talk to her as she had quite a circle of fans but it inspired me to go online and find out more.

I really like her site and her work but I particularly liked one of the projects she’s been involved in – Ted Baker: Live Portraiture. In flagship stores around the world, customers had their photo taken wearing an outfit from the new Ted Baker collection (2012). Then, 11 artists sat in ‘Ted’s Drawing Room’ at London HQ and chose the photos they wanted to illustrate. The day was streamed live across the internet and in stores, resulting in great publicity for Ted Baker and the artists involved. Plus 100 lucky customers received a signed and framed portrait created by one of 11 top illustrators. What a great idea. And the greatest result for the lucky customers chosen by Miss Led who received one of her original portraits.