The Quirky, Delightful Illustrations of Jacqueline Colley

There’s happiness to be found in Jacqueline Colley’s illustrations. There’s also an abundance of color. “I actually regularly pin or photograph things just for the color combination,” Colley remarked once in an interview with Yes I’m a Designer. “Sometimes I want to work with a color combination so bad I will design a screen print specifically for it so that I can play with it.”

After studying Visual Communication at Chelsea Art College, Colley went on to work in print design for six years before returning to her roots in illustration. But her background in graphic design is very evident in her work, with her illustrations being approachable (making them commercially appealing) without losing their artistic edge.

With clients that include Twitter UK, Kate Spade, and FLOW Magazine, as well as an impressive following on Instagram, there’s a lot going on for Colley these days. But like most creatives, her practice is mostly solitary, requiring time and patience.

“I work by hand a lot with felt tip pens but everything ends up in photoshop which I love as you can do so much in that one application,” she explained her creative process. “I make my patterns in there, change colors, re-draw things touch up photos for my online shop and just recently I’m learning to make GIFs which is an exciting new thing to learn!”

Follow her Instagram page for a punch of color and pattern.

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Today I received some incredible news! Almost a year ago I entered a competition on @designboom ‘Le Grand Prix du Carré Hermès’ a unique opportunity to get your designs seen by the @Hermes design team! ⠀ •⠀ For the first stage I uploaded a selection of works from my portfolio and was so happy to hear that along with 96 others I was to continue on and submit a scarf design to this iconic brand! I created my concept and hoped for the best! So I was over the moon when I made it to the next stage! ⠀ •⠀ Along with 10 others from around the world I travelled to Paris in November to visit the head quarters of Hermès and meet with the design department! We also visited their archives & manufacturing (incredible) and learned about the rich history of this brand! Safe to say it was the most amazing experience; I thought I’d died and gone to heaven! ☁️⠀ •⠀ We then had individual meetings to receive feedback on our designs so that we could push them further and unite our universe wth that of Hermès! I came home full of inspiration and re worked and finalised my design sending it off in January. I’ve been nervous about it ever since but today it was announced on the @designboom website that I’m one of the 6 winners (special prize for humour) and my artwork will become a @Hermes scarf!!! 💥 I still don’t believe it! 🤯 I can’t share the design with you for a couple of years but I wanted to share this happy news! 😄 Swipe to see all 11 finalists at the flagship store in Paris! 🇫🇷 ⠀ •⠀ Pictured: A5 Risograph print, 100% freshly squeezed Creative Juice! Available in my web-shop now!⁠⠀ •⠀⠀⁠⠀ •⠀⠀⁠⠀ •⠀⠀⁠⠀ •⠀⠀⁠⠀ •⠀⠀⁠⠀ #Oskarillustration #creativejuice #Pickmeup #illustration #orangejuice #illustratie #juicecarton #illustratorsofinstagram #illustrationgram #londonIllustrator #illustratedobject #ignitetheskillwithin #risographprint #fruitjuice #illustrationoftheday #illustrationage #HatoPress #illustrationwork #illustrationofinstagram #moreillustrations #illustrationartists #illustragram #illustrationartists #dailyillustration #digitalillustrator #illustratorsoninstagram #jacquelinecolley #freelancedesigner #weloveillustration #adobeillustrators

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Let’s talk instagram: I had some really interesting chats at the @inthecollective drinks last weekend that made me realise how much we are equating success with the ‘high-light reel’ that is Instagram. Personally I think that needs to be squashed but I'm guilty of it and probably also adding to the problem:⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ When I first started out in illustration the only projects I shared in my online portfolio were personal projects; the vast majority of my paid work I didn’t share on my website as it was so far from the work that I wanted to attract. Until around a year ago at least a portion of my income was bread and butter; for the money / not the folio. Normally old clients looking for repeat work and updates that paid my bills, but that I wouldn't dream of sharing online.⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ I’ve always applied this same rule to my Instagram; ‘share the work that you want to attract’ and because I see Instagram as a place to find clients I don’t spend any time talking about my failures: there are loads! Like the projects that don't pan out, or the products that don’t sell (I refer to them as my boxes of shame😂) I suppose I thought that it would be unprofessional to talk about that stuff but after chats this weekend I can see how that can come across… after all the majority of my followers aren’t potential clients but other creatives in the same boat as me. ⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ So now instead of falling down the comparison trap when I look at someone's profile I'm going to remind myself that I only share my favourite bits: case in point the patterns I made for this project won't all end up on here but I'll put up my favourites and in separate posts to look like a busy working illustrator. 🤣 So in don't believe the hype or the Highlights! ⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ Stamp and postage mark Christmas wrapping paper for the lovely team @flow_magazin⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ #Patterndesigner #DSPattern #surfacepattern #surfacedesign #patterndesign #Wrappingpaper #ChristmasPattern #patternplay #christmaswrappingpaper #abmpatternlove #letsmakepatterns #gotpattern #printandpattern #FlowMagazin #FlowMagazine #illustratingchristmas ⠀

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