This time last year I started to think about the coming Valentines day (we decided to go to Barcelona in the end after a particularly depressing Christmas it was beautiful and just what we needed). Tom and I usually make each other birthday/valentines cards because its all the more special and personal. Valentines day is also a bit more special to us as it is the date I moved back down from Newcastle to be with Tom, you can read about that here and here if you like.
Aaaaanyway I digress, the point of this post is that this time last year whilst thinking of valentines cards I decided to send a few designs to my favourite card shop Paperchase. I sent them via courier to the address on their site and the following morning at 9.05 I received a call from their head buyer! Their buyer Gemma (who was lovely) said they were very interested in my style and asked me to send in a few rough sketches with valentines themes such as a typewriter and the phrase 'you're just my type' and other cheesy puns! One of the ideas I sent them was the below
The funny thing is that I had drew this little illustration for Tom in a sentimental moment on a break from work and sent it to him in an email. I had no idea then that it would be useful in the future and by no means think its my best work! Often I find that the work I have worked many hours on or think is good is not necessarily the ones other people think are good. I think the prime example of this is this quick sketch I did of the 'animals I see on my way to work'
which then went on to win the cover of The Metro!
Stick to the point Fritha! (I swear my baby brain is making me not able to focus on anything at any one time). SO after sending in the rough sketches they contacted me to say they would like to buy the cat design. I sold over all right to the design, I would like to say I am very content with the amount I received for the design and feel very happy with my working relationship with Paperchase. A lot of people have asked me how much they paid me and suggested they should have sent me the range/royalties for the designs, I understand that sometimes big companies do rip of smaller illustrators but like I said I am very happy with the contract I have with them and would be happy to work with them again in the future.
The surprising thing was that I understood they were buying the design for a card only and so when a Twitter friend that works for Paperchase advised me a few weeks ago that there was a full range (including snow globes!!) I was a little taken a back. As you can see from below the design has been changed slightly but overall I am very impressed with what they have done with it, I had a cup of tea out of the mug as soon as I got home.