A Little Bit About Me...

hello I’m Jade, a freelance artist and designer, fashion lover, book addict and film nerd. I'm also a member of the Isle of Man Arts Council I chair the Visual Art and Literature panel for the council and sit on the Film panel.

I like to design fun things for people including: pins, logos, posters, business cards, packaging, flyers + other bespoke creations. For more info check out my Commissions gallery

When I'm lucky enough to have a bit of free time I also like to draw girls with rainbow pastel hair, pretty clothes + lots of cute tattoos, collectively known as the Candy Doll Club

I live in the Isle of Man, which is a little island in the middle of the Irish Sea right in between England and Ireland.

FAQ - learn a little bit more about me...

What are your favourite colours?
You probably wouldn't think it looking at most of my artwork but my favourite colours are Red and Black.

How do you create your designs?
Since mid 2017 I've been drawing almost everything on an iPad pro using apple pencil. I mainly work in Procreate and Adobe Photoshop.

Is being an artist your real job?
Yes! I've worked freelance as an illustrator and graphic designer since 2009 but for a while I was an assistant librarian at a children's library and I also worked as a retail assistant for a high-street clothing shop. My positions on the Arts Council and Culture Vannin are voluntary so I currently work freelance full time from home as an artist. This means that I spend my time drawing and painting as well as running my online brand the Candy Doll Club selling products and merchandise featuring my own designs and illustrations - Shop Here

Where did you study?
I always loved art at school (doesn't everyone say that?!) so after high school I enrolled in a two year Art and Design course at University College Isle of Man (UCM). After that I completed a HND in Fine Art and I then graduated in 2013 with a BA in Fine Art from UCM and Liverpool John Moores University.

What do you do when you're not drawing?
I spend most of my spare time reading but if my nose isn't stuck in a book you'll probably find me binge-watching shows and films or spending an unhealthy amount of time scrolling through endless streams of content on Instagram or Pinterest.

Do you have any other special skills?
I quit my piano lessons when I grew old enough to realise how terrible I was and i've never really had any unique abilities or skills. However, I do have an inordinate ability for remembering song lyrics and useless general knowledge facts, so I'm a good person to have on a Pub Quiz team. I studied French, Spanish and a bit of Italian at school and a couple of years ago I started learning Portuguese for fun. in 2015 I was formally diagnosed with autism and in 2022 I was diagnosed with ADHD.

What inspires you?
Pop Culture and Fashion mainly but I can get inspired by just about anything. I'm a lifelong Art History nerd so I also draw a lot of inspiration from classical art and architecture. Cinema is also a huge source of inspiration for me, my tastes are very eclectic but i'm a big Horror fan in particular.

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