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Hello!

I'm Nicola Allan, a British freelance illustrator and designer living currently in Mexico with a passion for creating characters and making up stories. I love creating editorial pieces, illustrated maps and greetings cards, and also designing patterns for products, packaging and apparel. Hand and brush lettering is something I really enjoy too so I incorporate it into my work as much as possible. Everything starts with a pencil sketch though I like working both traditionally and digitally - my favourite approach is to mix both by using ink, watercolour or gouache with colour pencil and then arranging and adding detail digitally.

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Although I'm British, I spent most of my childhood in the hot steamy jungles of Borneo which provided me with a very open outlook, exposure to different cultures, flora and fauna. Ever since I was little, I wanted to become a working artist (particularly a children's book author and illustrator) and although I got a little side tracked along the way, qualifying and working as a lawyer for just over ten years, that dream has never left me.

When I’m not drawing or painting, I love being outside: walking, running, gardening (total plant nerd), hiking, skiing, surfing or just quietly sitting enjoying the space I find myself in. Most recently, I’ve started making little illustrated animations which are ridiculously addictive and my current obsession. I used to make stop motion animations as a kid so that may be my next project!
 

With a professional background as a lawyer, I bring an analytical mind to any task making sure my creative sparks are backed up with solid design thinking. I've been working as a part time freelance illustrator for the last three years and I'd welcome the opportunity to bring your project to life whilst engaging in a passion of mine.

If you're interested in any of my products for your store, please head to the wholesale tab or get in touch via the contact page.

Follow me on Instagram @nicallanart