I'm Nicola Allan, an Edinburgh (UK) based freelance illustrator and designer with a passion for creating characters and making up stories. I also love creating illustrated maps and greetings cards, and designing patterns for products, packaging and apparel. Hand-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 either on my iPad in Procreate or in Photoshop.

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; the experience still informs my imagination and work today. When I’m not drawing or painting, I love being outside... walking, running, gardening (total plant nerd), hiking, skiing and surfing, though not all at once... Oh, and I’ve started making little illustrated animations which are ridiculously addictive.

With a professional background as a lawyer, I bring an analytical mind to any task making sure the creative sparks are backed up with solid design thinking. I've been working as a 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 and get in touch!

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