Tag Archives: The Sketchbook Artist

New to society6!

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It’s been a while since I’ve done anything related to The Sketchbook Artist, I’ve been keeping up my other blog (Mam, I Am), working part-time in a shop as well as moving into and decorating our new house. The last few months have just flown by and now Christmas is just around the corner! Eeek! Anyway, whilst I’ve been away the wonderful people at Society6 have been busy creating some new products such as tank tops, full cover tote bags and now mugs!! Check it out.

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Life Taking Over…

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So it’s been pretty quiet around here recently *tumble weed slowly drifts on by*. My personal life has pretty much taken hold of the driver’s seat for the past few months as a lot has been going on. First off we are in the process of buying a house! Eek, exciting times but a lot of paperwork and running around. On top of that we have been trying to spend time as a family so there’s been a lot of travelling back and forth between England and Wales.

I have done some work in this period though, as I was commissioned to create an A1 sized cat portrait. It was a bit different to what I usually do as it was in colour and in soft pastels! I loved the challenge and it was great fun working in a different medium. So here it is. The final piece. I was very happy to find that the customer was very happy with the portrait which is what I aim to achieve, customer satisfaction!

Introducing… Mam, I Am.

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So a few weeks ago I posted about struggling with the decision on keeping The Sketchbook Artist as a behind the scenes of my life or making it strictly business. Back then I decided that I could continue posting about work/family perfectly fine together (which you can read here) but I have noticed recently that I haven’t been posting about them equally and this blog was becoming more of a family life blog than a behind the scenes of TSA.

So I introduce to you, my new blog, Mam, I Am.

Please note that I will be transferring all of my Project 52 posts and soon my Work-At-Home-Mama posts. So from now on The Sketchbook Artist’s Blog will be strictly business!

The beginning of The Sketchbook Artist…

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I have just updated the ‘About’ section in my Etsy shop and sooo I thought I would share the story here too..
(P.s. I would love to hear about how other freelancers started out and the reasons behind it – Link me up?!)

The Beginning of The Sketchbook Artist

Kim Jenkins, the doodler, the maker, the artist has been around since 1989 but ‘The Sketchbook Artist’ has only existed from 2010. It’s been a slow road mainly due to juggling family/work life but its at a pace that I can cope with. I decided to start freelancing as an artist because I was starting my own little family and I wanted to be able to contribute to our income and still be a stay-at-home mother. That is very important to me to be able to watch my son grow up but still be able to provide. Drawing portraits seemed like the perfect solution as I could do it by myself at home. I have been drawing since I can remember, even as a child I would sit and draw for hours on end. I then continued my passion for art and drawing through to school and University. People have always been a favourite subject of mine when it comes to drawing even more so when I did weekly life drawing classes. Mainly because of the magical feeling of acheivement when you capture a persons personality in a portrait.

This honestly feels like the best job in the world when a customer is happy with their portrait. Nothing beats it.