I’m Frances, one half of The School of Illustration, and if you’re an illustrator I’m excited to support you as a mentor on your creative journey.
As well as being a successful freelance illustrator and writer, I am a qualified teacher with over 10 years of experience of lecturing in illustration and design at degree level. This gave me an amazing insight into the common obstacles and challenges my students encountered, and this, combined with my own experience, made me realise that everyone struggles with the same things:
Lack of confidence
Feeling creatively blocked
Comparing yourself to other artists
And the list goes on…..
So if any of this sounds familiar, and you’re looking for some clarity and guidance on any aspect of your illustration career, you can book a 1-2-1 mentoring Power Hour with me to get some focused advice tailored to your specific needs and goals.
I’ll provide a positive and supportive sounding board, and we can really get into the specifics of what you feel is holding you back, and formulate an action plan to help you to start moving forward and get back in your creative flow.
Who is this for?
A 1-2-1 mentoring Power Hour with me is perfect for you if:
You’re a newly graduated illustrator feeling overwhelmed and unsure after leaving behind the guidance and help of uni.
You’re an early career illustrator with some client commissions under your belt but want to take your career to the next level and gain more regular work.
You’re an established illustrator but are feeling stagnant and unmotivated, and need some help to get back on track.
What does it involve?
In your 1-2-1 mentoring Power Hour we will:
Discuss the direction you want to go in with your work (and you’ll get advice on direction if you have no idea!) and how to locate your niche in the illustration industry.
Identify strengths, areas for improvement and emergent themes within your work.
Analyse your business approach, including your online presence, social media, marketing strategies and more.
Explore how you feel about your work, and how this may be hindering or blocking your progress.
Look at how you can expand your network of creative support and inspiration, both online and IRL.
What will you come away with?
Following your 1-2-1 mentoring Power Hour, you will have :
An actionable step by step plan covering all aspects of your illustrative practice, from artwork to business
A list of resources for you to check out, both practical and inspirational. This may include books, podcasts, blogs, artists or organisations that align with what we have discussed in your session
A more informed perspective on your career and the awareness and tools to move forward in a positive direction.
'In our mentoring session Frances was friendly and professional. She gave me really helpful advice that I could work with to improve my portfolio, as well as steps I could take to move forward with my career as an illustrator. I couldn’t recommend her more!'
‘Frances was so supportive and understanding during my mentoring session. She was easy to discuss ideas and concepts with and I felt comfortable speaking honestly about my work. She understood the direction I want to go in with my illustrations and gave genuine, tailored advice to help me improve. Her feedback was constructive and was delivered in a way that easy to comprehend and follow through with.’
‘Consulting with Frances gave me the confirmation I needed regarding my work, and allowed me to plan and expand my portfolio with confidence. Her suggestions were specific to my field, really helpful, and I was left feeling a sense of pride, motivation and relief! Anyone looking for honest, helpful advice or a bit more direction in their work should definitely book an appointment'
‘Frances gave me constructive, genuine feedback in a professional and friendly manner. We discussed the direction of my work, as well as concepts and ideas, and how to develop them by setting short and long term goals. This made taking the next steps feel less overwhelming and instead easily achievable! Frances gave me the confidence and motivation that I needed, and I could not recommend her enough to anyone wanting to develop their creative path!’