Not long after I started blogging I found a designer that I loved. She was amazing and we came up with a unique style for illustrations for me and my daughter Sylvia. Our very first ever image was of me in my Super Mum outfit with Sylvia on my back. I love that image and always will do. It was ur very first personalised illustration.
This image represented my fight with Adrenal Insufficiency and my fight for flight and to get my cortisol levels right through the use of an adrenal pump.
We then had more images designed. I’ve always written about reading with kids. It is something I feel passionate about and so I had an image designed of Sylvia and I reading together. In fact I run a joint kids linky with Laura Summers called KLTR, Kids Love To Read. Getting images designed for a blog or any publication is not always cheap but I really liked this style and so over time I purchased more illustrations.
My next illustrations were health related. I got a design of me on scales which I used in my writing about weight loss efforts.
I also had an image designed of me with a drip which is what often happens when I go into a adrenal crisis.
And so I had a few fantastic illustrations. When my bog began focusing more on fun with kids in addition to my health I commissioned a series of images to use in food related posts. I had 25 Images commissioned 18 months ago and started to use them in 2017.
I have used my In the Kitchen illustrations as part of our Cook With Kids series and they have gone really well so far. Some people may not be into illustrations but I sure am and I think they are cute and suit my blog. It’s been fun using the images to create great content and I love the look of this category on my blog.
And so a few months ago I commissioned my next lot of images.
This time I went with the toddler theme and sent my ideas off and had drafts made. Once these were as I wanted, they were made into final images.
I now have plenty of images to go with some posts that I am planning to create. I’m sure these will last me till next year and then I will save and commission some new images.
I do find getting illustrations for my blog fun and think it can be a USP for my blog.
I am aiming to use one image per fortnight so I will order another 25 next year. I get excited having new images on my blog and it really makes me happy. I have decided to do more of what makes me happy and so I have to think about my content for 2018 and what images I will need. I feel quite happy about this and wanted to share on the blog. It’s an exciting part of blogging for me and I have some planning to do.
Do you have illustrations on your blog? Do you design your own or use stock photography? If you are not a blogger….what do you think? Do you like our images? I certainly do.
robin rue says
Those are great illustrations! I think they make a nice addition to your blog.
Thanks Robin, I really like having it as a part of my blog. 🙂
These really are some cute drawings. I think it’s fun to have the cartoon style for sure!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestylest says
Those are super cute! I love illustrations like this. They’re so whimsical.
Colleen Lanin says
These are such great additions to your blog! I love artwork like this that can perfectly illustrate your life in such a playful way.
Vivienne Singer says
Absolutely love these. I use stock images on my blog. Not nearly as interesting. These are incredibly charming, and so meaningful given they reflect you, your life and your daughter so personally.
I really love these! I have a children’s book that I have written but have no idea how to illustrate it. Maybe I need to go on the search for someone to help me!. These are so cute!
Sarah Fleming says
I love illustrations! I think sometimes they help convey a message more than words. These are great!
These are all so adorable! I mostly use my own images and some stock photography, but Ill have to think about some illustrations
Brandy (@brandyellen) says
This is such a clever way to inspire creativity. I Love being able to do stuff like this, makes it come to life. Super fun!
Michelle Waller says
Oh I just love these illustrations! They are so pretty and fun! It is always great to have an artist on stand by to help create images.
Our Family World says
I think the illustrations are awesome. It provides a different and unique style for sharing content. I hope to see more of these in your blog posts.
Pam Wattenbarger says
These are such cute images! I mostly use photographs for my blog but these illustrations are adorable.
Travel Blogger says
I really like these! I usually try to take my own photos, but sometimes I settle for stock photos. I never thought of having illustrations done. These are really cute and such a great idea.
Love all the images. They are cute but not cutesy… if that makes sense. Nicely done and not childish.
Kelly Hutchinson (@KickingWKelly) says
This is the coolest thing I think I have ever seen! I love these illustrations!
Wendy Polisi says
I absolutely love the design work she does for you. You guys seem to be able to communicate well and that’s always a plus.
The illustrations are so fun! I think they are a fabulous way to add more flare to your posts.
Liz Mays says
These illustrations are awesome it’s that you’ve been finding ways to use them on your blog. I’ve never had any artwork commissioned before.
Love that you are so well prepared and have images to use for a while. I hate the feelings of being ready to post, but lacking the right images to accompany my posts.
Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place says
She sounds amazing and I do love the illustrations she has made for you! Her style is unique and adorable! Anyone would love it.
Toni | Boulder Locavore says
These are really cute! So entertaining especially for kids! Love that you are using these for your blog!
Carol Cassara says
I think she’s really talented and I love the drawings and illustrations, everything’s perfect! It’s good to find someone to work with like her.
Jasmine - LoveLifeLaughMotherhood says
You have real talent! I can’t draw anything, so I use stock images, or photos I’ve taken myself
ha ha. thanks
I am so inspired. I havent gotten a brand illustration for my blog in 5 years since inception but I would love to get more for my brand.
The Happy Mum SA says
I love how these fit in perfectly with your blog. Wish I could draw!