Friday, 13 June 2014

// FRAMED // Brighton

I was recently selected to be part of Pop-Up Brightons Framed project - A group exhibition spread across the North Laines of Brighton, taking over shop windows and cafés.

This is my first show in two years, so I'm quite excited to be doing this after such a long break! Since moving to Brighton only last summer its been top of my list to get involved in something like this and to have my work on show again.. and what better place than in the heart of the City?

My illustration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Windsor, hand drawn with my fine HB pencil, is on display at Milk No Sugar café, Trafalgar Street, where you can enjoy a lovely cuppa whilst enjoying the artwork on show.

The exhibition is only running for a few more weeks, so pop down to see her while you can!

You can find out more about the artists involved and where to see the work at Pop-Up Brighton online here..

Sunday, 19 January 2014

// NEW WORK // Fashion Editorial

I was commissioned to create more editorials for online magazine publication Never Underdressed, that went live towards the end of 2013. (You may have seen my first set of illustrations for them, back in July last year?)

This time round I worked on their 'As Seen' styling tips editorial- which I loved doing! Styling tips to illustrate included, 'socks and sandals', 'oversize clutch' and 'barefeet'.

© Rebecca Abell 2013

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Store Visits

If you go down to the woods today... 

I took a trip to Brighton last week for some store visits. As well as visiting the main shopping area, I visited Brighton's North lanes, full of quirky independent shops brimming with unique product. 

There appears to be a strong woodland theme across the high street this autumn, with little fox characters being a major focus. Look at these adorable little kids clothes in an independent store in The North Lanes: 

Love this awesome packaging concept in Next to package jewellery. 

Saturday, 16 November 2013

New Town. New Job. New Life

The last half of this year has flown! I haven't blogged for ages... May infact. May, when I was contemplating what my next move was going to be. Where was my life/career going? 

Since graduating in 2011 and working part-time in retail, as well as working endless hours on my design and illustration work, I felt life was taking its toll and I wasn't progressing anywhere. I decided enough was enough and wanted things to change. I was striving for more. So, on the 6th June I packed a suitcase, and with a one way ticket to Brighton in my hand, I jumped on a train with no idea what was going to happen...

This. Was. The. Most. Scariest. Time. Of. My. Life. 

.... But. It turns out that move was a good move and being brave enough to do what I did paid off. Within two weeks (two weeks of trauling around design agencies pushing my work on every single creative director I could get hold of) I bagged myself the perfect new job. 

I am now a full-time retail graphic designer and illustrator working with some of the high streets most prolific retailers and supermarkets. I can't believe that I can finally say "this is my full-time job" 

I'd love to be showing you all what I've been working on for the last few months but everything is shush shush for now until they hit stores. Until then... I'll share my inspiration and experiences of my new life in Brighton. Be prepared for plenty of pictures of fish and chips, the beach and the pier (which you've probably seen plenty of if you follow me on Instagram!)

What has been your bravest life experience/change so far? I would love to learn of your experience :) 


Monday, 13 May 2013

Shortlisted- AOI Illustration Awards 2013

I am so pleased to announce that my work has been shortlisted for the 2013 Illustration Awards! My illustrated windows for Browns Fashion, which I was commissioned for last year, have been shortlisted for the Public Realm category of this years awards! Round 2 of judging will take place at the end of the month, when the final winners for each category will be decided....(fingers crossed!!)

Big congrats to all fellow shortlisters! - The full list has been published here on

Work in progress..

Thursday, 9 May 2013

// NEW WORK // Fashion Editorial

So you may have seen a few sneak peeks revealed on my Facebook page over the last couple of weeks?...

Well, I have just completed my first ever official fashion editorial! YAY!! I was commissioned by new online fashion publication, Never Underdressed by Shorlist Media, to create three 'Fashematic' illustration editorials as a feature for their launch.

Each illustrated 'Fashematic' equation provides a break down of inspiration behind international collections by Louise Gray, Fendi and Celine.

Never Underdressed was launched only this week, and is the UK's first freestanding digital glossy aimed at affluent stylish women. It combines original fashion and beauty shoots and video, with up-to-the-minute news, galleries and features. Go check it out!

The Queen + Tesco Value = Louise Gray #4

Carebear + Punk Mohawk = Fendi #24
Laundry bag + Hug = Celine #22

Thursday, 18 April 2013


I have launched a HUGE sale in my Etsy store, with some items reduced by 75% off! I am currently in the process of developing a new product range and so wanted to clear some existing stock to make room for my new pieces!

Some prints have been reduced to ONLY £5!! -Be quick!!

Perfect for the bf, no? >>