Jaymie O’Callaghan by Dee Andrews
Artist/ Illustrator from Surrey.
I’m a blogger over at By Jaymie and owner of the shop ‘By Jaymie Jewellery’ which I am currently re-branding and broadening. I’m a part time sales girl (not a fan) and a full time creative (a massive fan) trying to pursue a career as an illustrator or within a more creative industry. I am also eager to get into becoming a teachers assistant at a primary school and hope to gain some experience at the school my brother teaches at very soon.
I’m self taught and motivated I guess you could say, as I don’t have a degree in illustrating. I studied for a year at university… let’s call me a ‘fashion school dropout’ it just wasn’t for me. I have a degree in foundation art and have been drawing since I was very little. it’s a real love and passion of mine, I’ve pretty much always been know for it. I’m currently working hard on my portfolio of work, commissions, illustrated jewellery and now made from the stars collaboration, so I’m a pretty busy beaver right now. I am also part of a collective of artist illustrators called Edit! and we hope to exhibit early next year in London.
Within my artwork I love pastel colours, smudgy ink, drippy lines and charcoal for my more expressive or realistic pieces. I also work a lot in pencil, watercolour and permanent art graphic pens. I’m definitely a mixed media kind of girl! I’ve completed work for Untried Magazine, Nothingbad mag, Amelia’s Magazine, Love Illustrated project on Oh My Darling, Illustrated various bloggers and had my illustration of the folk band 10 o’clock horses used for their promotional advertisement and CD cover.
Artist(s)? I’m a huge fan of Oliver Jeffers, Caitlin Shearer and Giselle Scanlon, to name but a few.
Films? Some classics which I’ve loved since I was about 4 and still a firm favourites of mine are Labyrinth and Edward Scissor hand. I love films and have to many to mention… but I’ll give you The Notebook and Scott Pilgrim VS the World as well.
Music/ bands? Foster The People, The Smiths, She & Him, Mystery Jets, Belle & Sebastian, Nirvana.
Books? The pact, One Day and A Boy Called It.
Place? New York! I’ve been twice and it is has such a buzz, it’s electric. My ambition is to one day live and work there.
Season? Autumn, Winter. As soon as I can start to layer up, drinking hot drinks, putting up christmas decorations – It’s my favourite time of year! I love Christmas.
Food? Mexican or Vegeterian Sushi!
What inspires you? So much inspires me… anything and everything! Other illustrators, fashion, music, people, nature. You name it!
When you’re not drawing or working what else do you love to do? I love making jewellery, watching films and going to the cinema, spending days in london or baking cakes.
What’s the piece of work you are most proud of? My Edward Scissor hands portrait or my Twiggy illustrations with the intricate 60s style pattern background, mainly because it takes SO long to do.