• Artist life,  Reviews,  Uncategorized

    Essential books for Aspiring Illustrators

    Trying to find the perfect book for illustrators through an over-crowded market for books can be difficult. Trying to find books for guidance on taking illustration as a career, or even trying to find books to motivate can be difficult. Try searching illustration books on Amazon and the top books and you’ll be overloaded. And not necessarily with the correct…

  • Princess Mononoke Print design process - illustration step by step gif by Stephanie Male
    Artist life

    Princess Mononoke Print Character Design Process

    I’m having an amazing month at the moment, it’s been amazing because I’ve found myself being really inspired and motivated. So, I’ve decided to jump on it and get a move on for my next convention: the Cardiff Anime and Gaming Convention on August 17 & 18th. So, cue some good ol’ Princess Mononoke fan art. My first point of…

  • Stephanie Male illustration recreates Lara Pickle's character design Milk Mermaid
    Artist life,  Sketchbook

    #Drawthisinyourstyle: Lara Pickle Redraw

    Never one to turn down an Art challenge, I came across the #drawthisinyourstyle hashtag on Instagram and had to get involved. The ‘Draw this in your style’ Art challenge is pretty much what it says on the proverbial tin. Artists challenge others to redraw their original illustrations in their own style. This is actually a great way to improve your…

  • custom illustration commission - hire an illustrator Stephanie Male artist Bristol
    Artist life,  Studio Vlog

    Illustration Process – Hiring Me

    How do I hire an illustrator? What’s Stephanie Male’s illustration process? Not everyone has hired an illustrator, in fact, most people probably haven’t. It’s not exactly like hiring a plumber to fix your sink – but it’s not dissimilar either. You still contact the professional with your needs, discuss quotes and make adjustments, but the illustration process differs from there.…

  • Stephanie male illustration - negative painting watercolors - watercolour for beginners
    Artist life,  Sketchbook


    Teaching myself Watercolours at the moment- I am a total noob! I’ve been following some great Youtube videos on negative painting and I am in love with the depth of colours it creates 😍 Now to look out for more watercolour techniques to learn, what should I try next? 🤔 Thanks for reading! x

  • Stephanie Male sketch sketchbook - character design illustration - pen drawing
    Artist life,  Sketchbook


    When your quick pen test turns out better than the 1hr drawing 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ I’m really enjoying working in my sketchbook at the moment. There’s no pressure for it to be perfect or a certain style- less stressful and more freeing. Just what I need at the moment. I love buying artist sketchbook zines and seeing into their brain a bit…

  • Meet the artist - FAQ - about the artist - stephanie male illustration
    Artist life,  Uncategorized

    About the Illustrator

    First post on the new blog! Woo! And because it’s my first posting on the new blog, I thought I’d introduce myself a little bit and tell you all about me and my doodles. Why Art? I’ve always drawn for as long as I can remember, more importantly I’ve always enjoyed creating, whether it’s drawing, knitting or even spinning yarn.…