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To mark the centenary of the First World War, Vintage is launching a unique collection of war fiction. April 2014 will see the publication of twelve works by the greatest writers of the last century, each tackling this most powerful and universal of subjects.

The series was a collaborative effort by the Vintage Design team. Each cover was designed and hand-painted in-house, with the aim of giving a bold, contemporary look to these war-themed classics.

Such lovely covers for some fantastic books.

Today is LAUNCH DAY! My online shop has opened for the very first time: 

To celebrate I am doing a little promotional competition, and the winner receives an A3 print of my most popular chicken. All you have to do to enter is any or all of the following (the more you do the more you’ll have a chance of winning!):

'Like' my Facebook Page Abby Cook Illustration or share this post on your wall and to your friends.

Reblog this post on my blog,

Retweet this post from my Twitter: @AC_Illustration, or…

Regram a photo of this post from my Instagram: @abbyillustrates.

The closing date is Thursday 1st May. Good Luck!

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As well as trying to design new cards and stationary for my fair later this month, finish my online shop and try and update my website, I did a little mini photo-shoot for my website and shop. Kind of cute really.


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Just a really quick update, today I am working alongside the lovely Rose Hill. She creates pop art style stationary, it’s awesome. To see more of her work and where you can buy it from, check out her website

Exciting things are happening (yay) following such great feedback from my craft fair and people wanting to know how and when they can buy my work as prints, cards and if I will be designing other stationary items and homewares I have decided to make an online shop. I can reveal a small sneaky peak of it in progress…


imageHow do you think it’s looking?


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Following my Christmas Market at Farnham Maltings, I spoke to a lovely lady Ruth Eastlow who is the art director for Cranleigh Arts Centre. She kindly invited to me put up an exhibition for a month in the foyer of the arts building. Part exhibition, part promotion and selling of my work it was great to set up an exhibition again.

I had to think about how to format my work, as I have only ever produced work for wall hanging, never for a cabinet or shelving. I also wanted to try and create a more interactive and interesting exhibition, not just vertical rows of work. 

I got really good feedback from it, but what do you think?

Cranleigh Arts Centre


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I loved drawing this bike, and I experimented a little with a slightly more digital approach that I have never tried before.

I might draw more bikes…


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Following the New Year, and following the work I did whilst I was at Hallmark, I was asked to complete two wedding card commissions. Bespoke cards for each happy bride and groom.

One couple loved to cycle, so I created a lovely tandem bike for them to cycle on, they loved it!


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My Christmas Stall.

I’m going back a little, to Christmas (I know, sorry) but as well as producing a few Christmas cards for friends and family, I was lucky enough to be chosen to be part of the very prestigeous and sort after, Farnham Maltings Christmas Market. I had applied back in the summer, after seeing an advert, and forgot about it really. As I had never done a craft fair/market before I didn’t think I would stand any chance of getting a table, so it was great when I found out that I had.

I busied myself with making things to sell that had enough variation without  too much choice. Tricky one to gauge as I had never done anything like this before…

I also had prints made as well in various sizes, hand printed wrapping paper, gift swing tags and I experimented with placing my Illustrations onto ceramics (Decal paper is tricky if you’ve never used it before!)

I had a really lovely evening, I met loads of fellow stall holders selling a wide variety of beautiful crafts, and I got some great feedback from the public about my work as well as making a few pennies along the way. It’s safe to say this won’t be my last market! 



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This was a little while ago, last November to be precise, I travelled up to the beautiful county of Yorkshire to be part of the Hallmark Cards Creative Team for two weeks. I had my own work space within the studio and was given great briefs to work on. The team I worked with were all very supportive and really friendly. I tried to learn how to knit as well when I was there…alas I know why I never considered textiles as a career, I won’t be knitting anytime soon!

Emma Greaves, the very lovely Art Director gave me some great projects to do whilst I was there and here is a sneaky peak at some of my card designs and illustrations:


I also met some great creative buddies as well who all did some great pieces of Illustration and card design.

Check out Mr H He has a cracking eye for immense typography.

Since my placement, I have been doing a few bits and pieces for Emma and the Creative Team at Hallmark - super exciting.


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All images are copyrighted 2013-2014.

Finally, I have been able to actually sit down and blog some things in full, rather than snippets here and there. It’s been busy few months, but lots of exciting things have happened and are to come. I will back-trak a few months slightly, as I have not posted properly in so long -  apologies. 

So from here, I shall blog away all the little things I have to share, enjoy.


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Remember to pack your #walkingboots for your #summerholiday #adventures! All that #hiking and #exploring #sketch #rough #trecking #coast #coastalpaths #walks #countrywalks #illustrator #abbycook #abbycookillustration #illustratorwork #pencil #drawing #instaart #boots