The strength of a Matriarch I know well.
It is resilience, unwavering, it lives in the bones of the women of my whanau. Women that bore children and women that lost them, women who are the life force, the bread and butter, the glue that holds others together. Women that fix what was once broken, who take the high road, who protect their own. Women that hold others up, who teach, who laugh loudly, speak unapologetically, who move through a room with intent, eyes fixed, shoulders back, heart on their sleeve.
Yes the strength of a Matriarch I know well.
Born by one, raised by them, becoming one myself.
An illustration depicting the breakdown of the technical components involved in a heel and a brogue.
I had fun illustrating this textile/fabric pattern, creating a seamless squiggle!
‘You will move mountains’ hand illustrated textile pattern,
available for purchase as a print in my shop.
The beginning of a continuing series of illustrations inspired by women’s photographs they’ve submitted to be part of the project on their journey to body love and positivity.
The idea being that maybe seeing their body as art would be the first step to acknowledging it’s beauty.
Thank you to all of the brave women who submitted photographs, normalising body diversity is so important.
You can read the thoughts of each woman who submitted a picture to be drawn, on my instagram @lilykatevallance
42.0 x 59.4cm
Acrylic & gouache on cold press illustration board
Recently I collaborated with Mi Piaci, a luxury footwear company, creating a fashion illustration using their Garland boot as inspiration. 250 art prints of the work have been hand signed and numbered by myself. They will be gifted to the first 250 customers to make a purchase on the 26th of May in all Mi Piaci stores across NZ and AU.
The first in a series of blooms in dreamy tones.
Get yourself a print of this artwork available in my Shop!
This ones for all the cacti lovers out there,
Print available for purchase in my shop!
In celebration of International Women's Day I've illustrated this print of some of the women I find most inspiring!
On a day that celebrates the achievements of women and how far we have come, I think it's important to remember we stand on the shoulders of those women before us. Those that paved the way for a better, more equal future. Those that fought for the right to be heard, to be hired, and to be educated.
Head on over to my shop to grab yourself a print - with every one purchased, $15 is donated to Women's Refuge in honour of International Women's Day and to help better the lives of NZ women!
For a friends mother who battled with cancer, may she remember the beauty in every day, and be rejuvenated by the abundance of life that surrounds us.
A logo for the Merchant 1948 Workshop in Chadstone Australia and a breakdown of emblems representing what's on offer.
This will be displayed outside the store as a decal and screen printed on the employees uniforms.
This is the first in a series of paintings I'm releasing inspired by the ancestry of strong women from different cultures, my hope is that it inspires people to celebrate and learn more about their cultural background, giving thanks to the fierce protectors, nurturers, and beautiful warriors and survivors we originally came from.
I've named the piece Arataki, in Maori Arataki is a name that means leader or 'to lead'. Maori are the indigenous polynesian people of New Zealand, my ancestors hail from the iwi Ngāti Whātua, so I stand on the shoulders of many wahine toa (strong women) who I have to thank for my heritage and existing today. I am proud to honour them with this painting.
For all the women who heal our wounds with their relentless love,
their time, their blood sweat and tears. We all know a healer, a woman of strength, who speaks words into our lives that resonate and mend.
This piece is inspired by those that heal, that renew, and sow seeds of hope in us again.
Decals illustrated for the opening of the Deuce Sneaker Pop Up on Teed St, explaining the brands ethos, 3 brand pillars, and aim to raise money for the youth of NZ with every pair sold.
Arts Murihiku is a newly established Arts organisation in Southland that will oversee all the Art in the surrounding area. They were founded to help arts in Southland thrive.
I was hired to design a logo that encompasses that, something clean, raw, and representative of Murihiku (Southland).
The client was also interested in possibly including mark making from various southland artists to give a raw, artistic vibe.
I felt encompassing these marks within a clean design was a good medium that achieved a balance between a professional feel and 'raw art'.
I was commissioned by Venture Southland to illustrate a quirky map to advertise The Bluff Oyster Festival and the events that are on during it.
It's being distributed as an info poster to the tourists/locals and given to the local businesses to post up.
I wanted the map to be practical as well as aesthetically pleasing, drawing inspiration from Kiwiana art and motifs that represented the events being held and the scenery that the South Island is famous for.
Boob health is something close to my heart!
This illustration is inspired by the many shapes, sizes and colours we all need to take care of, so self check and if you notice any changes/lumps/rashes, get in touch with your health professional and get them checked out!
The Victorian Roller Derby team (#1 in the world) hired me to design their gala logo, in their brief they wanted something that represented what people already associate them with, currently known for their symbolism of lightning / a shield / their team colours- Royal Blue/White, but they were open to adding a third colour possibly.
It needed to work using their royal blue and white backgrounds and they wanted it to achieve the professional, strong, athletic feel their league has across the 4 teams.
Label illustration for Raglan Apiaries 'Field Honey'
A collection of spreads I've been involved in designing/styling for photo shoots and editorial layouts within OHbaby! Magazine
A series of seasonal greeting cards for a uniquely NZ christmas season, featuring Tuatara, Deer, and of course the Kiwi!
A preview of the 'A' from a woodland creature alphabet I am currently illustrating for OHbaby! Magazine.
Commercial Illustration Commission for the main fashion spread in Girlfriend Magazine, the theme was 'Bold Blooms'.
Illustrations were drawn by hand, scanned in, and then rendered and cleaned up digitally.
Typography designed for a range of shirts/mugs etc
A selection of editorial layouts and covers for VIVA magazine.
A series of illustrations I designed for the clothing brand Eskimo Nell
Portrait in loving memory of my mother, a lover of gardening, teller of terrible jokes, wearer of purple with a heart of gold.
A design I decided to get screen printed on a limited run of shirts which proved to be very popular, I sold whole sale to a few stores in NZ and overseas as well as from the shop section of my website.
I illustrated this for all my feminist boys and girls out there.
Feminist isn't a dirty word, and it's not a group of men-hating women.
At it's definition, it's someone who believes there should be social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.
And when has equality for all ever been a bad thing, never.
So grab a print from the shop and fly your feminist flag high!
A commissioned illustration of the Tate family where they wanted to include their cheeky dog and sassy cat!
Hand drawn floral logo, coloured digitally.
A hand illustrated logo for the vintage inspired jewelry company 'Retro Resins.'
Branding concepts explored and final (first) for the clothing company 'CHADWICK INC.'
A Pin Up inspired logo designed for Michelle, a Vintage/Burlesque enthusiast and performer, whose stage name is 'Lady Kitty Hawk.'
First hand drawn then created as a layered vector artwork using Illustrator.
A hand illustrated branding package for 'Miss Victory Violet'.
Drawn by hand, scanned in and then rendered & coloured digitally.
Hand drawn typographical logo for Emmy Lou Photography, available inblack and white colourways.
Editorial design work and cover for Weekend Magazine.
A commissioned hand painted illustration using watercolour.
Editorial layouts I've completed whilst working for New Idea Magazine.
I worked across multiple sections including Fashion/Beauty/Lifestyle; staying within the parameters of the magazines 'Celebrity tabloid' style guide.
I would incorporate my illustrations where possible, working across InDesign & Photoshop primarily.
Addams Family set illustrations created for the North Shore Theatre company.
Hand drawn layered vector artwork based on the classic Addams Family home, their Ghoulish backyard, and the Central park woods-
The brief was to re-create the infamous locations in a 'detailed cartoon' sort of style to fit the set.
Illustrations were projected onto a backdrop and moved in motion to musical ques & whilst actors interacted with the audience.
Memoir of a mother
Line art portrait in memory of my late mother Leanne Vallance
Hand illustrated and Inked using a fountain pen.
Floral vector composition in Illustrator.
Advertising for AUT University
A line art Mural I freehand painted down a stairwell with Acrylic and sealed off with clear adhesive.
Exploring the idea of being born a creative person, and how that effects the way you see things during your life.
Oil painting, digitally refined.
Clients - Rosalie and Arama
Hand illustrated sketches of rings for Naveya and Sloane.
Inspired by and exploring the style of 'Where the wild things are'.
Exploring youth, runaways, growing up.
A collection of faces I've loved and photographed.
Photography for a dancing portfolio.
Brief- Childrens Book Fables
Red Fox Publishing
Wilbur the Walrus in progress
Illustrated by hand then digitally refined.
Photographs exploring light on the human form in a studio.