I had worked as an artist in the 90s selling painting off the back of a bike with another artist mate and always loved drawing/painting/creating. I think it kept me sane at times especially when I was younger and was a bit ‘lost’, also during those times in my life when I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety.
In 2015 I started to doodle images of women to accompany a new website I was having built (this one actually). I just wanted to have some beautifully minimal yet vibrant sketches that represented and really captured the essence of women/woman. I couldn’t find anything online I wanted so I started to create my own. This process of creating illustrations in a minimal style is so relaxing and meditative that I kept on drawing and drawing, using both close friends and strangers as subjects. Thankfully folks really seemed to like the illustrations so I started to charge for them.
In 2016 I had the opportunity to provide some illustrations for a book on women’s health, this followed with submissions for a book on mental health in 2017. In 2019 I started to provide illustrations for a client who is writing a book on self-confidence as well as illustrate for third party publications and websites.
Now I’ve rediscovered illustration I will continue working as an artist alongside my therapy work.
Themes of simple linework and strong contrasting colour are key. I want my illustrations to be beautiful, minimal but always capturing the soul of the subject with as few lines as possible.
Examples of my illustration work can be found on the ‘brilliant women’ project page.
In 2020, during the pandemic lockdown, I illustrated 75 women in 100 days and called this The Brilliant Women Project. The full portfolio can be seen on Instagram @lorifitzdoodles.gallery
If you fancy a lorifitzdoodle original for your website, your book, or ‘just because’ then please do get in touch via the contact page.
Rates are mega reasonable (think a basic day rate rather than a Matisse rate) and I’ll give you a quote once we’ve had a chat and I have an idea about how much work is involved.