Exhibiting at Blueprint with Collective Soul Studio

Hi everyone, I am excited to be exhibiting at Blueprint this year as part of Collective Soul Studio. We will be available virtually from September 14th to 16th.
Please get in touch if you would like to view new Fall, Holiday, Christmas & Floral art.

Collective Soul Studio is a group of nine international designers and illustrators and our work is available for a wide variety of markets such as baby & kids, fabric, home decor, greeting cards, wall art and stationery.

New Collaboration with Millie Loves Lily

Hi everyone, I am delighted to announce my new collaboration with children’s apparel company Millie Loves Lily. The female-founded brand works with independent artists to create exclusive styles for children’s apparel.

I am a massive fan of their beautiful designs and am honoured to be part of their Artist’s Series. Take a look at the beautiful clothes below, which includes children’s dresses, leggings, boys’ t-shirts and pyjamas!

Child’s Dress & Leggings
T-shirt & Leggings Set
Boy’s T-shirt
Short-Sleeved and Long-Sleeved Pyjamas

The design is a new print called ‘Boo Hallowe’en’ – I hope you like it! You can buy these items from Millie Loves Lily website.

HOW TO GET YOUR ART IN FRONT OF ART DIRECTORS

When I first started out in surface pattern design, the advice I was given to get my art ‘out there’ was to do one or all of the following:

  • Enter design competitions – they promised exposure.
  • Post frequently to social media sites like Instagram & Pinterest – Art Directors peruse them looking for new talent.
  • Add work to print-on-demand sites such as Society 6 or Spoonflower – Building a successful product line will get you noticed.

What I wasn’t told was that these methods are extremely competitive and your art will just get lost in all the other art that’s on them. Not to mention how exhausting doing all these things are with no guarantee of return on investment.

After discovering Shannon McNab on Skillshare and following her on Instagram – one great piece of advice she gave was to stop doing these things in the view of getting ‘discovered’ and to do this instead:

Create private work and contact art directors directly

So I stopped posting on social media. I came off Instagram and started developing a body of work with the intention of contacting art directors. I did contact a few but what I did was send one email to one company, wait a week and send another email to another company. Composing each email took ages and my portfolio was all over the place – I had no idea how many floral pieces I had in it!

The whole process of contacting art directors was a chore

It was a haphazard, muddled operation and I had no idea if the art directors had even received my email. I was not going to get far with this method.

After taking every online course run by industry leaders, I vowed not to spend another penny. I wanted money to come in, not to go out! 

Shannon launched the beta course for ‘Pitch Your Portfolio’ around this time. I was intrigued but hesitant. After all I vowed not to spend any more money on courses. 

However, the promise of creating a system to organise your portfolio and send consistent emails to art directors on a regular basis sounded tempting - it was exactly what I needed. 

The betas gave rave reviews about the course. I reasoned that if I just sold one portfolio piece by following the course’s advice, then it would pay for itself. And there was two payment methods – a one-off payment or a 6-monthly plan. I opted for the latter – I was sold!

After completing the course, my portfolio is lovely and organised now. I can see exactly how many pieces I have in each category and clearly see any gaps that I need to fill. I have a private portfolio on my website for art directors to look through. And I have a system in place where I can easily send off a bunch of emails to art directors in one sitting. 

Honestly, signing up to the course was one of the best decisions I’ve made

Of course you can do all this on your own. If you’re disciplined and put your mind to it, you can do exactly the same thing as I have done. But along with step-by-step organisation, 

Shannon’s course offers the kind of insider knowledge that’s worth the price alone - the types of email replies you’ll receive and how exactly to reply to them. 

My time is precious – I want to spend as much time as possible creating art. I also want to get my work in front of the right people. I now have a system that streamlines this process. With Pitch your Portfolio, you will get:

If you follow Shannon’s method, you will become SUPER-DOOPER-organised! And if you are a typical right-brained creative, you know how organisation will make your life that much easier and will free up your time for making art.

I love this course so much I became an affiliate and I’ve never been an affiliate for anything before. I will only ever back something I 100% believe in. Since starting the course I’ve sent dozens of emails to art directors, many of whom have shown interest in my work and I’ve secured some licensing deals!

THE DETAILS:

  • Enrollment opens Tuesday, April 20 until Saturday April 24th 2021. CLICK HERE to sign up.
  • This is the ONLY time Pitch your Portfolio will be offered in 2021 – it won’t be available again until Spring 2022 and the price will likely go up.
  • Shannon is also running a FREE Workshop ‘Build a Portfolio That Sells’. CLICK HERE to get access to that. 
  • If you have any questions, send me a message and I’ll get back to you!

‘Folk Floral’ FREE Colouring Page

Hi everyone

I hope you are all safe & well and getting used to the ‘new normal’ under Covid-19. Here in Ireland we are still under lockdown to help curb the spread of Coronavirus.

I wanted to share with you another FREE Colouring page to download, print out and colour in (you can also download it to a tablet and colour it in on a drawing app). It’s suitable for children and adults.

I’d love to see your page coloured in, so tag me on Instagram @tinadevinsdesign (or email me at tinadevinsdesign@gmail.com) and I’ll share your masterpieces. You can print it as many times as you like.

Also if you know anyone that might like this, do share this blogpost with them. Colouring-in is a great stress-reliever, and a finished piece also makes a nice memento to post to a grandparent or loved one.

Free colouring page, design by Tina Devins

To print the image – just click on the drawing to open the full size, download it and print with your home printer. The image is 8 x 8 inch format so is suitable for U.S. 8.5 x 11 inch paper and European A4 sizes.

Here is another FREE colouring-in page too, if you haven’t seen this one.

Take care, keep busy while you’re staying in, and keep safe!

Chat soon,

Tina 💕✨

‘Soul Butterflies’ FREE Colouring Page

‘Soul Butterflies’ Colouring Page by Tina Devins

Hi everyone. I hope you are all well and safe. In this challenging time where we’re all staying indoors as much as we can to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, I just wanted to offer a FREE download of one of my drawings for you to colour in.

The butterfly is a powerful symbol of endurance, transformation and hope. In this unprecedented and scary time, there has been an outpouring of good vibes from all communities – people pulling together, coming up with innovative ways to create a sense of normality and community whilst staying apart. It’s wonderful to see all the good news stories coming out of this lockdown.

 

‘Soul Butterflies’ Colouring Page by Tina Devins

 

To print the image – just click on the drawing to open the full size, download it and print with your home printer. The image is 8 x 10 inch format so is suitable for U.S. 8.5 x 11 inch paper and European A4 sizes.

I would love to see you or your children’s finished piece. Tag me on Instagram @tinadevinsdesign or email me at tinadevinsdesign@gmail.com and I’ll share your creations!

Take care of yourselves out there! We’re all in this together! Please share this post with anyone who might like it. 💕✨

Welcome to my Design Blog!

Tina Devins Design & Illustration

Hello and welcome to my design & illustration portfolio for stationery, textiles, editorial & the children’s market.

My name is Tina and I live on the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland.
I will be posting my design work, my process, sketches, inspiration, behind-the-scenes and some of the creative projects I like to do outside of drawing.

I hope you enjoy my work and look forward to this wonderful journey!