Nicci Nathanson Illustration

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When these pictures popped up on my Facebook timeline, I was immediately attracted to them.  I loved her style, & thought this was such a beautiful idea for Christmas gifts.  You could sense the emotion behind the illustration & it just immediately made me smile.

I reached out to Nicci straight away & asked if we could have a little chat & I could show all of you her beautiful work.

Christmas is coming soon, & I always think that something personalised is the best kind of gift there is – it is unlike anything else that person will receive & it shows the thought & love that has gone into it.


Your name: Nicci Nathanson (Zunica Joao)

Business name: Nicci Illustration

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Social media handles: Facebook & Instagram

Tell me a bit more about what you do: I am an illustrator specialising in children’s book illustration. I also love doing character illustrations, surface pattern design, educational illustration and I have just started giving illustration workshops.

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Have you always enjoyed art: I grew up in a small mining town and always escaped into my imagination so I started drawing in Primary school and at the age of 12 I started taking art classes and the art grew from there.

How is your style unique to others: I draw everything by hand and then scan my images in and usually colour them in digitally, so I find the hand-drawn element creates it’s own unique feel just as a signature would. I then use my wacom to colour in my images in Illustrator and Photoshop. I think my style is a bit quirky, colourful and hopefully expressive so I try and capture what my content is thinking. I also love adding texture to my drawings.

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Do you do custom orders: All my orders are custom but I also do small orders. It’s always fun to do character portraits which make great gifts from a pet portrait to a family portraits.

How can people place an order with you: They can email me (niccinathanson@gmail.com), it’s always lovely to hear people’s ideas and create something truly special.

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I see you have also done a few books – where can people buy these from:  I am currently busy with two books, the one is a book for Penguin which will be out later this year.
I have illustrated 7 books and have done many other educational books and covers. Some of them are out of print already but you can find these books here:

Mister Snail – here

Die Geheime bestaandeel in Petra Pienk se piesangbrood – here

My first atlas – here

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Why are you so passionate about what you do: I think illustrating is a bit like magic because you are taking an idea in your mind and turning it into something you can see, it’s a conversation and like visual candy. It’s also like creating for your inner child.

Quote you live by: Creativity takes courage – Henri Matisse

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Anything else you want to add: I believe that everyone has creativity in them, it just manifests in different ways and is a language that needs to be spoken.

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Don’t you adore these illustrations?  And don’t they leave you with the biggest smile ever?

Hmmm…  Methinks it’s time for an updated pic of husband & myself to add to our collection!


 

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