Interview with Gemma Correll

Gemma Correll is an extremely talented illustrator and we love her work here at BlogAndBuySale. She currently lives in Norwich with her trusty sidekick Mr Norman Pickles the Pug. Gemma runs a brilliantly fun and quirky online shop where you can buy her work. We are very excited to talk to Gemma and find out more about her!

Hello Gemma!

So what is it you do?

I am a freelance Illustrator specialising in Narrative Illustration as well as editorial and product design. ie. I draw things and sometimes I put the things I draw onto products, like greetings cards and T-shirts

What projects are you currently working on?

I’m working on a couple of greetings card designs, a book and a potential mural/installation. I usually have quite a few things going on at once. As well as running my online shop and wholesale!

What was the first thing you ever sold online?

It was a colouring book that I designed, illustrated and produced (ie. photocopied) myself. (I sold it on Etsy in 2008)I still like it, but it’s a bit time consuming to make up (fancy folding & stapling together), so I don’t sell it anymore.

Do you have any advice for people selling their own work online for the first time?

There are a lot of people selling online, so it can feel a little daunting and it can be difficult to get your products noticed. It’s a good idea to link to your shop from as many places as possible (e.g. from your website/blog/twitter) and to also try to get your products featured on blogs. I think that Etsy is a great place to start selling your work online.

What is the strangest thing you own?

A plastic statue of Jesus on the cross surrounded by fir trees and a little deer. Alpine Jesus?

Have times ever got so hard you have thought about selling Mr Norman Pickles the Pug?!

No. However bad things got, I’d never ever sell Mr Pickles. Even if it was just me and him on the mean streets and we had to eat bugs and questionable berries.

Thank you Gemma & Mr Norman Pickles!

Go check out Gemma Correll’s wonderful online shop.