My Talented Friends: Zoe Ann Butler

Zoe and I have been friends for the last 5 years, give or take a few drunken months. We met through my housemate and her cousin at University, when she lived around the corner in a house full of French exchange students who thought they were being poisoned. Thankfully it wasn’t long before Zoe moved in with us and became part of our dysfunctional family, where we survived an earthquake together and many a trip to A&E.

I would often come home to find her sat in the middle of the living floor surrounded by a cloud of paper, glitter, glue and more often than not, a puddle of tea (she is the clumsiest person you will ever meet and can somehow knock things over 50 feet away). Zoe currently lives with her boyfriend and fat cat in Bradford, where she works at Tigerprint creating tons of beautiful stationery for Marks & Spencer.

Zoe Butler

Hey Zoe! How are things over at Tiger Print? 
Great thank you! We’ve just finished redecorating the office (you can see some pictures over at the Tigerprint blog/Facebook page) so it’s been a hectic, but it seems to have calmed down a bit – for now!

What have you been drawing this week? 
This week I’ve been working on loads of Valentines Day and Mothers Day cards ready for next year. I also took part in a character illustration workshop, which was a really fun day; it’s nice getting away from the computer screen from time to time.

Is there a particular theme or character that you enjoy working with the most?
I’d have to say my own characters. It is really nice when you can see a card through all the way from start to finish – from creating your own characters, designing the card, amending the card, probably amending it again before sending it out into the big wide world.

Have you ever considered going freelance?
At the moment I don’t feel experienced enough to go freelance – and I definitely couldn’t be bothered with the tax returns!

Zoe Butler illustration

What’s your average working day like?

My day usually starts at 8.30am. I check my emails and look at my briefs for the week to see how many I have left to complete, then it’s time for breakfast and a cuppa. Another few cups of tea will be in there somewhere! I take my lunch at 12, then it’s time for more tea and a quick chat with my managers to see if there happy with what I’ve done so far. If everyone’s on the same page, I’ll mock it up ready for review, where managers at a higher level look at it and critique it.

On those horrible moments when creative blocks occur, how do you combat them? 
If I find myself suffering then I normally browse a few blog sites and Pinterest.

What’s been the highlight of your job so far? 
Definitely seeing my work in store for the first time. It was so exciting seeing people actually buying my work!

What advice would you give to aspiring designers and illustrators out there?
Keep working on projects all the time, even if it’s just doing a sketch a day, always keep your creative juices flowing. If you ever feel ‘stuck’, lookout for inspirational blogs and Pinterest boards and pick some ‘how to’ projects to work on when your mind wanders.

Zoe has a fantastic imagination, and is completely dedicated to drawing the cutest characters ever to grace a greeting card. If you’d like to see more of her work or get in touch, you can do so over at her blog – she loves meeting new people.

2 Comments on My Talented Friends: Zoe Ann Butler

  1. Laura
    June 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Love this series 🙂

  2. Amy
    June 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Thanks Laura, it’s always nice to hear from you 🙂


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