Having recently published her first book, Feelings, Manjit gives us insight into how the idea got picked up by Penguin Random House – as well as the process behind the entire project. In addition, Manjit shares a wealth of advice on starting out as a freelancer, and finding motivation through lockdown.
About Manjit Thapp
Based in the UK, Manjit graduated with a BA in illustration from Camberwell College of Arts in 2016. Her work typically features female characters and combines both traditional and digital media. So far, Manjit has worked with a stellar list of clients including Apple, Adobe, ITV and Tate, had her work featured by Instagram, Dazed, Vogue India, and Wonderland Magazine, and has even created one of Google’s coveted Doodle illustrations.
As well as illustrating everything from portraits, zines and fashion shows, she has had her illustrations featured on the clothes themselves, via the likes of Lazy Oaf. Manjit has also illustrated numerous books, and this month will see the release of her first author-illustrated book, Feelings: A Story in Seasons, with Penguin Random House.
In addition to commissions and client projects, Manjit has also had great success with her online shop, where she sells everything from prints to phone cases and stickers.
See more from Manjit via her website and on Instagram.
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