Every now and then throughout 2018 I kept having ideas of starting a blog.
I don’t really know why. I’m not that good at writing and haven’t worked out if I even enjoy it. But maybe its worth listening to those thoughts and giving it a try.. it *could* be fun after all.
So, what will I write about? Honestly, I haven’t thought that far ahead yet. It will definitely have a focus on illustration, maybe some behind the scenes that I wouldn’t usually share on my other social media. A lot of what I do is centred around Edinburgh - particularly the architecture and beauty of the city - which will also feature on the blog. I’m an advocate for supporting small creative businesses and a bit of a stationery addict too, so expect to see posts about my favourite indie shops, stationery items and lets be honest, probably lots of photos of pretty notebooks & pens.
I guess we should start with a bit of an introduction to myself (a less formal one to my website ‘about’ page at least).
My name is Victoria and I’m 24 years old. I am the creative human behind Victoria Rose Ball, my small illustration business. VRB began during my time at university (Edinburgh College of Art, BA(Hons) Illustration) when I would develop my coursework into things I could sell. Fast forward a few years and its really started to grow, with every year being far more successful than the last. My business is my baby and it’s something I am extremely proud of.
Alongside VRB, I also work 4/5 days a week at the University of Edinburgh as part of their Communications & Marketing team. I have the best bunch of colleagues and genuinely look forward to going to work every day.
I grew up in a village in South Leicestershire and never dreamed of moving away from home (at least not anywhere 300+ miles away!) However in 2013 when I came to visit Edinburgh for the first time, I remember stepping out onto Princes Street from the station looking up to the Old Town and thinking “this is home now”. I moved here a few months later to start at Edinburgh College of Art and haven’t looked back since. Edinburgh is the most amazing place to live and that feeling of excitement & love for the city is something I try to recreate within my own illustrations.
I feel like i’ve blabbed on a bit too much now, so I’m ending this post with some dumb photos of myself for you to have a laugh at..