Bex Parkin is a freelance illustrator from the UK. After studying History of Art at Reading University Bex moved to London and worked in various artistic jobs including the Royal Academy and fine art publishers the Medici Society. She started illustrating a year ago by just posting my artwork on Instagram, then started taking it really seriously when commissions started rolling in! Bex works from her studio at home in the countryside where she live with her partner and three children.

Tell us a fun fact about you I played rugby for my university!

How did you get into illustration? I started posting artwork on Instagram a year ago and very quickly got clients contacting me. The last few months have been mad!

Who or what inspires you the most? My degree was in Art History and I'm constantly turning to this for inspiration - everything from Persian textiles to pop art. I'm also inspired by my travels and obviously nature which is core to my work - luckily I'm surrounded by it where I live!

What does a typical day look like for you? The alarm goes off between 5 and 6am as I like a peaceful hour before dragging my three teenagers out of bed! Then its school run, dog walk and a run for me. I'm lucky in that I have a studio at home so I can work in between running family life. I work weekends too. I try and switch off by dinner time but like to get a quiet hour sketching in the evening.

What do you do when you have a creative block? Exercise! It always helps me to switch off and blow the cobwebs away. I normally find giving myself a break from the studio with a run or long walk with my spaniel lets my mind wander and usually the ideas just pop up!

Top three clients you've worked with? Early Bird Publishing, Kerbholz and Book Block

What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work? I paint everything using gouache. I then scan the artwork and tidy up using Photoshop

What's your favourite resource for inspiration? My collection of art books, Instagram, my travels and the botanical gardens.

Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance? Stay true to yourself and your creativity by producing work you are happy with. Although listening to the clients needs is incredibly important, they approached you because they saw something in your work they liked. Also, I think being nice and polite to everyone you deal with - you never know what may happen in the future!

What would your dream project be? Creating artwork for textiles and clothing would be really cool but also some packaging or book covers would be really great.

How can fans keep up-to-date with your work? Instagram


Read more

An Interview with Lucia Types

Lucia is a Spanish illustrator addicted to lettering. She loves trying different styles and to use vibrant colours for her letters to stand out. Buy exclusive wall art by Taylor on Nine By Nine.

An interview with Kelli Laderer

Danii Pollehn is a print designer and illustrator living in Hamburg, Germany. After graduating with honors in Fashion Design from the Academy of Fashion & Design in Berlin and Hamburg, Danii has worked as a freelance stylist for magazines and print-commercials for several years. Buy exclusive wall art by Danii on Nine By Nine.

An interview with Anna George Dickinson

Anna Dickinson (aka Type Delight) is a graphic designer, lettering artist, and illustrator. Her artwork is inspired by the good, the bad, the messy, and most importantly—the beautiful aspects of being a human being. Buy exclusive wall art by Anna on Nine By Nine.

An Interview with Poppy Almond

Poppy Almond is a Leeds Based Illustrator and designer who graduated from Leeds Arts University in 2017. Her work is colourful, quirky and empowering with a passion for cute illustrations and bold colour palettes. Buy exclusive wall art by Poppy on Nine By Nine.

At Home With… Nest Twenty Eight

Grab a glass of something chilled and have a read of our latest interview with interior influencer and owner of one of our favourite gallery walls on the whole of Instagram… Nest Twenty Eight, otherwise known as Lucinda Mitra!

Happy New Year!

What a year 2018 was! We launched our dream business, Nine By Nine and worked with over 90 incredibly talented artists from all over the world. We starting building the most wonderful community of followers and fellow art fanatics and we began selling our collection...

An Interview with Lettering Daily

We interviewed Lettering Daily to find out who inspires them, their favourite lettering tools and how to make a career out of letters.

An Interview with Taylor Weaver Interview

Taylor Weaver is a designer, illustrator, and letterer. She is focusing her most recent work on creating uplifting messages to young designers that are trying to find their way in the creative world. Buy exclusive wall art by Taylor on Nine By Nine.

An interview with Jen Leem-Bruggen

Jen is a illustrator based in London. Having previously worked as an artist agent for three years, last year Jen took the leap into freelance to spend her days illustrating. Buy exclusive wall art by Jen on Nine By Nine.

An Interview with Heidi Gillett

Heidi is a graphic designer in the architectural world and freelance designer the rest of the time, based between London and Oxfordshire. Buy exclusive wall art by Heidi on Nine By Nine.