Hello!

I’m Riëtte – Wife and Mom, Illustrator, Hand Letterer, Surface Pattern Designer and Teacher and I help my fellow creatives get unstuck and moving forward. Together we improve our skills, build our portfolios, grow our businesses and much more – all while making friends and having fun. I share all I know, learn and do. Ready? Let’s go!

WE ALL HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE…

As an aspiring Creative – be that an Illustrator, Hand Letterer or Surface Pattern Designer – you know how overwhelming it can be to know what to do when, you end up feeling STUCK!

What if, for once, someone decided to share their journey before they’ve “made it”, while they’re still figuring things out, falling flat on their face and getting up to try again.

They won’t be able to share a “proven roadmap” or “proven strategies”, but they will be able to show you, in real-time, what is working for them and what not.

This is a concept I’ve been wondering about for a while, let’s call it an idea that’s been floating in my mind, annoyingly, and not leaving…

I will have to be vulnerable, open and honest, thorough, willing to put myself out there and I’m guaranteed humiliation and falling flat on my face.

The beautiful outcome is that you will be able to learn and experiment with me, to ask questions and give your thoughts and ideas and be part of a community of Creatives just like you

So what exactly will we do?

We will work together on building your SKILLS, PORTFOLIOS, WEBSITE, ONLINE PRESENCE, ONLINE MARKETING, COMMUNITY and GETTING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.

SKILLS AND PORTFOLIO

Hone your skills, find your style, build your portfolio… You keep hearing this, but where do you start? Let’s start at the very beginning, as they say.

We’ll be focusing on digital drawing skills and programmes like Procreate, Adbobe Illustrator  and Photoshop and Fresco, but you can follow along with pencil and paper and other digital programmes.

We’ll also be building your portfolio using monthly themes.

WEBSITE AND ONLINE MARKETING

You are probably tempted to want to wait before you start building a website and showing your work. I get that. The problem, you will never know when it’s the right time. There will always be something stopping you.

So let’s rip off the band aid and start building your website, email list and social media marketing.

COMMUNITY AND CHALLENGES

We live in a digital age where we don’t have to feel alone in the work that we do. Let’s get to know each other and support each other in our ventures.

Challenges are fun and I’m excited to host a few over the next couple of months. Let’s grow together one step at a time.

Why do I want to share my journey?

  • I love to teach and help others – they say “those who can’t do teach”, I believe “those who want to help others succeed teach.
  • If me falling flat on my face can help someone else it will be absolutely worth it.
  • I’m so excited to meet new people and make new friends.
  • If this works I’ll be so incredibly happy – I will have succeeded at something AND helped  others in the process.

On the Blog

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Unstuck Portfolio Test Post 2

Unstuck Portfolio Test Post 2

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Unstuck Skills Test Post 1

Unstuck Skills Test Post 1

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