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  • I'm super excited to have a selection of my prints available to buy at @tinytigersplay when they reopen in May!! They have a great cafe and an amazing soft play area for kids!
  • I have just added this cute FREE Easter sheet to my website! While I don't make any money from these, I do like to have them as a little thank you to all my customers, and also to make my work accessible to everyone, everywhere. With the pandemic and Brexit I have had to close international orders for a while, so having these sheets means that people all over the world can still enjoy my dinosaurs. I also have free online games on my website, and some downloadable games on my Etsy shop. 

#marchmeetthemaker #marchmeetthemaker2021 @joannehawker #illustration #dinosaur #dinosaurs #dinosaursdoingstuff #girlswhodrawdinosaurs #dinosaursareforgirlstoo  #dinosaurillustrator #girlswhodrawdinosaurs #dinosaursofinstagram #dinosdoingstuff #colouringsheet #colouringin #easterbreakactivities #halftermactivities #toddleracctivities #coloringin #mindfullness #freecolouringsheet
  • Looking back I have so many favourite products, but these plant pals / pen pot pals / cake toppers are pretty high up there! I still have one hiding in my rosemary 😍😍
Should I bring them back?? 

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  • When I am drawing a new dinosaur I always do some Googling and look at a few dinosaur books to get an idea of what the dinosaur looks like and what features it has. I look at images and written descriptions based on skeletons to check I have the right number of horns, hornlets, spikes and to try to get the proportions right (I usually fail at the proportions).

I then sketch the dinosaur and make little notes like 'longer tail' or 'wider gap'. I then take a photo of the sketch and open it in illustrator where I trace my sketch as a vector then edit the shape until it's just right. 

Some of my dinosaurs are 'doing stuff' so I manipulate their limbs so they can hold things, I draw clothes on them and make them sit or swim depending on the design.

It can be a long process, but it's so much fun!

#startingpoint #sketching #dinosaurillustration #research #marchmeetthemaker #marchmeetthemaker2021 #illustration #dinosaur #dinosaurs #dinosaursdoingstuff #girlswhodrawdinosaurs #dinosaursareforgirlstoo  #dinosaurillustrator #girlswhodrawdinosaurs #dinosaursofinstagram #dinosdoingstuff
  • Do you like wrapping gifts? Wrapping paper is one of my favourite things to design and I now have 11 designs. Hopefully I will find some time to design some more very soon!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#wrappedandpacked #wrappingpaper #giftwrap #marchmeetthemaker #marchmeetthemaker2021 #illustration #dinosaur #dinosaurs #dinosaursdoingstuff #girlswhodrawdinosaurs #dinosaursareforgirlstoo  #dinosaurillustrator #girlswhodrawdinosaurs #dinosaursofinstagram #dinosdoingstuff
  • 🦕 Small detail 🦖
Even though my illustrations are simple line drawings, I do pay close attention to the details. Last year's Christmas designs are full of tiny details that make then extra special. The clothes the dinosaurs are wearing while ice skating, the expression on little Rexies face when he's fallen on his bum, the bell the flying reptile is holding and even the fuzz on the Giraffatitan beanie. There is so much to look at and every time you look there's something else to spot. There are even words on the pages of the carol books!
  • 🦕 Work in progress 🦖⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I have been working on t-shirts, bibs and onesies for a while now but Christmas, Valentine's and moving have got in the way! I can't wait to get back to these new products and get them launched soon!
  • 🦕 On your desk 🦖⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I am in the process of setting up my new workspace in our spare room (SUPER EXCITING!). My favourite part is my photography desk. A dedicated space that I can use to take product photos. In the past I have had to wait until I had enough products to justify the time it takes to re-arrange furniture, set up lights, tripods, background, get props and generally just sort everything out. But now I will just be able to turn on the light and take photos! Hopefully this will help me get new products online faster!
  • 🦕 Beliefs & values 🦖⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Source locally - I only have a few products that aren’t sourced from the UK, I think it’s only my washi tape and the last of my enamel pins. I have searched and searched but (so far) I haven't found any UK suppliers (many claim to be in the UK, but they ALWAYS turn out to be middlemen). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I buy all my packaging and supplies from the UK as well⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Environment - Using recyclable packaging and ethical products where possible is also really important to me. I try to make sure all my paper products are FSC certified and ideally recyclable, not everything is yet, but it is a process and using up any older supplies is important. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I have been switching to naked card packaging in an attempt to get rid of cello bags totally, avoid sticky tape where possible and I keep any bubble wrap I can, and reuse boxes if they aren't damaged. I'm far from perfect, but if we all do our bit it will make such an impact. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Family - Almost 2 years ago my tiny assistant arrived and our lives changed. My focus totally shifted from my business to my daughter. I found this hard as my business was my baby for so long. Juggling a toddler and my business is hard! I'm slowly getting back into work (we have just moved and are sorting our new home out still), one day I will find the right balance!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Have fun - my whole brand is lighthearted and fun and I hope that shows through in my designs. After the year we have all had I think we all need to have some fun and a good laugh.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#marchmeetthemaker #marchmeetthemaker2021 #values #beliefs #valuesandbeliefs #greetingcard #rosesarered #lovecard #dinosaurpuns #dinosaur #dinosaursdoingstuff #dinosaurs #fukuisaurus #environment #reduce #reuse #recycle #family #balance #smallbusiness #indiebusiness #illustration #dinos #dinosaurillustrator #girlswhodrawdinosaurs #dinosaursofinstagram #dinosdoingstuff
  • 🦕 Style 🦖⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I guess my style is pretty simple, I use line drawings with plenty of colour with a bit of fun thrown in. I love the simplicity of line drawings and how easy it is to adapt designs to a wide range of products and materials⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I have added more detail to my illustrations over the years and I would love to learn to do more texture.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#marchmeetthemaker #marchmeetthemaker2021 #style #dinosaur #dinosaursdoingstuff #dinosaurs #colouringbook #poster #badges #stickersheet #stickers #smallbusiness #indiebusiness #illustration #dinos #dinosaurillustrator #girlswhodrawdinosaurs #dinosaursofinstagram #dinosdoingstuff
  • 🦕 Brand introduction 🦖
It's day 1 of #MarchMeetTheMaker! The prompt is brand introduction, which is something that have evolved over the years. Some of you may remember that my business was my name for a long time. I finally took the plunge and changed it to Dinosaurs Doing Stuff last year. The name came from my 2nd colouring book which is full of just that, dinosaurs doing stuff.
Dinosaurs Doing Stuff is light hearted and fun, bright and meant to make you laugh. 
Rebranding was a big step for me, but I have no regrets. Focusing my brand on dinosaurs may seem crazy, but having it as a dedicated place to get out my crazy side is just what I need.
When planning my branding I added all the items that make up the visuals of my brand to a document to make sure everything worked together. Logos in different forms, one black and white, one basic, one with a dinosaur and a mini one to use for profiles and as a favicon. All the colours I use in my branding, fonts and my social media handles are also there for easy reference. I love seeing it all together.
  • We got enough snow in our teeny tiny garden to make a Snow-rex!! 

#snowrex #dinosaursdoingstuff #snow #londonsnow #dinosaur
  • Valentine's Day is very close! (Just over a week 😉). With all the covid related delays and the snow forecast I would highly advise anyone wanting to order anything to do it asap! 
This card is my new 2021 card featuring a Fukuisaurus (Foo-koo-I-sore-us) and a fun poem I wrote. I won't be changing career to become a poet or anything, but I'm still pretty proud of it.

#ohhdeersainsburys @ohhdeersubmissions @sainsburys
  • Hello!! Just a quick shipping update!
🦕on Thursday afternoon I will be removing a few products from my website, Etsy and other sites I sell. Basically all A3 prints, mugs and anything bigger than A4 will be removed, so if you have been planning to buy anything I suggest you do it now! This is temporary, they will be back once the whole Covid thing settles down a bit.
🦕 I  will only be posting once next week and the week after. This is so I can pack and move (hooray!!) 
🦕 International shipping has also been removed as an option, this is because of Brexit and covid delays, hopefully I will get it back soon!

I think that's all...have a lovely night Dino pals 🦕🦖
  • Happy new year!! 
It's was quite the year! It started with maternity leave ending in January then quickly turned into a pandemic with lockdown after lockdown, restrictions, 2 cancelled holidays to visit my family in Australia, so many covid tests I've lost count (all negative and all just precautions). Through all the not so fun parts of the year there have been some good parts.
My little assistant turned 1 and had a Miffy themed party with just the 3 of us, I made her cake and miffy cake toppers decorated the house with balloons and tried to make it as fun as possible. I rebranding my business to Dinosaurs Doing Stuff, something I have been wanting to do for a long time but never had the guts to do it. Launched a new website and a blog. I released lots of new products including a collaboration with @jinnynguidesign, a new colouring book, mini badges, Christmas range and number cards, and more.

I'm hoping 2021 will bring lots of new products, a lot less covid tests, is it too much to ask for a sneaky trip to see my family, or maybe they can come here? Either way, happy 2021!
  • I absolutely love seeing people enjoying my products, so when Cassie from @eastgiftingoutfituk asked if I had a poster she could use in her garden I was super excited! Her renovations were featured on Sarah Beeney's @renovatedontrelocate and she's written blog posts about all the products she has used in her office and garden. It looks absolutely amazing and it's such a pleasure to see my poster used in such a fun way 😍 check out @eastgiftingoutfituk for last minute boozy Christmas gifts too!

 📸 By @photographybyadrienne_
  • Colouring books are the perfect stocking fillers for your dinosaur obsessed kids (or kids at heart)! There's a full alphabet with pronunciation and name origins, you'll be saying Micropachycephalosaurus in no time!

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Get all your Dinosaur cards, wrap and gifts and take advantage of this super offer! 
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  • My Santa's sleigh Christmas card is by far my most popular Christmas card design. I've been bringing it back year after year because I I love it so much! If you like it too then you'll need to get in quick! once I sell out I don't know if I'll be able to get more in time 🦖

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@illustratorsfair #illustratorsfair 
 #dinosaur #dinosaurs #dinosaursdoingstuff #dinos #dinosaurillustrator #girlswhodrawdinosaurs #dinosaursofinstagram #dinosdoingstuff #christmas2020 #gifting #dinosaurgifts #dinosuarcard #dinosaurchristmas #trexmas #santa #santassleigh
  • Have you put your Christmas tree up already? There was a rule when I was growing up that we didn't out the Christmas tree up until after my birthday, so it's still way too early for me, but this year we have an advent calendar my Mum made and sent over from Australia so we will have a bit if Christmas in the house quite early! Once the tree comes inside (we have a potted Christmas tree that lives outside most of the year) I will be adding lots of my own dinosaur decorations to brighten it up 🦖🎄🦕⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
 #christmas2020 #gifting #dinosaurgifts #dinosaur #dinosaurs #dinosaursdoingstuff #dinos #dinosaurillustrator #girlswhodrawdinosaurs #dinosaursofinstagram #dinosdoingstuff


Decadent Hot Chocolate

Keep warm this winter with this cheeky treat topped with dinosaur teeth!

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Time for Tea-Rex

A little glimpse of how the 'Time for Tea-Rex' collaboration came about.  

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Make your own Christmas crackers from wrapping paper!

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