A Birmingham illustrator has launched her own design studio.
Twenty-two-year-old Nicola Brissett, from Kings Norton, has set-up Monarda Creative to find a way into the illustrated advertising industry.
The former Hillcrest School pupil, who studied A Levels in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Art at Cadbury College, was originally thinking about a career as a meteorologist but her plans changed after A Levels, when she decided to follow a more creative path.
She began a tattooing apprenticeship but was faced with a lack of volunteers to train on, so after one year Nicola began considering alternative careers and started studying a Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design, which she completed in 2013.
Earlier this year, the young entrepreneur launched Monarda Creative and has been creating bespoke artwork to showcase her hand-drawn illustrations.
She said: “I want to get into illustrated advertising, but it’s very competitive. So I decided I can’t just sit around and wait for the right job to come along. I’m trying to make it on my own by getting out there and promoting my work.”
Ms Brissett has set up a website and is networking to help grow her business. She specialises in creating artwork for editorial, children’s books, adverts or greeting cards.
She added: “I have a creative mind which enables me to produce original artwork which can promote a business in a unique or quirky way.”