Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Holly Nichols Illustration

Today we put the spotlight on a fellow Endicott alum, Holly Nichols, who has recently been featured in The Boston Globe. After graduating from Endicott College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, Holly sought a way to merge her love of fashion with her love of the arts. Overtime, her sketchbook became refined drawings that solely contributed to her success. Holly's illustrations are selling internationally and are praised by top bloggers, designers, celebrities and fellow "entreprenistas". Still local but with even bigger dreams, she envisions tulle skirts, Paris, and peonies but is currently living life one iced coffee at a time in her studio south of Boston, MA.

The Boston Globe took notice of Holly's Instagram account (@hnicholsillustration) and interviewed her on the attention she was receiving. Holly fills her feed with original art in a different form. She posts original fashion illustrations on her account inspired by style bloggers, the red carpet, and iconic fashion symbols that rack up the likes. In the interview, Holly goes on to explain that when she graduated from Endicott, she was working at a school as a special ed teaching aide, and at the same time started her Instagram to post her many sketches. It started getting noticed really quickly, and within the first month Holly had about 1,000 followers. Originally, she was just using it to show her work, but the traction from Instagram was leading to real sales in Holly's Etsy store and for custom work. She is able to do art full time now, all thanks to social media and is feeling really fortunate for it.


Along with her Instagram account, Holly also has a website and Etsy store where her art can be purchased or she can be hired to hand sketch garments with love, preserving fashion-forward moments for a lifetime. Holly's first commission was for a boutique, creating them a uniquely beautiful logo and since then her business has grown. She was at Fashion Week this past season working with TRESemmé, sketching backstage looks and hair during the shows. How amazing is that? There is nothing better than seeing a fellow alum going after their dreams! Kudos to you Holly and we look forward to seeing you devour the details of H. Nichols Illustration for years to come!

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