Nicola Fernandes


Nicola is a Norwich-born, Manchester-based illustrator and painter of fun quirky designs for all. Illustrative treats with a side of humour is what you can expect from Nicola’s work. From pet portraits to girl-power themed prints, her work is sure to leave you with a smile on your face.

Olive Shapley by Nicola Fernandes

Artist Spotlight

How would you describe what you do?

I create fun quirky hand drawn and painted illustrations to make people literally laugh out loud that take the form of greetings cards, art prints, murals and merch.

How does print play a role in your work?

It’s vital, I started making greeting cards with the intent to send to your friends without any real occasion than to let them know you’re thinking of them and a tool to combat loneliness and finding your kind of weird.

What does your typical working week look like?

I hate that I am part of that ‘keeping busy’ culture and I work 24/7 from the moment I wake up until I go to sleep. It’s not ideal and definitely not healthy but I do enjoy keeping my mind active. I try to create or continue to create something everyday and I do a whole host of connecting with people and a lot of conversations within my day. Oh and coffee and donuts are essential fuel.

If you could collaborate with another creative, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

David Attentleborough — I’d love for him to narrate some paintings on a storyboard and I just love facts so it will be fun to illustrate them as he narrated. That or Bob Ross because he is EVERYTHING!

What’s the best and worst advice someone has given you?

I am not a role model for anyone but Anthony Burril says it best “work hard and be nice to people”. Don’t feel like you have to be constantly busy to be successful — success manifests in many different ways not just work load or money it’s about happiness too.

We’d like to ask you to recommend a ‘woman in print’ to us…

Sew What Mcr. Anita has been so kind and has reached out to me at my lowest, her work deserves recognition, she’s a beautiful creative and her collaborations are perfect. As well as the kindness of Mariel Osborn her work has so much potential, textures and playfulness and she also empowers people and is honest in her approach.