Today we’d like to introduce you to Amelia Noyes.
Amelia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am originally from Illinois. From 2007-2012, I produced segments for the CME Group in Chicago. During that time, I was looking to attain an additional degree in Graphic Design. I attended the Art Institute of Chicago. This decision presented me with a moment where I choose to pivot. While in a painting class, my teacher critiqued my work and said that I needed to focus on adding faces to my work to have my work be more accepted in the mainstream art world. I knew that my overall goal is to provide a sense to my audience that the figures in the illustration could be any woman. I think when you give image features, it can isolate the audience. My approach allows people to imagine that they could be that individual too. It gives my paintings a unique look. Some people love it, some people hate it, but here’s the thing, it’s an art and it’s open to interpretation. After that moment, I decided to head down a different path. I applied and was accepted to DePaul University in Chicago and graduated in 2012 with a degree in New Media.
After I graduated in 2012, I moved to Los Angeles, where I pursued a career in social media management working for small businesses and some notable celebrities. This allowed me to learn how to represent brands on digital platforms. At the same time, I continued illustration as a side hustle.
In 2017, I decided to dedicate all of my time to my small art business. I took my skillset from what I had learned from social media management and applied it to my art career. I shared my work specifically on Instagram and with a solid social media strategy, I was able to grow my account to 13,000+ followers that are all around the world.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Every journey comes with struggles, but I am grateful for the multiple opportunities that I have been given along the way because people gave me a shot to succeed. In 2002, I was diagnosed with ADHD, and because of that people have had a tendency to discount my potential. I have found that media stereotypes give a label to this diagnosis that is unnecessary and unfair to individuals. I have never let this diagnosis define who I am and I have always used this situation to my benefit to persevere. From my perspective, having ADHD gives me an edge and allows me to think outside the box and be innovative in my approach to life.
Amelia Noyes Design – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Amelia Noyes Design is a small illustration business. The company currently works on custom illustrations for individuals and brands. We also produce a line of fun gifts inspired by fashion, florals, the royals, and more that can be purchased on coffee mugs, prints, phone cases, and much more.
My designs represent a facet of my positive personality. I want the art to speak for itself but also to bring joy to people in their own individual lives.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I think success can be defined by growth. I also try to celebrate the little moments so I can remember how far I’ve come.
- Custom Commissions $200 and up
- Originals $250 and up
- Prints – $28-$108
- Coffee Mugs – $22
- Phone Cases – $40
- Apparel $35 – $60
- Website: www.amelianoyesdesign.com
- Phone: 8476383165
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/iamnoyes
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmeliaNoyesDesign/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/IamNOYES