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Handmade Portraits: Julia Pott

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(music by Elijah B. Torn)

Artist Julia Pott began drawing at an early age. After watching her first Disney film, she knew she wanted to be a cartoonist, which later meant becoming an animator. Her thesis animation from Kingston University, My First Crush, is a sweetly nostalgic vignette of anthropomorphized animals talking about their first crushes. Beautifully rendered and lovingly assembled, the little film touches the hearts of anyone who has ever longed for love.

Julia’s illustrations and animations are usually about love and revenge. However, Julia’s frilly aesthetic and her handmade illustration style give her drawings, cards and films a touch of pure sweetness.

Etsy sent independent filmmaker Gabriella Kessler, aka gkessler, to visit Julia at her home and studio in London, England. (See Gabriella’s film production company’s site for more information on her work.)

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  • Chillionaire Admin

    Chillionaire says:

    Julia, you're wonderful! I totally have some My Little Ponies from my childhood set up in my room, glad I'm not the only one =^..^=

    7 years ago

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf says:

    Fantastic video! Julia and her work are a joy to watch. I love the monkeys, the frilly ephemera and watching Julia paint... Gaby did a wonderful job of capturing Julia's art and passion. Nicely done!

    7 years ago

  • mtraub

    mtraub says:

    I loved watching Julia work. Great video!

    7 years ago

  • michelemaule

    michelemaule says:

    I LOVE her work! I can totally relate to the being a neat person, but creating a huge mess while working :) Great feature!

    7 years ago

  • falldowntree

    falldowntree says:

    This artwork is incredible, thanks for sharing.

    7 years ago

  • theoleanderblack

    theoleanderblack says:

    i love juliapott! the art looks so cute on the top, but underneath is such wonderful subtext that they are truly irresistable!

    7 years ago

  • Itybitybags

    Itybitybags says:

    Julia that was a lovely portrait! I love your work!

    7 years ago

  • ArgyleWhale

    ArgyleWhale says:

    Delightful video Julia! I love your collections of cutesy stuff (especially the kitten mugs).

    7 years ago

  • dearbirthday

    dearbirthday says:

    love these portraits and julia's is especially nice. and yes! the fennec fox!

    7 years ago

  • santokivintage

    santokivintage says:

    Egads I love these! I fell in love with the first crush video the first time I saw it. Isn't the music lovely and perfect? Her stuff is really affordable, too! I bought a set of the lovely cards. Yay!! Thanks for the story. :)

    7 years ago

  • Member2222

    Member2222 says:

    Amazing Video about an amazing artist. Thanks for posting such a beautiful video that does the artist justice!

    7 years ago

  • caroduncan

    caroduncan says:

    i absolutely loved this video! it really captures Julia beautifully -- well done etsy! more please : )

    7 years ago

  • Dovecotedesign

    Dovecotedesign says:

    This was such a wonderful behind-the-scenes look into one of Etsy's quirky artists! Are there going to be more? I sure hope so.

    7 years ago

  • dogties

    dogties says:


    7 years ago

  • LASdesigns

    LASdesigns says:

    super cool. Thanks for sharing with us!

    7 years ago

  • ginpins

    ginpins says:


    7 years ago

  • PhenixPottery

    PhenixPottery says:

    what a great video and what a lovely girl.

    7 years ago

  • COTL

    COTL says:

    eek, julia, this is so great to watch! melanie xox

    7 years ago

  • mariluetta

    mariluetta says:

    Very, very cool! I love Julia's work and I loved getting a sense of the personality behind the work. Really nicely done video!

    7 years ago

  • dgordon

    dgordon says:


    7 years ago

  • girlsavage

    girlsavage says:

    What a wonderful handmade portrait! I so enjoyed seeing someone else who is so strongly influenced by "old school" animation! :)

    7 years ago

  • PearsonMaron

    PearsonMaron says:

    so great! My First Crush is really high on my list of favorites. ~Q

    7 years ago

  • BettyTurbo

    BettyTurbo says:

    LOVE IT! the hand-lettered type thrills me to no end. amazing work.

    7 years ago

  • cathysavels

    cathysavels says:

    I'm seriously envious. I always wanted to be an animator or illustrate children's books. I got to do neither. You go girl!

    7 years ago

  • Cattoo

    Cattoo says:

    Love you style :-) I can completely relate to the broken hearted days at college. Oh yessssssssssss!!!! =^..^=

    7 years ago

  • minihorse

    minihorse says:

    julia's things are adorable! and her bedroom looks just like mine! yay! got me thinkin about my first crush - sean. he was 10, I was 3. i think he's in jail now. uh oh.

    7 years ago

  • dsullivancr2

    dsullivancr2 says:

    I loved this! What a beautiful video...laughed and almost cried. You've got a real gift!

    7 years ago

  • Schmutzerland

    Schmutzerland says:

    This was such a great portriat! Julia you are just as beutiful as your work! Keep up the great job!

    7 years ago

  • GumballGrenade

    GumballGrenade says:

    She is amazing!

    7 years ago

  • charmingrosie

    charmingrosie says:

    I give you hi-five!!! Only an awesome person would own such an awesome doll. Yep

    7 years ago

  • tubbymcfee

    tubbymcfee says:

    Oh! I'm in love! Hehe.

    7 years ago

  • pikaland

    pikaland says:

    I saw that doll too Rosie, and I knew it was yours, haha! :)

    7 years ago

  • cathycullis

    cathycullis says:

    Such a pleasure seeing and listening to Julia talk of her work with such confidence and passion, yes!

    7 years ago

  • rickrackrow

    rickrackrow says:

    So brilliant, and supreme to see more English ladies on the Etsy! x

    7 years ago

  • WhiskersnTails

    WhiskersnTails says:

    LOVE Julia's work. SO ADORABLE! Very cute documentary. She is now a favorite of mine. ME LIKE, LOVE LOVE!!

    7 years ago

  • Linotte

    Linotte says:

    what a lovely little documentary! your work is brilliant, as always :)

    7 years ago

  • LaCometaLab

    LaCometaLab says:

    I-am-in-love-with-Julia's-work. i discovered her through the Etsy Face-off Totebag (which I coincidentally just bought this morning), and i adore My First Crush. Julia's creations are definitely becoming a Top Favourite on my list. Great video, btw!!!

    7 years ago

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist says:

    wow! am so glad i watched this. it's so fascinating and the best thing to see an artist at work. love julia's work :)

    7 years ago

  • sistersilver

    sistersilver says:

    It's great to see how meaningful this is to you and "watch" you. Your work is fun! Don't know if you ever worked for Disney, but you bring lots of smiles to folks, I bet!

    5 years ago

  • SleepDreamPlay

    SleepDreamPlay says:

    wonderful! Thank you etsy for seeking out our true english talent.

    5 years ago

  • Stickytiki

    Stickytiki says:

    LOVE it!! Thank you for sharing:)

    5 years ago

  • ArtsyCanvasGirl

    ArtsyCanvasGirl says:

    I love the deep realness and authenticity you shared in your interview as well as in your art. You have truly inspired me to go pull out all of my creative things and just create from my heart and experience of life. Thank you so much!

    5 years ago