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Handmade Portraits: Julia Pott

Aug 1, 2008

by gkessler

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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 said 11 years ago

    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 =^..^=

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 11 years ago

    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!

  • mtraub

    mtraub said 11 years ago

    I loved watching Julia work. Great video!

  • michelemaule

    michelemaule said 11 years ago

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

  • falldowntree

    falldowntree said 11 years ago

    This artwork is incredible, thanks for sharing.

  • theoleanderblack

    theoleanderblack said 11 years ago

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

  • Itybitybags

    Itybitybags said 11 years ago

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

  • ArgyleWhale

    ArgyleWhale said 11 years ago

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

  • dearbirthday

    dearbirthday said 11 years ago

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

  • santokivintage

    santokivintage said 11 years ago

    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. :)

  • Member2222

    Member2222 said 11 years ago

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

  • caroduncan

    caroduncan said 11 years ago

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

  • Dovecotedesign

    Dovecotedesign said 11 years ago

    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.

  • dogties

    dogties said 11 years ago


  • LASdesigns

    LASdesigns said 11 years ago

    super cool. Thanks for sharing with us!

  • ginpins

    ginpins said 11 years ago


  • PhenixPottery

    PhenixPottery said 11 years ago

    what a great video and what a lovely girl.

  • COTL

    COTL said 11 years ago

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

  • mariluetta

    mariluetta said 11 years ago

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

  • dgordon

    dgordon said 11 years ago


  • girlsavage

    girlsavage said 11 years ago

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

  • PearsonMaron

    PearsonMaron said 11 years ago

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

  • BettyTurbo

    BettyTurbo said 11 years ago

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

  • cathysavels

    cathysavels said 11 years ago

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

  • Cattoo

    Cattoo said 11 years ago

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

  • minihorse

    minihorse said 11 years ago

    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.

  • dsullivancr2

    dsullivancr2 said 11 years ago

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

  • Schmutzerland

    Schmutzerland said 11 years ago

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

  • GumballGrenade

    GumballGrenade said 11 years ago

    She is amazing!

  • charmingrosie

    charmingrosie said 11 years ago

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

  • tubbymcfee

    tubbymcfee said 11 years ago

    Oh! I'm in love! Hehe.

  • pikaland

    pikaland said 11 years ago

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

  • cathycullis

    cathycullis said 11 years ago

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

  • rickrackrow

    rickrackrow said 11 years ago

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

  • WhiskersnTails

    WhiskersnTails said 11 years ago

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

  • Linotte

    Linotte said 11 years ago

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

  • LaCometaLab

    LaCometaLab said 11 years ago

    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!!!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 11 years ago

    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 :)

  • sistersilver

    sistersilver said 9 years ago

    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!

  • SleepDreamPlay

    SleepDreamPlay said 9 years ago

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

  • Stickytiki

    Stickytiki said 9 years ago

    LOVE it!! Thank you for sharing:)

  • ArtsyCanvasGirl

    ArtsyCanvasGirl said 9 years ago

    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!

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