The British artist and illustrator, renowned for her detailed architectural drawings, reflects on how she uses the internet, her favourite sites and London wi-fi.

British artist and illustrator, Nicky Jack is renowned for her detailed architectural drawings. Frequently found wandering around London, sketchbook in one hand, coffee in the other, Nicky is making a name for herself as a shining star on the London illustration and house portrait scene. The Yorkshire-born artist started her career while serving as a freelance illustrator for Cath Kidston, where she discovered a flair for architectural drawings. She did the sketches behind the infamous Cath Kidston London print and was chosen to design a Fortnum & Mason’s Christmas card collection of famous London landmarks.

Since setting up her own site, and embracing social media, the majority of Nicky’s work comes via commissions, both private and corporate. Recent work has included commissions from Balmoral Castle, the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, The Blue Cross, House Schools Group (Chiswick, Putney & Notting Hill) Belhaven School and Marlborough House School. Here Nicky reflects on how she uses the internet, her favourite sites and London Wi-Fi battles.

My favourite website… Anthropologie - I absolutely love looking at all the beautiful objects and then diving into the shop to see them in the flesh. For the basics and I really don’t think I could be without the slightly less glamorous Amazon Prime. I have just discovered ASOS, which is great because I hate clothes shopping with a passion and love the risk of ordering something I haven’t tried on.

My favourite app… Hoop London - It’s great for finding last minute fun activities and clubs on the doorstep for children to do in the holidays and at weekends.

My blog of choice… The Little London Whispers - As a culture vulture, it always gives me inspiration for things to do, in and around, our vibrant capital. It highlights what I love about London; the culture, the food, the city lifestyle. I like exploring their monthly Super Seven feature that inspires you with seven fun things to do that is geared around what is on in the London, its calendar and weather. I also discovered Emma Bevan on Instagram and really enjoy her beautiful photography.

My internet hero… The very nice patient man who has taught me to update my own website. He is worth his weight in gold because I am a technophobe.

My favourite podcasts... Desert Island Discs - The BBC archive is phenomenal and my car journeys are filled with them. Even if we do get the occasional dull one, it, at least, drowns out the noise of Peppa Pig in the back seats!

My most recent buy online… A six foot Intext paddling pool from Amazon. I’m feeling optimistic for the summer.

Book just downloaded/ read… ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn - It is a great thriller to read and then I watched the film.

Favourite tweeter… I’m not really getting into Twitter but when I do, I look at Springwatch.

Favourite Instagrammer… I love the daily inspiration I find on Instagram. Thank goodness for the lovely Instagram community which has encouraged me and my art no end. I follow masses and many I follow very closely. I look at @archisketcher every day; it’s a leading platform for architectural drawings and illustrations; I’ve been featured! I particularly love @mydarlinglondon, which is wonderful for anyone who loves looking at stunning photography of our capital. The most awesome Australian watercolour artist Eleanor Mill @melibertine mesmerises me with her work and inspired me to shoot my first videos. I watch her art tutorials in complete awe. @Flora.Roberts is sublimely talented too. I love her beautiful hand painted wallpaper designs. Each one is a breathtaking work of art. She is so clever. I love following @thelefthandeddrawer for his beautiful loose sketches. He carries a sketch pad around everywhere he goes and plays his banjo.

Social media allowed me to meet… Lots of Insta friends and re-connect with old friends too.

Most worthwhile newsletter subscribed to… probably Twinkl - An online educational publishing house. It’s got amazing resources to help inspire my kids to do their homework and has lots of free activities and games.

Pet hate about life online… The fluctuating London wi-fi connections. Grrrr. I’m also a very slow typer.

Stand out online memory… Llaunching my online stationery shop and getting a buzz from realising that people from across the globe really wanted to order my London cards and limited edition prints. This page will be back up very soon with a broad spread of London Landmarks and florals. My worst online memory is relentlessly practising my online driving theory test, and having to take it far too many times.

April 2018