Madi’s Chic New Illustrated Blogger Portrait

ArtCorgi Commission for Madi by Crespella Before and After

Madi recently commissioned this charming portrait from Crespella as part of her blog’s relaunch. We love the portrait and the blog! To commission a portrait of your own in this style, stop by Crespella’s commission page (she did the art). To see Madi’s blog, visit

Backstory Behind the Piece: Q&A with Madi

ArtCorgi (AC): What inspired you to commission this art?

Madi (M): I’m relaunching my blog – – and needed an eye-catching and attention grabbing logo. Crespella’s beautiful (and very clever) work completely stood out – I knew that was the one to go for!

AC: How did you go about selecting an artist/style?

M: I wanted something cartoon-y (obviously) but also something that could genuinely look like me. I’m relaunching my blog in the next couple of weeks with a focus on the one thing I’m passionate about: magazines! So I wanted someone who could cleverly create a tongue-in-cheek but relatively realistic picture of me with magazines in my arms. Crespella was the one!

AC: Can you tell us a bit about your blog?

M: I’ve always been obsessed with magazines but ever since working in a Media company where I have been exposed to so many independent publishers, my interest has bloomed. Madizine so far has been a pretty average blog – style posts, chatty posts, travel etc. Now I want to relaunch with the content split into two: first will be magazine reviews (where I’ll also be starting my Youtube channel!) and second will be a diary of my life but set out in a magazine style. Stay posted!

AC: What advice would you give to a friend who is interested in commissioning art for the first time?

M: I would say definitely know what you want from your image – straight away I knew I wanted to have magazines in my arms. But also not to worry if the photo you take for the commission isn’t dead-on what you want in cartoon form – I loved that ArtCorgi allowed me to write as many details as I wanted and that there is a first draft process where you can add notes. I wanted my hair a bit fuller and for the magazines in my arms to say “Madizine”, which was done perfectly in the final draft. They are a really great website for some personalised art, and the artists really are exceptional – ArtCorgi rocks!