12 creative put-downs turned into cheeky typographic art

It can be quite a challenge to push your work as a freelance creative when it is subject to so much opinion and scrutiny – it's often hard not to take comments personally. Over the past couple of years I have come up against a number of put-downs both from aquaintances and creative professionals, so as a sort of weird cathartic process I decided to turn the criticisms and condescending comments into fun typographic art. I wanted to create these in ways that matched each comment, using different media for each one accordingly. I hope they make you chuckle.

(because if you didn't laugh you'd cry, right?).

1. "You'll never make a living out of drawing, sweetheart." Hand drawn in pencil and photographed.

1. "You'll never make a living out of drawing, sweetheart."
Hand drawn in pencil and photographed.

2. "This is just your hobby." Cross stitched and photographed with other sewing elements

2. "This is just your hobby."
Cross stitched and photographed with other sewing elements

3. "Design is not your strongpoint." Typography created in Adobe Illustrator

3. "Design is not your strongpoint."
Typography created in Adobe Illustrator

4. "Your work is average." Hand drawn illustration and lettering, colour added digitally in Photoshop

4. "Your work is average."
Hand drawn illustration and lettering, colour added digitally in Photoshop

5. "You're just a stay at home mum really, aren't you?" Lettering made out of nappies and photographed with other baby toiletries. Other lettering was created by hand and adapted in Photoshop.

5. "You're just a stay at home mum really, aren't you?"
Lettering made out of nappies and photographed with other baby toiletries. Other lettering was created by hand and adapted in Photoshop.

6. "I'll just pay for a line drawing and colour it in myself." Colouring by numbers linework created in Adobe Illustrator, then printed, coloured in and photographed alongside colouring pencils.

6. "I'll just pay for a line drawing and colour it in myself."
Colouring by numbers linework created in Adobe Illustrator, then printed, coloured in and photographed alongside colouring pencils.

7. "Did you do that? That's actually quite good." Photograph I took of a painting, photoshopped to add typography,

7. "Did you do that? That's actually quite good."
Photograph I took of a painting, photoshopped to add typography,

8. "I've been trying to copy your work, but I'm going to have to commission you instead." Lettering created in Adobe Illustrator, printed and photographed along with traced elements and pencils.

8. "I've been trying to copy your work, but I'm going to have to commission you instead."
Lettering created in Adobe Illustrator, printed and photographed along with traced elements and pencils.

9. "No offence, but if you're going to charge us we may as well take a photo." Hand drawn lettering I created in brush and ink, alongside a hand drawn illustration of a camera.

9. "No offence, but if you're going to charge us we may as well take a photo."
Hand drawn lettering I created in brush and ink, alongside a hand drawn illustration of a camera.

10. "Put on a short skirt, you'll get way more clients that way." Hand drawn lettering and collage made out of material and photographed.

10. "Put on a short skirt, you'll get way more clients that way."
Hand drawn lettering and collage made out of material and photographed.

11. "We can't pay you but we will give you massive exposure." Photograph of me holding massive pants with lettering on!

11. "We can't pay you but we will give you massive exposure."
Photograph of me holding massive pants with lettering on!

12. "Get a proper Job." Collage made out of my old wage slips.

12. "Get a proper Job."
Collage made out of my old wage slips.