Who am I?

This website – https://www.lesleysmitheringale.com – has been designed by me, Lesley Smitheringale. I’m an Australian illustrator and art teacher. The website has been created to showcase my illustrations and surface patterns which are available for licensing. It’s use is also to facilitate an online shop offering you digital graphic resources. Visitors may also use this website to keep up-to-date with news from the studio and read inspirational articles via my blog. The website also provides the option of signing up for my Newsletter.

What personal data i collect and why i collect it

In order for you to use the Shopping cart, I need to be able to collect your name and e-mail address to make sure that the download links to your digital graphic resources land safely and securely in your e-mail box.

If you subscribe to my Newsletter, I will need to collect your name and e-mail address in order to send you freebies, news from the studio and occasional promotional material. You may unsubscribe any time you wish.


When visitors leave comments on the site I collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Should you fill out my contact form on my Website, I need to collect your name and e-mail address in order to reply to your enquiry. Your e-mail address will not be used in any other way other than to make contact with you at your request.


If you leave a comment on my site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit the login page, I will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, I will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


This site keeps track of visitors in order to provide the best possible browsing and shopping experience. The analytics are also used to combat spam and unwanted bots.

Who we share your data with

No data on this website is shared with anyone other than the website creator, Lesley Smitheringale.

How long I retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on my website (if any), I also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). I, Lesley Smitheringale, am the only person who can see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I’m obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.