Hello folks – I’m just back from a lovely 2 weeks in Greece. Here’s a project I’ve been working on this Spring. Some friends of mine from the wonderful art school I attended 5 years ago on the Greek island of Paros (the Aegean Center for The Fine Arts) returned there this May to be married. The bride, Maria-Elena, is Greek, so the ceremony was the real Greek deal. They commissioned me to make a map of the island and streetplan of the main town where we lived and studied (Parikia), with annotated illustrations of their favourite places. The groom, Brett, a great writer, provided the words.
The finished item was printed as a double-sided A3 leaflet, a copy of which went to every guest. Pictures and words were drawn out full-size in pen, painted with gouache and edited in Photoshop. Click on the images to see them closer…
Posted by – 28 February, 2011
I posted this card when I first began this blog, which was also before I had Photoshop, so it wasn’t the best quality image. I wanted to improve on that and tidy it all up a bit, as I quite like it and wanted to add it to my Illustration page. Little Fish is sadly no longer with us, but Big Fish is still going strong and is having some crazy times on my website’s front page. You can view the card much closer by clicking on it and then clicking again to zoom in.
Posted by – 25 January, 2011
Ok so this is the big project I had on before Christmas. My client has a beautiful garden by the South Downs in Sussex which he opens to the public in the summer. He gives his visitors a print-out of information about the garden but wanted to accompany this with a aerial plan. So my brief was to design such a picture – something simple and clear, with a key. The below is the result, drawn in ink and cleaned up in Photoshop. The map was to be printed out on a side of A4 paper, so I drew the original slightly bigger at approximately 23cm x 32cm; this way you can get more detail in with crisper lines. Click on the image to enlarge.
The second half of the commission was the same plan but in colour and with little illustrations around it of the highlights of the garden. This version was to be framed for inside the house. I used ink and watercolour for this, on lovely 100% cotton Fabriano paper, so it will stand the test of time. The dimensions are approximately 35cm x 53cm. A frame is the final element for a picture like this, to group the images together in their composition. Click on the image to enlarge. I should add that there are some lovely blue skies in the little illustrations which the scan hasn’t picked up very well.
Posted by – 3 August, 2010
This is a watercolour I did just before we went to South America. My cousin commissioned me to paint her (engaged) friend’s two labradors; she and her girlfriends were then going to give it to her as a surprise wedding present. The wedding was this weekend, the painting was a success, so at last I can post it here! Painting black, glossy dogs with watercolours is, I assure you, a challenge. However it was a lot of fun, and hopefully I got some way to resolving the issues.
Posted by – 24 August, 2009
A birthday card for a friend…
Posted by – 14 August, 2009
A card for my friends Laura and Steve who have just had a baby. We’d discussed previously the ick of other people referring to your unborn child as things like ‘the peanut’.
The Hyla Punctata tree frog, found in the Amazonian rainforests.
A watercolour to go on a card for a friend of mine. She’s just had a baby and likes pandas, so..
Posted by – 1 April, 2009
Our fish, on a card for my boyfriend..