Halloween is done, Bonfire Night has passed… the Christmas countdown is on.
I have designed three different Christmas cards which are now available to buy through my Etsy shop, here. I hope you like them!
Over the past few months, I’ve been working on a wedding invitation project for two of my great friends from university, Jules & Nick. After nine years together, they are (finally!) getting married in Dorset next month.
The first piece of the puzzle was creating a Save the Date card to whizz out at the start of the year. We kept this nice and simple, and took Jules’ idea of an focusing on the wedding location – the Isle of Purbeck – to decide on a pen and ink map outline of the area, with the wording following the coast as it winds around. Conveniently they are tying the knot in Corfe which is bang smack in the middle of the map – so a little red heart marks the spot.
A few months down the line, the map idea continued when Jules & Nick asked me to design a map to guide their guests around on the day… this needed to be practical – and usable in real life! – as well as something special to go alongside their invitations. I took the landmarks of the day – the church, the reception venue, the nearest pub, Corfe Castle – and turned those into little drawings that were then linked together by roads, rivers, signposts, stations and bridges to create a map. I wanted to combine the quality and detail of an Ordnance Survey map with the feel of a vintage sea-faring map, so the river and parking spots turned blue, and the compass and title plate made the finishing touches.
The final element to the project – and my favourite bit! – emerged from an evening spent doodling at home. In the same vein as taking ordinary details from a map and turning them into drawings, I created a ‘Particulars’ card that made all of the important details of the day much more fun and intriguing. A request for dietary requirements became a pig, a fish, and a bunch of carrots. The dress code became a drawing of a morning suit and a big hat. Song requests became a gramophone, home time became a carriage, and the taxi numbers became… well, a taxi… until every element of the day had it’s place and everything fitted together in drawing and text.
I was so excited when the invitation fell through my letterbox, and totally chuffed with how this all turned out when it was alongside the formal invitation and in the hands of a guest. Here’s to many more…
I’d love to hear what you think. Roll on 20 June!
As I cycled home from work this evening – wearing just a t-shirt (at last!) in the warm breeze – the early evening sun was coating London with its golden hour glow. Today was properly warm and the whole city has a spring in its step. Somewhere over Waterloo Bridge I resolved to post more on this blog, and update my site with all of the drawing I’ve been doing over the last few weeks.
As I was turning my pedals, I also realised that it is exactly a year since my bike arrived in the office in an incredibly large box and I braved the mean streets on my first ever cycle home from Holborn to Balham. All I really remember is skirting the Elephant & Castle round-about, getting cramp in my toes and a cracking sunset over Clapham Common. A year on – and only one quick self-inflicted trip over my handlebars later – cycling has totally changed the way I look at London, and the way I whizz around.
Last week a doodle-y lunch break ended up with me making this quick drawing of my trusty Foffa wheels.
Thankfully the wheels aren’t quite so wonky in real life, but I like how it turned out – especially for a 15 minute drawing. Having posted a quick snap of the drawing on Instagram I was also totally chuffed that Foffa posted a comment about my drawing AND posted it on their Facebook page and Twitter.
Inspired by my bicycle drawing, I also made this birthday card I made for a good friend of mine last week, but it seems a good way of saying happy birthday to my bike too.
I am working on plenty of ideas for different cards at the moment. Lots of my best ideas seem to pop into my brain as my head clears on my bike, so for now I better keep cycling and basking in the novelty of sunshine and ever longer evenings.
My blog has to start somewhere, so… here goes. Finally it feels as though we are heading towards spring. I have had the date that the clocks changed marked in my diary since the beginning of the year and, suddenly, it’s only a few flicks of a page away and Easter is around the corner.
I’m making the most of my spring spirit to work on developing this website and to draw as much as I can – as well as working on ideas for wedding invitations for this year and beyond. With this in mind, it seemed a good time to create a simple Easter card to send to the printers as a test run and to help spread the word about my new venture. My ‘Easter Eggs’ card is pretty simple: a pencil drawing of a box of eggs – no shiny wrappers, no fancy chocolates, just eggs!
This is my finished design; just a pencil drawing from my sketchbook, scanned and with the image restored with some digital adjustments.
These are all ready to go to the printers tomorrow as my first greetings cards. They are available to order from me by email – a set of 6 cards is £6.50.
I have got lots of exciting projects in the pipeline and am looking forward to keeping this updated as often as I can.
Happy (almost) Easter!