Faceless

Been doing lots of sketching and painting lately but haven’t felt like sharing much of the results. Was happier with this one, however. I used this amazing photograph as a reference: http://njdvintage.deviantart.com/art/1920-S-367743448

Squares and a love of birds

It’s been a long time since I’ve carried business cards around with me. I was looking through Moo cards recently and was wooed by their square shaped business card design. I’ve written about it on my photography blog already, but there’s something so aesthetically pleasing about art or photography framed by a square. It just brings everything together so neatly.

I had a think about which pieces of my work I ought to slap on the back of my card, but I thought better of it and created a new piece entirely. I love birds, they’re pretty neat. So they are the theme of my cards this time. I like the idea of creating something new each time I need a new bunch printed. I haven’t received the cards just yet, but here’s how the back looks. I used watercolor paints on watercolor paper. On a side note, why does some watercolor paper smell like poop? It’s really terrible.

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lunar planner design

The moon and I have a bit of a thing going. I love seeing its friendly face in the sky, reminding me of how phases will always come to pass. For this reason, I feel rather lucky to continue working with the lovely Ezzie Spencer of Lunar Abundance on her branding and design projects. The latest project being this mammoth 2015 lunar planner, which I admit was completed a little while back and am only just now thinking to share. The image below is just a cropped version of the planner in hopes of encouraging you to hop on over to Ezzie’s website and download it for free (^-^) It makes for some pretty special wall swag, or you can just refer to it digitally. You’d be surprised about how much the ebb and flow of life makes sense once you start following the phases of our moon!

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More of my writing illustrated

Writing is something I truly enjoy. I’ve never formally studied poetry or anything beyond high school English, but I kind of like the fact that I could be making all kinds of writing faux pas while happily spilling out whatever comes to mind. I would love to study it one day though and I wonder how much my style may change after learning the “rules”.

For now, I’ve put together a small collection of my favourite pieces. You can see them in the writing section of this here site. Being predominantly an illustrator and designer, I couldn’t help but accompany them with watercolour artworks inspired by the words. Here’s one now if you’re curious.

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New year, new blog and an old wish

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To keep inspired and engaged (no, this isn’t an excerpt from a powerpoint presentation for a telecommunications client) I will try to keep up a blog of my latest endeavours and designy/artsy crushes. I figured for my first post which happens to land at the start of a new year, it might be fun to play around with the numbers of 2015 them self.

As soon as I started sketching out ideas, I realised that I really wanted to create something which spoke of new beginnings and a chance to make amends. The world and all of it’s funny little people running around (you and I) could really do with a moment of closing our eyes and thinking about PEACE. Being peace.

“Whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, religious or nonbelieving, man or woman, black, white, or brown, we are all the same. Physically, emotionally, and mentally, we are all equal. We all share basic needs for food, shelter, safety, and love. We all aspire to happiness and we all shun suffering. Each of us has hopes, worries, fears, and dreams. Each of us wants the best for our family and loved ones. We all experience pain when we suffer loss and joy when we achieve what we seek. On this fundamental level, religion, ethnicity, culture, and language make no difference.” – Dalai Lama