Whilst sitting on a bus in the summer, I got an idea for a Christmas card. I am not sure why such an unseasonal image would ‘pop’ into my mind on one of the hottest days of the year, but I wonder if it’s because I was secretly wishing for cooler weather. I am definitely not a hot-house orchid, I am much more akin to a polar bear.
I imagined doing a Christmas card on the theme of the number 18, which I could personalise and send out to my closest friends (unless they are called Peter Masscharis, who actually got a polar bear card 😉 )
I scribbled a quick scamp into a little drawing pad that my good friend, Cherry Balme, had lovingly made me in 2013 and pondered on the idea until an opportunity came to create it on the computer. I managed to do a good few of these cards (maybe about a dozen), before I realised that it wasn’t possible to do many more, being busy at work and planning on returning to teaching in the autumn. There’s only so much a graphic designer/illustrator/teacher can do…
I received some lovely comments on the Christmas card and I think people are expecting me now to do it every year… Well, I am not so sure about that…but who knows…watch this space.
I would like to wish all my readers all over the world and here at home (in Great Britain) a very Merry Christmas and every best wish for 2019 x
Earlier this year, I was asked if I would do a watercolour or pencil illustration of a church in Spain that was to be the theme for some wedding stationery. Joanne Rogan, the client and bride-to-be was brilliant in providing me with a range of church illustrations that she had seen and liked, so that I could get ‘the feel’ of what she was looking for. A better start and brief could not be had, as most clients know what they want, but are not very good at explaining it, leaving the artist or designer ‘in the dark’.
Joanne also provided me with some photographs of El Salvador’s Church in Nerja, Spain where she was marrying her fiancé, Gary Cooper. The photographs were beautiful, showing a white stately church against an azure sky. There was a tree in the photographs that I had to ‘remove’ but that didn’t prove to be a problem.
It took me a couple of days (in the bleakness of early February) to produce the coloured pencil illustration of the church bedecked in sunshine, which was then sent for Joanne and Gary’s approval. Thankfully, they loved it and it was then sent to the printers to be incorporated into their wedding stationery. As you can see below, Joanne and Gary did a great job of it and the stationery looks unique and amazing! Having said that, so do the happy couple in the photographs, as you can see. I would like to offer my congratulations to Joanne and Gary for their marriage day and also for doing such sterling work on their wedding stationery!
Every best wish to you both for many happy years to come…
Joanne and Gary were married on the 21st September 2018.
The photographs feature on this blog post with their approval and permission. Thank you.