Gary and Joanne’s ‘big day’…

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’.
Wedding stationery 1Wedding stationery 3Wedding stationery 2Wedding stationery 4The happy couple at sunset
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.

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Gizmo, Tyke, Ruby and Dexter – Pet Portraits

I’ve drawn a number of different breeds of dogs over the years, but never once a Jackhuahua. So, when a friend and ex-colleague, Marsha Lally, asked me if I would draw her Mum’s four dogs, I didn’t realise that I would be drawing not just one Jackhuahua, but two, as well as two Staffordshire Pit Bull Terriers. They say things come in threes, but these dog breeds came in twos.

Marsha's dogs final illustration (touchedup)forblog

I tend to be quite selective about the photographs I use in my illustrations, but because of the distance and limitations on how far I can travel, I asked Marsha if she could supply me with a range of different images to choose from. Images were supplied and I tried to choose four that would make a successful canine montage. One should not have favourites, I know, but I have to admit that Gizmo (the black-and-tan Jackhuahua on the left-hand-side of the picture) was my favourite dog of the four, although I did enjoy drawing Ruby (the third dog along) the most.

As the commissioned illustration was a surprise birthday present for Joanne (it was belated because the amount of work I had on at the time), it was all kept rather hush-hush. I was told that the picture, when presented to Joanne was a great success, so all of the planning and secret preparation was not in vain.

Kindly, Marsha and Joanne, gave me some of their thoughts, which they said I could use on my blog. Thank you ladies…

Quote from Marsha Lally: “I knew Michael was a great artist when I asked him to draw our dogs for my Mam’s birthday, but he has totally exceeded my expectations. It’s a wonderful picture that will be cherished forever.”

Quote from Joanne Telford: “The picture has really captured the essence of each of our dogs, it’s incredible.”