I got contacted in January by Lowe Roche (a lovely Canadian design agency) to help them create some hand-lettered 6 sheet ads for the Pawsway center in Toronto.
I love hand-lettering illustration jobs and this was a great job to work on. I do get through a heck of a lot of paper and ink. I've been working with a brush I bought in NYC that uses regular ink cartridges. I'd be lost without it.
My husband, Peter is proof that you don't have to be able to draw to be a talented illustrator :)
I got commissioned for a lovely job to create some custom hand lettering for cookie packaging for a big supermarket chain. I love these types of jobs. Unfortunately the client chose to go down the photographic route but I still like what I sent so here it is.
We found this buried deep in our finished work folder and it made us laugh. This is a secret stage of a logo design we did for Queen's Triathlon Club.
Some lionny doodles. Ideas on how to make a tiny lion with a short complex look big and fierce.
I keep seeing sausage dogs everywhere these days. I think they're totally great, they look so full of personality. I petted one at the weekend for the first time and he was so lovely. I think his owner was a little terrified by my enthusiasm though.
Wow it's been a long time. In the gap we've been to Amsterdam, I'm finally facing my fears and learning to drive and I've gone sock monkey making mad. Here are some skully dudes that were the by product of a brand job I was working on recently.
Just a quick note to let you know about our wee project for Kiva (Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, you can lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world - it's a super cool charity that we want everyone to know about)
We're great believers that "the best place to store food is in someone else's stomach" so we came up with Build a Beard Workshop. You'll see for yourself, but basically for everyone who posts a picture of themselves with one of our free beards, we'll put $1 in a Kiva account, probably forever.
If it's massively successful, we'll try to find other partners to match fund, or to make sure that the money stays in Kiva forever, but we shall see. It'd be lovely if you could do yourself a beard and post it! Plus if you have a blog, stick it up and we'll link to you - help us go bankrupt and spread the word ;-)
Go to Build a Beard do Kiva a favour and get hairy.
All the Beards,
The second part of our holiday was super relaxed. We lived with our chums Shane and Alli who have similar tastes to us when it comes to having fun. Plenty of good films and good tv series, hilarious fancy dress partays (Big Lebowski Night 2008) ...
... eating lots, exploring,
learning (pete and I learnt to knit! Thanks Alli!) big chats/debates/arguments (boys), swimming in rivers ...
making cool stuff (girls) and generally having big laughs :-) Thanks to the wonderful Magees for being good chums.
This is such a ridiculously late post I'm a bit embarrassed. NY and Canada were bundles of fun in very different ways. Thanks so so much to everyone who gave me tips for places to visit. Swissmiss gave me loads of lovely advice and Rosemary Travale's google map was amazing - the KinoKuniya bookstore opposite Bryant Park was the best! I could have spent severe amounts of moolah there. I did buy a great inky brush pen which I'm still getting to grips with but I think it's big winner so far. I'll post up some tests later.
We ate well. Most of our plans were based around food. We had high hopes for Katz Deli and it was certainly an experience. I discovered I wasn't a big pastrami fan but it was a pretty cool place to eat. I still don't think my stomach's forgiven me though.
We also drank copious amounts of extra shot iced caramel macchiatos and frappucinos to keep our little legs going. Pizza and bagels lived up to expectations. My big whinge is that you can't get everything bagels here.
Our special birthday meal was at Sushi Yasuda which blew us away. We sat at the bar and got master Yasuda san himself and were slightly terrified and in complete bliss. We got the Staten Island ferry afterwards and talked about the sushi the whole time. What geeks!
Pete also got his beloved Macbook Air after much deliberation and wrangling with the uninformed staff at the Apple store.
I loved New York. We visited Kid Robot, Bronx Zoo, Top of the Rock, MOMA, lounged around Central Park and loads more and there was so much that we didn't get crammed in. There's a lot of fun to be had there methinks.
Thanks to everyone who gave me tips for New York, keep 'em coming, we're leaving on Saturday - woot!
Big love and hugs to Ben & Sarah Behzadafshar :-)
This one's dedicated to my dear salty sea dog of a dad who could quite happily live on the sea and never touch land.
Completely off-topic, has anyone got any good tips for must-see things in New york? We're going on our jollies on the 23rd August and spending 4 days in New York and a fortnight or so with our lovely chums Shane and Alli in New Brunswick, Canada. I AM SO EXCITED.
I hope Marie doesn't read my blog because this is her surprise for tonight :-)
I've been doing some work on a gallery of lesser-known-mythical creatures. The Japanese Takka-onna are particularly freaky methinks.