Signwriting ‘The Wedding Bell’ for Cool Canvas Tent Company. This should direct the happy couple to their luxury romantic boudoir/bell tent nicely. Emulsion on wood and 2 coats of yacht varnish. Ding Dong!
What’s a Cinderella gigglemug? Remember ‘that thing at a fairground that you poke your head through while your friend takes a funny picture’? I painted one a while back for the nice folk at Miracle Theatre and they wanted another for Cinderella – this year’s Christmas Pantomime at The Princess Pavilion, Falmouth. This meant painting over the old one and creating a new design featuring an ugly sister and a pumpkin/bomb-bearing rat(!?) I’m sure it will all make sense when you see the show – which I recommend you do. Miracle pantomime’s really are always a special treat and a highlight of our Christmas. The ‘Gigglemug’ is now in the foyer of Falmouth Art Gallery and Library on the Moor. Pop in and stick your heads through ‘that thing at a fairground that you poke your head through while your friend takes a funny picture’, or Gigglemug…
Rule Britannia! I did this back in the 198os. Thatcher was revelling in her post-Falklands popularity and Britain was ‘great’ again. I’ve dug it up because it seems just as appropriate for our post-Brexit state of affairs. Looks a bit like May too so I won’t bother updating it. Reminded me that when politicians want to make a country ‘great’ again they usually start a war…
I like a logo challenge. A local property company needed an identity that captured its uniqueness in providing spaces for artists and makers to flourish. ‘Savoury Soaps’ is an unusual name, having no immediate connection with the world of property letting but reflects the creative, playful, open-minded attitude of the company.
The ‘S’ at the beginning and end felt like it needed to be exploited and the ‘O’ in each word was a fortuitous detail I could exploit. The client had asked for ivy to feature in the design and this gave me a soft, fluid element to balance with the solid, industrial look of the typeface. I wanted to illustrate the part played by Savoury Soaps in the creative process – enabling artists and makers to produce their art by providing beautiful spaces to work in. Rather than simply embellishing the type with a floral pattern I’ve shown it ‘growing’ from the name. I knew those two ‘O’s would come in handy!
The Punch and Judy Booth I recently painted for www.amazingcameraobscura.co.uk is up and entertaining the happy folk of Chapel St. Leonards, near bracing Skegness! The Punch & Judy Professor is also happy, as are Lincolnshire Borough Council. Always a pleasure to work with Tony at Amazing Camera Obscuras, who built this booth (in the driving rain, apparently!) and who displays his Amazing Camera Obscuras around the country. If you’re going Glastonbury Festival make sure you experience this Marvel of Nature and Science at the Green Kids Field. See my earlier posts for more on Camera Obscuras!
Punch and Judy sign writing ready for a sunny seaside summer!
Soon to be installed on a sunny East Coast seafront this Punch and Judy frontage took two weeks to complete. In all the years I’ve been sign writing I think secretly I’ve always wanted to paint one of these.
Tony at www.amazingcameraobscura.co.uk did the construction and build of the complete booth (pics to follow soon..) I love every stage of this kind of job, from the drawing and painting on a large scale to my favourite bit – the beautifully satisfying applying of varnish which almost magically brings out the vibrancy of the colours. That’s the way to do it!
New Logo design for Cool Canvas Tent Company, a local supplier of high quality bell tents and canvas structures. The brief called for an identity with a slight ‘retro’ feel, appealing to an audience from outdoor pursuits to glamping. It appears in two versions, one landscape and one within a square box. There are also slightly different versions for large and small use. It will need to work on everything from stationery to embroidered labels.
I came across this illustration for an event at Gyllyngdune Gardens, Falmouth and is an example of a ‘lost’ illustration – done for an event that, in the end, didn’t materialise. This can happen occasionally and you’re left with a piece of work nobody sees, hidden away in the portfolio. It’s a shame when it’s a piece you like. But hey-ho, the client paid of course (the lovely Trifle Gathering Productions), and the event went on the following year – and I got to design the poster again!
… and this was the one we used the following year…
A busy few days working for Miracle Theatre, Cornwall and their winter show “Doctor Livingstone, I presume?” It’s one of those ‘end of the pier’, fairground, ‘pop your head through a hole and have your picture taken’ things. (What are they called?) If anyone can come up with a name I’d be most grateful. Five days and late nights of illustration, tracing, painting, masking, building, spraying and varnishing later and we had our bespoke ‘stick your head through a hole…’ thing finished and ready for the Miracle Theatre tour of Cornwall. www.miracletheatre.co.uk