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!
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
This signwriting project is an 8ft x 10ft illustrated facade of portable Camera Obscura, to be sited on Hastings Stade in East Sussex. Camera Obscura made by www.amazingcameraobscura.co.uk
Signwriting of Camera Obscura was recorded over weeks to make this simple stop frame slideshow.
The signwriting of the Camera Obscura is complete.
Dipping into the paint over a period of a few weeks and the sign gradually takes shape. Background colours are applied using water based paints prior to adding outlines, text and details. The sign is finished with two coats of varnish. Details include a fishing boat and net sheds unique to Hastings.
Awaiting delivery to amazingcameraobscura.co.uk for installation on Hastings Stade seafront.
Transferring the design to the sign.
By fitting the design into a grid of 20 x 10 I can work out the correct size to transfer to the wood in the workshop. The design is scaled up and pencil-drawn onto a sheet of primed and undercoated high quality 12mm plywood. Once the design is fully drawn I can cut the profile of the sign using an electric jigsaw. All bare edges are then sanded, primed and undercoated. Prior to starting painting the entire surface is given a light sanding and a second undercoat wash to ensure a smooth surface. The next stage is to attach 2 x 2 square battens to the reverse of the sign in order for it to be later bolted to the front of the Camera Obscura doorway by www.amazingcameraobscura.co.uk
This is how it works…
You have someone special in your life with a birthday coming up, so you want to give them something special to mark the occasion – something unique and personal. Here’s what you do.
Dig out a few photographs of them. Tell me their likes and dislikes, their passions and their hates. Favourite music? Art? Colour? Things from their past that make them who they are today. Funny things, secret things, anything. I’ll take all this information and put it together in a portrait that will really say something to them and you..
It takes up to 3 days of research, design, drawing and digital artwork to complete a portrait and then it’s printed onto quality Cartridge paper, mounted and framed.
How much does it cost? You tell me how much you think it’s worth.