Travel illustrations

Lemon grove and Soller cemetery illustration
Food illustrations
Finca Ca's Sant and Sa Calobra illustrations
Valldermossa and food illustrations

I really enjoyed being creative on my recent holiday. As well as drawing my breakfast each day (see previous post) I also created drawings based on our travels around the area we were staying. I really enjoy being a graphic designer and working to a client’s brief as it gives me direction. Sometimes in my personal work I can flap about not knowing what to do, so it was great to have the inspiration of the places I visited to give me that direction.

If you ever find yourself in Mallorca then my recommendations are:

– Stay in Soller at Finca Ca’ Sant. A beautiful small hotel with two pools, one with columns (obviously) but both with stunning mountain view. It’s also surrounded by orange and lemon groves, and their breakfast are legendary.

– Take the small wooden tram down to the port, it runs right through the main square and is lots of fun.

– Visit the cementary in Soller. It’s beautiful, and so lush. The designs of the gravestones, vaults and mausoleums are really ornate and have great typography. Again, comes with bonus mountain views.

– Brave the drive down to Sa Calobra. It’s 13km of VERY steep and twisty turns, including one turn where the road goes under itself. The views are stunning, and the box canyon beach and river gorge at the bottom make it worth the (lighter than expected) yelping. Do go early before the coaches start descending and leave just after lunch before they start driving back up again. It’s not a road you want to be reversing on!

– Have lunch at Ca’s Patro March restaurant in Cala Deia. It’s where one of the scenes of the Night Manager was filmed.It’s in a beautiful small cove, and the restaurant sits right on the edge of a cliff over the sea. These factors can make it super crazy busy but we were very lucky and got a table straight away. Very tasty red mullet, yum yum.

– Visit the pretty small villages in the Serra de Tramuntana, including Valldermossa, Deia and Fornalutx.

All of these tips are the inspiration for the illustrations shown here. Now that I’m back in Brighton (where did the summer go while I was away???) I’m going to have to find a new project to illustrate, hopefully without too much flapping!

Posted on September 18th 2017
Posted in Travel

Miro Breakfasts

Miro Breakfast Illustration
Miro Breakfast Illustration
Miro Breakfast Illustration
Miro Breakfast Illustration
Miro Breakfast Illustration

I’m just back from a wonderful holiday in Mallorca. It was the prefect mix of relaxation and sightseeing in the stunning Serra de Tramuntana mountain region. I also found time to be creative. There’s a small Miro museum in Soller (where we were staying). His art features lots of black lines. Our hotel (Finca Ca’s Sant) served the most amazing breakfasts each day. Lots of tasty small plates, with lots of things on sticks. So my graphic designer mind somehow connected the two, and each day I illustrated my breakfast in the style of Miro. As you do. The hotel loved them, heh. It’s a far cry from what I have for breakfast in Brighton, mostly it’s just a banana. I’m going to have to up my game!

Posted on September 14th 2017
Posted in Travel

Fun book cover design

Get off your phone book cover design
Gadgets Away book cover design
Ace to Ze book cover design

I’ve been fortunate to be working with a new publishing client recently, Summersdale, who create books to inform, entertain and inspire. I’ve been working on a number of  book cover design projects, which have been great fun. They are also a lovely client to work with, so yay! These designs won’t be published for a while but I couldn’t wait to share them, so these images are mock ups for now, soz! More ‘proper’ photos to come when they are published. I’m sure you will have seen some of Summersdale’s other books in the cool shops in Brighton and the like, but if not then here are three of my highlights:

Tired of those irritating niggles in life? Then this book would be for you: Life Hacks – There really are some very nifty tips in there. I think it gives the same pleasure as looking through the Lakeland catalogue and thinking ‘why’ but then thinking ‘but that’s genius, I must have it’. I can assure you though that I do not own any of their slate products, especially not THIS. Have they not heard of We Want Plates? Honestly…

Get bored on the loo? Then this is for you! 52 Things To Do While You Poo – They say “Perching on the porcelain can be very boring when you have nothing to do but poo. But fear no more, as excretion expert Hugh Jassburn has put together a compendium of entertaining activities and informative fun that will make you want to stay put, even if you don’t need to go. Doing a number two will never be the same again.” I say “a most amusing ’emergency’ present for any man in your life.” Stereotypes noted.

This book will make you feel less sh*t. It says so in the title. I’ve no idea what’s in it as it’s not published until November but as they say “Hey! You’re doing a great job but it’s OK to need some help. With strengthening statements, witty quotes and self-care tips, this little book is here to help you love and care for yourself.” Which sounds just lovely.

Posted on August 18th 2017
Posted in Projects, Things I like

Poster designer

Ib Antoni poster designs
Ib Antoni poster designs
Ib Antoni poster designs

While I was in Copenhagen this past weekend I came across the work of an illustrator I’d not heard of before, Ib Antoni. I searched in vain for a book on his works but had to make do with lots of postcards instead. I just love his illustration style and the design of his posters. Here’s some info from the Visit Copenhagen website:

“The poster artist Ib Antoni died in 1973, but his beloved artwork is alive and well. As a poster artist Ib Antoni was loved and known not only in Denmark, but also in other parts of the world.

Ib Antoni’s Royal Danish Ballet Dancer, Royal Danish Guard, The Mermaid and Tivoli Copenhagen poster have delighted and amused countless. His artwork contains both charm and humanity.

Ib Antoni drew over 300 posters in his 20-year career. Copenhagen was the city, which Ib Antoni was most confortable in, and in 1967 when the city’s tourist board asked him to draw a draft for a poster, The Royal Danish Guard was born – an image which for many years has been synonymous with Copenhagen and Denmark abroad and at home.

Antoni’s version of The Little Mermaid followed, amusement park Bakken was presented with a lovely balloon man, and for Tivoli Gardens’ 125th anniversary, he designed the famous Tivoli poster.”

Posted on June 15th 2017
Posted in Things I like

Guardian travel tip

Guardian travel tip
Guardian travel tip

So this is not really related to my graphic design day job but my feathers were rather fluffed so I thought I’d share! I submitted a travel recommendation to the Guardian on their topic of places to visit in Washington state and Oregon, and it was chosen as the winning tip, and they used my photo too, yay. Here’s the link: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/may/29/best-of-washington-state-and-oregon-us-readers-travel-tips

Posted on May 30th 2017
Posted in Photography, Travel

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