I was quite the active Scout in my youth; Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venture Scouts. Camping, kayaking, hunting, mountaineering all that good stuff. My Father still works within the organisation and I help him out occasionally with a few design briefs – it's a great feeling to work alongside my Dad, doing work you know will be around for a good few years. We've worked on two new badge designs for the Northern Ireland Scout Assoiation this year. What do you think?
It's almost time for the next Hand Drawn Creative art show! I've trimmed and cellophane wrapped the last print, James has hung the woodprints to perfection and I'm just about to visit the Barber for a quick tidy-up before the opening night, tonight! The show is called "Asseyez-Vous" and mid-century furniture is very much the theme. If you're in Belfast, please call by Atelier Design in the Refound Building on Wellington Street and have a nose around (it's a very cool studio space). Can't make it? (I do understand most of my customers are on the other side of the world) Don't panic – I'll have prints up for sale on the Store as of next week.
I was thrilled to work with an old advertising colleague again recently in Holywood. I was brought in to help on a pitch for a prospective new client (which was a storming success by the way). It was great, also to work in a team for the first time in years. The design office were quite excited in my tecnical kit bag too. I'd brought along my Wacom intuos 5 touch medium tablet (ideal for in-situ freelance jobs like this) and the designers were all keen to try it out. Everyone got a go and everyone was impressed including myself. I don't get much opportunity to use the little guy these days. I think Wacom may have a bit more business after my week at Walkers :D
Hey Gang, just working on a new little project with my new chums at Dublin's Damn Fine Print Workshop. They're holding a show at Dublin's RHA Museum in conjunction with Irish Design Week this Halloween. I'm chuffed to bits be involved, especially as it gives me an excuse to pop down to Dublin for a few days.
The brief was "Quirky historical Irish Artefacts"
I came up with this – an homage to to the beautiful advertising of (long gone) ice cream brand Bangor Maid…
One for local readers really, but I've fulfilled a lifelong dream recently, by being invited to submit a weekly, satirical cartoon for my local newspaper, the County Down Spectator. So there we are – Hand Drawn Creative now produces a weekly newspaper cartoon. It may not be Fleet Street, but it feels good to engage with my own community through illustration. It's all good, clean fun and it also helps profile my older, original hand drawn illustration style too.
Well folks, my little exhibition wrapped up at the start of the month, and it was a great experience all round. Money was made and old friends and new were in attendance. There are a few display prints left over from the show which are taking up a lot of space in the studio. Hey – maybe they'd look good on YOUR walls. With this in mind, why not roll over to the Hand Drawn Creative Store to find a few bargains and rarities. There will be a few more to come very soon…
My First Exhibition is currently on show in my hometown of Bangor! Finally, I've made it out of the Wendy House and onto the streets (Dufferin Avenue to be exact) Local Gallery SyncSpace is hosting the show which will be open for the rest of the month.
We opened on Wednesday night 7 August to (thankfully) see a crowd of folks pop in for a look at my work, both old & new (we even managed to sell quite a few prints too). So a BIG THANKS is due to the SyncSpace Crew, Stephen Potter for taking some cracking photos on the night (some of which you can see here). And thank you to everyone who made it down on the night. It's been a career high point for me, I'm inspired to work on the next one as soon as possible!