Archive | March, 2014

Design and Illustration of Point of View Writing Map – available now

5 Mar

During the winter months I designed and illustrated The Point of View Writing Map, part of a series of illustrated diagrams written by Shaun Levin. The exercises on the Writing Map are devised to inspire stories and even novels. The extended creative writing prompts can help you develop stories, or can be done in short and playful bursts as warm-up exercises.

The Voice and POV Map is #2 in the Craft Writing Maps. The A3 map (297x420mm) folds down to A6 (105x148mm, postcard size), and is printed on 130gsm recycled paper in England.

POV1web

POV2web

POV3web

POV4web

POV5web
This was a really fun project to work on, creating environments, characters and situations to reflect and propel the written exercises. I enjoyed the challenge of presenting the information in the map layout and working with a mixture of conventional fonts and hand drawn type. It was very exciting receiving the physical maps in the post a couple of days ago!

Click here to visit the Writing Maps website and purchase the map directly there. It will also be available within the next few weeks to purchase from The British Library Bookshop, Foyles Charing Cross and Southbank, The Literary Gift Company (online) and more to be confirmed.

Copyright Writing Maps 2014

New Cards and Prints for Spring

3 Mar

I had a great day last weekend at Rhiwbina’s Handmade Market, organised excellently as ever by the wonderful April.  So many people and wonderful makers. Every time I do a market, I like to create something new to launch, and have now added several items to my online shop, which I’ve shared below.

Firstly, a card inspired by my Mum & Dad’s flock of fleecy Jacobs. This one is lino printed (using waterbased ink for a nice wooly texture) and then embellished with black brush pen and a greeny-gold crayon. I enjoyed drawing the ewe from life – in a blustery field whilst being hassled by some impatient chickens…

IMG_0915This would make a great greetings card or, more timely, something for Mothers’ day. Click here to buy on Etsy.
I have also produced a run of prints, which will be listed soon.

Next up, we have a rather intriguing situation – a greeting from one unicorn to another, through the medium of cake. I’m sure that, if unicorns existed, they would most certainly do this.
IMG_0911Click here to purchase this card online

Here is the final card in the current collection – some mischievous carrots playing games underground. Vegetables do sometimes look like little people don’t they! I have plans for a larger piece including more raucous roots. I doodled this on the iPad using ProCreate.

IMG_0913Click here to buy the Carrots card online.

Last but not least, after several requests, I have created a Welsh version of the popular Tits poster. Huge thanks to Ann Hemmings from the Welsh Gift Shop for sending me the translated names. Titws Tomos las is my favourite.

titws framed welshThe poster is available as an unframed A4 or A3 print from my Etsy Shop.

I’ll be posting up a fair bit this week, due to four illustration commissions / projects now being completed! More coming soon about them 🙂