New book

Next month will be the launch of “Pele de Dentro” (Translation: “The Skin Inside“), a lovely collection of poems by Brazilian author and journalist Júlia Gaspar. I was commissioned to illustrate the book cover. Take a look:

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Book projects are the best! Last year I collaborated with two fantastic writers to create Tales of the Sunset, a beautiful illustrated book of short stories. It’s still one of my favourite projects to date and I think it always will be. There is something about holding a book that you helped create that fills your heart with pride and joy. Plus, I’m a huge book lover, which definitely adds to the general delight!

For “The Skin Inside“, I was also asked to illustrate a couple of the poems, which I think added a really nice touch to the pages. I promised not to post too many spoilers so I’ll hold on to them for a while, if that’s okay. I’ll post my favourites here as soon as the book hits the shelves in a few weeks. Yay! Exciting! :0)

Lots of love,

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Mummyhood after Adland

I LOVE doing illustrations for personal blogs and small online businesses. From the early days of Wardrobe Mistress a few years ago, to So Many Lovely Things recently, and quite a few interesting projects in between, it will always be one of my favourite things to do! It’s fun and the result is immediate: after you deliver the artwork, you’ll see it live a few days later, probably sooner. In a few hours, perhaps! – This is definitely one of the benefits of being an illustrator nowadays: instant reward.

Anyway, this is the header I illustrated for From E to ABC.

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For those who don’t know, “E” refers to e: A Novel, by Matt Beaumont, about the everyday life of an advertising agency.

Like me, the blogger, Mrs W used to work in advertising. In fact, we started our careers together as graduates in the same agency in London! I quickly realised that she was bright (exceedingly so!) and hilarious, so we became very good friends.

Her blog is about her journey from the Ad world to motherhood, and she tells it like it is, in her very own brilliant way.

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Judging by this header, you can tell that I am going through an objects phase, right? Anyone who knows me or my work, knows that I love drawing girls. (Girls, girls, girls, always girls!) I still do, of course, but I am trying a couple of different things at the moment. Mainly objects and patterns. I’ll post them here very soon!

Read From E to ABC: Mummyhood after Adland here.

Lots of love

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New business cards

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I love it when it’s time to print new business cards. My new batch just got delivered this morning and I’m very pleased with the quality. The colors are great!

All illustrators must have colourful business cards, of course. It’s a must. ;0)

Illustrated Wedding stationery – part V

Instead of numbering our tables, we decided to name them, using the names of places that had a meaning for us. Most of them were cities where we’ve been on holiday together, others were places where we each lived individually and a couple were private jokes for specific guests. I overheard a friend saying “I’m in Marrakech! I love it there!”, so I think it was more fun and personal than just using plain numbers.

I wanted our seating plan to be as clear a possible so our guests could quickly spot their names and their tables. I opted for a nice, clean font and then added the little hand drawn hearts later.

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That’s all from my wedding stationery project. It was rewarding, fun and of course, very special to me. You can see the complete collection on my website, here.

If you would like me to create custom illustrated wedding stationery for you, please do get in touch here! We’ll make it 100% personal and unique, to reflect your taste and personality. :0)

Illustrated Wedding stationery – part IV

The best thing about designing your own wedding stationery is that you can do pretty much whatever you want! The menus were my favorite part.

I looked at LOTS of references (thank you, Pinterest!) and experimented with a few ideas. Some were very detailed and complicated, others were simpler. In the end, I opted for a minimalistic design with a little hand drawn illustration as a focal point:

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Similar to our invitations, the paper was very important to me. I wanted beautiful, good quality paper with a nice texture and a particular thickness. To be honest, paper is ALWAYS important. It makes all the difference. In our case, the texture made the illustration ‘pop’ a little, even though I used delicate tones.

I wasn’t at all worried about following a strict color scheme, but the soft palette of the menus went really well with the tones of the room. I think our guests liked the menus too. There were very few left on the tables at the end of the evening, which I was told, was a good sign. :0)

Wedding photo Image by our official Photographer

The last part of our wedding stationery were our table names (yes, names, not numbers!) and the seating plan. I’ll post them here tomorrow. Stay tuned.