I'm very excited to share this project with you. A lovely cafe in Looe, Cornwall, got in touch and wanted some beautifully hand written menu boards. As a small business, they wanted their menu boards to be super cost effective and be able to be used for a few seasons, so rather than have me draw it freehand, we opted for a vinyl print on blackboard which allows them to alter any prices they may need and also stands the test of time.
Do you have a chalkboard or project that needs some hand lettering? Get in touch! I'd be happy to help.
Even though I wasn't signwriting this on the board myself, I still wanted it to have a lovely hand-drawn feel. I love cursive script fonts so I got the brush pens out and started creating the main phrases from the board. In my mind, nothing beats drawing letters by hand. I think all the imperfections and uneven lines created by a brush pen enhance the text. In addition to the brush script, I created a few hand drawn alphabets which allowed me to work efficiently and be flexible with any copy amends that came through.
The client wanted lots of illustrations of the local area mixed in around the typography. The cafe is set right on the seafront in Looe, overlooking the beach and pier. I added in loads of sketchy line illustrations around the type to give some added interest.
The cafe wanted to make locals and tourists alike smile when they ordered, so wanted lots of happy quotes and sayings worked in to the menu board.
The final two menu boards in all it's glory. The actual drinks menu sections were written using a really nice typeface and space left for the client to add their own prices in chalk.
I loved working with the good folks at Barra Bike Hire to create a footer illustration for their website. In this blog, I'm going to briefly outline the process I like to follow with clients and show you some detail shots of the illustration.
Once the comission has been accepted, I'll begin by drafting several rough sketches for the clients approval. Here's the rough that they selected.
Once the rough artwork has been approved, I work up the next stage of the artwork in Adobe Illustrator. As the illustration was part of a re-brand, the clients didn't yet have a colour palette. Their only specification was 'bright'. I presented some, very bright, colour options to them for approval.
After a bit of back and forth, we arrived at the chosen palette and the final image.
Barra Bike Hire were great to work with, and I'm looking forward to hiring a bike from them one day.
Make sure you check out the website design and logo I've did for Barra Bike Hire in my portfolio.
One of the projects I've been working on lately was an infographic for a Jewellers to show how the history of watch design has evolved over the last 100 years. Infographics are a great way of promoting a cause, or a business. If you have an idea or a cause that you think would make a great infographic drop me a line.
I really enjoyed the challenge of this illustration - watch design isn't an area I know much about, so I had to do a lot of research into the appearance of these watches. Getting stuck into the research and making my illustrations as accurate as possible while retaining a certain style made this project appeal to me. Plus, who doesn't like designing an infographic every now and then?
I love the distinct styling on the faces that the old watches have - the type on some of the numbers was excellent, not to mention the ornate craftsmanship that went into each item.
As the years go on, the designs of the watches get less ornate and more techy. How cool is the Seiko TV watch? Crazy to think that this came about in the 80's.
Below is the full infographic. Hopefully you'll learn something new.