Even though Halloween isn't celebrated much in Australia, I really enjoy the costume parties and dressing up as a different character for the night. I'm too old for trick or treating now but it is one of the memories I have of growing up. The abundance of sweets I collected was enough to make my teeth fall out - which actually happened one day whilst eating a Redskin. I think that was the end of trick or treating for me.
One of my favourite movie directors is Tim Burton, so consequently I love all things quirky, strange and a bit curious.(If you haven't seen The Nightmare before Christmas or The Corpse Bride, you are missing out!) Hence the appeal of Halloween for me.
I don't usually get Halloween themed invitations to do but I did get the opportunity to create one for a birthday party two years ago with Frankie being the main star.
I would love to create a Day of the Dead themed invitation one day, so if you are after something of that sort, please do let me know!!
And just for funsies here's my attempt at turning my friend into a zombie - graphic novel style!
Happy Halloween peeps!
This year I will be producing Christmas cards again and I'm aiming to release the designs by the end of next week.
I have collaborated with my friend Yeli who is a watercolourist to come up with 5 different designs in total. The theme of the cards this year is pets/animals and the designs are all hand drawn and painted. (Mister Watson makes a cameo appearance)
Here's a sneak peek of the drafts:
The cards will be sold in a pack of five and there is only a limited number of packs available so if you are after one, make sure to let me know so I can reserve them for you! I will also be listing it in my Etsy store.
Part of the proceeds from the sales of the cards will be going to an animal shelter so they can have a nice Christmas too! :-)
Stay tuned for the release of the whole collection!
A few weeks ago I attended a short workshop on brush pen lettering. I have never been the best at lettering or calligraphy but I really enjoy watching others draw text creatively. I am intrigued by the art of hand drawing and thought it would be good to attend a class to better understand and grasp the concept.
Up until then I had only vaguely heard about brush pens. I've seen them in the art shops but didn't really know what to use them for and how to use them. To my surprise they are actually a simple tool to use. The only difficult part is trying to control the pressure applied so you can get the contrast between thick and thin strokes.
What I learnt from that class was that lettering is different to typography. Where typography is the "art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed" (Wikipedia); Lettering is based more on the shape and form of the individual letters themselves. Each stroke is carefully drawn and in a logical order to make the completed word flow as one.
Brush pens vary in price from art stores however I picked up a cheap brush pen from Daiso for $2.80 that works amazingly. I highly recommend doing a class or workshop if you are interested in trying out brush pen lettering. I did mine with Emma from The Black Chalk Co through Laneway Learning in Melbourne. There are also heaps of video tutorials on the web to help you practice your lettering.
Some pictures of my lettering practice with using a brush pen. I still haven't got the hold of the strokes yet but will hopefully get there!
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