It's been a long while in the making but we finally got there! I'm happy to announce the launch of my new online shop selling wall art and illustrated clothing for kids. Scruffcat's ever-growing collection of cute characters begins with baby onesies, kids T shirts and art prints, with more products to be added along the way. Monsters, bunnies, robots, flowers and animals with attitude all make an appearance - and of course a multitude of cats!
A LITTLE CHRISTMAS CREATION
Every Christmas I design and send out my own illustrated cards, sometimes handmade, sometimes printed. Last year I decided to have a go at bringing the illustration to life in a little animation - possibly a mad idea to be doing at this equally mad time of year! This time round (with a lot of help from the internet) I found a way to create this time lapse illustration using Adobe After Effects. There are lots of ways to achieve this effect, but this one did the trick without too much hairpulling on my part. Merry Christmas!
100 DAYS OF PATTERNS
I'm a quarter of the way through this year's 100 Days Project (our 2016 New Zealand version). Last time I invented a complicated system of instructions written on notes in a row of jars. This year, to make life easier, I'm keeping it simple. My subject is patterns, and materials are whatever I find lying around - so far, that's been things like old origami paper, scraps of cardboard, watercolour and copious amounts of Indian ink. Instead of bursting into flames trying to completely finish one thing a day, I have at least three on the go at once. Much easier, much less stressed.
I made it to the end last time, and took part in the 100 Days exhibition - I'm not sure if I'll do that again (it was mega crowded) but we'll see. You can follow my progress to the finish line here.
ALL THE WAY HOME
One of the projects I've been working on recently is a performance for children by New Zealand dance company Touch Compass. The devising and story writing process for 'All the Way Home' inspired ideas for little illustrations, which were then integrated into this final image. The star of the show was the little red trike, very similar to one I had when I was a child. Fun stuff!
WATER RAYS AND RETRO GEOMETRICS
Last year, the lovely folks from Make it in Design held a summer school (or winter school, for us here in New Zealand). A collection of pattern designs were selected to be in the Surface Pattern Design Lookbook. I was happy to find two of mine included - mocked up on cushions in the image above, top left and bottom centre! You can see the entire lookbook here on Issuu, and if you're interested in taking part in this year's summer school, the waiting list is now open.