Introducing my yearly Christmas card with moving parts - this time optimistically set on a sunny Auckland beach and featuring a quirky collection of cats, dogs and birds in their best summer outfits. In reality it bucketed down on Christmas Day, but fingers crossed for a sunnier New Year!
Some exciting news - the debut of my very first greeting card collection (and accompanying gift wrap), designed with a New Zealand nature theme. It includes a plump musical kiwi, a singing fantail in a garden of pohutukawa and some happy jumping people surrounded by birds and flowers. In selected shops soon!
Even though it's a squeeze getting it finished at this time of the year, I still like the challenge of creating a little Christmas video to go along with my old-fashioned snail-mail-sent cards. Here's the latest one, featuring two sleepy children, three baby birds and lots of stars.
Not to mention squirrels, birds and feisty little girls in yellow dresses... I've recently finished a five week children's book illustration course with the Make Art that Sells team, covering character design, hand lettering, book cover design and much more. It's been an intense time, with a new deadline each week and a raft of information to read and watch. During the second-to- last week, my computer chose the worst possible time to self-implode, leaving me in the middle of an assignment. No files, no Photoshop and more than a few tears later, I somehow scrabbled my way to the finish line.
We were provided with a choice of three texts (written by author and art director Zoe Tucker). Because the course itself was such a whirlwind experience, I'm thinking of giving another one of the texts a go (quite fancy a turtle character this time), at a more leisurely pace and when my poor old computer returns back home.
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 hair-pulling on my part. Merry Christmas!
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 a little red trike, very similar to one I had when I was a child.