design

I’m excited to share my new surface pattern collection, Into The Wood. It’s a new direction and focus for me, steering myself away from editorial illustrations to my first love of patterns. Ideally, I will begin to license these designs and as my collections grow, I may consider moving all patterns to a new website.

For now, this is my first fully complete collection, Into The Wood:

Woodland CollectionWoodland Acorns_01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woodland Acorns_02 Woodland Flower Spot_01 Woodland Flower Spot_02 Woodland Heart_01 Woodland Leaves_01 Woodland Motifs Spot_10

 

Woodland Owls_11

No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself.

Because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure? On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee.

β€œ But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. ”

But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?

On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and owing to the claims of duty or the obligations of business it will frequently occur that pleasures have to be repudiated and annoyances accepted. The wise man therefore always holds in these matters to this principle of selection: he rejects pleasures to secure other greater pleasures, or else he endures pains to avoid worse pains.But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising.

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The other week I managed to win (to my surprise) the weekly All Tropical competition with my Cat on a Mat design. This week I have a new design up of my Tiger, and he needs your votes and comments and sharing ability on all social networks! You can do this by clicking HERE.

Also, I have been working on my 3rd brief for my Children’s illustration course, and have come up with a simple picture book of an owl, called ‘Hello! What’s This?’ Here is a single page preview of it:

I am really enjoying coming up with stories and images appropriate for kids and my friend who is a mother too, said she liked the sound of everything I was doing, which has to be a good start πŸ˜€


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I want to start sharing more of my inspiration with you, so thought I would start with a collection of vintage travel posters, and a poster advertising New York and Spiderman, which is really cool. See more Superhero Travel Posters HERE.
Travel posters are nearly always brilliant! The compositions, colours and use of typography are so effective. I particularly like the Alaska poster, with the scale of the mountains and the cruise ship creating a great juxtaposition. 
I hope that the images you see, will be reflected in my work, but to be honest they might not. It’s just nice to collate some things together that inspire me, even if they don’t completely inform my work. 
Next ‘Inspiration’ Post will be on Jungles, and circus animals! It sounds weird, but there is a possible project being put together on the theme between me and my friend. 
I hope you enjoy the travel posters πŸ˜€

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When you discover your work has been copied it is hard to feel flattered. I recently discovered some work that was remarkably similar to my own, and felt a bit cheated. I have taken it upon myself to not feel too terrible about it, as the person is a student and it appears to be an experiment in shape and colour. When I was studying, and even now, if I am inspired by someone’s work I will always try to learn from it and make an idea my own. It is called development, and it can be hard to do if all you will do is out-rightly copy peoples work. If you do ever feel it is important as part of you personal development to copy in some way, then please, please, please reference the artist/designer in some way! It makes the world of design a much nicer place, where we can all co-exist in mutual respect! 

Thanks!


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Sunday 19th December, I will be closing up shop for a little Christmas and New Year break. If you want to grab some last minute gifts from me, then be sure to do so before tomorrow evening. I will be shipping early on Monday morning, and will hope that the snow doesn’t affect my parcels. 

If you want to know what I am up to during this break then be sure to read this blog. My plans include a few ideas for Valentines Day and Spring and Easter. Also, I am working on an idea with friends about a collaborative print project on a really great theme. 
So, lot’s to look forward to πŸ˜€ 

I will open up shop again in the new year and will be having a SALE, so look out for that! Discounts galore on some of my wintry products! 
More details soon on that front!

Any way have a great Christmas and New Year.