Not a bad questionnaire result at the end of my first Photography+Photoshop 4 week workshop.
A lovely lady got in touch via my Facebook page requesting a logo design. It turned out what was actually going to be useful was a new header image for her fab blog Tales From The Village, incorporating roller skates, a pile of books, a cupcake, a plant, wool and "well, something like that." She wanted a scribbly feel and a simple white background... Rolling up my sleeves, first of all I tackled the layout.
Once the layout was OK'd, I worked on the ink drawings, and levels of "scribblyness" with different typefaces.
And the final in situ! Check it out.
The world is full of inspiration, and I've been blessed to photograph a large chunk of it. A wee celebration of colour, and a useful tool for those of us slightly terrified of colour... Or is it just me!?
It's been a great pleasure lately helping several new creative business get off the ground lately. One thing I often get asked, is the "right" way to price products. Obviously there are variations according to your specific requirements/product/service, but I put this together as a handy "rule of thumb." Hope it helps!
Just spent a rather marvellous snowy weekend with mates, just relaxing, eating, drinking, rediscovering Thunderbirds, and pushing the limits of crayons...
First up, sticking them to a coffee frother to replicate old school Spirographs. Uncanny, no?
Next we considered involving heat, and things started to get fun! I spose I should say, don't try this at home or without grown up paws helping and all that jazz, but meh! My bro has a mini blowtorch for "cooking." It also works really well melting crayons- either by setting the paper wrapper on fire and letting the wax drip, or shaving crayons with a knife (if you're going to make art dangerous, you may as well do it properly!) and melting the shavings directly onto a well water-soaked piece of paper. We also used a hairdryer to melt the crayons directly in a slightly less dramatic fashion.
Finally we used the Aga hot plate as a toasty desk, and drew onto paper resting onto it. It's amazing how painterly the melted crayons looked. Definitely recommend for punchy colour fun.
Not that bambinos are on the horizon yet, but I like to think that when they do appear, we'll find plenty of hands on fun things to do like this weekend. Maybe swapping wine for non-fermented fruits... And maybe less fire, maybe...
I'm very chuffed to have my work displayed in the Banbury Museum and Tourist Information shop, from today until the end of April only!
There might even be a few things available that aren't currently stocked anywhere else.
It's always nice to see the fruit of how people use my commercial photography services. Check out the lovely namecheck at the bottom of the board!
Special offer at the mo, half price shoots! Quote this blog post when enquiring, and for the whole of March and April, I will give you 50% off my usual commercial photographic prices (which are most reasonable to begin with!)
Whether you are just getting started as a business, or need to freshen up websites and marketing material, nothing adds a little shine like some beautifully shot photographs selling your best bits!
Check out my portfolio of commercial work for some ideas and inspiration!
I was super chuffed how well my first screen printing workshop went, and very impressed by the creative outcomes the lovely ladies produced! I hope they're all happy with their beautiful tote bags, and feel inspired to try the technique again.
The next one is pencilled in for the 18th May, confirmation coming soon. Please get in touch if you're interested!
Having worked for a Property Surveyor in the past, dabbling with CAD technician work and designing the odd car port or two, I'm no stranger to reading architectural plans, and helping people "see" what they are describing. Some recent such work.
A lovely lady spotted on my Facebook page my technique of painting in acrylic and using a craft knife to carve back to the white paper beneath. She set the theme and colour and after some back and forth, I happily created it.
And how I got there...
A general creative gun for hire!
Creative Design Centre
In Your Dog House