2 years of Splash House

Splash house was a dream project to work on that I’m still not quite sure how I managed to land! But having them come back for a second year to revisit and expand on our initial ideas was so fun! So I thought I’d write a quick post to share the thought processes behind the designs! Below you can see the pattern I illustrated for 2018 with a road trip Americana theme:

2018 main pattern colouway idea

2018 main pattern colouway idea

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2018 Final Pattern

2018 Final Pattern

This Americana poolside pattern was an expansion on an illustrated pattern that I’d already created. After visiting Palm Springs in 2016 I was so in love with the vibe of the place and really wanted to create a design that captured that! This concept was updated with all new drawings featuring motel signage for the festival’s three locations, pool floats and of course cacti. The after hours event had it’s own pattern inspired by it’s location: the Air Museum.

Below you can see the final artwork for August 2018 which was in a coral colour way.

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For 2019 we wanted to revisit the same concept but make it anew! To do this we decided to create an Escher style continuous ‘architectural step’ landscape featuring my fave Cabazon Dinosaurs, more pool floats and iconic PS features like decorative concrete brick walls and colour pop doors!

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June and August had different feels as we worked on creating different colour ways of the same illustration. Although there is less of a desert feel this time the print still really resonates Palm Springs and holiday vibes! Plus there is a couple of easter eggs hidden in there for people who know their house music, beyond me!

Artful Etching Midnight Garden

I wanted to share a fun project I worked on last year; an etching book like the plates you used to have in school! Each illustration is made up of colours only, with no black as the etch layer printed on top is all black. So each person creates their own artwork by removing as much, or as little of the black layer as they like!

The finished book!

The finished book!

It was an interesting project to work on as I had to think in a new way; creating an illustration made up of colour alone and then etching that away to create the ‘print layer’ which has clues to show what might be where! Then finally I’d create an ‘etched’ example showing how you might like to etch your design! complicated right?! Hopefully the mages below show what I mean!

Colour & shapes layer, Black print layer and finally the etched design!

Colour & shapes layer, Black print layer and finally the etched design!

Colour & shapes layer, Black print layer and finally the etched design!

Colour & shapes layer, Black print layer and finally the etched design!

Super interesting and different project to work on and my first book! It actually has my name on it! If you’re interested you can see it here

Drawing trip with Caran d'Ache

When I received an email inviting me on a trip to Geneva to look around the Caran d’Ache Factory my first thought was this is too good to be true!

Charlotte Ager, Jacqueline Colley and Maria Ines Gul Photo credit: Igor Laski courtesy of Caran d’Ache

Charlotte Ager, Jacqueline Colley and Maria Ines Gul Photo credit: Igor Laski courtesy of Caran d’Ache

But I said yes and VERY surreal but last week I was flown to Geneva with 7 other illustrators! First stop the Caran d’Ache factory where we were greeted by this amazing display of the Caran d’Ache range (below) from 1915! I drool over vintage packaging at the best of times so this was heaven! Plus lots of vintage graphics from their posters through the years were all around! Swoon!

I always love vintage advertising and packaging!

I always love vintage advertising and packaging!

But then we get to the REALLY good bit; meeting Eric Vitus whose actual job title is ‘Master of Colours’! He showed us around the factory explaining how and why the Caran d’ache products are manufactured in the way that they are! Basically always working towards maximum colour saturation, so interesting! Check out the pigments below which were SO saturated my camera struggled to focus!

So much colour inspiration around the factory!

So much colour inspiration around the factory!

Here’s me in a colour induced craze trying to snap all the colourful things! Photo credit: Igor Laski courtesy of Caran d’Ache

Here’s me in a colour induced craze trying to snap all the colourful things! Photo credit: Igor Laski courtesy of Caran d’Ache

I loved watching all the mechanised processes such as pencil sharpening on an industrial scale! Check out this little video I put together using small clips taken on my phone! Editing skillz ;)

A very Talented bunch that I got to hang out with! From Left: Mr Slow Boy, Jacqueline Colley, Maria-Ines Gul, Nina Cosford, Bodil Jane, Jackie Diedam Below; Charlotte Ager and Joey Yu. Photo credit: Igor Laski courtesy of Caran d’Ache

A very Talented bunch that I got to hang out with! From Left: Mr Slow Boy, Jacqueline Colley, Maria-Ines Gul, Nina Cosford, Bodil Jane, Jackie Diedam Below; Charlotte Ager and Joey Yu. Photo credit: Igor Laski courtesy of Caran d’Ache

Next up we went to the Caran d’Ache house for some delicious lunch and then an amazing demonstration of the ways in which the products can be used! Ambassador for the brand Adrian Weber showed us some really interesting techniques such as using the water soluble aspects of some of the Supracolor and Neocolor 2 as well as demonstrating how saturated the colours are! Mmmmmmm! Then it was play time as we got to experiment with the range!

Studio Time! Beaut drawings by Mr Slow boy & Jackie Diedam

Studio Time! Beaut drawings by Mr Slow boy & Jackie Diedam

Photo credit: Igor Laski courtesy of Caran d’Ache

Photo credit: Igor Laski courtesy of Caran d’Ache

I was super nervous to draw especially as I was surrounded by all these amazing illustrators! >.< Luckily I got on with it and started doodling some of the bits I’d been messing around with in my sketchbook; matchbooks and travel ephemera are my current obsession! I really enjoyed working with the Luminance colour pencils which are so vivid in colour which I’m ALL about! I actually started experimenting with combining these with the Fibralo brush markers and loved the effect so I’ll definetly be doing more of that in my work!

Having a play with ALL the products! Photo credit: Igor Laski courtesy of Caran d’Ache

Having a play with ALL the products! Photo credit: Igor Laski courtesy of Caran d’Ache

Experimenting with Neo Colour 1, Luminance pencils and Fibralo Brush markers

Experimenting with Neo Colour 1, Luminance pencils and Fibralo Brush markers

Here is the sketchbook spread that I was working on while on the trip! This is all drawn using Supracolor Soft pencils!

Here is the sketchbook spread that I was working on while on the trip! This is all drawn using Supracolor Soft pencils!

I really liked what I came up with in my sketchbook and during the drawing session so I decided to work up some final illustrations using Luminance colour pencils that I bought at the Caran d’Ache shop on the trip! Again lots’s of paper ephemera such as tickets, the little signage bits that you find on Aeroplanes plus some of the awesome vintage typography that I saw at the Caran d’Ache head office!

A visual travel journal!

A visual travel journal!

Wow! such an incredible and inspiring trip, I want to say a massive thank you to the Caran d’Ache team and the Massey Partnership who arranged this and invited me along! THANK YOU!! :D

Twitter UK Header illustration

I was so excited to be invited by Ralph Creative to create 'A very British Summer' illustration for Twitter UK's header in July 2018 we decided to go with a Wimbledon plus Strawberries & Cream theme and I used an isometric grid to create the pattern as I wanted to capture those views over Wimbledon with all the courts and stands!

The final pattern

The final pattern

Work in progress

Work in progress

Twitter's header artwork for July

Twitter's header artwork for July

Oasis x ZSL Windows

Last weekend I took myself down to Argyll St where you can find the Oasis flagship store as I'd heard rumours of Tigers, Zebras and a very large giraffe! The rumours were correct, complete with sound effects as you walk past! I took the opportunity to get a few snaps for my portfolio as I love the way they have used my illustrations across all elements of the store! 

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Best Illustrator award from Mollie Makes!

Crazy excited to announce that the lovely team at Mollie Makes and their incredible judging panel selected me as their 'Best Illustrator' 🙊 I am bowled over and SOOOO grateful!!! I Had a little fizz  to celebrate and may have got a bit emotional throughout the whole experience! 🙈 BIG THANKS to the Mollie Makes Handmade awards! Click here to read all about it and to see the other winners!!

My beautiful screen printed Award!&nbsp;

My beautiful screen printed Award! 

Catherine Dean Editor of Mollie makes and the other winners!

Catherine Dean Editor of Mollie makes and the other winners!