I was commissioned to design a map for Beth and Ed to help their guests get from the church to the reception venue. I enjoyed the challenge of creating something that tied in with their existing stationery design and flower choices, but was also practical and easy to follow.
I've been quiet on here for a while - mostly because my creative energy has gone into planning my own wedding back in October. I designed all of the stationery from invitations to service sheet to place settings - see below.
Inspiration came from our overgrown back garden, pictures of ivy covered buildings, and various collage artists that I've always liked - Rauschenberg, Joseph Cornell, etc.
I was also inspired by a series of collages by Lee McKenna (left) as I thought they combined foliage with ephemera well. I scanned in some ivy leaves (see below) to collage but then thought it would be a shame not to draw them myself so did some paintings of ivy in colour and black and white, that I then used throughout the wedding stationery.
I made several pages of mini collages that I was then able to select from and combine with the ivy for other sections of stationery.
These required a lot of touching up and minor colour edits until I was happy with them. There was also a long process of experimenting before I was happy with how to combine the collage and ivy sections with text.
In the end I used a font called 'Angel Tears' (yep...) as the basis for the calligraphy text, but traced it myself so I could make some of the letters look better. The plain serif font used was 'Fontin'. I drew a map for the inside of the invitation, and also one of the inside of the reception venue for the service sheet. I also designed envelope liners but we never used them (stationery madness). I've blurred personal details but hope you get an idea from the images below - click to see full images and captions.
Here are some pictures of the final designs in situ (photos by Guy Collier Photography):
It's left a bit of a vacuum in my creative life now it's over but I'm looking forward to starting some new projects and getting back to commissions.
Doug and Olivia asked me to put together a design for their wedding that could be used on service sheets and the table plan - they weren't too rigid with their guidelines but did want it to include their pet tortoise, Frank, if possible...! I drew a series of draft designs for them to choose from (see below) and then developed their chosen design into a final emblem in watercolour.
I was commissioned by Alice and Peter to draw some handwritten text in mint and coral for their wedding invitation - the final result is below:
There were a couple of alternatives that I gave them to choose from (I originally drew them in a more blue shade, this was adjusted digitally later to fit the couple's colour scheme more closely). Click to view larger:
The House of Illustration Christmas Illustrators' Fair is on until 7th December and I'm selling packs of postcards, 2 card designs for Christmas, gift tags and some original drawings:
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