Thursday, 23 October 2014

A little update with a spaniel

I've had a pretty busy summer and blog got a bit neglected (as well as my social life) so let's rectify it asap!

The latest news is that we have also moved in to our new office space in Edinburgh's former veterinary college turned artists studios and space aka The Summerhall. It is so nice not to have to create a mess at home any more but to come to a specially allocated space for that work frame of mind. Unfortunately it also means that we are seldom at home and when we are finally back after 10 or more hours in the office (freelancing, ha!) all we can do is to cook a simple supper, have a bath and plunge straight into bed to be able to start all over again the next day!

There are several private commissions that I need to update you with and I look forward to hear from you before the Christmas time if you would like to treat your friends or family with an original gift!

Here is a golden background black spaniel painting that I created for one delighted dog owner:

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Patisserie du Vin bottle label illustration

As much as a like to work on paintings of cats and dogs for private clients, I like nothing more than working to a tight brief over a short period of time.

One of my favourite photographers Chris Floyd said once that he never has as much jobs to be booked for as when he is just about to leave on holidays and it was the case here: we had to finish everything from start to finish within a very short time as I was flying away for a well deserved break soon after!

The brief was to draw a properly French patisserie. I've had plenty of references from my time spent in Paris so as the work progressed, I've added a French poodle and a bicycle.

Super talented designer Eva Oliver at Stranger & Stranger New York designed the label and you can get yourself now this superb wine, which looks like this:

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

A cat called Lola

I am allergic to cats but Lola has won my heart despite my constant sneezing in her presence and my  painfully red, swollen eyes! I have photographed her for Stuart Pilkington's The Swap Project  (while my friend Wojtek, Lola's owner took a picture of me with one of my illustrations!) and decided to paint her as a Christmas gift for Wojtek.

Here is how she came out on a slightly golden background: