Today I’m doing page 2-4 in a new sketchbook. I’ll try and do at least one a day. It’s easy to get bogged down with admin and emailing and computer work when working as a freelancer. Must get paint on hands at least once a day. Need to buy more paints. I use butter lids for pallets by the way. Disposable and recycled - my favourite.
I’m back on instagram and I’ve also started a new one, called heypaperheron. Follow it? I have NO followers which I’m finding funny. Perhaps it’s because I haven’t told anyone about it. Why can’t we take the followers bit off? Who cares? I’ve made a new brand of cards you see.
Lucy Ridges will be doing a product shoot with them next week! Can’t wait to see what she does. She’s a genius.
I’ve made more cards today. A whole new different range and style. That’s all I can say for now. I don’t think I’ve got up from this desk for about 5 hours. Water. Need water.
Bye instagram. I’m having a little time off.
The new work I create from now will be put here on my website and saved up for exhibitions and or revealing a completed new project.
September will be filled with new ideas and work coming from a quiet and private place, to be revealed together when it’s ready - a no pressure September!
I’m currently working with a couple of makers and we’re going to put together something swell!
Hey folks. I’ve shut shop(s) as I’m off on a little adventure with some pals. We’re walking from Bude in Cornwall to Port Isaac over 4 days. Being at one with nature tackling a rugged coastal shoreline with hopefully a nice pub at the end of each day. I will be back in action a week on Wednesday! M
New little range coming along. It will only be little. Like 10, or 16 or something. The characters will be, little.
Going to discontinue a few of the designs I made in 2014. It’s a fair time ago that and want to replace them with better versions. Similar but different.
I’m going to start today by collaging a telephone.
Need to varnish some badger bowls.
Spending 6 days at the feet of the country, a place with it’s own eco system, best colours and tropical climate, does make one wonder sometimes about the places one chooses to live.
Only joking Manchester! (Half joking.)
The place is in it’s own time, and is a place where ideas flow easy.
JM and I came up with a few new card and print ideas, which will marinate with me for a week or so then I’ll make them probably early July.
Starting to phase out a few of my older, less popular designs now and replace with designs made this year. Trying to keep the number under 100. Otherwise things can get disorderly. Riotous paper. Avalanching envelopes.
“Where there’s a mine or a hole in the ground
That’s what I’m heading for that’s where I’m bound
So look for me under the lode and inside the vain,
Where the copper the clay the arsnic and tin
Run in your blood and under your skin
I’ll leave the county behind I’m not coming back
Oh follow me down cousin Jack.”
The best place I find for ideas is during a run, or equivalent strenuous exercise. They sort of shoot in out of nowhere and you spend the rest of the painful session trying to remember all the new tiny pieces and colours. As long as you come safely out the other end with one idea, it’s a success. The other methods clearly and obviously involve a strong coffee and a place you’re forced to be for a short time. Trains / busses, anything with fast paced scenery along with a confused and racing heart often works and I think it makes me look like this. Good though.
Great talk today by the AOI! Excellent ideas and tips. If you’re a freelance artist it’s good to join for the free advice and events.
Don’t work for free guys!
Been up since 6am making playlists in Spotify and slowly cleaning the kitchen. Fixed a leak under the sink. I did some accounting (using WAVE, it’s good) sent out some invoices. Drank a bit too much caffeine early on so now I just feel weird. Boxed up a shop order. Now I’m pondering new card design ideas.
When did festivals get so expensive?
Here’s a photo of the bit above my desk, relatively tidy. It’s usually not. Never trust a tidy desk.
After a lovely trip overseas, I’m back wearing a few more layers and getting on with things. We spotted my cards in a lot of places in Australia which was brilliant. I’ve had an idea for a book, and have got 6 new card designs sketched out.
Some people have been asking me recently about fonts. It depends on what look / style you’re going for, but my advice there in general is to not use them. Make your own. It looks better. Using a font is easy. Go the extra mile and scribble it down. Or copy or trace an existing font. I like the “off” look. Not quite right. I do occasionally use them (Helvetica, Garamond, Times, Frutiger, something classic) but change them so they’re not perfect. Or Letraset. LOVE Letraset.
There are a couple of hand written fonts I made on Fontspace which you can use and download for free.
Examples of things I’ve just said…
I really miss the art of sign writing for shops and pubs, you don’t see it much anymore.