Illustration & greeting cards

Over the last couple of months, I’ve minimised my creative projects and decided to focus on illustration, which is a fairly easy hobby for me to jump in and out of when the little one naps etc.

To put my illustrations to use, I’ve decided to create a set of greeting cards. After a little too much research & inspiration hunting (damn Pinterest!) I’ve finally decided on a style and process I’m happy with. Here is sneak peek at a couple of cards which will be coming to the Little Love Boat Etsy shop soon.

Hello Baby - New baby greeting card by Little Love Boat
Hello Baby – New baby greeting card by Little Love Boat
Happy Birthday Piñata by Little Love Boat
Happy Birthday Piñata by Little Love Boat

Happy home inspired designs on their way

Today I finally put a laser cutting order in for a new range of designs which have been inspired by a happy home. Included are a happy house, a triangle tree, the flower designs I posted a month or so back and a couple of other fun surprises. You can see a bit of a sneak peek of a couple of the designs in the picture below.

My new range will be on different woods to my current range, and I’m using a different laser cutting supplier. Fingers crossed that my designs come back as awesome as I hope they will.

Happy home designs sneak peek
Happy home designs sneak peek

Illustration Friday – Bounce

Illustration Friday - Bounce
Illustration Friday – Bounce

This weeks Illustration Friday theme is “bounce”.

Kitties are default in the begining of many of my drawings… today is no exception. This drawing was created using pen and paper, I then transfered it into a digital inking using my Wacom pen in Illustrator. I thought I’d have a play with Illustrator’s Live Paint feature too… something I’ve never really got around to before. Boy oh boy am I glad I started using it… so much much easier than the old school process I had been using for years!

Print & Pattern Inspiration

I ordered myself a little birthday present last week, both editions of Print & Pattern – books compiled by the creator of the blog of the same name (printpattern.blogspot.com.au), and today they arrived – hooray!

These books contain pages and pages of loveliness and inspiration. I’m looking forward to getting a few hours to sit down with them and really soak in the colours, images and inspiration.

Print & Pattern - Editions 1 & 2
Print & Pattern – Editions 1 & 2
Print & Pattern
Print & Pattern
Print & Pattern
Print & Pattern

Feeling like a designer again

Folk girl
Folk girl

Recently a souvenir company in Slovakia found my work on Etsy and Flickr, they approached me to do some laser cut magnet designs for them. Timing of this event really couldn’t have been more perfect for me.

It seemed like a wonderful compliment that this company actually hunted me down in the first place. As a bonus they actually seem to like my work and don’t ask for a million changes on the designs I provide. Sadly they didn’t pay me enough so that I can now quit my day job, but they have done something wonderful… they have reminded me that I am a good designer with the ability to pretty much nail briefs for clients. They have given me the confidence to call myself a designer again – something which I’ve been desperately needing of late.

This folk girl is (part of) the third of five designs which I am creating for them.