Tools of the Trade

I often get asked how i produce my designs.  It is really no secret that I actually tend towards the traditional.  True I'd be lost without my dear friends at Adobe and Ned Graphics. However my first love is a pen I have used since university back in Hartlepool England.  There our tutors hammered home the importance of drawing.  It is a lesson that has kept me in work and has made my work feel very personal.

Rotring Art Pen

Rotring Art Pen

Other favourite tools of mine are liquid acrylic and inks.  I love how they bleed on a wet surface.  It is full of grace and make the simplest swoosh of a brush very dimensional.

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Thanks Giving for Pattern!

Pie crust check, Turkey, cranberries check check. Oh and a quick duck in my favourite vintage shop. I am thankful for all of those who have gone before and championed pattern, leaving their marks to happen upon on such a rainy day in seattle.

mark making done well

mark making done well

Just a little more and the marks become a beautiful spring bloom.

Just a little more and the marks become a beautiful spring bloom.

I've been seeing some animals within skin prints. I guess it isn't that new as this is a 70's shirt.

I've been seeing some animals within skin prints. I guess it isn't that new as this is a 70's shirt.

this is rather strange but i do like something about it

this is rather strange but i do like something about it

This looks like a super quick print but the designer had to have a fantastic drawing hand to be so loose and confident. 

This looks like a super quick print but the designer had to have a fantastic drawing hand to be so loose and confident.