Brand new designs!
Just a quick one to say we’ve added some new occasions designs to our Little Celebrations collection! I really love these and have enjoyed taking a bit of time away from the animals. I’m now in the middle of painting flowers which is even more unusual!!
LC is a range of square cards with recycled kraft envelopes; the sentiments include new baby, wedding, thank you, Christening, baby shower, sympathy, new home, bon voyage and leaving! Hoping to add many more in the near future too 😀
If you’re a trade customer, visit our shop to view/order the full range!
PG Live 2019
We’ve just got home from another brilliant and exhausting PG Live in London! It was a particularly special one as two of my best friends in the industry, Louise Tiler and Pennie at Tache were sponsoring the famous lunch and it was completely beautiful! You can’t hope for a more social and happy show to be apart of. We caught up with lots of old and new customers and feel a little bit ready for the weekend.
Our AFRICA range launched at the show, and it’s been a passion project for me since returning from the most extraordinary trip to Tanzania at the end of last year. It’s a blanks range with a slightly different feel to our better known quirky animal illustrations. For a start, all the cards have backgrounds which I actually find really challenging when designing, as I normally rely a lot on negative space in my final compositions. The colour pallet for this range is earthy with lots of ochres, siennas and greens and the illustrations themselves are more fine arty than our Furry Friends designs, with less characterisation.
I built up each composition by painting all the elements separately and in some cases there were literally hundreds of photoshop layers per design. Some of my ideas didn’t really work, possibly because the animals were a bit niche as well as the form of the animal being really hard to capture, with the result being that the animals were completely unrecognisable… warthog I’m talking about you! And other designs I butchered just at the optimum moment when making the rash decision to paint the background directly around the animal. It was inevitable I’d mess it up of course! The elephants at sunset are an example of this flippancy haha!
I’ve loved painting in this way and have loads more ideas for new additions to the collection. I want to have a real variety of compositions, animal close ups contrasted with more landscapey designs. The zoomed out designs are definitely my biggest challenge because of the spacial awareness that’s a real weakness of mine at the moment.
New Furry Friends
We also launched a bunch of new Furry Friends birthday designs at the show. Our bestseller was this elderly lad below! If you’re a trade customer, you can view and purchase the entire range in our shop 🙂
Mike’s new record is out in the world today and it’s a beauty. It’s a particularly special one because 100% of the profits generated from streams and sales will go to SHELTER, an incredible homeless charity in the UK. Homelessness in Brighton feels like an epidemic and I’m sure it’s the same across the rest of the country and SHELTER are at the forefront of the fight to end the housing crisis through campaigning, ground-breaking research and support for those struggling with bad housing and homelessness. You can learn more about the work SHELTER are doing by visiting their websitehttps://england.shelter.org.uk/
I can’t wait to see what money is raised through the sales of this record, after his first charity record Whispers raised more than half a million pounds for UNICEF (and counting). I’m so proud of Mike to have put so much time and effort into it, and for his generosity.
For the artwork… we weren’t completely sure we wouldn’t fall out over it haha, so started by me just doing a few thumbnails for concepts and ideas and if there was something there, we’d press on with the whole project! The final concept is super simple and suits the feel of the album perfectly, particularly Restless Wind which always makes me think of leaves blowing in the wind. Rosie also has her own illustration much to Char’s annoyance 🙂
I always enjoy seeing the sketchbook and thumbnails of a creative project so I’ve including a few below. I was originally thinking of something more landscapey; more of a scene to spread across the front and back cover, or even a sea/night sky/moony vibe, inspired by Track 9 Moon on the Water.
I really do love the Autumnal leafy cat concept we agreed on in the end though.
Below are some of the final artworks and you can purchase the vinyl and CD versions from this linkhttps://store.passengermusic.com/