Lorraine bought me a big book of paisley and I have been inspired!
First I drew a doodle. I had to trace over it with gel pen to make it neat enough. Then I scanned it in and put it through inkscape to vectorise:
I used inkscape to fill in the gaps with colour – this was a bit of an accident, I was trying to get it to pick up the outline, but it wouldn’t. However my accident looks pretty good I think! I can imagine this printed on fabric..
Our local MP’s office saw my blog and asked me to design a Christmas card. It got printed and sent out to all the other MPs and local businesses. They didn’t offer to pay… (because he is a socialist?) but that’s OK. It was a pretty cool thing to do. Here’s the picture.. it’s Market Hill in Luton town centre. You can see the court building, and the little white building in the middle is one of our favourite pubs, the Castle, which has metal bands. You can also see the dental studio where I had the horrific experience that inspired this song...
Here’s the card (he sent me one) – see the little House of Commons portcullis logo? 😀
My good friend and businesswoman Lady Palava has started a small venture using art from myself and a couple of other designers on tshirts, bags etc. I have ordered a couple myself and they’re pretty good quality.
Please message/email me to let me know what you think. If you like the designs but you don’t like spreadshirt, let us know your favourites and we might get some printed with a different company.
If you place an order at Randomesque, email me with your address, letting me know, and I’ll post you a goodybag of postcards, badges, stickers and message cards of our designs for free to say thank you 🙂
This was a pencil sketch I did years ago which I found in an old sketchbook and scanned in. I was trying to get the effect of chalk on coloured paper – I colourised the drawing to dark green and used dodge and burn to make shadows and highlights. I really like how it’s turned out.
(This is all done on GIMP, which is open source, ie free – I can’t afford photoshop!)