Last Sunday I took my Berlin range of postcards to Mauer Park and sold them out of a vintage suitcase. It was lots of fun and I met some friendly people from all over the world. Sometimes I find as an illustrator I can get a bit isolated and it’s so good to get out there and engage with people in whatever way. The bear design is new so will be getting that printed into postcards soon.
Here are some drawings from my recent travels. I’ve always been shy about drawing people so wanted to practice. I found a wonderful stationary shop in Thailand and topped up on pens. Do find it interesting how much my style changes depending on which thickness and type of pen I use. In fact it changes drastically depending on the medium, so you almost can’t tell it’s the same person behind the creations!
Last week the brilliant photographer Maik Reichert took some photos of me at work in my studio. We later went on to take product shots of my greetings cards for the Just like Sophie website. It was such a fun day and I loved setting up the studio for the product shots, here are some of my favourites:
I’ve just finished this paper cut artwork called Optimism Vs. Pessimism. It’s a development of an idea from a couple of years ago when Brian and I made a stop motion animation on the same theme. The animation paper figures were very small then, so I have re-designed them a bit and made it much larger (it’s now A2 size) and it works much better. If you’d like to see the little animated clip (all 50 seconds of it!) you can view it here: https://youtu.be/MjOPGEPsakw I was approached by the Goldie Hawn Foundation (Mind Up) last year and asked whether they could use the animation as part of their teaching programme in schools, of course I agreed. I am delighted to share my work with such a great organisation. You can read about their work here: https://mindup.org/
Lately i’ve been inspired to create some new work. These paper cuts are quite abstract, leaving more up to the imagination. They are also a much larger scale than I usually work, around A2 size. I’m enjoying exploring this and seeing where it goes. The plan is to organise an exhibition later this year…exciting!
Towards the end of last year I helped create the paper cut stop motion animation for a promotional film for Living Legends, an international project connecting oral tradition and storytelling with new technologies and animation. The short film is now finished and can be viewed below.
Here we are making the paper creatures.
To find out more: http://www.livinglegendsproject.org/
Last week I took my Just like Sophie cards to Top Drawer in London. I painted the space and put up some shelves and this became my little home for a few days. It was fun having people pop by from all different places and I made some interesting new contacts so we’ll see where that leads. Just packing up some card orders now from the show 🙂
Hello! It’s been ages. I’ve been super busy preparing for my show at Top Drawer London next weekend. I’ll be launching my new name Just like Sophie and showing my latest card designs. The new leaflet has just arrived fresh from the printers, it’s printed on thick recycled card and looks pretty smart. If you are visiting the show, do come and see me on stand ZA47 in the greetings and stationary area. Ooh it’s all very exciting!
I’ve been thinking for a while that I need to give my card business a new name for a couple of reasons, firstly to reflect the style of the cards better and also to separate it from the other creative work I do. So, i’ve drawn a logo and the new name will be (drum roll)….Just Like Sophie. Simple hey?!