Monday, March 23, 2009

INSPIRATION MONDAY!!!

REMEMBER THIS SEGMENT?! It used to be a regular for me (until my life just seemed to get too busy) but I have continued to collect things that inspire me, and I hope to start sharing them again here. I can't guarantee that I can keep this up every week, but when I found this website I just HAD to share it:

EBULOBO:
What is it about the French and their flair for kids design?! I have just discovered this wonderful collection of children's toys from Ebulobo. You must visit their website to see the full range, as well as some videos of their products at a Paris Fair.


This is the type of product that makes me wish I had designed it!



....and now that I have started I can't leave you with just one inspiration, so I have dug up some more French stuff!

DELPHINE DURAND
No doubt many of you are already familiar with this fabulous french illustrator, but I just wanted to share all the colour and fun of her new book. She has a gorgeous blog that reveals her extraordinary talent in more detail, and it's well worth a visit.





POISSON BULLE:
I stumbled across a wonderful website called Poisson Bulle. Now my French is pretty rusty, but from what I can work out it's a site selling children's decor products designed by a variety of very clever illustrators! The website has links to each of the illustrators sites, so if you get time to explore it properly there are some real gems to be found!





I hope this inspires you into another creative week! Enjoy.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO ME!

I have just realised that today is my 12 month anniversary of being in what I still call my "NEW" job! I am finally really comfortable in my role and am feeling like I am making a real contribution to their product program. I am thriving on being able to follow the entire product process from concept to store, which is something that I missed when I was purely freelancing.

Having said that, I am also pleased that I have managed to keep up the freelance contacts (despite sometimes taking on too much!). I have met some great people and I just love the variety of working across several industries.

So - the freelance stuff is still keeping me pretty busy and I have managed to complete the x20 odd illustrations for the latest book I am working on. I'll need to start a new one this week, but it's only about x10 illustrations so hopefully can get through it a little quicker than the last batch.

We have a major trade show coming up with my full time job soon, so it's "all go" these days!

In the absence of being able to share what I am currently working on, I have delved back into the archives and rustled up some pics to share (as I still have this belief that people wont read a post without pictures to look at!) Enjoy.








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Monday, March 2, 2009

SURVIVED TO TELL THE TALE


I finally get a night off and I don't know what to do with myself! I am so used to coming home and working that I basically panicked about what to do with my free time. I wanted to totally rest and recuperate a bit, but then felt pressured to "DO" something.

So I came up with this quick "next appointment" card! It does follow me facing one of my biggest fears AGAIN this afternoon, with my final visit to the dentist (to complete a root canal procedure!) EEEeeeek! It got me thinking how cool it would be for dentists to have a more "friendly" image for kids! (And some of us grown ups!)

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