Hello & Happy August!
I hope you enjoyed the sunshine throughout July.
A new month means a new FREE desktop wallpaper and to try and keep the sun shining. This month features warm sunflowers, agapanthus and dahlias all buzzing with bees.
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With all the soaring temperatures here in the UK, July was a bit of a struggle for me as I'm not great at all when it's too hot, so work routines needed to be adjusted to cope. However, the main struggle came from the theme of the stuff I was working on whilst the was sun blazing away. What I'm not showing you here is I have been doing lots of creative development on Christmas themed work (all to be revealed in the coming weeks).
Yep, there it is, the 'C' word in August again. Christmas, Christmas, Christmas!
Actually, it crops up all year round in this line of work as most illustrators and designers will tell you. July saw lots of festive work on my desk whilst I gently melted away in the heat. Which is why I have felt the need to also draw stuff like sunflowers, agapanthus and dahlias to remind me that summer is here and to be savoured...
As part of the new designs I've been developing to release in autumn, I've been getting on with designing my 2019 Calendar. I am hoping to do two calendars again this year, but if I can get the first one done I will be more than happy as it's become quite a labour of love, with lots going on in each image.
A couple of months ago I was dabbling with the '100 day project' over on Instagram, around the theme of wildlife around the world. These drawings along with others are now forming the basis on my 2019 calendar which will be called 'Wild World'.
Here is a little peep at what I plan to use for one of the months, possibly September...
Talking of September, that's when I hope to have these calendars done and printed so that they can be photographed professionally along with the new Christmas cards and wrap I now have finished and printed (a big satisfying tick off my to do list).
I hope to be able to share more calendar development next month and a behind the scenes on how the photoshoot goes for the October blog post....
Before I sign off, I will leave you with another new design I developed in July (another reaction to working on Christmas whilst trying to relish summertime).
This 'But First Tea' design can be found as print over at my Etsy shop in a choice of coloured backgrounds : pink, as shown above, yellow or dark inky blue.
With the school holidays here and a trip to Cornwall on the cards, I am looking forward to plenty of cream teas by the sea in the coming weeks.
Have a lovely month