Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Money Talks

A new paper cut design made entirely from metallic gold and silver card. I also used an embossing tool to create the details on the Queens head and the coin. Metallic card is quite tricky to cut with a scalpel and, as I discovered is difficult to photograph!

Saturday, 24 August 2013


A 3D paper cut design made from a single sheet of yellow paper. All the elements are cut from reverse, then pushed out and folded out so they are raised from the paper. The design portrays life with its numerous ups and downs represented by the arrows.

Thursday, 22 August 2013


A new design created in Illustrator CS based on the theme of 'ample' with a large substantial ampersand that also plays on the word. The font is Geometric Slab Serif and I chose a simple colour palette as the 3D effect is softened but still effective.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Love Lino

This is a graphic created in Illustrator and Photoshop to simulate a lino cut print. I love the hand made feel of lino printing - the rough and ready look just adds to the appeal. Later this year I'm hoping to create some real Lino cut prints and will post the results on this blog. Fingers crossed!

Saturday, 17 August 2013


A few before and after images of some photo retouching projects I have recently completed. I have mainly used masking, colour changing and cloning to produce the final images with Photoshop CS.

Friday, 16 August 2013

All Eyes

This graphic started out as a pen doodle in my sketchbook. I scanned and vectorised the sketch and then applied the colours in Illustrator CS. Even though it has been digitised the final design still has a hand drawn look.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013


These designs are based on a rough hand drawn oval that is slightly egg shaped. I made extensive use of the blending modes to produce new colours where the shapes overlap and intersect.
Created using Illustrator CS.

Monday, 12 August 2013


A 3D layered paper cut design, hand cut from white card and assembled with foam spacers to create depth. The idea was to choose a word, then visually emphasise its meaning using the paper as a medium.

Thursday, 8 August 2013


A 3D layered paper cut design, hand cut from coloured card and assembled with foam board to create depth. The idea was to choose a word, then visually emphasise its meaning using the paper as a medium.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013


A graphic created digitally in Illustrator using the pen tools, transparency and warp effects.
The typefaces are Monoline Script and Univers Black. The capital 'W' in the Monoline Script font has a nice curve to it which fits well with the water theme.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Lemon Aid

A hand made paper cut design based on the word play between lemonade and lemon aid.
All elements cut from coloured and patterned paper, with texture added to the lemon with an embossing tool.

Thursday, 1 August 2013


I created this design basically as an experiment using vector textures in Illustrator to give that worn look. The textures were created from scans of gravel then masked and coloured up. I used a retro colour theme and one of my favourite 'old style' fonts - Cooper Black.

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