ANOTHER Edinburgh Alphabet?

I is for ink - in Creech's bookshop

I is for ink - in Creech's bookshop

Those Edinburgers cannot get enough of their Alphabets! I've produced a new ABC for Edinburgh Museums and their new exhibition - on from now until October 2017. I'm planning to head over there later in the month and see it AND pick up some sweet illustrated goodies (for my mum, obviously)! We're waiting on the proofs, but this letter I (and the other 25 letters) are soon to be printed on a range of products - teatowels (of course), cards and prints. Can't wait to see them! Read all about it here.

Speedy Goose-alez

One of the final designs...see the other here.

One of the final designs...see the other here.

In the past few weeks we've been tinkering away on logo designs for Wild Goose Chase, a young London-based theatre company who create modern texts with classical influences and 'take a stab at life’s beauty and absurdity, through telling gutsy, immersive, visually thrilling stories, brimming with gallows humour and moral ambiguities'. We've had fun experimenting with a number of ideas (and drawing a number of geese in a number of guises) but in the end the company settled for two design that we felt most represented the company's steampunk approach to the reinvention of well-loved tales, as well as their dedication to theatrical innovation. Visit their website to find out more and have a look at the other logo design in our Illustration section.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

IT'S FINALLY HERE! The website shop is open and there's an incentive to get buying - 25% until the end of March 2017 with the code SPRING25! Have an ogle at the lovely images by Jassy Earl. We're so excited to be expanding the site and here's hoping there will be even more goodies in there in the coming months. We've got hunners of ideas in the pipeline!

One for the legal eagles

The map highlights six of Glasgow's legal landmarks all within a mile radius in the town centre. 

The map highlights six of Glasgow's legal landmarks all within a mile radius in the town centre. 

Illustration, etc. has been beavering away on the Lawyers Heritage Trail map which will form part of an exhibition and tour of Glasgow's built heritage from a lawyer's point of view. We are pleased to say that both the map and the illustrated heads of fourteen legal greats (based on the statues that adorn the library of the Royal Faculty of Procurators, Nelson Mandela Place) are now complete and are already going down a treat! Postcards of the map and heads have been distributed in a bid to drum up some excitement about the main event which is scheduled to take place in September as part of Glasgow Doors Open Day 2017. Want to know more, head to the Illustration section to see more images.

Hey big spender!

Always good to make use of the Glasgow Alphabet lettering... 

Always good to make use of the Glasgow Alphabet lettering... 

Now we're well and truly free from the bluey blueness of January and February is almost out the door, it's about time for some Spring cleaning. We've been giving the Illustration, etc. Etsy shop a good old dusting, polishing those products and generally sprucing up the place! Perhaps you visit the shop all the time but haven't seen the changes yet. Perhaps you haven't been in a good while and fancy reminding yourself of the pleasing array of gifts and collectables we have on offer. Perhaps you didn't even realise we had a shop! What we're saying is: have a wee keek! HERE 

We're also working on a version of the shop exclusive to this website so WATCH THIS SPACE!

Typographical news

GSA typography workshop for activities week - see more here.

GSA typography workshop for activities week - see more here.

I love learning and I'm of the opinion that we should never stop, it's what keeps us vital. So when I saw that my alma mater, the Glasgow School of Art was having an activities week, I jumped at the chance to attend a workshop or two and see what the kids are into these days. I had great fun at a typography workshop with students and graduates alike designing a banner for an imaginary school with no structure, the "Scratch School". The above shows the fruits of our labour. My group came up with the pure gold idea of 'Tradinnovative', a mash up of traditional and innovation. Yep. You might laugh now, but soon you'll be tradinnovating left, right and centre! 

And speaking of typography, I have the very great pleasure to announce that I have created my own font! That's right, thanks to modern technology I can now save much needed time with an informal font of my own handwriting. And since I regularly use quite a bit of text in my work, I'm hoping this will free up more time for drawing and taking on new, exciting projects. Check it out on social media here and give us some feedback.

 

 

Lords and ladies of the law

Meet Henry Thomas, Francis Jeffrey and James Wellwood, and their beautifully coiffed curls.

Meet Henry Thomas, Francis Jeffrey and James Wellwood, and their beautifully coiffed curls.

Did you know Glasgow has a rich legal heritage? Up until recently, neither did we! But all that's about to change. Illustration, etc. has been commissioned to create a Heritage Trail Map of Glasgow highlighting all the lawlords and lawladies immortalised as stone busts around the city that have shaped Scotland's legal history. Rosemary has been beavering away on this illustrated A3 document to capture all 28 (14 lords and 14 ladies) of these bewigged famous faces. As you can imagine, it has been quite a task to do each individual lawyer justice (geddit?), but it's also been fascinating finding out about the people that helped put Glasgow on the map as a law-making force for the world! 

Will you be my Valentine?

Goodbye January blues and good riddance, it's time for February and the month of luuurve! Here at Illustration, etc. we don't really go in for the Hallmark 'Roses are red and Valentine's Day is just for young love birds' approach. Love is for everyone! Hooray! And even though we're willing to admit that Valentine's Day is one of the sillier holidays, it's always good to have an excuse to tell someone how much they mean to you - whether that be a partner, a sibling, a pal or yer mammy! Illustration, etc. have a selection of Valentine's cards (including two brand new laser cut cards! Oo, futuristic!) that are silly, whimsical and refreshingly cheese-lite (or dairy-free for the more lactose-intolerant lover) for your lucky loved one of choice. Check them out and make someone's day here

TEAM ILLUSTRATION, ETC.

Amy and Rosemary in the studio, ready for work!

Amy and Rosemary in the studio, ready for work!

Big news this week at Illustration, etc.! Rosemary is no longer doing everything in the studio all by herself - the (self described) illustrious Amy Conway is here to lend a hand! There's so much to do and now there's two folk to do it. Here they are on day one, ready to take on the arduous admin as TEAM STUDIO! Hopefully Amy will help Illustration, etc. grow and take on new challenges in 2017 - and perhaps beyond!

Festival of Museums!

Some wildlife details from the new Rozelle Map

Some wildlife details from the new Rozelle Map

The Rozelle Map is finally up and running! It's finished and launches just in time for Scotland's Festival of Museums in early May 2016. If you go and visit, pick up one of the fun illustrated maps I worked on and have a run about. Most museums have some special events on and it all looks great - I'll certainly be running about trying to catch as much as possible. Have a look and have a go! Why not go to Rozelle?

HEARING VOICES

At the moment I have been pretty intensely working as an illustrator on a project for artist, Hannah Hull. It has involved a lot of late nights and pretty serious subject matter, but despite all that, it's been a great ride. Hannah has been working with young people who hear voices in London. They needed someone to take their explorations into their experiences and turn them into images. I have been so glad to be the person that brings their ideas to life - hopefully they'll like the finished articles!

Mosaic bust - front and side views

Mosaic bust - front and side views

Celebrating women!

As part of Illustrious Glasgow with Doors Open Day, I have been illustrating a new local building each month along with mini facts about it. This month it was International Women's Day - a good sort of day that is one of my favourite days to celebrate. GO TEAM WOMAN! Anyway, here's the fact we selected - between DOD, the Glasgow Women's library and myself. Can't believe it exists here in Glasgow. It makes me proud to be a citizen of this lovely city. GO TEAM GLASGOW!

The Glasgow Women's library in Bridgeton.

The Glasgow Women's library in Bridgeton.

I'm back!

I didn't actually go anywhere, but with all the updating on other bits of the site and actual REAL work, this sort of got missed for... several months! I can't keep up with EVERYTHING. Instagram, twitter and facebook are pretty much daily, so if you need a fix, that's where to head!

The latest here is that things are busy (hooray!) with making a map for Rozelle in Ayrshire, working as a live illustrator on Madlove for most of 2016 and keeping up with my 'Illustrious Glasgow' monthly fact drawings for Glasgow Doors Open Day. There's other wee things going on in the background, but more on those as we go! It's all going on here at HQ.

Want to work with me? Want me to work on something for you? Just want to say "hiya!"? Then get in touch!

Items for the Rozelle map. March 2016

Items for the Rozelle map. March 2016

Barras Banchetto

The Barras Banchetto took place last weekend and was a celebration and discussion of the Glasgow Barras over a 'designed' meal. Along with the Pantry Cafe on London road, we came up with two delicious sandwiches and a way of wrapping it; printed paper that turns into an information vortex (haha), sandwich spikes and stickers. See more in this facebook album - more on this site soon!

NEW SITE - BETA

It's all new here, so be patient! There's a heap more content to arrive, but I was so excited with the new look that I wanted you to see it as soon as possible!

FAMOUS FACES - JAMES WATT

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The first of three huge alumni to be part of the new University of Glasgow shop range! This is the first of the imaginatively titled 'Famous Faces', James Watt. Turns out there was a heck of a lot to squeeze in - coming soon to a mug, tote, print and much more! Stay tuned for the other two big names!

Want to see near daily progress through March 2015? Head to my facebook, twitter or instagram - the icons are at the bottom of the web page. Enjoy!