I am an artist and amateur photographer from Scotland. I work in a variety of media and don't have a set style of work, as you will see, because I find inspiration everywhere. I am currently producing and selling a number of products using my back-catalogue of work and introducing new pieces on a regular basis. My products include: posters, t-shirts, greetings cards, If you are interested in any of the products, please click on the corresponding photograph and you will be taken straight to the product page or visit the store to view all current products.

A recent Pony design I can't use (yet)

Recently I have been spending so much time on marketing that I haven't really created very much at all. I did create a cute pink pony for the Animatastic range but when completed I realised it bore a striking resemblance to the 'My Little Pony' products. After all the work creating it I really didn't want to simply abandon it so I contacted Hasbro, the makers of 'My Little Pony' and am currently waiting and hoping to hear back from them on whether or not they would consider the design to be copyright infringement.

While it does look a lot like the MLP that I had as a child, it was genuinely a coincidence that it turned out that way. When I had that thought I immediately googled MLP to compare and can see a few little differences. Firstly, my design has a shaded muzzle - woohoo, big deal huh? lol. Then there is the shape of the legs; the MLP legs don't taper as a real animal's would, instead they get broader all the way down. Finally, the MLPs don't have hooves wheres my design does. Having said that, I am holding off on using the design for now. Hopefully Hasbro will respond soon.

Another 'Graphic Design' Project

Sometimes I like creating 'quickie' designs. Some people consider it to be selling out to design Wedding Stationery etc, but the fact is that it sells and it can be fun to create too. I don't kid myself that it shows any talent or even originality, but it is quick and fun to create when I don't have time to do 'real' art. This is from my latest range of Wedding products, with a faux embossed look and gift tag effect. Very quick and simple to do in Photoshop, the really time consuming part was resizing everything to fit the various product types and then making the products in zazzle.

Art Nouveau Triptych Postcard

This postcard design is based upon a a sketch for a mirror frame (to be made in beaten metal) by Frances MacDonald of the 'Glasgow Four'. The original sketch features one woman with an all seeing eye and organic forms that would extend around the mirror glass. I found the all seeing eye rather distasteful and creepy and substituted what I'm choosing to call sun discs. I created the background using several transparent layers, some scratchout brushes and lighting effect. I then put the finished result on zazzle as a poster print, but decided that it would also work really well as a tryptych of sorts and so I flipped the original image, recoloured sectons of it and put the panels on a black background. I'm pretty pleased with the results, which is rather unusual for me, I normally seem to think that I could have done better.

Update on featured designs

I have been meaning to do another post on the Art Nouveau work I have been doing, but have gotten so busy with other things that I haven't had a chance. Just thought I would quickly add this update in the meantime:

my Male Cardinal painting from a few posts ago has received the honour of being featured on the Awsome Zazzler's Gallery. It was a huge surprise to me as I went to the page to say 'thank you' for them featuring Parker the Pig from my Animatastic store, and there was my Cardinal too! And on the same day I discover that zazzle has selected my cheeky 'Menopause Chick' T-shirt for the Funny T-Shirts landing page - that makes two of my designs in the funnies!

I feel very honoured indeed to be featured on these pages amongst some incredibly talented artists and designers.
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