Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Laura's board - spray paints & poscas

I did the artwork on the lovely Billabong sponsored Laura Crane's new board this week, who's just back after 2 months of travelling in Indo.
I love working on boards - they are such a good surface for drawing on, its always really fun...and nerve-wracking because you can't get rid of any mistakes or start over - one chance only!
I'm super keen on pastel and geometric inky designs at the moment so I thought I'd combine the two and see what I came up with...
For anyone who wants to do some board art, here's a couple of tips:

- Brand new boards get the best results, but if you're drawing on an old board make sure the deck is as clean as you can possibly get it. Clean & buff as much as you can so its as smooth as possible.

- When you're using spray paints, mask and cover the board EVERYWHERE then check & double check everything is sealed & covered properly. Spray paint has a really good habit of getting in the tiniest cracks & there's nothing worse than peeling off your tape & paper and finding a big paint stripe somewhere you didn't want it.

- Sketch out rough design of what you're thinking before you start. It helps you work out where things might go and saves on big mistakes. If I've got a difficult shape, I sketch it out really lightly with a pencil first so I can follow the lines.


Thursday, 21 March 2013

Oysters & waves

Collection of Oystercatchers - March 2013

Ocean rollers - March 2013

Friday, 8 March 2013

Custom Cards

The last few weeks I've been working on my new collection of greetings cards for Blue Island Press. I'm waiting for the proofs to fly over from Sydney, I love getting a little parcel with some nice foreign stamps and a bundle of cards all with my designs on.
On the subject of cards, I've had a few local commissions as well this week - here's a little triplet of cards that were ordered for a new baby - one for each relative!

I love taking custom orders so if you want a personal card for a special occasion, drop me a message on my illustration facebook page or email me at mellyhamilton@hotmail.com