I have been busy with more prints in the Dog Tag series based on the most requested breeds from people I meet at shows and online. So here are the next 4 in the series which brings the total to 17 breeds!
Border Collie: Hand printed in a soft blue-grey ink
Beagle: hand-printed in an earthy khaki-brown ink
West Highland White Terrier (Westie): hand printed in a light sky blue ink
Schnauzer: hand-printed in a sophisticated dark grey ink
The next three breeds in the Dog Tag series, to make it to 20, will be ready in the next couple of months and then I’m taking a break form the series for a few months to work on some other printmaking ideas that I have been thinking about. So many ideas and so little time!!
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Inspired by a recent challenge in Uppercase magazine I decided to hand letter a Creative Manifesto.
I added a couple of vintage illustrations and set it against a nice sheet of ageing ledger paper.
I do love the sentiment… as behind the polished and perfect world of self promotion via social media, which can make success look so effortless, is a lot of unseen creative angst!
I might get a plate made and hand print a few on my press… I think it would be a good reminder to have on the studio wall!
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Ta Da! Announcing a new addition to my series of Breed Story Dog Tag Prints. This latest one is for all you Labrador Lovers out there… and I know there’s a lot of you, as the Labrador is the number one breed in both the UK and the USA… and now I know why!
I had great fun researching the Labrador Print breed history for this latest print. They really are the most wonderfully versatile dogs and they definitely deserve their status as Top Dog (my Portuguese Water Dog can fortunately never read of my disloyalty!)
Determination is one of the Labrador character traits on the print and funnily enough, the last couple of weeks on our daily walks, Figo and I have met some particularly determined Labs whose show of determination mainly related to stealing Figo’s ball and refusing to give it back! One lady tried to prise it from some very firmly clamped jaws (to no avail) and the others simply evaded capture, much to the embarrassment of their owners.
Despite often seeing Labs as assistance dogs, it was not until I researched the breed in more detail that I realised just how many different ways Labs have been trained to help humans. These steady, soft-mouthed, warm hearted and waggy-tailed dogs are the perfect companion for so many people.
The prints combine my hand drawn lettering with illustration and they are each hand printed on my press in a chocolate brown ink – and individually signed.
Available from The Enlightened Hound
The prints can also be purchased framed in a selection of my handmade reclaimed wooden frames, or they will fit happily in a ready made frame, like the Ikea Ribba (52x52cm square frame with matt/mount included).
I have been wanting to create something combining hand drawn lettering and illustration and I had in my mind an idea for a design based on a dog tag. In my recent post on Hand Lettering and Sketches I wrote about taking part in an online Hand Lettering project run by hand-drawn lettering and branding guru Jon Contino via the Skillshare website.
My original idea was making a new print in the form of a hang tag so I thought this course would be perfect to help me develop it. Most people on the course were designing labels for actual products, like bottles of beer or soap but the ‘product’ for which I was designing a label is a dog, or more accurately a specific dog breed…
Imagine a dog in a pound/shelter with a tag around its neck. The purpose of the tag (product label) is to give a prospective owner some information about the dog breed in the hope that they will rescue the dog. So it is really doing the same thing as a product label – trying to differentiate and tell a story of the product – but in this case a dog, rather than a botte of beer!
There’s a bit of Paddington Bear in this project too – the lost bear with a luggage label attached – entreating its finder to ‘look after this bear’.
Well my project has now come to fruition! Of course I had to start with a Portuguese Water Dog as my dog, Figo is a ‘portie’.
This illustration was too fine detail to be cut into a lino plate so I used a photopolymer plate instead which is capable of capturing much finer lines. Here is the plate…
I am intending to draw and print dog tag breed stories for other dog breeds… so watch this space for your breed!
These prints are on sale at The Enlightened Hound
If you know anyone with a Portuguese Water Dog, please point them in my direction. We ‘Portie’ owners love to meet each other!
A little while ago I created this hand lettered poster for a competition entitled “All Things British”.
It is now available to buy as a limited edition, fine art Giclee print. Each print is signed and numbered – there are only 20 prints in the edition – which means there will only ever be 20 of these prints – so snap one up quickly from The Enlightened Hound.
Giclée, is used to describe a fine art digital printing process, which combines superior pigment-based inks with high quality archival quality paper to achieve prints of the same archival quality, light fastness and stability as that demanded by galleries and museums.
The Quintessentially British prints are printed on thick (310gsm) Hahnemuhle natural white cotton rag paper.
The hand lettered print celebrates the unique, quirky traditions and rituals that are quintessentially British – in very patriotic colours – red, white and blue.
The paper size is approx. 395 x 565 mm and the image size is approx. 315 x 485 mm.
Inspired by a competition run by home-wares company Pedlars on the theme of ‘all things British”, I created this hand lettered print.
Influenced by vintage advertisements, victorian engravings and 19th century fonts, it celebrates British traditions that are still true today.
Please vote for my print on the Pedlars website (in Feb/Mar 2103)