It gives me great pleasure to announce that my Porthleven in Postcards book is now available to buy in store. As most of you will know I have been working on this project for some time and even though my Kickstarter funding didn’t come through it hasn’t stopped me from working out an alternative way to get my sketches published and printed. So I’m happy to present to you this new format which has been printed on luxurious thick textured card by local printers, R. Booth. Each book contains 15 unique drawings of Porthleven, artist notes and a glimpse into Porthleven’s history, making them a lovely memento of the area for you to keep, send or frame.
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I was really excited to complete this project last year for Cornish Seasalt’s pinch pots. The brief was to illustrate the ingredients and to make them look fresh and exciting. I worked closely with Cornish based design studio Channel and we decided on using watercolour with acrylic inks to produce the final illustrations. The newly designed pinch pots are now on sale in Sainsbury’s – I’m currently using the seaweed salt in my dishes and love it sprinkled on sliced avocado and tomato on toast. Cornish Seasalt also did a mini interview on the project with me which if you like you can read by clicking here.
Here’s my completed A-Z of vegetable illustrations! Really happy to have completed this project and managed to find a veg for each letter of the alphabet. You can see the finished pieces below. You can buy a print of this in my society 6 shop click the images below to be taken to the shop and view it in my They Draw and Cook portfolio.
I’m currently working on creating an illustrated vegetable alphabet. Having been recently commissioned to draw food illustrations for a recipe book I felt spurred on to create more food illustrations- particularly fresh fruit and veg. The project is playing out on instagram where I release one veg per post – so far I’ve done A-G. Looking forward to see the whole collection!
I’ve set myself a mini illustration challenge of creating 25 new christmas pieces and releasing one each day of December until Christmas Day. So far I have created 10 images- if you would like to follow along I am releasing them on my Instagram account each morning! Find and follow me at https://www.instagram.com/melanie_chadwick/ with the tag #christmasillocountdown
I recently completed a simple wedding postcard invite for a couple of friends of mine. I loved the theme of fairies and flowers that I thought I’d share it here. I think this floral design would work well on Thank-you cards too.
I’m very excited to share that I am now represented by the Pure Illustration Agency. If you are looking to license greeting cards, wrap, stationery items please get in touch with Richard at the agency. Website – www.pureillustration.co.uk
GigRower commissioned me to illustrate their 2015 Gigrower Calendar. I had to include the entire season’s gig rowing regattas and races and then pick a few from each month to illustrate. The tricky part of this project was working out the overall design, making sure all the events fitted in and could still be readable. Visit www.GigRower.co.uk to buy. I really enjoyed drawing the iconic landmarks of each place and this has inspired me to draw more buildings and monuments.
Client: Brewershirts Brief: Illustrated one colour design centred around Brewershirts ethos and quote ‘Life is short. Drink good beer.’ Visit www.brewershirts.com to see it in use.
This quote really inspired me to draw something floral and I wanted to create a design that could be transferred to a variety of mediums. Below you can see how my initial designs started and then how it has been used- I particularly like the cushions.
Here are my new illustrations based on a fishy theme. I really wanted to create a piece which showed textures and patterns along a fishy theme. I also wanted to make sure I could carry the design through to a range of products. Below you can see how the design works for a greeting’s card or journal cover and also how it has been transferred to a one colour screen print on tea towels and cushions. I enjoyed limiting myself to this simple colour palette as it meant I had to include more textures to keep the print interesting.
This was MATS bootcamp assignment for February. To create a circular scene inspired by an artist that you admire. I chose the Norwegian artist and ceramic painter Turi Gramstad- Oliver of Figgjo Flint fame. If you are familiar with her work you may be able to tell my fisherman and creatures all have a similarly styled face.
Client: Catriona Sanderson Brief: Design and illustrate a seaside themed party invitation.
Here is the finished design for my January assignment set by Lilla Roger’s for MATS bootcamp. It’s a journal cover design inspired by Edwardian gems and stones. I really loved researching all the different stones and brooches for this and also choosing a more sophisticated colour palette. I can imagine it being used on a journal with co-ordinating stationery products!
Client: The Porridge Club Brief: To design and print a tee for the porridge club.