Now for the posting of this overdue guest blog article....
Last time we met up for a coffee and chat we decided to do a guest slot on each others blogs. He has very kindly posted my part of our swap-guest-blog here
Thanks to Helen for asking me to do a guest post on her blog, quite an honour!
When we were considering a suitable subject to talk about, it didn't take too long for my thoughts to come around to dogs. The readers of my own Fishink Blog know that these furry friends are now, after all, quite a large part of my working day.
Helen and I met way back in the mid 80's and studied Textile Design at Nottingham Poly'. We not only used to go clubbing together to indie nights at tiny, hidden away nightclubs, but we also had a joint exhibition of our work, in a gent's clothing shop in Leicester.
Helen created the poster background design. Back then I was more obsessed with fish imagery than dogs!
Textiles still play a part in the work I design today, however it's more about using pattern to work around my illustrations.
I usually start with sketching
and they often end up as images for stamps, greeting cards
and as I now have a dog of my own, a lurcher called Boo
I find she inspires me daily, in my sketches
and also in the occasional textile design too
I'm even thinking of putting one of my cartoon dogs into space in a children's book
… watch this space !
When I'm not taking on commissions for illustrations or collage work
I'm happy to collaborate with other designers and produce pieces from my sketches.
I hope you can now appreciate where my hound fascination comes from.
Thanks again to Helen for the collaboration suggestion and let's hope we can do more joint ventures in the future, after all, it's fun to work with people you like.