Observations of an Illustrator...
inspired by the simple things in life such as good food, plants and the places & spaces we call home.
I recently came across a post on Instagram, which made me think twice about the power of branding...
With images of lovely food, country lanes and beautiful branding ...it had me hooked, I wanted to find out more! So, with a little research, I found out that sadly this project is not reality - not yet anyway! Michael @thewinfieldestate is living the dream, by posting images of locally sourced food whilst learning about what is needed in order to fulfil a way of life that he hopes to achieve - one that is rooted in sustainable food and farming. I thought this was great, we all know that telling stories through the medium of social media, can be a powerful one, and I'm sure we are all aware that social media is not always based in everyday reality with only the best bits on display, but I hadn't really given much thought to how social media, Instagram in this case, can be used like a vision board in real time to build a brand that doesn't actually exist except in someone's imagination. So, I'm looking forward and curious to find out how this story unfolds and whether the dream becomes a reality. I really hope it does...
The relevance of the pear illustration? Well, it was a post about maple-baked pears with toasted granola and Mascarpone which first caught my attention... I maybe need to work on a more realistic example of pears, but for now, you could say I'm living the dream creating something from nothing!
It's so important to celebrate the little wins in life, as well as the bigger ones don't you think?
Success can mean many things...as Jo at Firain says in her blog post it's important to go at your own pace, set goals that are meaningful to you...and then celebrate when you achieve them, that doesn't mean you have to go all out with popping the champagne corks, but simply acknowledge that you have done what you have set out to do...so now I'm off to celebrate with a lovely cup of tea! What small wins can you celebrate today?
Illustration available for commercial license from the creative stock library Arcangel
The weekly book cover brief from Arcangel Images recently was based on the word Medical...While this may see seem a bit different from my usual illustration subjects, some of you may know, that before going back to college to study graphic design, I had long and varied career as a qualified nurse, so this brief brought back a few memories and was right up my street.
Whilst I may have been out of the healthcare setting for a while, I still have an interest in health and well-being albeit from a different perspective. In fact, I think that this may be part of the reason that I have a passion for home and green spaces, as I strongly believe that design and our environment can positively or negatively impact our lives and well-being.
The above images are now available for commercial licensing, however as an ongoing project I'm looking forward to adding a few more illustrations to this collection - watch this space..!
Don't hesitate to get in touch if you need any medical or health inspired illustrations to go alongside your copy as I would love to help...
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