Monday, 5 December 2011

Nice cup of tea

Hooray, I am very pleased today, as istock have accepted my very first animation!

I did the Adobe Flash animation course a while ago, and recently I have needed to use my flash skills again for an E-learning client illustration project. I really enjoy using it but getting anything past the tough inspectors at istock is always tricky, so this is cause for celebration.....cup of tea anyone!?

Friday, 14 October 2011

Designs for quilt makers

During the past few months I have been designing for a new client, Makower Uk who make fabrics for the quilting market. Its been steep learning curve!! It is very different to making quick and quirky ideas for the fashion market. Everything needs to be a lot more considered and well rendered. Saying that they were very pleased with the first batch of designs we did, with an afternoon tea theme. Now the samples are going to be printed up in Korea, and the boss has promised me a quilt made up in my range! If that does happen I will post a picture for sure!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

New Website

Moonfruit is a great place to build a website. I've just spent some time making a new site as my old one (......which was lovely and my brother Anthony helped me make it), was a load of hassle to Ant if I wanted to upload new designs! Moonfruit is very easy to use, and has some great features such as a slide show, and various user friendly gadgets to help make the site look pretty ok. So have a peek and see what you think. I will hang on to my old site for now too.....oh dear hoarding again!

Friday, 30 September 2011

Gardening illustration

Here's my latest illustration for the istock collection. It sits alongside my nature garden illo (above). I try to put a new vector file in each month, just to keep my hand in. It is also a good way to make new client contacts. I hope to be spending some time in the garden this weekend, and with the Indian summer we are finally having ....that seems possible! Its wonderful, we can't moan about the weather this week!

Thursday, 29 September 2011

catherine moran desgin

I have got totally side tracked today, I started out so well, designing a new group of baby boys wear, then I ended up thinking about my website, and should I re-new,!

I had the renewal notice from the guys in cyberspace and I thought, well isn't there a better newer way to show my work.... I suppose I think my website needs badly updating! So I created a new flickr account, and uploaded some of my kitty stitch handmade items...... I now intend to upload some more of my work in different sections.... illustration, graphics with examples plus my textile design...... its all very well, but is it professional enough? I doubt it!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Ipod robot

Found my robot design in the shops today, this crazy robot started life as a sketch and found his way onto a little boys t-shirt in Boots Mini club range. They have really simplified him, but that is often the way to save on production costs. Think he looks cute though!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Traditional desktop

Here is my latest istock illustration. Thought I should draw some traditional desktop items rather than virtual ones. I try to add an illustration to my portfolio each month.

Most of my time though, is spent on designing textiles for the collection in London, and I find illustration a good way to take a break from that. Istock has been brilliant as a way to gain contacts and get my work seen by more people. This week is half term so I doubt much work will be done at all with the girls to entertain!

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Valentine diners club

Spent a lovely afternoon at the De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill, where the Moving Portrait Exhibition is on. A wonderful time and the light was soft and orange. I loved this massive sculpture out the front, it reminded me of a hip bone! There was a Tracy Emin exhibit too, I find her work honest and alarming at once. Very interesting and a beautiful evening was had at the Valentine Diners Club....sounds very 1930s , delicious food.

Friday, 4 February 2011

New Head!

I've been thinking about a new colour and header for my blog for a while now. SO ta it is, and here is the old one too, just to see how very different it is now. I wanted a more hand drawn feel to it. Now I have to go to my other online places and change my logos....this is such a Friday kind of the end of a long week!

Friday, 21 January 2011

Hey my monster is in Boots!

Out doing a shop report today, just to get some inspiration, I bumped into a friend of mine..."I recognize you monster!".....this monster started life in my studio as a little sketch, and now here he is in Boots....The Mini club Boys Collection.

The first picture is my original design, then you can see how they have made him into pajamas and slipper socks. Very pleased with the results and they have the models wearing him on the banner too. Grin. Maybe I shouldn't go and work on the til's at Tesco after all?....

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Its a bit late but Happy 2011!

Gosh, my last post was ages ago...sorry blogland! I guess Christmas and New Year celebrations took up my time.

I've been doing some textile design agency work so far this month. I found some silk in my fabric box and decided to do some freehand silk painting.......its such a joy after looking at a computer and using the Wacom tablet.

These are aimed at young girl and baby girl in the hands of my agent. All designs copyright Catherine Moran 2011 and my sugar cube.