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“What Time is it…? Valen-Time!”

Valen-Time! (blog)This year’s Valentines Day card for my other half was inspired by Adventure Time, the greatest cartoon to have ever existed – Mathematical!

This is somehow my first ever fan-art for AT – I’d just like to add that as a English fan, it was REALLY hard to not add an ‘S’ to the end of ‘Math’, but I hear it in Finn’s voice, and it just wouldn’t have sounded right… also my real Totoro hat is blue, but it would have clashed too much with the sky, so artistic licence y’all.

There’s a couple of in-jokes in the background you probably won’t get, but don’t worry about it, just enjoy :)

(click to enlarge)


As a romantic/creative type, I always like to go that little bit extra for those I care about, and this year it could be said that I went a little over-board. Lucy’s always been in love with Paris, and her recent trip has done nothing to quash that – unfortunately as a struggling artist, it will be some time before I can afford to take her. To make up for this, I decided to recreate a Parisian Cafe in our living room – the little table, white table cloth, candles wine and food were easy enough, and I found some music on Youtube (literally called French Cafe Music I think), but I wasn’t done there. Out flat has a little balcony, and I thought it would be fun if I created a silhouette of The Eiffel Tower, and hung it outside so it would look like a view onto the real tower… it seemed so simple in my head…

The first thing was to cut out the actual tower. I went begging at my local Tesco for a large sheet of cardboard, but apparently they don’t DO stuff in big boxes these days (hmm) and after a brief panic, I found a stash of A4 black card and got to work. The tower would need to be about 130cm tall to fit between the railing of our balcony, and the floor of the one above it, so I found a vector of the Eiffel Tower (thanks google) and set it out like this:

effielEach coloured block is the same dimensions as an A4 piece of paper, so this not only shows how many pieces you’ll need, but what you should be cutting out on each piece – simple right? Well… not exactly. The theory worked fine, and aside from the fact that I was working too quickly to bother with rulers and actual measurements, the tower ended up being pretty straight. The problem was that even though it’s got quite an iconic outline, it doesn’t really LOOK like the Eiffel Tower until you can see all the frame work, so I had to cut out MANY a little triangle…
Sometime later, I ended up with this:

eiffel photo

See? Not bad eh? Of course, foreshortening does it no favours here (it was pretty long), and there’s a lot of tape on it – but that didn’t matter, because phase two involved using yet more tape to stick our Christmas Tree lights behind it to make it light up… and it worked pretty well too! Getting it to hang of the balcony by myself was a bit of a mission, but in the end it looked like this:

eiffel glow

(photo taken by Lucy Benson via Instagram)

…and I was very pleased with the results – and more importantly, Lucy loved it 🙂 Now, a cynic might say “pffft, this guy’s just showing off” and frankly, you’d be right.


Tablet-style Menu Design for Tenpin Bowling

Well the title says it all really – I got commissioned by Tenpin Wrexham to design them an A4 sized menu that could be laminated and given to customers at reception to carry around with them. When I thought about large, thin shiny things that people hold in their hands the idea of an Tablet-themed design popped into my head, and when it was mentioned to the manager he loved it… so here it is:

Click the image to get a bigger, better view – the text looks small on screen, but I printed out a few prototypes to make sure it was readable. Obviously to create the tablet look from scratch would have taken me forever, and to be honest I’m not sure my technical skills are quite there yet, so I used a free template for the shell. The menu options are set up like ‘apps’, with an image representing the food or drink itself as an icon, and text describing what it is to the right of it. The images used in this are also free vectors, but that was due to time constraints – I think if I were to have designed my own, I would have gone with white silhouettes/symbols for  a slightly more uniform look, but luckily because of the individual-developer-nature of apps it still works fine as a cohesive design. The back of the menu features other promotions that are meant to look like stickers that have been stuck on to personalise the tablet (like school kids might do with Hello Kitty or Pokemon stickers). I’m really pretty pleased with the overall design, and so was the client 🙂

I also did this little blackboard design for the shooters they’ve got available. Nothing special really, only took my a couple of hours, I used markers they supplied – it was quite fun actually. This is a bit of a crappy photo though – about time I upgraded my phone I think!