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‘Goose’ brush and ink

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This is the final number 10 in a series and what more fitting beast for our Have a Gander ‘Menagerie’ range of handprinted cards than a goose? Available on Folksy and Etsy soon. Original: Brush and ink.

‘Speckled trout’ brush & ink

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Ahhh, fish and fishing. Now we’re talking. As if I could produce a ‘Menagerie’ range without my favourite fish. This one’s the penultimate in the range and he’s a speckled brown trout. Okay, he’s small and I’d have to put him back, but he’s a beauty. Available on Etsy & Folksy (under Have a Gander) soon as a handprinted card. Original: Brush and ink.

‘Skullbikery’ watercolour edition

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An update of a previous digital edition, this one’s been painted as an original as a gift to a cycling-crazy friend. Hope you liked it Dan ; - ) Winsor & Newton watercolour on The Langton 300gsm Grain Fin paper.

‘Owl’ brush and ink

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The latest in our long line of ‘Menagerie’ handprinted cards. This one’s an Owl, a British Tawny Owl, to be precise. Original: painted in brush and ink.

‘Lambretta’ scooter brush and ink

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A recent commission for a scooter fan. Original: Brush and ink on Bockingford 300gsm Grain Fin watercolour paper.

‘Horse’ brush and ink

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Now British readers, no mentioning Tesco or Findus please - the latest ‘Menagerie’ brush and ink illustration for our handprinted cards is a horse. Welsh mountain pony-style. Piebald. Cue ‘pie’ jokes.... ; - ) Original: Brush and ink.

‘Hen’, brush & ink

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I’ve been ‘hen’tertaining myself with more beasts for our hand-printed ‘Menagerie’ collection. This ‘hen’some bird is of the speckled variety, inspired by a favourite beer, no doubt. (Original: hand-painted by brush & ink).

Chalkboard visualising, Lloyd’s building

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This week I was commissioned along with another chalkboard artist to support the launch of a new app aimed at bankers in the City of London. Agency Brand Union employed us to illustrate the story behind the app and its functions on 3 huge walls, the largest main wall being inside the building in the café plus two smaller ones outside flanking a pop-up coffee marquee. More pics to follow. Stephen’s Chalk (of Folkestone, Kent), on blackboard.

‘Food Glorious Food’ artwork for card & tea towel

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This original card design is taken from artwork for a new www.haveagander.biz single-colour tea towel for 2013 and the latter is currently in production. But in the meantime, we produced a two-colour version as a greetings card (A6). Inspired by one of the Gander family’s favourite films, Oliver!, the foody theme was perfect for a tea towel’s natural home - in the kitchen. The work-in-progress pics show just how much work went into this new design, which took a good couple of days to execute. (The tea towel will be printed in the blue as one colour). As ever, it was all drawn or inked by hand, even the typeface is completely freehand, as I consider tracing existing fonts the death of the natural, handcrafted look. Food for thought? Fancy one yourself or for your foodie friend? Buy them at: https://www.etsy.com/listing/123033465/good-glorious-food-greetings-card

Work-in-progress ‘Hare’

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Another work-in-progress shot, this time of 'Hare'. (The curved brown paper surrounding it is greaseproof which protects the detail paper from picking up grease marks from my hands, which would resist the water-based ink and cause patches). Will post the final card mock-up tomorrow. Ink & brush.

‘Fox’ card image

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The latest in our ‘Menagerie’ line of handprinted cards. ‘Fox’ will be made into a rubber stamp and each one will be handprinted onto individual cards. Original: Brush and ink.

‘Stanley’, Parson’s Russell Terrier

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The latest Have a Gander card mock-up, featuring our very own Stanley, a Parson's Russell Terrier.

Tabby cat

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You’ll soon be able to get your mitts on the latest of our ‘Have a Gander’ handprinted ‘menagerie’ range: This one’s a Tabby Cat. Original: Ink and brush.

Final art for 'Swallow'

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Inking ‘Swallow’

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A 'bird's eye view' of a work-in-progress shot inking the Swallow, one of a set of new Have a Gander 'Animals' Greeting Card images. The painted image is destined for the rubber stamp maker. Once it's turned into a stamp, we'll individually hand-print them onto blank cards. All a very painstaking process, but the result is a beautifully-handcrafted card with a very special quality worth all the effort.