Andark Aquanauts is a pool-based scuba diving programme for 8-12 year olds which lays an excellent foundation for a PADI Junior Open Water Course. After basic training Master Aquanauts take part in ‘aquamissions’ such as UW Navigator, Wreck Aquanaut, Night Dive, Scooter and Snapshot Aquanaut. Once completed kids get to be Aquanaut Cadets and get to wear a red tee. As well as designing all the promotional materials and the tees I get to run the sessions. Maybe that’s what you call a ‘VESTed interest’!
Illustration for a Legal and General Festive eCard. The head office building is a vast modern complex but the entrance has this distinctive ‘rotunda’ and 4 supporting Art Deco inspired stepped towers. They just were begging to be dressed up with big red ribbons #madewithpaper. You can also see more of my iPad illustrations on Tumblr.
Commissions now taken for Corporate Christmas cards and Festive Critters. Big up your Christmas! I do all my free hand drawings on the iPad using the app ‘Paper’. There are lots more iPad Sketches. more under MY WORK or on my tumblr page. Wooden that be lovely?
A corporate ID, business cards and website design for Mike Clayton, author and speaker specialising in project and change management. The pen icon and speech bubble feature equally on the business cards and in the logo reflecting Mike’s dual role. Mike has some impressive stats including publishing 13 books, so bite size facts became the ‘hero’ on the web site. http://mikeclayton.co.uk
@Pingsweetie – My new ID is getting great feedback, thank you. People love the visual allusions to my writing and speaking.
I’m in Hampshire’s Etc Magazine October 2014 p.58 and 59 talking about dreams of combining 2 of my dearest passions. iPad illustrations and scuba diving! You can view the online version here: http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk//launch.aspx?pbid=7ff12f34-a8e7-4615-959d-6cb2dfd41b85
Charlotte Pearson talks to an illustrator about her work, technology and scuba diving.
Technology is replacing paper in a lot of areas, be it books, newspapers or magazines. And now an illustrator and graphic designer from Hamble is casting her sketch book aside, replacing it with an iPad.
“I’ve tried watercolour sketching in a traditional sketchbook,” explains Alison Bates, owner of Ping Sweetie, “but I always end up with dirty hands and you have to traipse around with water and pastels that can melt in the sun.
“The Paper app, has radically changed my whole creativity. From when I step out of my front door in the morning, to driving back in the dark on rainy streets I keep on thinking ‘wouldn’t that look good if it was drawn in Paper?’ ”
Using this technology means that each part can be drawn in an enormous amount of detail, as shown in the picture of the building at 129 High Street, Southampton (pictures top right). “The app is perfect for expressing light as the layers of translucent colours build up to give illustrations an extra luminosity, something which is difficult to do with pastels,” she explains. “You can get really high resolution images using it, with the buildings you can do it in par ts and build the image up by doing it in sections and piecing them all together. “I present stuff in a way that I want you to be drawn to certain aspects or parts of the drawing. Something I don’t think you can always do with photographs.”
Alison moved to Hampshire in 2005, leaving her career as an advertising art director in the city for a better quality of life. “We lived in London but had no outside space for my kids,” she says. “Then there was 7/7, I had the pushchair and we were going to catch the bus and the one at Tavistock Square was three in front. “When it happened you just felt like the whole of London was going to blow up. I just thought then I need to get out of here, and so we sold our flat and moved here.” It was during her time in London that she found a new hobby. “I just came across diving and really enjoyed it,” she recalls. “I used to love that I could be in the middle of London diving. It was something I could do in the evening after work, it was just fantastic and I loved every minute of it.” And it is something she still enjoys today.
“I now teach scuba to kids,” she smiles. “My daughter went to a birthday party, a scuba one, and while there they said ‘oh we have an adult spot if anyone wants to join in, but you need to have your own stuff ’. “I just put my hand up and shouted I do, I do, I really embarrassed my daughter, but I didn’t care.” Now she is hoping to be able to combine her love of drawing and diving with the help of the iDive, a case for the iPad which allows it to work underwater. “I love shiny reflective surfaces, historical architecture, foods and, of course, anything to do with the sea,” she explains. “There are many underwater photographers, but drawing underwater, now that’s got to be a first. “When I go on holiday I take my sketchbook with me and then draw what I see. The thing is there are so many beautiful wrecks out there that you can watch and see how the light changes and these amazing portholes where fish swim out,” she enthuses. “It would be amazing to be able to be underwater and be able to draw that. “I could take a picture or do it from memory but it’s not the same.”
Through her company Ping Sweetie, Alison’s commissions have included ever ything from cats, bats, boats, cosmetics, confectioner y, to iPads and architectural drawings. But does she consider herself to be an artist? “No, I would describe myself as an illustrator,” she reveals.“An artist doesn’t always seem to make a lot of money and with my past in graphic design I see myself more as an illustrator.”
Andark Aquanauts is a scuba session for kids aged between 8 and 12, teaching the basics of scuba diving an indoor heated pool. There’s a dedicated log book and once they reach ‘Master’ Aquanaut they are eligible to wear the red CADET tshirt. It’s an excellent foundation for any entry level scuba programme, BSAC Ocean Diver and PADI Open Water. Aquanauts run at Andark in Southampton on Saturday afternoons from 4-5 pm. Which (as it happens) I’m teaching. As the shark says, you can ask me about scuba diving.
The Kitschen Cafe Basingstoke, opens its doors. Kitsch corporate ID and loyalty cards. I’m especially honoured that it does a heart decorated cupcake to match my logo. Like it here…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p020b26r 02:16:20 (for 7 days)
So exciting this week. I remember snorkelling in Greece looking through a mask at the fishes to the top of the water where the boats were bobbing around thinking wouldn’t this be soooo cool if you could jot all this down on the iPad. My iPad and sketch book and pastels were on the boat but definitely not up to the job.
Well… …I’ve just been on the radio talking mostly about my iPad Paper drawing in general but also the iDive housing that’s launching soon. It SHOULD mean you can take your iPad with you snorkelling or on a wreck dive and start sketching! If I’m very lucky and I smile a lot maybe they’ll lend me one so I can find out 😉 Yes I know I’m coming at that one from a pretty niche market but it definitely floats my boat!