Rediscovering hand drawn illustration

For years I have felt more comfortable drawing in Adobe Illustrator rather than with a pen and paper. Recently I have dusted off my fine liners and experimented embracing a naive, cheerful style.

Preparing for an exhibition on Brighton seafront from 15th – 27th of July I’m doing at the Fishing Quarter Gallery, I have taken the seaside for inspiration on a series of illustrated prints.


I will never be an illustrator but have enjoyed being comfortable with a sketch book again.

  

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Ru who? This is the EU! #Eurovisage

Eurovision is just around the corner! The lovingly camp event is in Vienna for its 60th year and looks bigger than ever now Australia is joining in on the fun.

With RuPaul’s Drag Race in full swing at the moment too, I felt like Eurovision was in danger of simply not being gay enough. That’s why I’ve created free download and print flags to add some extra extravaganza to Eurovision proceedings! Time to thrown some shade in antisapation of the rest of Europe sending a fat zero.

Click the image below to download the pdf and get start flying the flag, via drag.
Camp Eurovision party flags

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Artists Open Houses May 2015

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I’ve been working on 11RugbyRoad.com for the past month or so turning it into a functioning site to sell mine and Adams design and art! In May during the Fringe Festival we are taking part in another Artists Open House even in Brighton, where we get to sell directly from our flat to anyone who comes by over the weekends. It’s a really nice event where you get to chat to all sorts of people and see behind closed doors of residential streets.

Visit our Facebook or Twitter to be kept up to date and come by in May to say hello!

Artists Open Houses 2015

Facebook.com/11RugbyRoad
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with Love

Colour fun quote poster

‘With Love’ is a collection of quotes from friends turned into graphics using bold colours and calligraphy styled text. I like the playful, friendly nature of them and that they feel like an overheard conversation. If they are well received I’ll put them on my new online website 11RugbyRoad.com.

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Life or Death design

Working with Chelsea Funeral Directors, I have designed a campaign that aims to put Celebrating Life at the heart of dealing with death. 

Westminster Cathedral magazine Advert for Chelsea Funeral Directos

Westminster Cathedral magazine Advert for Chelsea Funeral Directors

Funeral care is something we accept as being a bit morbid and generally scary, this campaign aims to bring a breath of fresh air in an often taboo subject. With the approval of Westminster Cathedral, the head of the Catholic Church in England, this campaign by the family run Funeral Directors is a breath of fresh air focusing on life rather than death.

Chelsea Westminster Cathedral Church England Funeral Positive

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Valentine’s Day Cards

doctor Operation board game card love

Late to the feel the love this year, I’ve come up with 4 different cards to sell online. Avoid the colour red and trying to offer something different that the cards in the shops, I’ve taken inspiration from board games, Instagram, playground petal pulling and trusty geometric shapes.

 

All are available to buy online for £2.50 with only small batches in stock at danmackey.bigcartel.com

 

 

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Hello!

Modern clean portfolio CV design  Hello! I’ve had a little spruce up of my portfolio taster which is available on the About tab. Or by click HERE if you’re a bit lazy.

DIY Paper Christmas Decorations

DIY print and make decorations

It’s one week until Christmas! And by now everyone should have their tree up and it be bursting with decorations. To help anyone who’s tree looks a bit bare, or an office that needs festivising, I have designed some print-at-home paper decorations.

Free to download, just print the template and have your scissors and glue at the ready! Merry Christmas :)

Papercraft xmas template

Click here to download Paper Decorations

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11 Rugby Road Open House

Brighton Open House 2014I’ve been working hard on getting our Open House in Brighton to open its doors to the public. Myself and Adam have produced a whole range of gifts and treats which can only be found here. I have built a website so people can get a good idea of what’s on offer, which can be found at 11RugbyRoad.com

If you are unfamiliar with the Open House concept, their website describes it well as..

Christmas Artists Open Houses create a special atmosphere, where you can chat to the artists and have a sneaky peak around some of Brighton’s most interesting homes, whilst viewing an amazing selection of individual, unique arts and crafts. What better way to do your Christmas shopping than by sipping mulled wine, eating mince pies before blazing hearths, whilst selecting gifts for family, friends and the odd treat for your self!

Visiting the Christmas Artists Open Houses is a great way to discover the diversity of creative talent that exists in the city and offers work from some of the country’s top makers in the fields of ceramics, jewellery, print-making and home-wares, as well as handcrafted Christmas cards, wreaths, tree decorations and foodie gifts.

We are open every weekend between 29th November and 14th December 11am-6pm and hope to see you there!

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Christmas cards 2014

Selection of my Christmas card designs 2014

Selection of my Christmas card designs 2014

I have been working on Christmas in some shape or from since July, and am really proud to finally show the designs I have made for Christmas cards this year. Including geometric winter animals, typographic jolly songs and and old favourite from Christmas past. I would love to hear what people think! They’re finished in various ways, including hand hole punched boarders and special pearlescent paper. These are available to buy online at danmackey.bigcartel.com and also in person at the Brighton Artist Open House where I’m selling at 11 Rugby Road weekends from 29th Nov – 14th Dec. They’ll be lots of posters, prints, gifts and festive treats! Also keep an eye on the website as it expands in the new year. Good Typography Christmas Card 2014 Cool xmas design Christmas animals by designer to buy

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