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A couple of new knitting-based projects

Posted on: March 22nd, 2019 by samdrawsthings No Comments

Design work is a funny business – sometimes there’s a really tight deadline and turn around; sometimes things are in the pipe line for ages before they come out into the light of day.  Through a combination of both of those, I’ve got a couple of new pieces of work to share with you!

I was so excited to see Cartref Yarn appear on my Instagram feed today.  I designed their logo last year and have been dying to talk about it. Jennie and Zoe knew that they wanted something based around a Welsh map.  Below is a page from their branding pack (everyone I work with gets a shiny pack with tips on how to use their new goodies in).

Cartref Yarn branding by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

You can follow their journey on Instagram here (it’s already looking really good):

Hutch of Dye Candy reached out at the end of last year with a more general idea for us to collaborate on something.  We’ve got lots more to share with you soon, but we kicked off with a drawing of Hutch inspired by Tank Girl!  I’m going to be doing a few of these drawings with different poses, backgrounds and text on to share on her social media feeds.

Although both in the yarn world, these projects are so different, and I just love how the diverse members of the community bring their own personality into their brands.

Both projects also gave me a nice push to try something new – I’d never drawn a map before, and animals and plants are definitely my comfort zone over drawing people.  I never really know how a project is going to turn out when I begin it, but I’m so pleased with how these worked out.

You can see more of the projects I’ve been working on here 🙂

Lovely Lupins!

Posted on: July 11th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

Woah, this year feels like it’s going really fast!  We are just over half way through the wonderful Flower Power Fund project (which looks like it’s going to happen again next year) and there have already been 9 lovely flower-inspired yarns, created by talented independent yarn dyers from all over the UK.

It’s been a gorgeous way to practice my own take on botanical illustration as I’ve created matching prints for each month.  Here they are so far:

Flower Power Fund flowers by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

This month feels like a really special one, as it’s the turn of Jane from Hedgerow Yarns.  Jane and I have been friends for a long time and had some lovely adventures together, and it was doing her branding that lead me into the wonderful wooly world that I’m now part of!

Jane’s yarn is STUNNING.  Inspired by pretty country garden lupins, it’s just so subtle and beautiful.  You can find the Lupin yarn in her Etsy shop here, and my matching print here.

 

 

A Pretty Snowdrop Print

Posted on: January 30th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

I’m really excited to launch the first in a range of 12 new botanical prints.

An elegant A5 print of a Snowdrop on lovely archival paper

An elegant Snowdrop – Galanthus nivalis. The first flowers to appear after winter in the UK, I love to see them break through the ground and remind us all that spring is coming. Their delicate heads are like little fairy skirts, and their simple white and green hues are so elegant.

A close up of the delicaet head of the snowdrop print by illustrator Sam Goodlet. www.samdrawsthings.com A close up of the dA close up of the text on the snowdrop print by illustrator Sam Goodlet. www.samdrawsthings.com

The Snowdrop is carefully drawn in pen and ink. I’ve added the the shades of green and and text digitally to create a limited edition signed A5 giclee print on lovely archival paper.

This is the first in a series of 12 artworks for the Flower Power Fund, fundraising for Marie Curie. 40% of the sale price of each print will be donated to Marie Curie (registered charity number 207994 England & Wales, SC038731 in Scotland).

The prints are to tie in with the 12 beautiful hand-dyed knitting yarns that are also being released for the Fund, one a month over the course of 2018. Each yarn is inspired by a different flower and I am going to draw each of them to create more lovely prints. You can find out more about the Flower Power Fund on Facebook here  and Instagram here.

You can find the gorgeous Snowdrop yarn by Norah George Yarns here.

You can find the Snowdrop print in my online shop here.

Welcome to January

Posted on: January 9th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

ponderings banner by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

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A new start. ⭐️ A clean slate. 🌟 Whatever 2017 brought you, and I know it’s been a tough one for many, well done for making it through. I love the feeling of a new start, it’s a bit like opening a new sketchbook for the first time. Who knows what those pages will hold. Some things you create you will love. Some you’ll want to throw away. Some days you won’t know where to begin. Some days you’ll wake with a clear sense of purpose. It’s all ok. ❤️⭐️❤️ These amazing fox masks were made by my awesome mum for us yesterday, using her super duper embroidery machine and a pattern from @urbanthreadsemb 🦊 mr fox and I actually went out and danced the night away for the first time since having Tristan and it was lovely! 💃 #happynewyear #2018 #urbanthreads #masks #fox #newbeginnings

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Is the 9th too late to say happy new year?  I guess so 🙂 And I’m not sure that’s the right thing to say anyway… I don’t know about you but I find that this time of year can be a bit hard and although I LOVE the feeling of a fresh new start, (it’s as good as starting a new sketchbook) once the Christmas decorations have come down things can be a bit gloomy…

One of the things that lifting the gloom for me at the moment is an exciting new project I’m working on focussed on FLOWERS.  All will be revealed in a week or so, but some clues in the meantime are that it came off the back of the branding I did for the wonderful Jane at Hedgerow Yarns, who’s Instagram posts are just the most beautiful thing:

And I’m starting with drawing some snowdrops.

I was doing some reading about the meaning of these precious little flowers, and the loveliest myth I found was from Moldova:  Lady Spring won the battle with the Winter Witch, but during the fight a few drops of her blood were spilled.  They blossomed into snowdrops, symbolising the victory of spring over winter….

If there’s a better metaphor for the fact that we have survived the darkest night and lighter days are coming than those first snowdrops appearing, I’m not sure what it is.

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