Remember how she told you to save every receipt you were ever handed? Or perhaps she convinced you a bowl haircut was the height of cool? Maybe she persuaded you to marry Ted, trusty reliable Ted who one afternoon stole your collection of Faberge eggs before running off with a milk maid?.…Okay, so the last two didn’t actually happen, but the point is Mothers like giving advice but they are not ALWAYS right. A fact observed by Lucy Mitchell a Brighton Poet, Writer, Tie maker and also my latest client.
Lucy approached me to illustrate a logo for a blog she is in the process of creating. A place where people could share the strange and often mis-guided advice that their mothers had passed onto them. Lucy already had an idea for the logo, a tattoo style composition featuring the withered hands of an old lady clutching a fag and a banner bearing the title. With this as a starting point I began sketching. Researching traditional sailor style tattoos and gathering lots of reference photos of hands.
Initially I tried painting the logo, then working back into it with coloured pencils, all on one sheet of paper. A working method I use quite often. But we found that this wasn’t quite punchy enough. I began to experiment with painting different bits of paper, sketching the shapes I needed onto tracing paper, then transferring the the trace over and finally cutting the segments I needed to make the logo, before working back into them. This introduced a soft, 3D feel to the project that seemed to give it the lift it needed.
I produced a ‘flat’ scanned version of these segments but was also keen to photograph the final piece to show up the shadows and hand crafted, layered way in which it was put together. We’re both very happy with the result and Lucy is looking into using Mother Was Wrong as a wider brand to house her different creative ventures.