Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Make a Christmas Card!

Last month, Stranger launched a competition offering artists, illustrators, graphic designers, and anyone else who fancies it a chance to design a Christmas card for ShelterBox, with the winning entry to feature alongside some of the world's top illustrators in a special range of charity cards. If you're interested in entering the competition, you might want to get your colouring pencils out at some point in the next 24 hours as the deadline for submissions is midnight tomorrow (20 October).

We are now pleased to reveal that our list of artists is complete, with the superb talents of Geoff McFetridge (illustration above), Marcus Oakley and Nick Radford adding their card designs to a set also including work by Jon Burgerman and Jenny Bowers (who we announced in September).

We're delighted to have such acclaimed names onboard for our first ever set of Christmas cards for ShelterBox. Californian graphics legend Geoff McFetridge has produced some of the most recognisable images around, including the title sequences for Spike Jonze's Where The Wild Things Are, and Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides. Marcus Oakley has exhibited eye-catching artwork and illustrations all around the globe, including a current Scion exhibition in LA (curated by French) and exhibitions of skateboardable sculptures with
The Side-Effects of Urethane. Meanwhile, Cornwall-based illustrator, musician and howies surf team rider Nick Radford has created illustrations for Cadbury, Vodafone, Random House, the Guardian and Freestyle Records.     
"Being someone who gets paid to draw, it makes a positive change that somehow my drawing can do some good. I am very happy to submit a card design connected to such a great and worthwhile charity."
- Marcus Oakley

Get your entries in quick
So far we've received a great variety of interesting and imaginative entries from all over the UK and abroad... But there's still time for you to send us your entry too. This fantastic opportunity to contribute a design is open to everyone, but you'll need to get a move on! The competition closes at midnight tomorrow, Wednesday 20 October.

Here's how to enter:

Email your designs to:

Illustrations should focus around a seasonal theme of Christmas, contain no specific religious content and appeal to a wide audience. Designs should be 300dpi, 105 x 150mm JPGs in portrait aspect ratio.

The finished cards will come in packs of 12 - 2 of each of the 6 designs - and will go on sale to the public in shops across Cornwall and the rest of the UK as well as online at Stranger after the launch.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

To Answer Some Important Questions

Why do I do what I do, the way I do it?

The reason I work is to communicate how I see the world, it's colors and it's still moments. To continue to learn more about life, finding movement in these seemingly "still" moments.

Where do I see myself, in my ideal situation?

I see myself working on my own projects and ideas, with people nearby who are also working on their own visions. We help and support each other.

What are some things I love to experience?

new places
brilliant, surprising colors
subdued colors speaking urgently
the leaves in fall
multi-layered music

What are some things I love to create?

brilliant, surprising colors
muted yet urgent palettes
effortless and honest music
real connections with others
simple good food

What are my skills?

Finding color in the mundane
subdued palettes
listening to others
managing my time
setting a plan, and following through