Happy Anniversary: A Comic Strip.

Hello! Here is an illustration that I completed last month. It was commissioned as a wedding anniversary gift from a wife to her husband! Sweet!

I was asked to illustrate the text messages that she and her husband sent to each other on the eve of their wedding, and on the morning of the big day. I turned the texts into a hand-drawn comic strip! I really loved playing around with the layout and adding dialogue (as well as slightly absurd details such as an owl out the window).

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If you’re wondering why there are greyed-out bits, blank spaces and empty speech bubbles, it’s because I edited out the names of the bride and groom to give them a bit of privacy!

In other news, his is my 3rd marriage-related commission of the summer (Here’s the first and the second)! It’s really kinda nice to be involved with so many people’s happy occasions – these kind of commissions really give me the warm and fuzzies.

An Illustrated Coat of Arms

Hello! This has been a real Summer of Love at Thefty HQ, as this is the 2nd (out of three!) wedding-based commissions I’ve worked on since June! This one was commissioned as a gift for a wedding which took place last month. The brief was to create a Coat of Arms for the bride and groom, incorporating the couple’s story, as well as their favourite things and personal jokes. What a sweet, thoughtful gift, huh? I really enjoyed working on it.

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Helena-Maratheftis-Coatofarms-SMALL-05 Helena-Maratheftis-Coatofarms-SMALL-03 Helena-Maratheftis-Coatofarms-SMALL-04Before starting this piece, I was given a long list of things to potentially include in the design. Here’s some of the back story to what I’ve drawn:

Firstly, the groom loves bananas (one of his nicknames is ‘Banania’, I’m told) and the bride is a vegetarian, hence the inclusion of a whole freakin’ grocery store on the coat of arms. (I really love the bananas – they look quite grand yet also very silly.) The bridges represent where the couple is from and where they live – Sydney and London respectively. There are also some owls at the top, which are the couple’s favourite animal (I drew two of them, to represent the Love Birds themselves, hee hee).The ring is quite self-explanatory, but the bike? Well, that’s the Engagement Bike that the bride gave to the groom! Ha! Finally, I also included the wedding date, and the initials of the Bride and groom.

Oh, and I added some rhinestones too, but that was my own input ;-)

Congratulations, guys! May the House of C&I prosper!

Wedding Illustrations: Cities of lurrrve!

OK, so, here’s the truth: Some illustration projects are more fun than others. This one was definitely one of my favourites, and I’ve been dying to show it to you!

I created a series of ten framed drawings for the wedding of Tom and Sophie, one for each table at the reception. The couple asked me to draw the cities that they have visited together, including where they got engaged, where they live, and where they where they went to university. They sent me a list of things they did in each city (mainly revolving around drinking, ahem!) so that I could incorporate them into my illustrations. I love projects where I can add lots of tiny details and personal touches, so this was right up my street.

Helena-Maratheftis-wedding-numbers-small-1bNo. 1 Tom asked Sophie to marry him in art deco bar in Sofia, Bulgaria. (She said yes.)
Helena-Maratheftis-wedding-numbers-small-2No. 2 Living and studying in London, England (hence the fruit flies and microscopes).

Helena-Maratheftis-wedding-numbers-small-3No. 3 Sophie and Tom went on a train trip around Europe, which involved ‘flat bums and lots of queues’.
Helena-Maratheftis-wedding-numbers-small-4bNo. 4 NYC, USA! A holiday involving lots and lots and lots of shopping and sightseeing!Helena-Maratheftis-wedding-numbers-small-5 No. 5 Oxford, England. Studying, punting, and drinking, drinking, drinking.Helena-Maratheftis-wedding-numbers-small-6No. 6 A holiday in Tokyo, with ‘lots of temples and sushi’Helena-Maratheftis-wedding-numbers-small-7 No. 7 A trip to Berlin, where Sophie and Tom drank cocktails by the river in Traditional German Beach Chairs.Helena-Maratheftis-wedding-numbers-small-8No. 8 Barcelona, Spain. Swimming, beaches and Gaudi!

Helena-Maratheftis-table-numbers-collageSophie and Tom wanted to decorate the wedding venue very simply, with floral bouquets and my illustrations giving colour to the room. The colour scheme for the wedding was apple green, orange, and berry pinks – I was so happy that my drawings perfectly matched the floral arrangements on the tables, as you can see below!

Helena-Maratheftis-wedding-numbers-small-bloomsAfter the wedding, Tom and Sophie told me that they’re planning to hang the illustrations in their living room, to remind them of their wedding day. What a sweet, lovely idea! I’m so pleased that they were happy with my work.

Congratulations, Tom & Sophie!

Valentine’s Day Lovebugs

Hello! I’m partial to a good Valentine’s day doodle, but I thought I’d do it my way this year (by which I mean, insects were involved). The word ‘lovebug’ magically popped into my head while editing these photos, and a little while later I’d created these:

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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I hope you have a lovely day, no matter what you’re doing.

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Hello!

these are another couple of pages from my sketchbook.

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Hmmm. Turns out I’m a total sucker for cute stuff (I just generally do a good job of hiding it).

You Me We Us

Greetings.

This is another new one. I probably should have posted this around valentine’s day, but this blog didn’t exist then. Oh well.

This piece is for sale (although sentimental attachment may force me to keep it).

'You Me We Us', acrylic and paint marker on canvas, 51 x 51cm
‘You Me We Us’, acrylic and paint marker on canvas, 51 x 51cm

I’ve included a detail of the painting (below) so that you can more easily see the metallic sections. It is quite difficult to photograph the shiny surfaces, you see.

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