Dear Snow, Kindly leave.

Hello! I rarely post on Saturdays, but I’m stuck at home with a disgusting cold, and it’s snowing outside. I woke up at 7am this morning to take my delicious flu medicines, and when I pulled back the curtains I got a shock of the cold/ white/ flaky kind. Urgh, thought I, this is awful, I must draw about it. And so I did.

Helena-Maratheftis-dear-snow-smallNow, let us not pretend that this is the finest artistic endeavour I’ve ever undertaken. It’s a messy sketch produced by bleary morning eyes and hands shaky with SNOW RAGE. However, I needed to share it with all of you, especially the ones who might be feeling the same about our snowy springtime friend. Share it with your friends, Londoners, and maybe Mister Snow will take the hint.

p.s. On a lighter note, I joined Instagram today – come and find me! I’m theftypix.

Be Happy: Good Vibe Doodles.

Here are some good vibes for you:

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Hello! These are some sketches from the last few days. Ironically, I started drawing while I was in a very bad mood. I’ve now cheered up considerably (and I like to think that’s ’cause of these doodles). I’m thinking of turning them into posters. What do you think?

2013 Poster Calendars by Thefty

Hello!  I’ve been busy designing two poster calendars which you can buy in my online store! Yippee! They’re printed on beautiful 235gsm satin photo paper with a semi-gloss finish. They would look beautiful framed, or just tacked onto the wall (which is what I’m planning to do). Both designs come in two sizes, A3 (£8) and A2 (£11).

The first design is called ‘Colour Lovers’, and is a happy explosion for your eyeballs:

I reckon this design would make any room look joyful!  If you look closely (see below) you’ll notice that the poster comes fully loaded with intricate patterns, and the killer ‘Bebas‘ font by Dharma Type.  I’ve also included the quotation which inspired the design. That way, all you colour lovers will remember to give yourselves a little pat on the back every time you lay eyes on your poster.

Click here to buy the Colour Lovers Calendar Poster

My second design is called Starface. (If this looks familiar, it’s because you can also purchase it as a cushion). This one has a lovely organic, hand-drawn vibe…if I do say so myself.

Here’s a close-up. There’s a subtle polka-dot print in the background, and a lot of rich colour and texture. Velvety grey is one of my favourite colours, believe it or not! For the month names, I’ve used the gorgeous Deftone Stylus font by Larabie Fonts.

Click here to buy the Starface poster Calendar

I hope you like them! I figured they’d make great Christmas presents (Yes, yes,  I know, I said the C Word in October). I like the idea of a gift which looks good but will actually come in handy the whole year ’round.

While we’re on the topic of Christmas, don’t forget that my Christmas cards are back in stock, and that my cushion designs will be available until the end of October 2012.

Get ’em while they’re hot!

A Poster Against Badger Culling

Hello! Do you know what badger culling is?

A quick summary: many wild badgers are infected with tuberculosis, and they transmit the disease to cows. This costs UK cattle farmers millions of pounds a year. In a bid to eradicate tuberculosis from cattle, thousands of badgers were culled (i.e. slaughtered) in the 1990s. Unfortunately, this did not stop the transmission of tuberculosis, because the issue was not as simple as scientists originally thought.

Unfortunately, despite strong scientific evidence against culling, the UK government is now licencing farmers to cull badgers again. As usual, my response was to pick up a paper and start drawing.

I’m not writing and drawing about this from an animal welfare perspective (although I do love me a cute little badger). Nope. I’m writing this as someone who studied biology and wrote a research project on this very issue, just a few years ago. I find it very interesting, and I find it ridiculous that culling is about to recommence.

If you’d like more information on this topic, watch this video with David Attenborough.

If you’d like to see an end to badger culling, please sign the petition.

Blast From the Past: Hit & Run Flyers

Hello! Today I stumbled across the very first pieces of paid design work I ever did: A set of flyers for Hit & Run  drum’n’bass nights, 2006. I was a university student back then, and I was so excited to be making something that would be seen by more than 5 people, haha. Here are two of them:

What a nice little blast from the past. I remember having so much fun designing these. If you know anyone who needs a flyer designer, give me a shout!

SUPER GOOD DAY

Hello! I’ve been playing with more hand drawn type, and these are three variations on a super happy theme. I plan to hang prints of these opposite my bed, to make sure I wake up feeling good.  If you would like to buy a print, click here! (My shop is now open and I’m very excited. Go and have a look!)

Have a super good day!