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!

Love Is In The Air! Design Work for Jodie Brennan Photography

Hello! This is a recent piece of design work created for  Jodie Brennan, a Staffordshire-based  photographer. Jodie needed a promotional flyer to hand out at a wedding show. Her only requests were that I stick to the teal/grey colour scheme of her website, and that I include a bride and groom motif.

I didn’t want it to look twee, as that would not reflect Jodie’s style. However, I thought the polka dots added just the right amount of sweetness and softness.

Jodie is lovely to work with and she takes gorgeous photos. If you’re getting married in the UK this year, give her a call!

Wedding Animals

Hello! Do you remember these animal line-drawings I made in April? I created them for the wedding of two animal biologists. The bride kindly sent me some pictures of my artwork  ‘in action’. Doesn’t it all look beautiful? The wedding looked so stylish, yet simple and earthy.

The tables were named after species studied by the bride or groom. This was the  red squirrel table.

There was also an aardvark table, a hoopoe table and a hyena table, amongst others!

The King Penguin table.  (I love the idea of flowers in jars.)

The table plan, featuring all 13 drawings.

And lastly, the happy couple. Congratulations, guys!

All photography by  Jenny and Rudi Kennard at WhatImage Weddings.

Wedding Animals: otters, aardvarks and line-drawings.

Hello! I’ve just finished another project! This one’s for two lovely biologists who are getting married this Spring.

Between them, they study a whole bunch of wild animal species, and I was asked to draw 15 of them. My drawings will be displayed on tables at the wedding reception, instead of simply numbering the tables. (Isn’t that a nice idea?) Anyway, here are my 10 favourite drawings, presented to you in diagram-from-a-textbook style.

Which one is your favourite?

Line drawings feature in most of my artwork, but there’s usually plenty of colour involved, too. It was really refreshing to keep it simple with these drawings.

I hope you love them, Ms A. & Mr B.