Winter Oranges

Another illustration (1 of 4) I was commissioned to create for La Montana, a range of gorgeous scented candles inspired by a British couple’s new life in a delightful Spanish mountain village. This one was called “Winter Oranges” – the scent is a warm, spicy, zesty blend of Valencia orange, cinnamon, red apple, and clove.


This illustration was quite fiddly to do, in particular my attempt to make the ingredients as simple in form but still recognisable through the use of limited shapes and colour. I maybe didn’t pare it down enough, I have a habit of wanting to keep adding more and more detail to drawings but actually often, and especially in this case, less is more. Some of the vintage travel posters these illustrations were inspired by were created so simply with a very limited colour palette and line work and they look amazing – it’s quite a skill, one I’m working on and keen to explore. I’m certainly interested to find out what it smells like as I’m sure it will be warming and delicious – a perfect Christmas scent (not that far away now…)


You can see the previous Alfredo’s Cafe Poster here, and all the other illustrations I created for the La Montana range here.

Winter Oranges

“The Greatest Movie You’ll Never See” Book Review

Came across this great review by pop culture writer, Rich Heldenfels, for the book “The Greatest Movies You’ll Never See” by Simon Braund, view the video here or here.
It’s cool because a) it’s a review of a book produced by the company I work for [Quintessence Editions, The Quarto Group]  b) it’s a review of a book I have been involved in  c) the video features a couple of visuals of my film poster designs that are included in the book and  d) it showcases the US edition of the book, which I happened to design the cover for!*

The Greatest Movies You'll Never See Review Jacket Design by Isabel EelesThe Greatest Movies You'll Never See_Review_Wong Kar Wai_Film Poster Design by Isabel EelesBuy the book here. See more of my poster designs here.

*That reminds me, i’d like to show you some of the other ideas/visuals for the jacket design actually, I rather liked them, i’ll dig them out at some point.  Even the process of putting together this jacket design was interesting, tested my advancing photoshop skills a little bit! I’m sure it’s the same with all designers/creatives – looking back on it now there’s quite a few things i’d change a little if I could, can we ever be truly 100% happy with the work we produce??
“The Greatest Movie You’ll Never See” Book Review

Google Voice Search

Loving the new Google Voice Search ads I’ve seen around and about in the last couple of weeks, find them quite amusing and interesting. Here’s a couple I’ve seen on my travels on the tube:

They sometimes take a while to work out, they’re not easy, they look very foreign but when said aloud they begin to make sense. Once I’ve seen include:

  • loe-kuhl res-tronts = Local restaurants
  • tak-see num-buhz = taxi numbers
  • ley-tist skorz = latest scores
  • loe-kuhl tey-kuh-wey = local takeaway

Also these are relevant to my language/translation project I’ve been working on (see previous post here) pretty much sums up my thoughts to be honest, I have myself created similar made up phonetical pronunciation of words, however I was using my Welsh influence.

I realise now that just simple words displayed as such have a big impact and might have worked as a suitable outcome, but of course here they are advertising something whereas mine would be more about just opening people’s eyes and making them aware. So rather than advertising like google’s do would simple words be enough though? What exactly would I be trying to say to the viewer with them…?

I can’t believe these google ads have come out just now, is such a coincidence, I tried searching to learn more about them but only come across other poeple who have seen them and snapped them and uploaded them to twitter/flickr… see here, here and here.

Google Voice Search

Way to go

Main thing I’ve learnt so far with this project is that when you’re working on an poster of such size it is so important to keep printing it off, pasting it together and seeing what the design is like at full scale when you can really interact with it as it is intended and see how it works…

That’s my bedroom wall with a few various attempts both old and new, (top right is the most recent stage I’m at) it def helped to do this, you can immediately see/say what works and what doesn’t,

Way to go

Set project 2 – Mid Crit

Here’s some of the work that I presented at the mid crit for ‘Text to book’ brief.

We needed three different approaches of interpreting and presenting the text..

1. I tried a textbook influenced approach, very neat, regimented and minimalist:

2. a more paper engineering/pop-up and interactive approach, trying to turn the extremely dry content on its head with the intention to make the text more approachable, fun and memorable:


3. and finally displaying the whole text on a single poster, a completely different format but one with potential:

I did this as a sketch initially just to help we work out the structure and layout of all the text overall to see what I was working with and in the end it seemed sensible to try is as a poster (this was printed A1 size).

However, at the interim crit this was the favourite idea as it was something bit different to a ‘book’ (but it is still printed matter so allowed) and actually would be really useful tool for designers to have on their studio wall etc… There were a few suggestions, picking a B page size to relate it back to ‘books’, also I could consider using the two sided nature of a poster somehow or look at folding so it would become booklet/poster all in one…

Set project 2 – Mid Crit