Time for a makeover

My online profile picture has been the same since 2013! It really was time for a change…

The original illustration was drawn in 2010 in the comic book style made famous by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein:

Pop art self-portrait, vector illustration, 2010

In 2012, I replaced the dots with plain colours, added a background pattern and used it for the first and last pages of my Design & Arts College Diary:

It has been my profile pic ever since (with the occasional tweak now and then). And in case you’re wondering… yes, the new look was inspired by a recent real-life makeover : )

Our 2020 makeover

Sweet as Honey

‘Sweet as Honey’ in the Drawing Room

If you missed it, you can read the story behind this design in my previous post.

‘Sweet as Honey’ art print

Love Birds

‘Love Birds’ art print in the Drawing Room

This ‘Love Birds’ design was originally created for a student project in 2011. It was part of a boutique brewery branding campaign (yes, really) and was inspired by the textiles of William Morris. With a few minor tweaks and new text, it is now a quirky little art print.

‘Love Birds’ art print

Below are some of the original images that I created for the completely fictional Old Mill Brewers. The idea behind the campaign was that the brewery was located in a converted textile mill, a sophisticated venue where boutique beer is savoured like good wine.  As well as coming up with the name of the brewery and designing the logo and bottle labels…

Boutique beer branding campaign (student project, 2011, Design & Arts College)

…I also invented the six flavours: Red House (pilsner), Honey (lager), Vanilla (pale ale), Spice (witbier), Black Cherry (porter) and Chocolate (stout). Yum!

Boutique brewery logos (student project, 2011, Design & Arts College)

I even added the bird logo to the barcode on the back of the labels : ) It really was one of my favourite projects (as you can probably tell).

Barcode design (student project, 2011, Design & Arts College)

 

Anyone for coffee?

They finally arrived in the post… my samples of ‘Canterbury in Pink Light’ as a paper cup! My painting of the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps was chosen to be one of the artworks in the current BioCup Art Series. I was thrilled when they contacted me earlier in the year and asked me to be part of the project. And now here they are, and they’ve started popping up all over the place… so far I’ve seen photos on Instagram of my cup design in Sydney and Brisbane. I can’t wait to see where they turn up next!

The Art Series is produced by BioPak, an Australian-owned environmentally responsible packaging company that supports and promotes New Zealand and Australian artists by printing their work on BioCups. The cups are available from cafés around New Zealand and Australia. Click here to see the current BioCup Art Series and read about the artists and their artworks.

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‘Canterbury in Pink Light’ ~ sold

Original painting of snow-covered mountains, sunset & plains by Anna Cull, annacullart
And here’s a new feature image of the painting on my trusty travel easel

Doodlemugs

Doodlemugs (front)

Doodlemugs (back)
Photos courtesy of Della’s Pottery

Our first ever Doodlemugs have turned out beautifully. They will be for sale at the Lyttelton Market (Christchurch, NZ) on Saturday 19th March — or contact Della’s Pottery on Facebook. Individually designed and handcrafted by Della’s Pottery and Anna Cull Art.

Return of the little stick figures

Thank You — original illustration and now a note card design
Thank You — original illustration and now a note card design

This thank you illustration is one of my all-time favourites. Created to celebrate a milestone on my blog in 2012, it is also the image most often ‘borrowed’ by people on the Interweb. So, given its popularity, I’ve decided to turn it into a note card.

If you click on the image above, you will be magically transported to my Etsy shop.
Thank you : )

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CBD

CBD – note card from an original illustration
CBD – note card from an original illustration

‘CBD’ is another favourite that is now available as a note card. This one sprang from my ‘In the style of…’ drawing experiment and was inspired by the work of Jim Flora. You can read the original post here. It is based on a photograph I took of Christchurch in 2010. The centre of town looks nothing like this now… I really need to go in and take an ‘after’ shot ― I suspect that the only thing still standing will be that tree.

Click on the image to visit my Etsy shop : )