Tag Archives: design

Introducing the Royal Spades

My new deck of playing cards is growing with the fourth suit starting to take shape.  Time for the Jack and Queen of Spades to make their entrance … The spades are defined by a palette, which moves through shades of blue. To me, this palette brings a sense of clarity to the characters, alluding to the element Air, and wisdom […]

Introducing the Royal Diamonds

King of Diamonds version 3 in colour

The Diamond colour palette is accentuated by green – and after a week of painting, three Diamond courts are excited to step on to the scene. I will be showing comparisons between the suits as this new (still unnamed) deck progresses, though if you want a sneak peek of the cards I’ve illustrated so far, here are links […]

Cover Designs, Websites & a Deck Design Contest

Book cover design Annette Abolins

My mother writes books, over the years she has published several books and collected poems, she also writes regular reviews about the many different books she reads … Wielding a pen or keyboard to tell a story is something I admire and find worthy of celebration, and it has been an honour for me to design the covers for […]

Why there’s so much to Love about Cards

5 decks spread out on work space

If you have visited here before, you’ll know I love cards (both Tarot and Playing cards). Having just published my second deck, I feel I’m still at the beginning of a most inspiring journey, which I hope will lead to many more cards in the future. In this post I want to share some of my thoughts and inspiration behind why I like […]

Playing Cards – The printing presses are running

Artwork by Annette Abolins

It’s been a while since my last update. The weather (we’ve had some!) and the busy month of May (with celebrations and exciting visitors) have kept me occupied … On the creative side, I’ve been busy completing my deck of playing cards, previewed in this post :) I’m excited to announce that after almost a year and a half, the printing […]

Drawing a Musician & motivating Swimmers

pen & ink drawing digital painting Annette Abolins

Music is always inspiring, as are those who perform it so brilliantly… My friend Paul is an absolute star on the harmonica; he plays and sings across the musical genres, exuding enjoyment and love of music. He recently had a ‘big’ birthday (along with a party to write home about), and I did this drawing, wanting to capture some […]

Website updates and Recent Design work

colourful portrait of psytrance duo

Re-designing and updating websites (or portfolios) is a bit like moving the furniture around, or throwing things in a suitcase and going for a drive in search of a new view … sometimes things get left behind or fall behind the couch. When one of my web pages ends up behind the couch, moves, has gone on holiday […]

Magazine Design Mock-ups

What is a Mock-up? If you haven’t stumbled on the word mock-up before, this post may shed some light on both meaning and use. There’s a little background, a few examples, and even some trivia to whet your appetite :) A mock-up can be a useful and creative way to illustrate a concept, as it can be used to demonstrate skills, functions and […]

Web-design update: Swim club and Gardens

In this post I thought I’d show two of the latest websites I’ve been working on. Earth vs Water – Gardening vs Swimming… both different, but in some ways similar – as in they both promote a healthy ‘outdoorsy’ way of life… Something I find very easy to resonate with :) Gosford Stingrays Swimming Club The local swimming club is a friendly […]