Gift idea for morning grumpies: dish set by Ritzenhoff
Some of you may remember that when I started out as illustrator, for a while I ran a cafepress.com boutique with items that featured my illustrations. It was exciting at the time, and nothing against cafepress – but the boutiques can be easily opened by anyone, and it’s very hard to make sales without some serious marketing.
Well I have super exciting news: Some of my illustrations are now available in real brick and mortar stores, internationally, and online! The unique glassware company Ritzenhoff invited me this year to start working with them, as one of their illustrators for their beautiful gift products. Guess what, the first product just hit the stores! Wohooo!
Proud to present: my Ritzenhoff GOOD MORNING DESIGN EDITION!
all above photos by Ritzenhoff. Click on images to buy!
As you see, I had a lot of fun designing these!
The illustration briefing and inspiration: breakfast and mornings, joy of life, happiness, fun! This made me think of illustration characters that I had designed eons ago, which were just sitting around in my digital shelves, waiting for better days. I called them “the mopies” – they’re always in some kind of a bad mood, for various reasons. These illustration figures made me think of my own mornings (I’m not a morning person haha).
So, I designed a GOOD MORNING DESIGN series with my mopies, for all the people who need a bit of time to wake up too. As you see, the little guys in my designs are in all kinds of trouble with chicken, eggs, breakfast timers, and a variety of ill-fated morning conditions. My goal was to make even groggy morning people smile when they see the mopies. Considering the issues of these little guys, our own mornings can’t really be that bad. Right?