If you’re looking for a greeting card designer,
humorous gag writer, creative genius,
experienced and reliable card illustrator
– YOU came to the right place!
I can illustrate your ideas or I can supply you with ideas to choose from.There’s always something about greeting cards that never fails to bring a smile to the face of the recipient, especially the funny and lighthearted cards. In my long years as a greeting card artist, I can honestly say that I have made a substantial number of cards on virtually all themes and occasions.
One thing I can be proud to say is that most of the work I’ve done as a greeting card artist contain humorous images done in different artwork styles. Being a greetings card artist, I place outmost importance not only in creativity but also in the uniqueness of each each greetings card design that I draw. Humour is also a major characteristic, either explicitly implied in the image itself with no accompanying captions or the use of page 3 punch lines. As a greetings card artist, I employ different degrees of humor that depends on what the theme calls for. Some cards I created contain subtle, even cute messages that will not fail to bring that warm glow to its recipient. Some cards contain what I would call ‘far side’ type of humor that appeals only to a specific group of reader or recipient. I also design pop-up cards and cards that contain simple mechanical features. Needless to say, I place importance as a greetings card artist to express whatever sentiments the client wishes, in however ways he or she demands it. I also specialize in seasonal greetings for Christmas, Valentines Day, Mother’s and Father’s Day, and everything in between.
I also have extensive experience in designing and formulating motivational and inspirational cards. As a greeting card artist, I make sure that the cards I created appeal to the widest range of market possible. Most of these cards have illustrations that reinforce whatever positive messages one wishes to convey. I also accept orders for custom-made cards meant only for a particular niche or kind of readers, including ‘nice to naughty’ images and captions. I take pride in being a greeting card artist that caters to all types of clients, from business organizations needing greeting cards that go well with their souvenirs and giveaways to big time greeting card manufacturers and distributors.
Being a greeting card artist does not mean that I limit myself to just creation of greeting cards. I can also furnish writing copy for other artists to illustrate, depending on the theme required by the client. And because I am a flexible greeting card artist, I am also capable of designing gift wrap and tags, address books, diaries, badges and badge cards, notepaper and notecards, bookmarks, calendars, and just about any visual materials that will add spice and a bit of humor to your daily existence.
I validate my expertise as a greeting card artist by mentioning some of the card publishers that I have had the pleasure to work with. The list includes Hallmark UK and Hallmark USA, Ling Design, Wishing Well Studios, Camden Graphics, Jooles, Arnold Barton, Brittania Products, Carlton Cards, Quitting Hollywood, Emotional Rescue, Second Nature, Paperlink, Unique Images, Strawberry Sunset, Blue Salamanda Paper House, Marks & Spencer, Simon Elvin, Card Connection, Rainbow Cards, Jarrolds Publishing, and Scandecor. I had also contributed ideas for Andrew Brownsword.(Like I’ve said, I’ve been working as a card designer for many many years!)
Cartoon map created to illustrate ‘What Is Engineering?’
Here’s the original brief that was emailed to me…
I hope you might be able to help us.
We’re looking to develop an illustration that captures as many elements of engineering as possible in a single street scene.
The scene would feature some of the following elements:
· Aircraft flying overhead
· Car driving along street stopped at traffic lights
· User with laptop in café (also with mobile phone/ PDA)
· Cash point
· Games shop & arcade – perhaps on a pier (see below)
· Rail station & train departing
· Seaside (marine engineering)
· Offshore oilrig
· Recycling bank/ refuse collection
· Drainage/ road surfacing
· Nuclear power station
· Background construction of a skyscraper
· TV/ Radio station with transmitter
· Wind turbine/ solar panel other obviously green electricity-producing mechanism
· Drinks factory (pop – owing to likely audience age group)
· Theme park in the distance?
· Weather balloon floating high
At the moment this list is not exhaustive, and equally not all of the components listed here need be included – but if you can get an idea of the general picture we’re looking for from this that’s great.
The illustration would be for print and would be featured in a booklet for pre-GCSE pupils. Each of the components listed above would have some accompanying text – but no more than a line or two explaining how engineers have made its development possible. There would therefore need to be sufficient space for the text to accompany the illustrations.
As a theme, I have in mind the cartoon maps that theme parks have to guide visitors round. The idea is that in addition to it being relatively straightforward and easy to grasp the information contained in the text, the students would be drawn into the scene and would have lots of distracting elements to look at (e.g. a few random activities in context of the above but with no explanatory text – someone falling into the duck pond or whatever!)
If you work in the food service industry, food hygiene will be a top business priority. Nothing will send shivers down your spine quite like a visit from the Food Standards Agency, who can cause a lot of problems if they decide your kitchen is not up to standard. There’s various risks involved with the food’s journey from kitchen to customer: from preparation and cooking to serving and clean-up. If you’re a health and safety officer, you’ll constantly have to tailor your approach to each risk. The restaurant environment can be fast-paced and sometimes unforgiving.
As you will know, the four main food hygiene hazards are allergenic, bacterial, chemical and physical. If your staff aren’t trained correctly and the food they are working with becomes contaminated, your customers could end up seriously ill. You constantly have to stay on guard to make sure everyone is safe.
The importance of food safety
In the UK, there are more than a million cases of food poisoning each year. Food hygiene should be the number one concern for restaurant kitchen health and safety officers today. As mentioned, there are four main hygiene hazards linked with food hygiene: allergenic, bacterial, chemical and physical.
It’s important to keep these in mind when looking specifically at how your food is prepared, cooked and served. If storage containers are left open, mould can grow causing the food to expire. Unsure on best practice, staff can also stick the wrong use-by dates on these containers, further complicating things. Cross-contamination is also a big factor to consider, especially if the food products staff are working with contain known allergens such as nuts, gluten or fruit.
When looking at kitchen surfaces and utensils, cross-contamination becomes an even bigger hazard. Clutter on shelves and worktops can increase this risk. If surfaces aren’t cleaned properly, you run the risk of germs spreading onto your food. Staff members come into contact with a variety of surfaces including bins, the toilets and raw foods. Unclean hands are also one of the main ways germs can be spread, as well as dirty cloths and towels where bacteria can easily spread. While serious, the various dangers associated with improper food hygiene can also be quite easy to solve.
How to reduce food safety risks
While spillages can be really common, there are a few tips and tricks you can implement right away that can help make your kitchen a safer working environment:
- Prevent cross contamination – train staff on correct personal hygiene
- Make sure staff properly store food
- Use less harmful cleaning products
- Ensure staff members wash their hands thoroughly
- Wash dishcloths, and make sure they are dried properly
- Make sure your fridges are set to the correct temperature
- Use brightly coloured materials – to draw employees’ attention to potential hazards
- Create visual cues around the kitchen – that highlights any danger
You could also design a comprehensive training manual for staff, and advise them of what the health and safety best practices are. One way to help increase the ‘stickyness’ of your training is to include visual imagery. Although lengthy training sessions and coaching are important, you also want a method that will actually resonate with your employees long after they leave the workplace.
Health and safety cartoons
One visual medium you should consider is cartoons. These work tremendously well, especially if they convey the information in a humorous way. I have designed a cartoon that highlights the many common restaurant healthy and safety risks, which is also light hearted and fun. You can find out more details about this cartoon here. I also offer a bespoke service, so if you have something else in mind or would like custom work done please contact me here and we can discuss.
Call Richard on +44 1246 209034 or email