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Sunkissedstudio Design

Some time ago I wrote a blog about Samantha’s business, Sunkissed Handmade. I am a huge fan of her beautiful headgear, flower crowns, mermaid crowns and every single design she presents.  This past week I saw another post on her page where she showed the fact that she can now turn you/a loved one into a MERMAID, as well as creating digital art of your pets.  Now I don’t know about you, but I have always dreamt about being a magical being and this honestly excites me so much.  Plus I know that my animals are royalty at heart so her creations are right at the top of my birthday wishlist!

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Your name: Samantha Hanlon

Business name: Sunkissedstudio Design

Social media handles: Design – Facebook; Handmade – Facebook and Instagram; Photography – Facebook and Instagram

Tell me a bit more about how this business came about:  I have been running my own business as a freelance photographer and designer for almost 12 years now. Before I decided to work for myself, I worked as a fashion designer for suppliers to top retail stores and international brands.
I have been focusing on my photography and crown-making mostly, but when this lockdown started, I realised that it would need to change my focus.
My clients have come to expect a certain level of pretty, light and happy imagery from my photography and a delight for princesses, young and old, in my crowns. I wanted to offer the same feeling but in something digital.
I decided to promote my design page and particularly the fantasy portraits, as a whimsical escape from the harsh reality of life. They make the perfect gift in a time when we can’t leave our homes to actually give loved ones presents, and there are no courier costs involved. The A4 digital image can be sent to anyone with an email address anywhere in the world!

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Have you always been so creative:  Yes, absolutely.
I studied Textile design and then fashion design and worked in the fashion industry for many years as a graphic artist and designer, which is where I honed my photoshop skills, which came in handy when I started doing photography. I always have a creative project on the go.

Please can you tell me a bit more about the specials you are running at the moment:
I am currently offering A4 digital portraits for just R250 each during lockdown.
I have a variety of themes to choose from but an happy to make custom orders too.

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Where did these ideas come from:
I have always photoshopped fantasy images for fun, usually for birthday cards or making memes.  It always makes people so happy to get something personalised and meaningful as a gift.

Which have been your favourite mermaid & pet portraits:
I have to say, one of my favourites is the mermaid – purrmaid portrait I did of my cat Lilly.
I enjoy doing each artwork and love hearing how much my clients love them.

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Can people still order from you during lockdown & how will they receive their images:  Yes! I email your digital file to you, so it’s easy.

Who do you think your ideal clients would be:  My ideal clients are the same amazing people who love my photography and crowns.

“They are day dreamers and night thinkers, they love music, books, movies , art, sunsets, forests and oceans and all things that make this world a more beautiful place. They are people with imagination.”

What do you need from people to create these images:
I need 3-5 photographs emailed to me. I do offer some guidelines as to which sort of images work best.  You can email these through to me.

How has lockdown affected your business:
I have been unable to run my small business, I am a single mother and also support my parents and handicapped brother. So quitting is not an option.
Thankfully creativity is my super-power and I can draw on my experience and talent to keep providing for my family.

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Quote you live by:
“A person who is a master in the art of living makes little distinction between their work and their play, their labour and their leisure, their mind and their body, their education and their recreation, their love and their religion.
They hardly know which is which and simply pursue their vision of excellence and grace, whatever they do.
Leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing. To them they are always doing both”
― James A. Michener

Anything else you want to add:
Please support small businesses at this time. There is no such thing as an “essential” or” non-essential” business.
Every business is essential to the person who earns a living from it.

“Have courage and be kind….and keep day dreaming”

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Please follow all of Sam’s beautiful pages and support her artistic talent.  These would make great birthday gifts, lockdown happiness, anniversary gifts, or even simply just-because.  If you have always dreamed of magic, or if your daughter/niece/friend has a vivid imagination; why not make it a reality.  Or if your pets personality makes you picture them as a dame from the 1920s, or a court jester, or even a student at Hogwarts – make this happen by contacting Sam.  Her talent truly knows no bounds and she is one of the kindest people I have ever dealt with.

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Oodles of Doodles Creations

As I am sure you know by now (if you have been following me for any time), I love to find artists in South Africa.  I have found some really talented men & women, & have some super special artwork displayed in our house because of that.

I have had an idea for a new blog image for Flowercrowns & Treatment for some time, but have been looking for a style that really spoke to me & reflected who I really am in 2020.  I wanted something fun, colourful & happy!  And it was time for an update as I am no longer that sick little girl that I was just over a year ago…

I spent hours googling artists in South Africa.  I looked at their images, I spoke to friends & I asked for advice.  And then, finally, I discovered Oodles of Doodles.  I knew I had found something really special, & instantly wanted to have a picture done.  And you will see why this is my new feature image now!


Your names: Mish Roodman and Shaun Roodman

Business name: Oodles of Doodles Creations

Social media handles:  Facebook, Instagram & Website

Tell me a bit more about what you do:  Oodles of Doodles Creations is a small yet powerful graphic design company that is ready to take on all your design needs and boost your brand. As they say ‘dynamite comes in small packages’ and that’s exactly what we are. A dynamic duo ready to tackle all your artistic needs. With many years of experience in the industry, our team is able to translate your ideas into reality and make your design dreams come true. But what makes us very special is our Caricatures.
Shaun is a very Talented caricaturist and towards the end of last year he decided to follow his dream and add it as a service with our company. It really took off from there. People were falling in love with his fun unique style on them.
All you have to do is send him some photos of yourself and he will draw you and your loved ones, even your furbabies.

What is your pricing for these orders:
We offer 2 options.
Black and white line art or full colour.
Black and white R250
Full-colour R400.

This is for one person. But you can add other people in for an additional cost.

Add more people in your drawings, Limited to 2 adults and 2 children per drawing.
R50 pp – Line art
R100 pp – Full colour
We can also add your fur babies.
R50 – Line art
R80 – Full colour
All prices are per person and per fur baby.

How long does it usually take you to complete an order:  It depends on the season. About a week. But over the festive season we were swamped so it was 3 weeks.

How can people place an order:  Via Facebook or email.

Have you always been artistic:  We have both always been very artistic for many years. We both met at Animation college and have been dating ever since.
It has been 10 years now.

Why are you so passionate about what you do:  Shaun is passionate about his drawing as it takes him to a different world. It lets him escape his usual hustle and bustle of work that is more corporate. It allows him to express his artistic flair in a fun manner that brings joy to others as well. So many people enjoy his work and seeing the fun they have with the caricatures brings him joy too.

What has been your personal favourite piece:

I would say, Christian and James. They both just captured the people’s personalities so well.

Quote you live by:  It would have to be “Excelsior” by Stan Lee a huge role model to Shaun since he was a child (even to me)
“You know, my motto is ‘Excelsior.’ That’s an old word that means ‘upward and onward to greater glory’. – Stan Lee

Anything else you want to add:
Shaun hopes to keep drawing his amazing caricatures for people and we also hope that you look at the rest of our company for other amazing branding solutions.


I’m sure you can see why I was so attracted to the work that they do, & now, I cannot wait to show you my new official image for Flowercrowns & Treatment…  Drumroll please!

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Line art complete

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Finished product with colour!

I couldn’t be happier with how this has turned out, & really love the idea of using a unique image to portray your personality on your website, email signatures & social media channels.

What do you guys think of my new pic?


 

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