I wanted the Have a Birthday They Said Card to reference the pressure that birthdays typically present – either because it’s a number you’re not looking forward to or because it involves social confrontation of people you barely know saying happy birthday. This character hates being sung to at restaurants, as should everyone.
I was so excited by the idea of creating a full set with these cards, rather than individual illustrations. The Wood Grain Card changed a lot over time, since I knew I wanted it to be a more generic card to support the character cards. The completion of each character card changed the composition of this card slightly every time. I’m happy that in the end it seems to round out the set well.
I surprised myself with this one, a card about love that is not at all snarky or cynical. I wanted the You and the Trees Card to be down to earth, genuine and versatile. While it was inspired by my partner and my love of camping, I think this card could work for any close relationship – even between family or friends. This is my second favorite card that I designed, because I got to go all out with my preferred style in the texture of the trees.
I’ll admit I probably projected a lot of myself into these cards – it had been a while since I had a real, defined creative outlet that allowed for exploration, and it also lined up with a lot of big changes in my life. I was interested in the idea of creating a character within her own world, and having this world be quiet, simple and subtly optimistic.
The Sick or Good Book Get Well Card was inspired by the cold I reliably get once a year that acts as an excuse to stay home from work for a day and do nothing but lay in bed and recharge. So it’s sort of a “get well but not really” card.
This card that was created as a complimentary card to the character cards, so that the set was a cohesive whole. The Thank You Card changed as I designed the other cards because I wanted it to support the character cards without the use of the central figure. I’m happy that in the end it seems to round out the set well.