I am so excited to announce that the 2022 Penguin Calendars are now available! This is the seventh edition of the Penguin desk calendar that I’ve created and I know you’re not supposed to have favourites but it’s my favourite product to create each year.
I started work on the illustrations a lot earlier this year and really made the most of those first few stages of thinking up designs and sketching each of them out. I think the hard work paid off. I may have been sketching Penguin snow angels on the warmest days of the short UK summer but starting early really helped.
FROM SKETCH TO FINAL ILLUSTRATION
Each page of the Penguin Calendar starts off life as a rough sketch in my sketchbook. A lot of the time, these aren’t polished or neat sketches; sometimes they don’t even look like the final illustration! I like to have a guide or a quick doodle of what the final image will look like though. I then photograph or scan that sketch to create the final illustration on my computer.
There is a lot of tweaking involved in creating these images, choosing just the right colour combinations, adding little details, taking little details away, moving, rotating…the list goes on. I then lay them out on their respective pages, pair them with their correct calendar dates and voila! It’s as easy as that. It isn’t as easy as that to be honest, I’ve tweaked and checked the images, checked the dates what feels like 100 times, printed them out, checked it all again. They are then printed professionally ready to send to you.