Denise Hughes Designs
Denise Hughes is a designer of products for children. Based in Hampshire, UK, she creates collections of children’s prints and greetings cards…all created with love and designed to make you smile. She delivers unique designs on high quality products, with a large helping of friendly customer service.
Where and how are your products made?I design all my illustrations from my studio in Eastleigh, Hampshire. I am lucky enough to have a space at The Sorting Office Art Studios with sixteen other artists and makers.
My work is initially hand drawn. I then go through various digital processes including scanning in found objects and textures to achieve the final result.
Once I have finalised the designs they are printed using UK manufacturers.
Why do you do what you do?Because I love doing it! I have always drawn - it is one of my great joys in life.
Favourite piece (and why)?My favourite piece is "Leaves!". I think it is a really successful in design terms, particularly because it has lots of movement and texture. It also brings back very happy childhood memories of growing up in a street which was lined with huge horse chestnut trees. When they dropped their leaves in the autumn they were swept up into big piles - perfect for leaf kicking!
What inspires you?All sorts of things! Childhood memories, children's literature, a particularly texture or pattern.
What’s special about your designs?When I'm drawing a character I try to describe their movement and posture in as few lines as possible. I draw sometimes right handed, and sometimes left handed; a technique, which I believe, keeps my designs fresh and energetic. I scan “found textures” in from many different sources so I am always adding something personal to my artwork.
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