Birth card for Oliver; Detail of front with Humpback whale mum and het calf in the blue sea. The O of Oliver is formed by bubbles above the whales. Illustration and graphic design by Els Vlieger

Birth card for Oliver

Birth card for Oliver; Folded card shown outside and inside. Birth drink announcement on semi-transparent tracing paper. Stickers. All illustration and graphic design done by Els Vlieger

© Els Vlieger Birth card for Oliver

I was honoured to illustrate and design Oliver’s birth card, baby drink announcement and sticker.

One of Oliver’s mum’s hobbies is scuba diving, so a deep sea theme was perfect for this printed matter. The choice to draw and paint a Humpback whale and her calf would also be an important metaphor of this new period in her life.

Inside Oliver's birth card. Drawing of a humpback whale and its calf. Baby birth drink announcement card and sticker. Graphic design and illustrations by Els Vlieger

As usual when designing and illustrating (birth) cards I did the full graphic design for both the card and the baby drink announcement (here printed on semi-transparent tracing paper).

For Oliver’s card illustration I started with (analog) painting the Humpback mother and her calf. After scanning and editing I composed the various drawings in Affinity software and made the final illustration that formed the front and back of the double folded card. The bubbles above the mammals form the letter O, referring to the name Oliver.

Painted blue Humpback whale mum and her calf, illustration by Els Vlieger
Birth card for Oliver; Folded card shown outside. Front with Humpback whale mum and het calf in the blue sea. The O of Oliver is formed by bubbles above the whales. Illustration and graphic design by Els Vlieger
Birth card for Oliver; Folded card shown inside. All illustration and graphic design done by Els Vlieger
Birth drink announcement on semi-transparent tracing paper. Stickers. All illustration and graphic design done by Els Vlieger
Birth card for Oliver; Front with Humpback whale mum and het calf in the blue sea. The O of Oliver is formed by bubbles above the whales. Illustration and graphic design by Els Vlieger
Birth card for Oliver; Detail of school of fish, Illustration and graphic design by Els Vlieger

If you’re interested in a custom made design feel free to contact me for a price quote.

Illustrator, surface pattern designer, art historian in a former life, mom of 3 boys and an aussie

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