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The beast...

December 29, 2016


...or the human within?

Wind in the Willows animal illustration

"The Wild Wood is pretty well populated by now; with all the usual lot, good, bad, and indifferent--I name no names. It takes all sorts to make a world."
- Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

Looking at man's depiction of animals, whether it's in a prehistoric cave painting, an old Greek fable, or a Disney movie, we can see man's deep set habit of projecting elements of ourselves on to the creatures. Perhaps that's why images of animals are so comforting in the home or with a message

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And a Christmas conundrum

The 'Twelve days of Christmas' recounts a true love sending cumulatively more gifts each day, corresponding to the number of the day. Here's Daniel's take on the single Partridge in a Pear Tree, sent on the first but then every other day of Christmas. Here's the conundrum, if that means 12 partridges were received overall, how many gifts in total did our true love send? (Read on for the answer!)

Shop the DM Bird Collection, including partridge, two turtles, calling birds and a range of Roosters ... 

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 Why winter's worth staying awake for ... 

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Explore the DM Christmas Collection of greetings cards. 

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 Why hares dream of a White Christmas

Given the choice most animals would rather it didn't snow at Christmas: travelling about on foot, hoof, or paw can be tricky; food is hard to come by; water supplies freeze over; and even the best furry winter coat has its limits.  But there is one furry animal which would certainly prefer a good few inches of the white stuff, and that's the mountain Hare

The DM Hare in the Snow illustration is available as a single greeting card or part of the limited offer Christmas Collection.

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Think pink

December 07, 2016


 The bearer of good fortune

Japanese art is a huge influence on Daniel's work in DM Collection. If you look through, you'll also detect  in most designs there is a hint of that gentle shade: pink. The colour is not so subtle in his Pink Cat design. In this illustration, Daniel has gone to town on both - and what a stunning result.

Choosing a cat for a Japanese make-over is very apt, as you find cats all over Japan from cat cafes to Hello Kitty.  But the Japanese esteem for all things feline is part of a much more ancient tradition associating them with good luck.


Prowl around the entire DM Cat Collection.

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The Yule Cat

December 04, 2016


 A ferocious feline

Daniel's Cat in the Snow is one of the cutest  - it will melt the heart of even the most ardent cat hater. But whether you're a cat lover or hater, most people have come across one of those bad tempered moggies: the ones the owner warns you about - "you're fine to sit there, just don't stroke her…. and it's probably a good idea not to move too much… oh, she doesn't like people looking at her either, do you princess? HISSSSSS!"

There are some cats though, which even a well experienced cat-lady couldn't befriend...

See the snow fall in the DM Christmas Collection and get your limited offer on all five designs.

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Kitten's shelter

November 30, 2016


 How pussy willow got its name

Many a garden is really ruled by cats - whether that's their playground by night or slumbering spot on a sunny day. Daniel's Cat in a Rose Garden design shows a feline presiding over a crop of pink flowers in the grounds of a rather grand mansion. (Look again - it's under the tree.) 

Prowl around the whole DM Cat Collection. 

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  The Christmas toadstool

As we know, Daniel likes to weave a rich and imaginative world into his intricate illustrations, and just when I think I've got to know the ins and outs of a specific composition, I'll discover something which I'd previously missed: it could be the tiniest of flowers, a distant cottage, or a dainty songbird.

One recurring theme which I like to spot is the depiction of one of the most well known toadstools in the world.

Daniel's Rudolph design is available as a single greeting card or part of our limited offer Christmas Collection

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Your pet puss

November 23, 2016


A fearsome huntress

cat licking its paw design

Cats are fastidious creatures - one of the reasons they make such good pets. They are meticulous in washing their paws, especially after eating. Daniel's Cat Licking its Paw has clearly just enjoyed a feast..or is she gearing up to a hunt?

Take a prowl through the entire DM Cat Collection. 

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The Fox

November 20, 2016


A Norseman's Best Friend

The beautiful island known as, errr, Ireland, is surrounded by one vast Atlantic Ocean and one very choppy Irish Sea, so you could forgive the historic inhabitants of the Emerald Isle for wondering how this isolated land acquired its wildlife. 

See the snow fall in the DM Christmas Collection - limited offer on all five designs.

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