Welcome

Urban Owl Studio is the home of the Butterflies and Moths of New Zealand print series  and publishes a number of prints and illustrated maps though our Felt Shop.

We also create custom illustrations and illustrated maps for businesses, publishers, events, and weddings.

The Studio is located in Pinehaven, Upper Hutt, with beautiful views of New Zealand’s snow-capped Tararua Ranges.

Maps

I craft illustrated maps in a variety of styles, depending on your requests or your project’s requirements or intended market. I cover both New Zealand and international locations. For books, I can cover real or fictional locations based on the book’s content.

In the age of standardised google maps, an individual, illustrated map can be a powerful, visual image in an invitation, brochure, magazine, or website. It can convey extra information, such as the beauty or features of the chosen area, or provide special information or instructions to guests or customers. For a business, an illustrated map aligned with the graphic imagery of the business can re-cast the surrounding area or town in the same visual language.

For more information about commissioning a map, click here. View samples of my map work in the illustrated map gallery.

Design & Illustration

I work with new or existing small businesses and shops to develop logos, promotional material, signs, and other business images. Graphic design projects are managed from the initial discussion and design stages, right through to proofreading and arranging printing or production where applicable for local clients.  For more information on the design services that I offer, click here.

Illustrations are an important part of book and magazine publishing, but also a key design element for businesses seeking a hand-crafted, individual, or unique look, both in their printed material and online. I work in pen and ink, pencil, pastels, watercolour, and digital imaging and painting software. For more information on the illustration services that I offer, click here.