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Bradley Hutchings

Longsummer is just me. I've used the name for some time because, like the illustrations, it conjures up clear sunny memories of beautiful places; and it can be a good name for many things.
Working as a designer and artworker for small firms, originally with paste-up and pens, in 1992 I started using the AppleMac. At home, I would occassionally paint. Playing around on the computer, this illustration of Bournemouth flats (below) was done in 1997 and this approach gradually became my chief artistic pastime. Though my own style, I am a fan of the paintings of the golden age of travel posters from the 20s-60s and the clean, bright approach of artists such as Frank Newbould.
In 2009, I decided to live my dream of moving to Bournemouth and started up Longsummer as a business. I started selling at Lymington market in 2011.

early illu

The illustration process...

I draw using Adobe Illustrator on the Mac (the early one used Macromedia Freehand). A typical illustration takes about 30 hours (the Taj Mahal was about this time).
Because they can be altered, some bulk printed postcards differ to their current prints. For example, I updated the balloon in Lower Gardens when its design changed.
With a chosen subject, I will take plenty of pictures, which I then adjust to set up my prefered design.

about 1

about 2

I create an editable palette of minimal and bright colours. With my adjusted photos on a base layer, I build up the illustration over a few layers, drawing point by point with the mouse..


Indian Series Donations

15p per postcard, 25p per greeting card, 50p per print.
Donations went to provide for poor, disabled and destitute children of India through Gwalior Childrens Charity (Help Children of India) and Snehalaya in India.
Total collected to end of 2017: £174.75
Total received by charity (inc Big Give Weeks): £346.25

Collected in 2018 and 2019:
has been donated to British Red Cross.

Further totals given will be shown end of 2021.

I have also made music in the past.
Some of this can be listened to at:


Hospitals are supplied with around 7,000 units of blood every day. In order to continue to meet that demand, NHS Blood must recruit nearly 200,000 new donors every year. Each unit of blood donated is split into its constituent parts, and can save up to three lives. If you want to find out more and would like to donate go to:


National Trust Working Holidays <

I have been on nearly 20 of these volunteer holidays since 2002. Fencing, path work, cider making, dry stone walling etc. Plus great days off. Meet new people, help the Trust with various site work, eat well, feel fitter!
Wonderful experiences, beautiful places.

cider post wall steps


> Peachy Choc recipe

  © Bradley Hutchings 2009-2021