Andy Quick (Quicky) the creator of the Kayak Capers range, is an illustrator and designer with a passion for paddling and paddlesport.
The genesis of Kayak Capers began twenty-eight years ago with a series of hand drawn and coloured illustrations, Birthday and Christmas cards given to paddling friends.
A few years later fabric paints and pens allowed the designs to be transferred from paper illustrations to unique clothing designs. Although very rewarding to see the finished items it was a time-consuming and labour-intensive process with each design taking a day to complete. I was also constrained by the limitations of the paint and pens meaning that large, simple designs had to be produced in order to achieve the level of detail I wanted.
It was many years later when computer technology had reached a level of power and sophistication that allowed for graphics packages to come into their own that the full potential of hand-drawn but computer-coloured illustrations could be achieved.
This is the same method that Kayak Capers continues to produce today.
Most of the cartoons are created from real life experiences that my friends or I have experienced whilst paddling or taking part in the other sports I have illustrated.
If you ever see me out and about with a sketchpad don't do anything daft or you may find yourself the star of one of the latest cartoons.
We are always on the lookout for funny incidents to illustrate so if you have any please feel free to contact us.
The Urban Kayak range came from a suggestion from one of our friends. He wondered if we could create a series of more youth-orientated designs.
(There must be a certain age when cartoon style designs loose there appeal for teenagers but when they get a few years older the cartoon t-shirts come out again).
We had a lot of fun talking through ideas and producing the designs so the Urban Kayak range will continue to grow as we produce more designs.