Michel Gagné's Miscellaneous Art Gallery
Bud Plant Envelope Illustration

In September 2005, Nancy and I had the pleasure of having Bud Plant and his lovely wife Ann visit our house and studio. I've always been a huge fan of Bud's catalog. Actually, one of my goals when I started publishing was to be featured in Bud's catalog!

We gave them the tour, showed them some of my work in progress, and we finished the evening at the Boundary Bay Brewery where we had drinks and a delicious meal.

A few weeks later, I received an email from Bud's Marketing Coordinator, Carolina Stewart, asking me if I would be willing to provide a design for the large envelope they use to send out catalogs to their international and new customers. Artists that have been featured in the past include Brian Froud, William Stout, Mark Schultz and Gary Gianni. I was flattered and delighted to oblige.

Below is the first version I submitted to Bud. It was rejected because it was just too darn cute. Bud wanted something a little edgier.