So over the past week or so I've been playing around with a few things. I dragged out my Wacom from wherever it had been hiding on my desk and I hashed out several sketches using white on pastel colours. I'm very much used to doing things in black and white, so I thought I'd shake things up a bit; it's always good to get out of your comfort zone!
I also went to the library recently and found a book called Graphic Style Lab (2015) by Steven Heller (I'm such a fangirl for his books). I flicked through it quickly at the library and thought, "hm, cool pictures, good for inspiration". But when I got home and actually sat down to read through it, I discovered (on the front page, how embarrassing) that it said, "develop your own style with 50 hands-on exercises".
Most people will cringe at having to do 'exercises', the very word creating reminiscent visions of having to sit in their Typography 101 class and make the words like POP and CRACKLE and BANG look like they sound. But as I got more into this book (which I will happily put a Book Depository link for at the bottom of my post) I realised that these exercises sounded really exciting. For example, the first one is: "Create an album cover that parodies famous Russian avant-garde design using a photo of yourself." Amazing right?! Don't worry, it's not as difficult as it may sound. There are step by step instructions, and even encouragements that dare you to think outside the box!
I thought that instead of doing these exercises by myself, I'd do a little collaboration of sorts with my wonderful partner in crime and all other things, Jordy (the link to his website would go here, but Muse is our next collab project ;)). We will each complete the exercises, all while not looking at what the other has created until the very end. And then I'll post the results up here! Ideally we should complete at least one a week, so keep checking back for more updates!
One final thing, I am also beginning a project involving stencilled greeting cards, so perhaps that will appear on my blog at some point too.
Graphic Style Lab (2015) by Steven Heller is available for purchase here.
My hair now matches my website!
But don't worry, the colour has absolutely no affect on my ability to design! If anything I think it just shows more of my personality! Well, I hope it does anyway. Old people have been giving me funny looks...
I'm also working on some quick digital drawings after not using my Wacom in what feels like an age. Will be uploading those soon!
I'm all about process. There's no better feeling than seeing design concepts and sketches come to life before your eyes. I spent a lot of time on my graduate project looking into the different aspects of the design process in others before I was able to turn it around on myself and notice my own processes. I believe that the process of a project is just as important as the final product; it shows a journey and a connection between an initial idea and the physical design it ends up becoming. It's a transformation and a visual representation of the ability to do none other than create. The design process is a beautiful thing, and it's always been something that I've prided myself on in my work.
Months ago I started a journal (Moleskine, obviously. Is there any other option?). It was originally intended to be a journal for personal design projects, but as the year progressed it turned into a therapeutic tool, and then finally something I had never expected it to be: an art journal.
The first project I wanted to work on was a documentation of my recovery with depression. I wanted to raise awareness of mental illness through design, and although The Project (that's what I named it, so original) never quite took off, it gave me a driving force and an ultimate purpose. I've always wanted to "change the world with one poster", so I think if I can somehow use my design skills to change the stigma surrounding mental illness one day, then I would have succeeded my life goal.
Looking back on my journal made me think a lot about process, so I thought I'd share a few photos of the progression of my journal from the beginning of the year to present, and then a few more images of my workbooks. My workbooks are always my favourite thing about my design projects. Click on the images for the caption!
My partner gave me a bouquet of Chrysanthemums weeks ago and lately I've been watching them slowly whither and die atop my dresser draw. In light of this brief realisation that beauty fades, I quickly took up my fineliner and began doing various sketches and doodles.
From the genus Chrysanthemum, within the family Asteraceae, these flowers are native to Asia and northeastern Europe, and are often referred to as mums or chrysanths. Upon researching them I discovered that there are so many horticultural varieties and cultivars, and for some reason am realising now that I would often mistake them for daisies when I was younger.
These sketches are also the beginning of vague concepts for a tattoo I'd like to get on the inside of my right wrist. Symbolically the tattoo will represent the first bouquet of flowers my partner bought me, and it is also the hand he holds. No need to tell me how lame it is! It's much prettier than just getting someone's name permanently etched into my body.
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