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.
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