So I got a potted Chrysanthemum for Christmas and I've been wanting to draw it ever since, and I finally got the chance to do so the other day! I'm really excited, because it's growing really well and there are about four or five other buds about to flower. I also have a succulent plant that I'm yet to draw, so maybe that will be my next little mission.
I'm also heading off to Brisbane in a week for ten days, so hopefully I will have some more sketches and things from my travels! It's my first time being out of the country too, so I'm sure there will be lots of photos shared on my Instagram.
With a new year comes all sorts of new goals and hopes and dreams. Hopefully this new year will come with a lot more exciting projects for me to show you all! I've been experimenting with the art of Zentangle recently, and what better way to kick off the festivities of Christmas and New Years with a bit of meditative art?
I hope you've all had a relaxing holiday so far and I look forward to sharing more creative things with you this year!
Hello friends! It has been such a long time since I've posted something, but since it's almost time for the new Star Wars movie to come out, I thought I'd share a project I'd worked on for a client. Oh yeah, it's also Christmas soon too. So what better thing to create than Christmas-themed Star Wars greeting cards?
I made a set of 12 (and included the envelope). I never intended to sell the greeting cards I started making, but I never knew people would actually want them! I might set up something on my Etsy page in the mean time, but for now here's the full set of the Star Wars Christmas cards I made. Enjoy!
My 'client' was actually my high school media studies teacher, and the recipients of the cards are actually a lot of teachers that taught me over five years ago! I'm so glad they've all gone to a good home.
Hopefully I will have some more creative things to show you over the next few months!
I am getting way too into this greeting card thing, but if it allows me to be creative and make cool things about other cool things then I totally don't apologise for it! Last time I posted some greeting cards with a Star Wars theme (don't worry, there's plenty more where that came from), but today I decided to do something a bit different and equally as nerdy. So here's one for all the Whovians out there; Ten, Eleven, and Twelve! Who knows, perhaps this will translate nicely into a full set of all Twelve (Thirteen, technically) Doctors! Here are the individual cards in more detail:
I also tried to find patterns that matched each Doctor's era/personality, but in the end I settled for some good ol' floral and gold foil patterns.
Keep your eyes peeled over the next couple of weeks for more nerdy greeting cards, and the next instalment of Graphic Style (Co)Lab with Alisha and Jordy. (There was a name change because we realised some of these projects would be a bit impossible to do in 30 minutes, even if we were like, Michael Bierut or Stefan Sagmeister or something).
Carrying on with my new greeting card project, I managed to whip up these two in the last day or so ahead of this December's release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you couldn't tell, I'm a bit excited for it.
The great thing about stencilling these things is that I get to experiment with different patterns. For example, I've decided to title the Stormtrooper 'Botanic Wars'.
I actually made the Darth Vader card for my father for Father's Day today, with the words, "To the greatest Father in the galaxy". I could spend all night making Star Wars related puns but I won't.
Hopefully I can make a few more of these and introduce new stencil designs. It takes a lot of patience. If these things don't prove I have a great eye for detail then I don't know what will!
I said we'd do it and here it is: the first official "30 Minute Graphic Style (Co)Lab with Alisha and Jordy"!
Just a quick recap of what this is about; I found a book written by Steven Heller called Graphic Style Lab. I thought it would be an amazing idea for my partner and I to do them together, since we're both graphic designers. The rules were to obviously follow the exercise, stick to 30 minutes, and only compare what each of us has done at the end of it all.
I'll be honest, it took a lot longer than 30 minutes. We overestimated our abilities, and the power of our computers, but we did end up finishing and here are the final results! (We'll try stick to 30 minutes next time, I promise).
#1 - Create an album cover that parodies famous 1920s Russian avant-garde design using a photo of yourself.
We'll be attempting an exercise every week. Purchase the book here, and happy designing!
So I mentioned in one of my previous posts that I was working towards some concepts for general greeting cards... Good news, I managed to make a start! The card pictured was a very (very very) quick tester; it took about 10 minutes to put together, but this is a general aesthetic and style I'm aiming for.
The paper stock used here is water colour card (what I had at the time) and so I bought some slightly lighter paper stock (rendering card, 217GSM) that also had a really nice, subtle texture to it. I also started off with a star, which is a really basic stencil. I'm eager to try some more complex stencil work, and more suited to a range of different interests. The two on my immediate agenda are a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader.
Hopefully in a few days time I'll have those ready to post up! Meanwhile, keep an eye out for '30 Minute Graphic Style (Co)Lab with Alisha and Jordy' which will be the biggest thing since sliced bread, I promise.
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!
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