Saturday, 28 June 2014

Print & Pattern (& a bit of general) inspiration

A week or so ago I spent the day in Guildford with a fellow awesome illustrator, and we basically spent most of the day taking photos of anything design-related that caught our eye. This got me thinking about what I am generally inspired by, how it influences my work and how I can improve upon myself. as a professional illustrator.

 The last few months have been really rather quiet in terms of trying to be an independent illustrator/designer so I thought I'd take a stand (of sorts) and try and push myself harder than I've ever done before. And because it's scary out there and rather intimidating at times, it might just make me want to work a little harder!

Apologies for the cheesy opening, but the photos below have inspired me to pursue a series of print and pattern designs for a variety of products. I entered Tigerprint's "Floral Pattern" competition this month as a good start off, and these photos really boosted what I wanted to get out of this.

So, lots of repetitive pattern, lots of detail and a lot of different colour palettes. And you can see inspiration comes from all over the place (who'd have thought teacups!?) but it does open a lot of doors if you look at it the right way. I've stated that museums are often my go-to place with a sketchbook if I'm ever facing an artist's block, but it's surprising where you might see something or somebody's work that makes you go "ooh!"

Below is a page of sketches I did in preparation for the Tigerprint competition, and my final entry:

So if you compare this to some of my original work, I've used more of the black line, while keeping my splash-y watercolour technique. I've also tried to keep it as minimalistic as possible, making it ideal for a range of products, including gift wrap and bags.

Thanks for reading, stay tuned for more news and new designs!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Sketches From Marrakech

I spent the last week in Marrakech with my boyfriend and we were completely blown away at the energy and atmosphere of the city.

As well as world famous sites such as the huge market square Jemaa el Fna, we visited beautiful locations including Badi Palace and the Saadian Tombs, plus the majestic Cascades d'Ouzoud -- the highest waterfalls in north Africa -- just a few hours to the east of Marrakech in the Azilal province.

These are a few pages from my sketchbook, plus a few of my favourite photos from the week.

Jemaa el Fna

Koutoubia Mosque

Cascade D'Ouzoud

Ben Youssef Medersa

My next step is to possibly create another map similar to my Russian cities one, or a series of illustrations to use for self promotional needs. I'm quite excited about this development and potential new project and plan to keep this space up to date with my thoughts and progressions.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Graduation, Barcelona, Wildlife Artist of the Year (and other news)

Its been too long since I've posted here so here's a little catch up with what I've been doing over the last few months...

First of all, after three years of hard work with some truly wonderful people, I graduated from Plymouth University with a 2:1 in Illustration. It's been an incredible few years and I've really missed it since moving back home.

I also went to Spain over the summer and spent a day in Barcelona with a sketchbook -- my kind of holiday! We spent most of the day in the midst of the incredible Sagrada Familia but the city itself was beautiful and I would love to go back there and take more of the sites in, as there was so much to do that we couldn't possibly cram into one day.

I've also recently been working on some more wildlife designs that I'm planning to enter to the Wildlife Artist of the Year. I love drawing animals and want to get better so this competition is a good start. The standards are always high and the entries from previous years have been simply amazing. 

I knew I wanted to draw birds again and turned my attention to birds of prey again. I've drawn owls before but I wanted to study something that would stand out so I chose the beautiful British kestrel. I love how they hover when they hunt, and the markings on their wings among many things. My design is almost finished but here's a few glimpses of some work in progress...

I will be sure to share a photo of the finished piece and my next entries for the competition. I used a mix of indian ink, acrylic and gouache for this entry, using a bit more acrylic than I normally do but I wanted the feathers on the wings to retain their natural smooth texture.

Thank you for looking, if you have any suggestions or ideas for Wildlife Artist of the Year, please do not hesitate to get in contact, I would love to hear from you!

Friday, 5 July 2013

D&AD Show

Earlier this week some of us went to London for the yearly D&AD "New Blood" show which was so exciting and it was great to visit the show as well as have my work exhibited in it. So here are a few photos, and I've added links to some of my wonderful fellow illustrators from Plymouth...

Emily Cammell

Jamie Bradford

Meg Ashford

Josie Maskell

Holly Liminton

Paddy Smith

Jordan Rogers

... and Josie and Emily invigilating

And my board!

Plymouth University Degree Show 2013

These are some photos from the end of year show last month. My stand included mainly my travel project which included my illustrated map, the paintings of Petra and St. Basil's Cathedral, my entries to Tigerprint's 'Female Pattern Design' competition and the "Beautiful Buildings" editorial. I also included some original paintings from my thematic module last year.