I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and wish you all the best for 2017.
I promised in my last post that you would get to see the presents that I worked on before the holidays and well, a promise is a promise!
I made the most of the fact that I had many presents to make and used this as a way to try some new techniques and styles, and to have fun.
Some of the materials I played with include:
Fimo (polymer clay)
my new dip pen
I got my acrylics back out
and of course: black Indian ink, coloured Indian inks, watercolour and colouring pencils!
As for style, as well as working in my usual Indian ink + watercolour combo style I experimented ‘vintage’ as there are a lot of gorgeous illustrations in this style that I like and I wanted to try it for myself; and just because it came out of nowhere I painted one illustration in a style that I would call ‘dreamy modern art’ (the blue planet with a poppy one).
It sure was a lot of work but it also felt very liberating to be able to try so many things and work on so many different subject matters.
In short, I loved it and I am thinking of doing it again next, erm… this year!
Hopefully my family won’t get bored of getting illustrations as presents too quickly!
Now it is time to get back to work!
(The poppy-on-the-blue-planet illustration was inspired by the work of illustrator Cécile Hudrisier and the sausage dogs by the illustrations of Emma Block.)
For ages I wanted to create a collection of patterns (by ‘collection’ understand a family of patterns that work together in terms of theme and colour) and I got the extra push I needed when I read about the latest UPPERCASE competition.
I finally made some time for it since to take part you had to be able to submit between 5 and 8 patterns that worked well together, which is a lot more than I normally create.
I ended up creating two collections of four designs:
and Walk In The Meadow
If I had to sum up the process I followed, I would say that I made three key creative choices when I designed these two collections:
I chose my theme: back when the competition was taking place, I wanted to draw flowers. Lots of them!
I chose a limited colour palette: for these patterns I decided that three colours (and their hues) worked best. I was in a mood for soft, almost vintagey colours so I chose a soft blue/pink, a golden yellow and white as my key colours.
I set the tone and decided to be bold: I liked how some of the flowers looked when they were really big so I decided that for these two collections I was going to work with two bigger designs, one intricate/slightly more complex design and a supporting, very simple one.
Most importantly, I tried to be free and have fun in the process.
And part of the fun was to see my patterns applied to products! (Unfortunately I didn’t win the UPPERCASE competition; but it didn’t stop me!)
Those of you who have been following my blog for a little while may have noticed that some of my recent illustrations have been more – what to call it?… – more ‘adult’ in a way.
How did I get there from my light-hearted and sometimes quirky children’s illustrations?
Well, I do still love drawing for children. A lot!
But sometimes I also feel like I want to draw something else.
I started doing it ‘in private’ (my boyfriend owns a whole collection of such drawings and doodles) before I even considered posting them anywhere on the internet. Then I realised that it wasn’t incompatible with what I was already drawing.
It’s still ‘me’. Just a different aspect of my art and my personality, a different ‘mood’ for a more grown-up audience.
Hungry devices (below) is my latest one.
If you like this, why not go take a look at the other ones: