For the month of June, out MATS Bootcamp assigment involved Ships in Bottles and all things nautical. I really went for this mini in terms of sketching and I took Lilla's advice by just drawing and not thinking about what the final product might be. Here are just a few sketches, I also have pirates, pirate ships and lots and lots of whales! Hopefully I will be able to use them later.
The topic for MATS bootcamp in May was drawing faces/figures and people. I love drawing girl/characters and was keen to explore drawing them in the style I have been fine tuning recently . When the big assigment was revealed the industry area we were delving into was editorial, illustrating an article on mediataiion. Editorial is an area I am particularly interested in so it was really important to me to make a piece of work I was proud of.
For a lot of reasons my final submission was rushed for the gallery page, however I have since reworked the piece and thought it might be interesting to show a few images from the whole process.
initial sketches and watercolour painting.
This was my original submission, I wasn't happy with the handlettering and layout
here is my reworked version, new elements, bit more patterning and font much better (in my opinion)
I have always admired the products and ethos of stationary company Ecojot, so was very excited when they launched their fabulous Sketchbook Cover Contest last month. Excitement turned to disappointment when I realised I couldn't officially enter from outside North America. So keen was I to create a design for this inspirational company that I got in touch with them and the lovely Daniella invited me to submit anyway for possible inclusion on the designer jots blog.
Congratulations to the winners of the competition, Linda Solovic, Jennifer Orkin Lewis and Jana Curll. Amazing designs, all of them, I feel so privileged to be included in the post. Thank you Carolyn Gavin and the Ecojot team. See the winning designs here
This is the design I submitted and the idea behind it,
Each tree ring acts as a record of the climate in which it was formed, changing its size, composition and shape. My design serves as a reminder of their beauty and the importance of looking after this natural archive. My take on tree rings includes the addition of hand drawn tribal patterns and a splash of colour!
This has been the second month of MATS Bootcamp and I am loving it. Some would say I am a little obsessed! It is hard not to check the facebook group posts all the time but I am finally getting a grip on that.
The main point of taking part in Bootcamp for me was to establish what my illustration style actually is. (and to get this website up an running). I have been a commercial designer for 13 years and can turn my hand to lots of styles. This month was tricky for me (I design fabric repeats every day in my job as a textile designer so it should have been easy) I definitely overthought the whole process but in the end I am really happy with the results. here are a few images of my sketches and then final designs.
working towards the deadline on 23rd Feb
After years of planning a portfolio/blog/website I have finally taken the plunge. The catalyst? signing up for Lilla Rogers MATS bootcamp. Here are a few sketches from the first mini assignment