I also had to convert my Rollerpalooza poster into a double-sided leaflet, which was more difficult than I expected it to be as there was a lot of information to include. Still, we got there in the end:




the more that i appear

April 29, 2009

Hmm, yes, been slacking on the ol’ blog recently. Sorry about that. But I have been working on lotsa stuff. For instance, I seem to have developed a habit of drawing sea creatures:




They’re SO MUCH FUN to draw! I was inspired mostly by this illustration by Ernest Haeckel:


I’ve since put the vectored jellyfish onto a t-shirt, which you can buy from MySoti: http://www.mysoti.com/mysoti/designer/jaffajam/product/259485

I also had another idea while idly doodling.





Graham reckons it’s sitting in a weird space between “cute” and “horror” at the moment, however, and that I should either make it entirely cute or go the whole hog and have guts and blood about. I dunno though; I kind of like the fact it’s in a weird space like that. I’ll think about it.

3. Been trying to think up a few ideas to submit for the Northern Design competition, which has been oddly difficult – it’s an open brief, and without any prompting I’ve felt a little adrift. However, I drew this a while ago and thinking about submitting it:


I was just calling it “octopuses can fly eight kites at once”, but now it’s called “Tako Tako”, because as is my understanding (and correct me if I’m wrong) I’ve accidentally created a Japanese pun – it would seem that 蛸 (octopus) and 凧 (kite) are both read as ‘tako’. I had no idea about this when I was drawing it – it’s such a wonderful coincidence!

Incidentally I feel I should post the inspiration for this image: it comes from a lovely trip to Whitby last September with a friend and my dad, where we saw kites flying by the Abbey.




I was asked to do a poster for another Oxjam gig. I always have fun with these because I’m usually given free reign to do whatever I want, and after getting an idea of what the gig actually was (acoustic perfomances, with a small art exhibition as well) I played around and came up with a few ideas pretty quickly:





We ended up going for the first design, which was the one I liked best too, with a few text tweaks.


I went over this design with Sophie, and we decided to get rid of the white band and move the text around a little; however, when it came to printing, it turned out the client needed to make it all one colour for economy’s sake, so I had to do a bit of a redesign anyway.


Mmm yes, been slacking a little on the blog front recently. Been working on a few other bits and pieces since I last posted. I shall give each project its own post.

1) Florist stuff is almost done. I recently came up with a few quick designs for accompanying greetings cards, though I’m planning to tweak them next week. This is what they look like at the moment, though:

I think now they might look better with all the same neutral background though, so I think I might try that out. Actually just the designs would look really nice on creamy textured card. Hmmm.

March 18, 2009

I’ve also finished the product design for Rollerpalooza; after consulting with Sophie and twiddling the logos about the client and I finally came up with something everyone’s happy with. Hooray!


March 18, 2009

Great news – the florist work is almost done! I’m really proud of the illustrations I did for it and I’m sure Creative Spark are doing a great job making the website suitably fabulous. I’m just having to put together some greetings cards using elements from the illustrations now, which should be fun. My flatmate tumblr’d (is that a verb yet? I’m sure it will be soon) some lovely designs that gave me some inspiration:





I think they’re by Carrie Gifford, of Red Cap Cards.

It’s that time of year again, I think: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/northerndesign/index.html

I think this would be a good thing to enter again because it might give a good headstart on what I want to enter for the Computer Arts Graduate Showcase, and also since my live briefs are in a slight lull at the moment it gives me something to be doing. The deadline’s on April 20th but as I shall be jetting off on my holidays on the 16th (!!!) I’ll have to have things done a few days earlier. Still, that’s not really a bad thing as long as I know what I want to do.

ETA: Bit confused as to which category I’d enter this year – my initial reaction would be to enter for Illustration, but then the Graphic Design category states “the judges are looking for outstanding single images, with high visual impact and accomplished detailing. Submissions can be artworks for any format, from postage stamp to poster, postcard to mural, and should be accompanied by a short explanation of the conceptual or strategic thinking behind the piece, together with the dimensions and intended use or location.” Hmmm….

do want.

March 9, 2009