So for my new project for The Hallmark competition, I have been looking at typography and how I can incorporate textiles into it. It’s proving challenging! so…my sketchbook is looking more Graphic Design than a Textiles sketchbook at the moment. Which I don’t mind as I actually am really enjoying experimenting with something new. This project so far is allowing me to experiment with various styles of typography and illustration so I have enjoyed be able to research a new style and elements of another design specialism.
Some typography inspiration.
So recently,I have been thinking a lot about tattoos mainly because I really want one so i’m determined to get one by the end of the year (fingers crossed)…if I can actually have the will power to save money to actually get it that is! Hoping for a miracle! For my tattoo, I would like it to be of a watercolour drawing that I painted just over a year ago because it’s something that I have always liked, never been sick of the site of it (which is important!) and is something that I think will be easy to add to to create a larger tattoo design over time.
This is the design I painted that I HOPE to get as a tattoo. The painting was created using watercolour and black fine-line pen to make it appear more graphic and much more illustrative. Also, even though the swallow is a popular tattoo design, it’s one of my favourite birds because when it’s drawn, I think that it looks quite elegant and generally quite an interesting bird! When I researched the swallow, swallow tattoo and their meanings, I got that the swallow if drawn with their wings spread, it symbolises freedom which I think is quite nice symbolism because it relates to everyone. Everyone is free and free to live their life the way they intend to! This is one of the main out of many reasons that I want this as a tattoo.
I recently got Pinterest so if you have it…find me and follow me please!
Even though I have only had it for a couple of days….I’m ADDICTED already! One of my first boards is of tattoo ideas mainly because I found a lot of photographs I like and it has obviously been something I have been thinking about.
Here are some tattoos I found that I really like! Inspiration which is pinned on one of my boards on Pinterest.
I recently found a photograph on PATTERNITY that I really love! It’s simple but very effective and I think it gives a lot of information for design. This photograph is from a piece of architecture (I think from the roof of a building).
I was really inspired from this photograph because I feel it suits my project extremley well and represents the geometric graphic print that I want to achieve in my final outcomes! Here are some sketches from sketchbook.
I used a selection of different papers for collage (recycled, heavy weight, light weight, newsprint etc) I really like this colour palette because it’s quite graphic but doesn’t have too many vibrant colours that would perhaps make it too intense. The next series of photographs are collage pieces that I was experimenting with today so that I could start to create my final outcomes. My main factors for these pieces were:
- Geometrical Shapes
- Repeat Design
As my brief is based for a fashion context, repeat pattern is very important and I feel the best key to an eye-catching graphic fashion print!
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Found this AMAZING site recently whilst I was browsing the web for some inspiration for my current project (which will be revealed soon!) This website is probably very well-known and I have no clue why it has took me this long to find it! It is…
PATTERNITY – Have a look!
Patternity is a creative consultancy that’s driven by the certainty that pattern is everywhere. This is very true! Everything in the world around you has some sort of pattern whether it be very small/faint/large and even pattern that is not immediately recognised. Things such as sections of architecture, cracked paving, windows…little things that you would normally pass by, have their own unique design.
As a company, they create things but also help other people create things. Their projects and innovations go beyond a 2D Image/surface and by using the application of pattern, they add substance and relevance to the aesthetic.
They have a wide range of clients ranging from High End Fashion houses to retailers and Universities.
Here are some interesting images I found interesting! – VERY hard to only show a few!
Triangle Tower //Patternity
Dancing Dragon Tower //Patternity
Community ZigZag //Patternity I really like this photograph because it has so much pattern that wouldn’t normally be noticed when the photograph would be taken! It’s amazing to see all the unique details hidden through the photograph.
Geometric Roof – Tessa Traeger // Patternity
Distorted Windows // Patternity
Karo Lina Kling – Decadent Doodling //Patternity
Gareth Pugh // Rubber //Patternity
I really like this dress! reminds me of Catwoman… but I love the way all the sections come together and the overall geometric design. I love geometric graphic pattern so this dress really caught my eye.
Geometric // Fashion // Patternity
I love this site so far! I feel really inspired and I think the general style of the resources, photographs, patterns etc have really caught my eye because I have a similar style of work. Therefore, this is the kind of design that I am really drawn to and find really inspirational!
I was doing some research for a big competition brief for DJCAD and I came across some pretty AMAZING pieces of wall art!
Okay, they could be photo shopped but what if we could get wallpaper made and do this!
There are MANY more so have a little look! Amazing and Creative Wall Art
I started listening to The Black Keys just last year and I have to say…I am addicted! They are an amazing rock duo from Akron, Ohio and formed in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar and vocals) and Patrick Carney (Drums). They began as an independent act after the duo dropped out of college and they eventually emerged amoung a range of popular rock revival artists in the 2000s. In 2011, they had sold over 2 million albums in the United States! They have a lot albums released since 2002 and their Debut album was “The Big Come Up”…which was recorded in Carney’s basement! The groups commercial break though came in 2010 with their album “Brothers”…which is an AMAZING album! so get on Spotify or YouTube and give it a listen if you haven’t already! Their most recent album is “El Camino”…which is also an amazing album! from this album, they are going to undertake their very first arena concert tour. The first of their career!
So, you may be wondering why I am talking about The Black Keys…well, I was recently looking at their website and came across a lot of their posters from various different gigs they have done throughout America and they are amazing!
and there are LOADS more! amazing artwork AND an amazing band!
So recently for my project, I have been looking into interesting buildings in and around Glasgow. One particular building I have been looking at is the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) on Royal Exchange Square. I have been doing some quick sketches of the inside and outside as they are both equally as interesting as each other. It’s worth a little look if you ever find yourself in Glasgow! and it’s FREE. Woo.
I have been using one of my favourite forms of media for these drawings as I find that I can work well with it and I feel it reflects my preferred style of work…I hope!
I got inspired by the highly patterned floor that was in the Gallery a little while ago. It was all black and white stripes all curving into different sections. I found it very interesting and very eye-catching…loved it!
I created some rough fine line sketches of sections of the outside of the Gallery. The building itself is very interesting and full of very intricate details. It’s an older style of building so it’s quite funny because it’s suppose to be the Gallery of Modern Art and the building is of an older style! Never judge a book for it’s cover that’s for sure.
Finally…I bought a 3D Sketch Pad a couple of months ago so decided to take the inspiration from the patterned floor and see hat it would look like in 3D. For the 3d to work properly, it is best to draw in black pen…so perfect for me as it’s my favourite media at the moment!
Hope you liked what I have so far!
Hello! went to see Pixars latest, Brave, last night and it was brilliant! not only did I love the story and film but the graphics and animation was amazing (my arty side showing here ha!)
I won’t give you any spoilers so I’ll let you find out the wonderful story when you go see it in the cinema!…it’s awesome and I highly recommend it.
For Brave, Pixar rewrote their animation system for the first time in 25 years and to re create the lush setting of the Scottish Highlands, Pixar animators worked very hard on creating that perfect landscape many times on Photoshop. They layered different designs, patterns and shapes in layers to create a highly beautiful and realistic landscape! Now i’m not studying animation but I thought they got the design right down to a T…it was amazing!
I researched into the animation and apparently, all of the animators were introduced to the weapons used in the film and some even went to archery classes. They were also taught sword fighting. They done this in order to understand the working order of each of the weapons and I guess to make it easier for them to re create the weapons on screen!
I am a huge fan of films, especially Disney…the big kid that I am haha. I’d say disney films not only attract the younger audience but they also attract a older audience because the humour and stories are suitable for all ages and are generally just really great films! well done Disney!
Short from me today but overall…Great film! so go see it!!
hey, not posted in a while so… my bad!
Over the summer, I had been set a project for University which was to draw a source or sources of my choosing so that it will allow me to find my “drawing style” and to develop drawing skills. I know my style already so as I love drawing, this project is great for me! I had struggled to actually start it though because I couldn’t decide what to draw or what theme I would like… A few weeks ago, I went to London with my family for a few days and it was there that I found my inspiration! London was great (apart from the weather!) a city that I love and a city that is full of art!….and SO many shops, I spent a good day shopping, it was awesome. Anyway, I decided to look at the urban landscape for my project but look at buildings from both London and Glasgow (home town).
I took a lot of photographs whilst I was in London so that I could have a lot of source to refer back to and of course to remind me of the wonderful holiday! I focused on a lot of the more modern buildings and the buildings that are pretty well-known for their unusual shape for example, The Gherkin Building and The Shard.
The Gherkin Building
I have been doing a lot of line drawings at the moment, some being of a graphic style and very sketchy!
Fine Line drawing of The Shard. I was trying to show the shadows that I could see from all of the windows (and it’s practically all windows so it was a lot!) not entirely finished yet because I am unsure about it but I shall see…what do you think?
I have started look at a few buildings from my London Photographs so far…yet to start the Glasgow ones so i’ll need to get a move on me thinks! This is another building that I have been looking at:
I am not sure what this building is but it looks like a big modern office building! that looks pretty cool.
Watercolour with fine liner. Again, I was looking at the highlights and shadows that I saw in the windows and like the Shard….this building is covered in windows!
This buildings was outside the Tate Modern…which I love! I had been to the Tate before but had never notice this very vibrant building so it was a very nice surprise!
For my drawing, I stuck with the bright yellow as it was very unique to the building itself.
The style for these drawings are pretty bold and graphic, which is my style I guess! and I love it!
Well, I haven’t a lot of drawings at the moment, currently making a collage piece of the Gherkin Building and focusing on the shapes and windows. Will update you all soon of more drawings to come!
Bye for now!