Well, I spent some time in Berlin recently and what an incredible trip that was! Such a wonderful cultural experience, the East Side Gallery and all the street art were amazing! The Bauhaus was even more impressive (although, it did seem a little orderly and way too clean). It is a trip I shall remember for a while.
BUT some sad news, I didn’t pass the ISTD Awards, which is a shame but I have an incredible piece of work for my portfolio and that’s what matters. Other news, is I have deadlines fast approaching, so the pressure is on to complete my projects.
One of which, I spent THREE days in the screen printing room, producing these little post card prints, depicting the phrase, with nautical origins, and survey responses in connotations. I wanted to use bright colours, layers and typography to show this. Next I would like to choose the best 10, out of the 30 prints (1 of each) to print on a large scale and maybe chromo blast / dye sub onto some fabric. AND make some packaging for it all.
(Images below are enhanced in photoshop)
As part of my Professional Practice: Promotion and Employability unit, I have to design my own identity and promotional materials. Now those of you who follow Hotham Designs, you’ll notice my current icon. Yeah…. I am scrapping that from College…..
After four pages of sketches, and one page full of typefaces I have decided to stick with this circus / fairground style character. ‘J’ is the start of my name, I am part of a Circus Society, and I love to be playful and experimental with my design work so this is the perfect style for me to go with.
Obviously it needs work, so separate print layers with the cut out. I will also be digitally crafting this and hand painting it too, to see how the effect works. Then I can focus on the promotional materials, colours, and of course my portfolio site which I hope to hand code in HTML and CSS with a small amount of Java Script if I can get to grips with it in time.
Using woodblock printing inks and Greyboard this is today’s messy fun time!!! I enjoy using different mediums and I am finally getting back into it with my Major Project and this one too!
Watch this space for developments on my identity as a Graphic Designer!
Greyboard Cut Out
After It was inked
The Final Result
I designed and emailed this birthday card, for my dad’s birthday. Thought I might as well put my design skills to the test, instead of buying a card, and spending more money than I have to.
Black Marker illustration, scanned into photoshop.
Red photoshop brush background, multiplied the flames layer.
Added Orange on another layer, wiht the same brush.
Added Yellow on another layer, wiht the same brush.
Screened the layer, and hey presto we have FIRE!!!
I’m a pyromaniac at heart!
Multiply – means to turn what’s white transparent so other things can show through.
Screen – same as multiply, but turns what’s black see through.