Last year was quite a challenging time. I started my driving lessons, lost my job, spent months and months and months searching for the next opportunity …. oh I also failed my driving test first time…. but lets not get into that bit right now. I also taught my self to crochet! There was an amazing wedding, a house move, a fantastic trip to london and some happy memories made amongst the not so good ones. Finally gaining a position that I enjoy, I have high hopes for 2018.
Knowing many have resolutions to make themselves better people, I have a few goals in mind that are listed below.
1. To pass my driving test no matter how long it takes.
2. To find a lovely little car so I can explore what more England has to offer
3. Continue my crochet and pick up knitting again
4. To properly get back into piano and guitar playing so I can join in with the local jams
5. To upgrade my website somehow
6. Experiment with different mediums for my portfolio
7. Start going to the local Park Run
8. Practice being mindful and calm in difficult situations
9. Photograph different places and things
10. Get your ass on your unicycle and be awesome
Last month I was really happy to have started my new job as a Template Designer at an established company, that develops Email Signature Templates.
It’s been a learning curve and I am still learning new things everyday, the working day is also different each time. I come into the office every morning and never know what’s in store for the day.
I absolutely love it!
My driving has also improved, apart from my mock test (…. yeah… forgetting that ever happened….) and I’m feeling really happy and confident about the big bad roundabouts!!!!!!!
It’s strange to think this time last year I was about to start my journey to and from Slough everyday… working just round the corner from home is in my opinion, loads better and my mindset is definitely stronger and happier.
After my depressing post yesterday, I self composed my own design brief, starting in August. Involving my love of reading and story telling and design, this will be an interesting visual experiment.
Book Cover Design Project
Book Covers have been around for Centuries, they are part of the reading experience. Similar to album artwork and record sleeves, book covers and jackets are expressive, mysterious and like closed doors to the world inside. Used to draw the reader in, the book cover can either make or break a story’s success.
Your task is to re-imagine at least 5 stories and produce a cover / jacket using either CMYK & White OR a maximum of 3 colours. The way you produce these covers are up to you. The use of photography, collage, illustration, typography and mixed media may help to produce interesting outcomes. The style is up to you.
Starting from the 1st August 2017 you must blog your progress to finally show the final designs through Instagram. Other methods of showing your progress could be through film, photographs and screenshots.
There is a deadline of the 31st August 2017, however if this project runs well, you may consider continuing on the brief further.
Any suggestions of literature, stories, poems, plays etc send them my way!!!
My mind is open.
Trying to find that perfect design placement, internship or career boost is really difficult. Since my redundancy I have been searching, interviewed and coming so close yet no cigar for months now.
Every piece of feedback has been useful and given me the confidence to keep going. The latest from Something Big, to practice my skills to get faster and better as well as to have more ‘image & text’ based designs in my portfolio. Also to not give up. This was the most valuable and helpful piece of advice I have received so far. It’s made me realise where I can improve.
(The trouble is just getting round to doing it.)
A new venture has also started, it’s just getting on to it’s feet; this venture is called ‘Off The Grid, Design & Marketing’. A group of designers and freelancers available to take on any brief! I have been a part of the branding and naming of the group, which was really enjoyable. It gave me something to do, as well as to collaborate with one of my friends whose been in the industry for 20 + years.
I’m hoping it works out!
May 1st, Ben (my wonderful boyfriend) and I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.
It is definitely worth seeing! I laughed, cried and jumped out of my seat …. once…..! It was great! And I love the new titles for Marvel Studios… it’s so cinematic now, I mean the old comic style was great but this … once you see it, it’s different. I think it’s a good thing?
My website is going veeeerrrryy slowly. Just this week I decided to tackle my index page again… to make it better…. then obviously to finish the project pages too! There;s so much to do and I thought it would be launching by now… well the desktop version anyway!
Ah well… it will be up soon, just be patient y’all.
Also I had a fantastic interview …. based in a pub (the job isn’t in a pub… but it was great to have an interview in a pub) I was very relaxed, not nervous and had a really enjoyable experience. I’m waiting to see if the CEO wants to meet me first, before the offer they want to make goes ahead. (I heard tell on Wednesday that they want to make an offer, but the CEO was away ).
A lot has happened this month.
My driving lessons are going well, I really enjoy the freedom that comes with sitting behind the wheel and talking to my instructor.
However, my time at OMM ran short. And now, I have been working on re-designing my logo just check out my Instagram to see the process. So far, with the new identity my CV and portfolio taster have both been updated, AND some brand new shiny business cards are arriving, from MOO very soon.
Next on my list, is to re-print my portfolio. I’m thinking of getting it printed into a book / magazine from Blurb… they’re really reasonable. (A swatch pack is on it’s way with paper samples). But I will be putting it together ready to get printed. Then, while I’m waiting for that, my website will definitely be updated.
I know I’m supposed to be saving my pennies with all this, but hopefully if I can invest in my self, I can progress in my career sooner than later.
Hopefully things will look up.
Following on from my last ‘Update’ post…
I’ve received an offer…
I have accepted!
Soon I will finally kick-start my career as a Junior Designer, after three months of hunting and applications I am feeling relieved, excited and… maybe a little terrified (but that will diminish before long).
To say the least I am looking forward to it greatly, and I will continue to grow and learn as well as to aspire in my own skills.
Still, keeping up with my own personal projects along the side, hoping to continue on with the Magpie series of posters, maybe turn them into other things such as stationary, cases, maybe even diary covers. The potential here is ambitious and maybe I could improve them enough to become more than what they are. A transformation one might say.
Well, let’s see in due course!
The past couple of weeks have been busy. I went to an Interview, for a 4–6 week Internship, at Whitelabel UK. Also, I have been training and have become a Supervisor at Trespass in Aldershot. I have also begun playing with watercolour pencils, for some very special invitations, all to be revealed later this year.
So in between work, and the daily drawings which are going well. Still, I feel they’re not quite good enough to post up. However, two more poster designs have been created.
Week 3 – ‘Fading Away’
I wanted to play with Typography again, this time using a single tone with a gradual difference in the opacity, on each character. Keeping the design simple and minimal it allows the word to be enhanced, with the effects used.
Week 4 ‘Every Adventure’
This design looked completely different, before I added the subtle gradient in the background and the shadows on the mountains. However, the design again, is minimal (I think that’s my thing at the moment…) with the added interest of colour, simple typography and a calming sense of feeling. This is something I would love to produce as a vinyl transfer or poster OR even a screen print to sell.
Dear readers, (if I have some… I honestly don’t know, what’s more important is that I continue this blog on…)
Just recently, my boyfriend challenged me to draw something everyday, seeing as my ‘illustration’ skills need improving.
It’s now Thursday, and I started Monday. He’s also making models for multiple uses for a game each week, and his friend is making his personal project. (My boyfriend is a game programmer, you can see his portfolio here).
So, we’re all in it together! Which is great.
I am also challenging my self to produce a poster, each weekend to keep up my design skills and hopefully produce some different styles, and find my niche with print while also editing my portfolio site to be more responsive and edit down the work, to only my best.
(I might produce a side blog / page for my poster a weekend thing…. OR I might just use my instagram to showcase my outcomes)
A couple of weeks ago, I took part in the University Of Portsmouth: Game Jam…. it was a week of working 9 – 5 with a lunch break in between, working in a team to build a game in a week. We had three themes to work with, Canadian Master Chef Episodes, Water Jousting and Sickle Cell Anaemia. Safe to say, all the outcomes were pretty awesome, my team named Pickle Shark, based out concept on Master Chef and Water Jousting, you can see the out come here.
It was very fun and I learned how easy it was to create UI Graphics. (yeah… all right, I did the easy bit… the programmers and the other artist did the harder work).
Other news, I’ve applied to several design opportunities, unsure if anything will happen but trying to stay hopeful. Also, in two weeks I will be exhibiting at New Designers – Part 2, which is going to be exciting!!!!
In this break, I have been practising some lettering, which can be seen on my Instagram, among type hunting and a Ziggy Stardust Scarecrow, which became a bonkers Friday night… Who knew there was such a thing, called a ‘Scarecrow Festival’? It’s pretty insane and fun too!
That’s all for now folks