Behind the scenes, and updates on current projects.
This blog is a place for me to document behind-the-scenes processes and projects. I love web design, animation, illustration and Craft!
Hi everyone, apologies for the lack of posts in the last few months but our cat Su has been very sick so a lot of my time has been taken up with looking after her. Su has lymphoma and is currently about a quarter of the way through her treatment so I may not be able to post as often as I had been at the beginning of the year.
I did finish the alphabet section of 36 Days of Type, but unfortunately couldn't complete the entire month including the numbers. If you're curious here are the last few designs that I completed:
I wasn't sure if I would have time to do 36daysoftype this year, but I am going to try and squeeze it in along with my other projects!
Here are my letters from week one:
I am using this year's 36daysoftype to practice with Illustrator's 3d tools. Normally I would use the 3d tools in Photoshop for this kind of extrusion, but I am enjoying learning an alternative technique.
There were four fun challenges to complete as optional extras for MIID Winter School 2018 as well as the Intermediate and Advanced creative briefs.
The task involved taking a photo while out and about that represented the colours of the season. As it is currently summer here in New Zealand, I went to the beach and enjoyed my afternoon taking photos at the seaside. I picked a few colours from the photo to make a colour palette which you can see below:
A little while ago I received the first proof of my Inktober Cats 2017 Zine. I have made a few edits since then and the zine is now available at Blurb.com.
I am currently taking part in the MIID Winter School, creating surface pattern designs for both the intermediate and advanced tracks. I have just submitted the last briefs for both tracks.
For my take on the brief, I looked to traditional Japanese Kabuki theatre set designs and was inspired by painted backdrops. There is also a nod to the traditional striped theatre curtain in my pattern design, overlaid on the Sakura blossoms. The stage curtain in Kabuki theatres does not part in the middle and is pulled from one side of the stage to the other by a stagehand. The curtain is striped either in red, green and black, or red, green and white. The stripes in my pattern are pastel versions of these colours from the palette provided by MIID to go with the brief.
To create the sakura blossoms, I first painted a few in my sketchbook, and then scanned them. I opened the scan in Photoshop and made a custom sakura blossom brush.