I’m celebrating…

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…seven hundred followers! Thank you all so very much. I created my first ever animated gif (paper collage + digital) in your honour : )

Don’t forget to check on my Facebook art page Anna Cull ~ Art from time to time. It occasionally has WIP (work in progress) updates and photographs that aren’t posted here.

Cozy

Cozy Knit (spots and stripes) #1 – surface pattern.
Cozy Knit (spots and stripes) #1 – surface pattern.
Cozy Knit (spots and stripes) #2 – surface pattern.
Cozy Knit (spots and stripes) #2 – surface pattern.
Cozy Knit (spots and stripes) #3 – surface pattern.
Cozy Knit (spots and stripes) #3 – surface pattern.
Cozy Knit (spots and stripes) #4 – surface pattern.
Cozy Knit (spots and stripes) #4 – surface pattern.
Cozy Knit (spots and stripes) #5 – surface pattern.
Cozy Knit (spots and stripes) #5 – surface pattern.

These were my entries for the recent Tigerprint Spots and Stripes design competition. The brief was to come up with a fresh take on surface patterns featuring spots and stripes and to follow key colour trends for spring/summer 2014.

The main pattern was taken from the little angel I drew for Shoot it, Sketch it a few weeks ago. I scanned the original ink drawing and edited it as a vector illustration. I ended up with quite a few combinations I really liked but had to narrow it down to just five. I picked a couple of the brighter patterns, a couple in some rather yummy grey-blue tones and one that looks a bit like knitted brown paper.

No, they didn’t win, but that’s not why I enter competitions. I do it for the challenge, for the experience and because it’s fun to have a go. Anything more than that is a bonus : )

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Poles apart – Christmas design, 2012.

Here is my entry for this month’s Tigerprint design competiton. The theme, Coming Together at Christmas, provided an opportunity to explore what Christmas means to me and to look at what things provide those “I love Christmas” moments.

For me, it’s about connecting with family and friends. When they are far away, coming together at Christmas also means sending handmade cards through the post (yes, the old-fashioned way). It’s one of my favourite things about the season.

My ‘Poles apart’ design features nine little scribble birds/animals (representing countries all around the world). I imagine them on wrapping paper, gift tags and bags. The design looks particularly festive in red but I’ve also made a bright green version and one using a brown paper background (see below).

Christmas design – penguin, 2012.
Christmas design – polar bear, 2012.

I think my two favourites (penguin and polar bear) would also work as cards. The ink drawings have been scanned and turned into vector images. The backgrounds are a mixed media and digital collage of vintage stationery. Sometimes it pays to be a magpie : )

Design detour, part two

On September 4th, 2010, at 4.35 in the early morning, we were shaken awake by a terrifying 7.1 magnitude earthquake. It was scary, destructive, unsettling, inconvenient and ongoing. Worse was to come but we didn’t know that at the time. After a while, we were back at D&A, continuing with our studies and doing our best to ignore the cracks.

School project: type as image exercise.

School project: anti-butt-litter billboard. The campaign had to be positive and focus on anti-not-thinking rather than anti-smoking. The illustration shows Christchurch’s Anglican Cathedral in happier times (before earthquakes damaged it beyond repair).

Inspired by an illustration by Tatiana Arocha.
Inspired by an illustration by Nicholas Di Genova.

Another couple of hand-drawn patterns (a dozen different patterns in total — all A3, drawn using pigment liner pens). Earlier this year, for photography, we were asked to make use of some of our patterns…

These made it into last Friday’s D&A graduate exhibition. One day soon, I would love to try my hand at textile design.