“You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or a path, it is someone else’s path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else’s way, you are not going to realise your potential.” Joseph Campbell
I’ve been busy making digital art prints for my Etsy shop… the first ones make use of a leafy ink doodle that I drew a few years ago — and even though I enjoy working on the computer, it’s been weeks since I held a paint brush and now I can’t wait to get back to my easel…
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).
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.
After the Foundation course, I decided to try my hand at graphic design (also at D&A). Drawing turned out to be a significant part of the course.
We spent a lot of time hand-drawing patterns, using the work of other illustrators for inspiration. We created about a dozen patterns (no computer manipulation allowed). Several were completed in an hour or so. Some took much, much longer. Madness.
It wasn’t all about drawing though. We also explored typography, logos, editorials, advertising, billboards and large-scale public installations.
Student project for a set of playing cards based on the word ‘arcane’.
Our first live brief was to design a logo for an interior design student. My client asked for something modern, professional, creative and organic. The tree/leaf design is based on Erin’s initials.
This illustration was created for a fictional online dictionary. The word ‘stagnant’ is deliberately claustrophobic and stuck in the mud. The dark background alone took four hours to draw. It will be part of our graduate exhibition (being held tomorrow night).