Tuesday, 26 March 2013

How to prevent Art Block

Draw Everyday

Practice Everyday

Surf the internet for inspiration

Don't get out of the habit

Don't try too hard

Enjoy it and have fun

Visit Places

Focus on the essentials

Be creative

Friday, 22 March 2013

Rosie Simons

It's Follow Friday!

Rosie Simons is a graphic design graduate who also has a passion for surface pattern design.  Rosie's designs are yet simple, clean and colourful combining graphic illustrations and typography.  Rosie creates designs for logos, branding, identity, paper, fabric, home wares and more.  You can find Rosie on Facebook, follow her on twitter @rosie_simons.  Rosie also has a blog which is updated regularly with inspiration, features and her own designs.



Have you always wanted to be a graphic & surface pattern designer?

I have always known that I wanted to do something creative and always adored pattern and colour, it was when I was about 17 at college that I became very aware of my love for pattern and colour and dreamt of designing patterns for products in Paperchase. For years this seemed impossible as I just didn't know how to design patterns let alone get into the industry. However in the second year of my Graphic Design degree I was given the opportunity to take a module in the Surface Design department at the university. This was a real eye opening time for me, I was finally getting to do what I had always dreamt of doing and I could do it! In the final year of my degree I tried to integrate surface design into my projects as much as possible and enjoyed it so much, I then knew that this was where my heart lay and I needed to pursue it. 
 
How have you got to where you are now?

Determination, lots of designing and networking. The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design really helped me take my creative skills and which direction to push them to develop my career.

What inspires you?

I am naturally inspired by things around me, from day to day items to nature. I automatically visualize how imagery and objects will translate into designs, motifs and patterns.

What motivates you?

I am motivated by the want to achieve my life long dream. I have always dreamt of seeing my designs on products around the world and this dream motivates me to work hard every day.

How do you start a new project/design?

This would depend on whether the project was a set brief or personal project. When it comes to set briefs I start by researching and creating an inspiration/mood board then move on to initial ideas playing around with colours, fonts and motifs. If I am working on a personal project the process is a lot more free flowing, ideas and colour palettes normally come to me when I am relaxed, most often right when I am falling asleep! I really enjoy the process of organically creating a pattern from an idea in your head!

What do you enjoy most about design?

This is a really tricky question! I am a very visual person, and I can't imagine a life without design or without seeing everything from a design perspective. I really love seeing the process of how other people approach a brief and how they develop their ideas and where they come from. I love how anything can inspire someone, from a colour to a tiled roof or a flower, anything and everything can be developed in such a different way it is lovely to see how people perceive things they see and feel.

Do you have a favourite design that you have created?

My favourite normally depends on my mood and I don't really like to pick a favourite as I am very proud of all my designs, but I think if I was forced to choose a favourite it would be my inky floral design. My designs and patterns are all very "me" and a visual expression of my personality, but inky floral uses many of my favourite colours and bold but soft florals which I feel really reflects my personality so appeal to me the most!

Do you have any of your designs on products?

I do! I currently have my designs on greetings cards, pocket mirrors and badges available from my Etsy store (http://rosiesimonsdesign.etsy.com). I have also just had a successfully funded Kickstarter project to produce notebooks with my patterns on, so those will also be available to buy soon too! My designs are also available on products through Society6 (http://society6.com/rosiesimons), iPhone cases, throw pillows, laptop skins and more!

What is your typical day like?

First thing I read my emails and catch up with Twitter and Facebook. I then read blogs and Pinterest over breakfast before starting my day up to date and inspired! The format of my day would depend on what I am working on but usually involves a mix of creating new designs, keeping my Etsy shop up to date, blogging and networking, planning new products and sourcing new opportunities.

What medias do you like to use?

I really enjoy working digitally, truthfully and unusually for a creative, I don't enjoy getting dirty! I like to keep my hands as clean as possible so working on the computer is ideal for me. However I absolutely adore texture and doodling, so I work with hand drawn lines that I scan in and develop on the computer (or use my wacom tablet) and add as much texture to my work digitally as I can. I love to layer patterns in my work to create texture and depth. Like myself I like my designs to be clean and colourful!

What do you hope that 2013 will bring for you?

I hope 2013 will bring lots of new opportunities to expand my own product line, my licensed products and my freelance design business. 

Do you get a lot of support from family and friends?

I am very lucky and get great support from my family and friends, especially my boyfriend who is unbelievably supportive in helping me achieve my dreams!

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years time?

In 5 years I would like to see myself with a successful line of my own products and my designs and patterns on products all over the world, but most of all I would like to be happy and feel fulfilled with the direction I have chosen.

Do you have a favourite illustrator, designer etc?

There is just too much beautiful work out there to choose a favourite designer! 

Favourite blog?

Print & Pattern

Favourite design book?

Print & Pattern 1 & 2
 
Thank you for your time Rosie, I really appreciate it. If you'd like a feature and interview on this blog, then please email me: hannahbyatt1990@hotmail.co.uk
 
 



 

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Sock it to me contest

I recently entered a design contest called 'Sock it to me' and I really enjoyed it.  It was nice just to have a couple of hours doing something completely different.  Below are my entries, hope you like them :)





Friday, 15 March 2013

Russ Mills aka BYROGLYPHICS

It's Follow Friday!

Russ Mills aka BYROGLYPHICS is a graphic designer and artist born in Exeter, Devon.  After graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University with a degree in Graphic Art and Design, specializing in Experimental Film and Animation, Russ struggled to find employment within the creative industry so went back to basics with pen and paper.  He has then freelanced as an illustrator for many clients within the publishing and entertainment industry.  His client list includes U.S. Playstation Magazine, The Royal court Theatre, MDE Records.UK and many more.

"His current work is an clash of styles from classical to pop surrealism, focusing predominantly on the human form, though also abstracting elements from nature and the animal kingdom. Covering subjects such as superficiality and isolation progressing into more socio-political expression."

Russ tends to work digitally but occasionally by hand.  I like how Russ creates different sized strokes within his artwork bringing layers, textures and detail.  Russ tends to stick to just two colours, black and white but sometimes brings in other bright colours.  Most of these I believe are digitally manipulated, but I love how they look as though they could be hand-drawn with the natural brush strokes used to form the human body shapes and face.

You can follow Russ on Facebook and twitter @byroglyphics. 








Thursday, 14 March 2013

29 Ways To Stay Creative

I discovered this on Facebook a few weeks ago and thought it would be useful to share with you all :)

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

50 facts you didn't know about me

I was inspired to write this post from seeing it on Yaz Raja's blog when I was writing up a feature and interview on her work.  I had quite a lot of fun coming up with all these random facts, perhaps give it a go yourself :)

  1. My middle name is Louise
  2. I am only 5'2"
  3. I hate bananas
  4. I'm 22 and never had a filling
  5. I wear too many rings
  6. If I were born a boy, my name would have been Kelvin
  7. I have a total of 14 piercings
  8. My favourite band of all time is Green Day (I've seen them twice)
  9. I have a fear of spiders
  10. I don't have a full driving license
  11. I'm such a worrier, unfortunately it runs on both sides of the family
  12. I've never smoked a cigarette in my life and don't plan to
  13. I love games
  14. I have a small scar on my lips from chicken pox
  15. I can speak french, not quite fluent though
  16. I hate going to the hairdresses as they never ever do what I ask for
  17. I love stationary that much, I use to collect rubbers
  18. I'd like to travel the World one day
  19. I have been stung 3 times by wasps on only two separate occasions
  20. I love the fact that my name is the same even spelt backwards
  21. I've broken a bone in my elbow (quite recently actually)
  22. When people type 'I'm board' it really frustrates me
  23. I'm such a big kid on Xmas day
  24. I love a bacon and cheese sandwich
  25. I've never used fake tan
  26. I'm addicted to inspirational quotes
  27. I can be quite a shy person
  28. I cannot ever refuse a lemon cake
  29. I own a pair of dr martens
  30. I'm very independent, perhaps too independent at times
  31. I collect thimbles
  32. I'm addicted to diet coke
  33. My favourite film genre is horror
  34. My first ever gig was to see Guns n' Roses
  35. I'm allergic to strawberries and cherries :( 
  36. I love Coronation Street and try my best not to miss an episode
  37. I'm right handed, but occasionally use my left
  38. My favourite disney film is 'The Lion King' a true classic
  39. I'd love to have my very own swimming pool one day
  40. I'm fascinated by nature
  41. I take a lot of things too seriously
  42. I believe that things happen for a reason
  43. I probably drink too much tea
  44. I love sushi
  45. I cannot stand clutter
  46. I love books but never seem to read them :S
  47. I love mince pies, good job I only tend to eat them during the Xmas period
  48. I was born on a Wednesday (might explain why I'm such a worrier)
  49. I wore braces in high school
  50. I graduated before I turned 21

Friday, 8 March 2013

Ellen Berggren Öberg

It's Follow Friday!

Ellen Berggren Öberg is an illustrator based in Sweden.  Ellen creates very detailed hand-drawn illustrations forming textures, layers and colours within the subject field chosen.  The illustrations are then manipulated digitally.  Ellen also creates surface patterns which are very different to her illustrations, they are still hand-drawn, but  drawn differently.  They don't include as much detail although the colours are still varied showing Ellen's signature style.  Some of Ellen's design have been used for wallpapers.











Thursday, 7 March 2013

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Most Popular Blog Posts

Dip Dye Hair: Most popular post of all time, which could be due to dip dye being a massive trend for everyone of all ages and celebrities.

Cute Characters: Not sure really why this is a popular post if I'm honest.

Wedding Guest Dress Ideas: Loads of people are getting married all the time, searching for new, unique ideas.

50s Textiles Inspiration: This was one of my first blog posts for this blog.  A lot of people seem to like a lot of 50s textiles, something I'd like to look more into including other eras.

Trevor Waughs Sketchbook: Beautiful watercolour paintings by this artist, mainly on florals.

Life is too Short: Beautiful inspirational quote.

Interiors Inspired by Music: A guest blog post, very interesting how music has inspired interiors in the images shown.

Fathers Day Cards - Marks and Spencer: A selection of beautifully designed cards for Father's Day.

Edward Wadsworth & Percy Wyndham Lewis: Two artist I discovered at Leeds Art Gallery.

JLWIllustration:  A contemporary surface pattern designer & illustrator I featured & interviewed.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Rachel Bennett

It's Follow Friday!

Rachel Bennett is a textile designer and illustrator based in Liverpool, UK.  Rachel recently graduated with a degree in fashion & interiors at University of Huddersfield and is currently available for full-time employment, freelance and licensing opportunities.  Rachel tends to create hand-drawn imagery, designers and illustrations which are then sometimes digitally manipulated.  Rachel uses a lot of texture throughout her work, you can see that she really enjoys experimenting with different tools and medias.

You can follow Rachel on Facebook and twitter @rachel_bennett1.  Rachel also has tumblr.



Have you always wanted to be a textile designer/illustrator?

Well, I’ve always been more creative than academic, I studied textiles and art throughout secondary school but it wasn’t until I started college that I discovered art textiles where I got to make repeat patterns on Photoshop. However, it was on foundation course that I started to experiment with printmaking, which is when I made up my mind to do textile design at University.

How have you got to where you are now?

Lots of hard work, early mornings and late nights. I still have a long way to go but hopefully with enough determination I’ll get there.

What inspires you?

I have a lot of different things that inspire me, when designing patterns, I look at a lot of illustration as I enjoy experimenting, especially with tools and medias I use to draw. I don’t have a certain type of source that inspires me, I’m inspired by anything from space to nature, it depends on how I feel when I’m coming up with a brief.

What motivates you?

Well, it helps that I enjoy what I do so, although there is moments when I am lacking motivation, it is generally quite easy to motivate myself, more so when designing rather than admin work. Setting myself deadlines also helps.

What do you enjoy most about design?

I love being creative, experimenting with textures, collage and different ways of drawing! Certainly with designing for digital print, it gives you so much freedom with layering and the tools you use.

Do you have a favourite design that you have created?

Erm, I’m not sure I do, there are designs I have produced that I don’t like but from the ones I do, I don’t think I could chose as I like them for different reasons!

Do you have any of your designs on products?

I produce all my designs on a range of home and gift products that can be found on my Etsy site!

What is your typical day like?

Well, it depends on what work I’m doing – design/admin stuff.  When designing, it involves a lot of mess, waiting for stuff to dry and scanning! LOTS of scanning. As I have just finished my new collection, I am busy arranging things for BCTF which is at the beginning of April! So a lot of emailing and typing currently!

What do you hope that 2013 will bring for you?

Hopefully I will gain some stockists from doing BCTF in the spring, lots of new exciting products and designs to come hopefully!

Do you get a lot of support from family and friends?

Yeah, all my friends and family are very supportive of me and are always trying to help where they can!

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years time?

In 5 years time I would like to be a successful freelance designer, maybe with my own online shop and more regular commissions!

Do you have a favourite illustrator, designer etc?

I love Sandra Diekmann’s work; I have so many of her products, totes, illustrations, cards…

Favourite design book?

I think it definitely has to be ‘Textile Designers at the Cutting Edge’ or ‘Hand to Eye: Contemporary Illustration.’ I use both of them frequently!


Thank you very much for your time Rachel, I really appreciate it.  If you'd like a feature and interview, email me at: hannahbyatt1990@hotmail.co.uk









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