Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Liverpool Cathedral

Last summer I went to Liverpool for the day with my Grandad and he really wanted to visit Liverpool Cathedral and after seeing the beautiful architecture inside, I realized why he wanted to go. You can see from the photographs I've share on how much detail, time and patient went into creating this stunning architecture. There is also a restaurant inside which has delicious food, excellent customer service and situated well so you can look around the inside of the building whilst eating. You should definitely pay a visit if you are visiting Liverpool or close by.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Are Competitions Essential for Emerging Designers?

I have myself entered several competitions in the past but unfortunately I have never been shortlisted. This could be perhaps I know that I don't put my 100% into the particular project because I need to use my time much more for Black Cherry Studio. Although I did for a particular Tigerprint Competition earlier this year, again I wasn't shortlisted. But I did enjoy the design process and doing something different to what I usually do. Personally I only ever enter if I have a bit of spare time on my hands, which to be honest isn't very often anyway. 

Competitions are great for following a brief, therefore it's great practice. But there is so much talent out there and it does become quite competitive. If you enter several and never get short listed, it could dampen your spirits and feel that you're not good enough. But you must remember the people who set these competitions must have an idea of what they'd like in their head already, so it's impossible to get everything right anyway. So I wouldn't worry too much about not being shortlisted, it's taking part that counts.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Blog Updates

Hello everyone, hope you're well.

I feel I have abandoned my blog a bit lately due to struggling for ideas on what to write about. Sometimes it can be difficult, perhaps I have been thinking about it too much. I brought a book to help me which has given me some ideas and a plan. So watch this space.

I have also shortened my posts by inserting the jump break, this is so you can see clearly my latest 10 posts that I have written. Then if you're interested in reading more about that particular post then just simply click 'read more.'

Thank you to every one who does read my blog, I really appreciate it. So I hope you'll keep enjoy reading my blog as always. 

Also if there is anything you'd like me to blog about, please comment below. 


Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Friday, 5 July 2013

Laia Pampalona

It's Follow Friday!

Barcelona-born artist Laia Pampalona, also known as Matilda, named herself artistically after Roald Dahl’s famous character, both mischievous and shrewd. Matilda’s paintings are always daring, uninhibited, juvenile and unframed, must be evidence of her “underground” early years as a graffiti artist, yet the appearance of warm tones and accurate strokes refine the rebellion always evoked. It goes without saying that this chromatic environment leads the author to convey a sense of unconstrained fun that represents her passion for her job, showcasing an explosion of contrasts end textures. The exact touch of acrylic on each stroke and the accuracy of the curved shapes, suggest a talent and a delicacy that confirms the achievement of maturity in the development of a very own style that will not leave anyone indifferent. And it is precisely here where the charm of this exhibition lies: on the revelation of Matilda as a poignant and rebellious artist already established who, by means of the combination and harmonization of her wide colour palette, has smoothly turned the spray paint into a fine and precise brush. 

Laia Pampalona is a graphic designer and artist from Barcelona, Spain. She created her own brand Matilda in 2005. Her illustrations can be seen on iPhone and iPad cases, pins, T-shirts, children's books, painted on canvas... . In her own studio, Laia also applies her unique style to design graphic projects both for individuals and companies. Currently, Laia Pampalona exhibits in Spain and Europe, being her artwork part of the urban art. The faces, flowers and landscapes revealed on the canvas, evoke an illusory and colourful world, where refined hues provide with extreme delicacy the painter's style. From 2005 to 2009 Laia Pampalona headed an art gallery, the Graffity Shop & gallery of Barcelona, where she organised exhibitions, art workshops, talks, etc. This is when her artistic career began; now she works to order.

You can follow Laia on Facebook, Pinterest & twitter @laiapamalona. You can also see what Laia is up to on her blog.

Have you always wanted to be a graphic designer & illustrator?

Since I was at school, I always knew that I would be working in some artistic job, say an art curator, a children's books illustrator or some kind of art writer such as an adventurous journalist. So, I decided to become a graphic designer and studied for 4 years at the university. I loved what I leraned there! Integrating art and a computer, drawing by hand or at the screen opened a new world in front of me. Studying typography and calligraphy, packaging and doing page layout was formidable! I couldn't wait to finish my degree and work on my own Studio. But it didn't happen like this. First of all, I worked for several graphic design studios where I could learn more about this profession. It was great but during all those years working as a graphic designer, I never used a pencil or brush anymore. I was in my early twenties and I thought I had to quit working and start studying again. This time I decided to study illustration. But after 3 months attending the art school to learn or practise how to draw a vase and a chair for several times, I decided to quit! It was easier than I thought, so I thought that I didn't need to take classes. So, I started on my own, painting canvases with ink and acrylic. I really enjoyed it and I opened a graffiti gallery and graphic design studio in my city. There I became the art curator and I ran the gallery for almost 5 years. I liked it a lot because I organized art exhibitions, workshops and also worked hard as a graphic designer. I thought it could never end, but economic crisis was hitting and I had no choice but to start again from the beginning. So I dedicated all my time to improving my drawing skills and I finally became a graphic designer and illustrator.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Inspirational Resource: Pinterest

If you haven't got Pinterest then you need to get it right now. I'll warn you though, it's addictive!

Pinterest is a series of moodboards which you can create showcasing images of anything you want. You can have particular themes, so whenever you see an inspirational image you can pin it to that moodboard. Below you can see an example of some of my moodboards.

Pinterest is really easy to use and brilliant for inspiration. You don't need to be a designer, artist, illustrator or creative person to have Pinterest, anyone can join. You could use it to make a wishlist, plan a trip, organize an event or even start a collection. What are you waiting for? Start pinning today!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Deep Blue Sea

Another selection of photographs from my holiday to Corfu. This week I'm sharing photographs of the beautiful, blue sea. Enjoy.

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