I had a lot of fun creating this collection for Make Art That Sells - it has been a great chance to add to my portfolio over the summer...looking to get the fabrics printed soon and hopefully some of the products!
Fortuna had become tired of her family legacy... she followed in a line of famous fortune tellers (and witches). It was an inherited skill that overwhelmed her every human encounter. Imagine knowing everything about a person with just one glance and seeing every finite possibility one decision could make; peace was hard to come by. Lay on top of this the fact that her family were famous and always in the public eye!
Her method of coping was withdrawing into her own safe place; currently this encapsulated magic meditation and books, specifically in one story line in Camden, London.
Hand lettering has become more popular in recent years and I'm so pleased. It brings a freedom back to lettering and the written word that was lost for a short while with the dependance on computers and pre-made fonts. As much as this is an extremely important part of design today for speed and consistency of aesthetics (as I appreciate a beautiful font when I see one) published words were always originally hand drawn and after all, most fonts and typefaces have all begun with a sketch on paper.
I approach lettering as an illustrator not as a graphic designer, therefore letters are drawn by hand and by eye rather than meticulously balanced and proportions analysed in the computer. It is an alternative style and viable option for brands to create a more natural, unique identity that is hand crafted and that no other brand can claim ownership of. In use as a logo or as supportive communication techniques hand lettering adds a personal connection that is becoming more important in todays crowded market place.
With so many different medias for creating and exploring hand lettering (including pencil, ink and watercolour) as well as tools to use (calligraphy pens, brush pens, fine liners, pencils, stencils etc.) I shall be highlighting the different qualities achieved in further posts as well as my process for creating hand lettered brand identities for my clients.
I enjoy seeing how hand lettering and branding can help businesses connect further to who they are.
You can see a few of my projects under the Design section on my website.
I wanted to share with you an introductory offer that's available at the moment on a brilliant online course Draw/paint/click/illustration!
I took part in the live and online course last year and can't recommend it enough...not to mention the online community you also join through the classroom and on Facebook; a few of us recently met up in London for drinks too.
Bill runs the course and takes you through all areas of illustration including composition, colour and style and the different areas like editorial and reportage. The course appealed to me as the focus is on creating hand made elements and textures, then composing these together digitally. My background is in design so I have spent a long time using Photoshop but the course is for all levels on the computer. There are great video tutorials and worksheets that talk you through Photoshop techniques. I still picked up new tricks and different ways of approaching things. It really frees up your method of working as the pressure of creating a perfect piece is removed...by layering sketches and textures you can really play with different styles and have fun. It's also inspiring to see how differently others approach the brief's set.
I have used the techniques I learnt in a few of the pieces shown here, let me know if anyone has any questions. If not take a look at the enrolment page below.
You can see other examples of student work here too, on Pinterest.
I am taking part in the Lilla Rogers, MATS Bootcamp this year. It has only been a week and WOW, what a great experience! The online community that you suddenly become part of is amazing and so inspiring.
The first weeks assignment was to explore and sketch 1920s hair; what we are to do with these is going to be revealed today, we are all waiting with bated breath. Follow my progress on my Instagram feed @illustrations_b
It's Mother's Day in the UK today. I couldn't decide on one design so my mum ended up with four cards! I seem to have a thing for green and pink this month!
I Hope all the wonderful mums out there have a great day.
We went to this one of a kind attraction in Dubai last weekend. The imaginative displays, colours and flowers are amazing and they have so many hidden areas to explore. I was particularly in ore of the mini Burj Khalifa covered in oranges and lemons and the tap pouring out flowers.
I had fun recreating the bright atmosphere and vibrancy in this illustration. For those in Dubai I would definitely recommend a visit one weekend before the summer hits!
And so it starts...the website is live! Please follow my work at illustrationsbyb.com
Etsy shop coming soon!