Here’s a sample of what I have been up to recently…taking a hell of a lot of pictures. I’ve finished my last roll of film for the time being, but have some interesting projects in the works such as Aerial’s Upholstery and completing the Pylon (due to be called something different) typeface.
I’ve recently resorted back to drawing the letters by hand and playing with their form on gridded paper. It’s been a lot more productive this way too – managing to squeeze it in when I can on my commute to and from work. Excited to get this finally completed and use in it’s completion. I’ve also updated the site page for the typeface, giving you a sample of how it is constructed.
A few weeks ago, I started as Junior Designer at the cheerful studio Strawberrysoup based near Chichester. Whilst I have been working across a range of clients and projects, self initiated work still plays on my mind away from the studio constantly. I’ve been making some steady progress with some of my unfinished work which I am planning to launch within a month or so. But other than that, I’ve started doing a few little things such as drawing more and collecting Google Earth imagery such as the example above. This image was cropped from the satellite view of a landing strip near Lee-on-Solent. I find the type and pattern really interesting and thats what I basically look for. It’s nothing particularly special but is always surprising what can be seen in satellite imagery rather than just taken for what it is: arial views.
Here and there, I’ve also managed to get some riding in. The weekends don’t offer much time but having sat in the studio all week working in front of a computer it’s worth a push to get out when I can. This is a great example of a dreary weekend in Southampton where the weather hasn’t won over our determination to get out and about.
For the good part of this year I have made and continued to curate a few pinterest boards. Although I update this the most, I do miss posting on a proper blog such as this wordpress site. I still haven’t quite got into the mood for posting on Twitter regularly. What I love about using Pinterest though is how I can keep all my interests in one place and not have to write something about each pin. The style mash board isn’t that organised but it works for my own reference and I prefer to use this over bookmarking websites/designers. Most of this boards content is an archive of the design and illustrators I have been fond of for a while.
Since I’m on a roll here, thought I would upload some illustrations I’ve been playing around with recently. I’ve been fascinated with coloured glass, decorative bottles and drawing shapes/patterns. Here are two of my experiments.
Not too many this time but stoked for the few that came out not too badly. The blog has not seen much use for 2014 however I’ve been using pinterest a lot lately where I can collect more of what I’m working on there rather than saving to my desktop. It’s great for visual research. However have discovered an unhealthy obsession with Mid Century Modern design.
Just finished off this drawing with the tablet. I’m really enjoying playing with colour, minimalism and types of brush. Also you may have noticed I’ve been looking at a lot of Mid Century Modern design. I’m hoping to develop this into a bigger pattern if I get the chance.
I had a great time working on this illustration today using my new graphics tablet. Expect to see plenty more illustrations over the next couple of weeks.