Just over a month ago, I found a fitting present for my Grandads birthday which ties in a few of our loves: rock’n’roll, motorbikes and camping. Unfortunately we didn’t get to do the actual camping on site at the show but had a proper days worth of exploring the event and getting amongst the dancing, gourmet food and vintage stalls. I had my camera along for the ride and heres what caught our eyes.
Bike Shed III 2014, Tobacco Docks
Bicycle ride to Winchester from Southampton
After a rainy day of sitting away from the weather in the cabin, I was finally able to complete a proper illustration using my tablet. I’ve had a sketch of this lying around for ages but wanted to take the time to try and do something different with it. I really enjoy the work of Jim Flora, Jack Teagle and Ben Newman but struggle to find my own style when it comes to this sort of thing. Instead I think I’ll try and just experiment with different techniques and forms.
It’s been great having some money and enough time at the weekends to plan something properly and camping has been just that! It’s the first time since University that myself and my friends are all in full time design jobs so getting together has been fortunate to do so when we’re less busy. The first of our camping trips was a couple of weeks ago where we stayed the bank holiday weekend at Steeple Leaze just over the other side of Swanage. It was my first time camping in ages and showed me alot of what I had been missing – soggy awkward to sleep tents but plenty of log fires! We did some wandering too like over the hill to Kimmeridge Bay and along the shore. It was quite alienated with no real facilities but was a good one to get back in the way of doing something a little different. We used this as a good learning curve for where and what we wanted to do next.
Over the weekend just gone, we travelled to Croyde and stayed in a charming little campsite called Pure Camping which regulates on a trust basis. Literally we never even met the folk let alone saw who owned the campsite. It was very different to Steeple Leaze, it wasn’t a glamping site or anything, there were facilities this time but it felt a little more remote somehow – not to mention a bit creepy after we stumbled upon a couple of abandoned caravans on one of our wanders. We were a 10 minute drive from the town which kept costs down and the night sleeps were a lot more pleasant this time. It’s surprising to think how a little air mat can lift your sleeping bag from the dampness of the tent. The 1 man / 2 man tents are alot cosier too!
I won’t dwell on the trip too much but let’s just say it was well worth the sunburn; a result of 6 hours in the water, throwing ourselves at waves and getting a decent surf session in will go down as a factor for any good camping trip.
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.