My Process - Yet Another Example

Maybe you are getting bored of these videos by now? Well suck it up as I am about to post another :D

This is a really quick little example of my process including adding texture. I mainly achieve most of my texture through brushes and how I use them in particular. The only advice I can really give is to experiment as much as you can. The more you play with brushes the more you will realise the extent of their ability. You will gradually become very comfortable with a brush set and with a bit of patience you can create some really beautiful marks and textures.

 

 

My Process - Another Example

The last time I showed a process video, I promised some more examples to follow. Well here it is! I haven't cropped the window this time, so you can see more of the layer system that I use etc.

This video is slightly more time consuming than the last. Sometimes I forget how long it takes me to create a piece like this. It's quite a strange feeling when you are recording yourself working, you have to concentrate very hard and not make loads of mistakes :D Sometimes, I completely forget and I walk away from the Cintiq for a while and there is a long gap in the recording. Oops!

If you would like to record your own process but don't know how, it's super simple. Navigate to Quicktime and then File - New Screen Recording. Once as you hit record, you're away. You can pause the recording too if you need a break. Once as you press stop, Quicktime processes your video. If you don't have access to After Effects, you can then edit the speed and crop the video in iMovie. Once as you're happy, Handbrake is a fantastic free resource which will help you compress the file size massively.

If you do record your own process, please share them. We all need to see more process videos rather than loads of polished or finished illustrations.

My Process - A Long time coming

Firstly, let me apologise for how long it has taken me to post another blog. I know there shouldn't be excuses, but I found myself particularly busy in the past months working on several projects. I have finally go the chance to update my site with some new exciting content and there will be loads more to update with in the new year.

I try to keep my social media channels updated on a regular basis with either personal work or snippets of what I am currently working on. Lately so many people have been very interested in my process and in particular how it is I create my style. Now I cant give it all away but I have created some videos to show my process. I use photoshop, mainly Kyle T Webster brushes and my own imagination.

Personally I love seeing the process behind an artist's work and in particular the way in which they create their own individual aesthetic. I hope you enjoy the first of these videos and I will post some more soon.

 

 

My Friday Five | 3

Yet again, another week has flown in and its that time again where I round some of the interesting things I have come across this week.

Monge Quentin

Monge Quentin is an Illustrator living and working in Paris. When he is not having fun cutting papers he also work as an art director for . His mixed media work combines minimalist cut-out shapes, bright colours, and figurative characters. Monge has the amazing ability of creating a journey in each of his pieces that you can easily relate to if its though his quirky characters or the beautiful colour combinations.

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Future With Bright Lights

A beautiful soft and subtle video by Japanese infrastructure company Kandenko. “Future with Bright Lights” follows the line of a silver ink circuit pen (developed by AgIC Inc.) as it brings tiny handmade structures and cityscapes to life.

Be a Great Storyteller

In this insightful and very helpful article,  Jacqueline Lara talks about how important it is for visual artists to also be a great storyteller. "So you’re a visual artist and you rely on the visual element of your work to sell it and captivate viewers in a single glance. But while art does indeed speak for itself, it only tells part of your story."

Read the full article here

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Jacopo Rosati

To say Jacob Rosati is a personal inspiration is an understatement. The Italian Illustrator is a master of the craft. Rosati who is widely known for his cutout felt illustrations. His use of primary colours perfectly combined with characters that we can all relate to, really make Rosati one of the best. 

Rosati has recently published a new project where he worked with an Italian magazine called Vita. He creates some beautiful illustrated stories and even threw in some animation for some extra measure.

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Appetizing Lego Food Art by Tary

Who doesn't love Lego and who doesn't love food? Nobody is the answer. Japan has a tradition in artificial food, because restaurants regularly recreate their dishes in an artificial manner to get their customers mouth watering and the displays last longer than the real displays. 

Artist Tary creates these mouth watering pieces of art from lego.

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Plagiarism

I have been meaning to write this piece for quite some time. The subject is a very touchy subject amongst the creativity industry as a whole. Nobody wants to pour their heart, should and creative talent into a piece of work in order for another person to completely plagiarise it. 

Only recently, I was notified one morning on Instagram that a particular user had recently published a piece of my work to their account. That user thought it was cool to add a beard to my character and then add their name/signature to the piece and then take full credit for it. Personally, this really irks me. I think what bothers me most is just how lazy some people are. Yeah in the creative industries Ideas/colour palettes/compositions/styles etc etc are stolen on a daily basis, maybe a nicer world would be borrowed. Thats how we all learn, we look at others work, we get inspired and we take certain aspects of that inspiration and translate it in to our own individual language. In this case, my work wasn’t interpreted, my work was blatantly stolen. I’m very lucky that I have fantastic followers that notified me of this. 

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On discovering my stolen work, I noticed she not only plagiarised my work but also she stole other Illustrators work. Once as the other illustrator got in touch with me to see what was going on, he said this so well. “ Fair enough stealing my work, but I really hope they didn’t get some work from that particular piece of work”. This is so true and worries me that there could be so many more of my pieces of artwork out there.

Though having said all of this, there are certain measure we can go about in order to protect our work. Watermarks, signatures etc! In my opinion, I hate watermarks, they cheapen that work you’ve created. Signatures can be easily removed with Photoshops. I generally try keep my work at a low quality and 72dpi so if anyone does steal it then it can’t be scaled up anymore. Its only a small measure that gives me piece of mind. There more I have thought about this since it happened the more I realise that any creative sharing their work online is a gamble. A gamble that hopefully the positives outweigh the negative. Social media and an on line presence is a crucial aspect of any creatives career. We can build fantastic networks online and its a platform for us to push our work and to get it out there. The negatives are what I have witnessed. On conclusion, I personally think the gamble is worth it. I can say I get more positive feedback and new connections from publishing my work online than I do negativity and plagiarism. Well, that I know of anyway!

Whats your opinion on this? Have you too witnessed something similar. I always love connecting with any like minded people!

Aquent / Vitamin T Calendar

 Aquent, a global leader in marketing and design staffing, launched a new division several years back called, Vitamin T. Vitamin T match the best creative talent with the best creative companies across the Australian, UK and American markets.

Every year Aquent and Vitamin T release a talent Calendar which gets delivered to the desks of their clients worldwide. In 2015 my artwork was chosen to be showcased in the 2016 Talent calendar.

The brief for the artwork was open, so I chose something bright, colourful and which had some imagination in it too. Its great to be showcased right beside the other 12 featured artists. They even featured me on my birthday month, June.

I have taken some photos of my artwork and included them below.

 

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Making My Mark

I guess this is one of the most confusing subjects for most creatives. I think its something that can really effect your work and in turn your work flow.

 

We all have a style, but as we develop further into our careers, the style boundaries can quickly appear and then disappear. One day its all going your way, the next you just cant seem to execute the simplest of concepts. It feels like your working pattern has disappeared and you almost feel stuck.

 

I am still very new to the illustration industry. I only started working at it full time six months ago. I had been working as a creative in the design industry before this, so I have always illustrated but never on a professional basis.

 

Throughout the past six months, I can definitely say that I have developed as an Illustrator. Though this was not an easy ride. I get those days where crippling self doubt settles in and I cant stand looking at the work I have or am currently producing. I think, god this is terrible, I cant be a professional Illustrator producing work like this. But then I also have days where it all just seems to flow and I have that extra confidence about my work.

"I guess the thing to try remember is that it is normal"

I am currently going through one of these phases. I keep looking at other illustrators for inspiration, but then I get this overwhelming jealousy of their style, talent and of course success. This has to be normal, right? Well I think so, I personally think its a time most creatives go through. I like to refer to it as a development period. A time for reflection, involving more thought process along with trying to put yourself out of your comfort zones.

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Personally I feel its a confidence issue as I grow into this industry. By comparing myself to everyone else and having what they have puts limitations on my creativity and in turn effects my style and flow.

 

I like to think there are several ways to try help yourself. These include, changing your surroundings for a little while. Having a nice long walk or one thats helps me a lot is trying to use a different medium that you don't normal use. The different approach to mark making can inform and in turn benefit your creativity. Helping you keep up with the trends in this rapidly growing market.

 

I guess the thing to try remember is that it is normal and try see it as a time for your mind to have break and to look at at it all from a different perspective.

 

You might be one of those creatives who has never faced this dilemma, if so, you’re one of the lucky ones. If you too are going through a difficult time, remember that it will pass soon and you will be smashing out that awesome work you normally do.

 

I always love hearing and conversing with other creatives, so get in touch to say hello or to chat about anything. I'd also love to hear your opinions on what I have just wrote about.

 

Here are some sketches of my process during my so called block.

 

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