This is a short video I made for my A level students. We've been making typefaces from all kinds of found materials and I wanted to show them how to use the liquify filter in Photoshop on some of the objects they have collected. I used a feather for this one.
My nightbug pattern was inspired by a visit to the Insect and butterfly house at London zoo. I hate insects and spiders and I've never been able to go into the bug houses without my eyes closed for much of the time (walking in the middle). My idea was to try and draw some of them, objectifying them as beautiful delicate specimens (not fast winged predators intent on flying into my hair). I used dip pen and ink for most of the drawings plus a yellow ochre wash mixed with a bit of PVA. I tried drawing on parcel paper and the pages of an old book too.
I looked too at victorian encyclopaedias, and fell in love with the etchings in the 1851 'Iconographic encyclopaedia of science, literature and Art'.
Quite excited to see this printed. I'm just waiting on the swatches to check the colours are ok. When it's done, it can be bought from my Spoonflower shop (or click on the link in my portfolio) in grey and blue.
I've been on a huge learning curve this summer with both creativelive and the ladies from Moyo magazine, though the deadlines have been tough, and the hours long. I've met a supportive bunch of designers who have kept up the criticism throughout (it's like being back at college).
I'm going to share some of my process here over the next few days because I want to keep a record of how its going, and it's always good to see where things come from.
just discovered Creativelive courses, which are free and online. https://www.creativelive.com/
I've signed up to a surface pattern course which is on next week and streamed live from the States. Obviously it means 5pm until midnight each day (you can buy them if you don't want to stay up).
This week the tempting offerings include, guerilla film making, heroic public speaking and writing metal music. There's a few strangely titled ones including a course in ugly sweater design (taught by a taxidermist). There' s always stuff on Adobe, craft and design and being better at your business, if you want to play it safe.