busy trying to design a new logo for my web site, wanting something with a beautiful narrative. Love the whole femme fatale look, an illustrated face as a starting point?
So I have spent ages following the paths of illustrators, getting lost among blogs and visuals. Been a bit like letting go in a giant ball pit, surrounded by colourful hair and enchanting smiles. I’ve not drawn for a while, as I have been been concentrating on blacksmithing, so it has taken me two weeks to get stuck in. Unfortunately I then become obsessed and need the alarm call of the dogs to tell me that I have been stuck in the same position for a couple of hours.
The style of illustration that was attracting me was the Mark Rydan big eyed long necked genre. Whenever I start a new project I have a haphazard way of gathering lots of ingredients and then filtering it all down until I find what cake to cook.
Really enjoying absorbing works of other artists, but after a week of sketching faces I try looking at more specific styles such as fashion illustrations. Ooh even more delights await.
The styles of the illustrators are very much like handwriting, individual and quirky with distinctive features. Styles come and go out of favour, I am looking to create a timeless narrative that represents this phase in my design journey.
uses various techniques like pencil sketches, painting and printing. While blending all this together, she achieves the mind-bending results like amazing pieces of art that feature the beautiful fragile girls.
I want the long neck, with a slightly of balance beauty. I have an idea of duplicating the face as with a pack of cards to represent being a twin. Hats or very stylised hair must also feature.
I start drawing with a nib and ink- the freedom of such a simple tool to cross hatch, mark make and alternate size of line with movement of hand is wonderful. I sketch face shapes, nose sizes and try different front view looks.
stitching into the logo might also be interesting…
I have makeup and inks handy, so experiment layering the inks over the oily makeup. I have to layer the acrylics paint on quite heavily- but am liking the textured, more realistic look.
Now time to start layering these images in photoshop, trying out stitch and different lay.
Playing with photoshop to give myself a break from updating information on fabric sampling.