With the New Year beginning it is time to check in once more and see where I was a year ago and where I want to be a year from now. I don't feel like my resolutions are in fact the life altering go from zero to a hundred type but more like am I on track?... What can I do better? ... How has what I've done fit into my goals and are my goals still the same... What can I do to move forward
Warning! This shit is going to get personal.
I want to be a Surface Pattern Designer and Illustrator...
|One of the very first handmade Repeats I ever made, uploaded to Ai|
and loosely put together. Late 2013
|Original on vellum (Still a favourite drawing surface).|
|Figured out how to clean it up early 2014|
|And turn it into a repeat!|
By 2015 it was a matter of practice!
Style is another area I felt that was lacking- I have a personal style but had not had an illustrative style- I have always been here there and everywhere picking up on on different mediums, trying new techniques, in truth my drawing style has always been more lifelike renderings... I have had in the past wanted perfection- I have a personal mantra: If you can do it right then don't do it at all. Meaning don't do a job half assed (for me it is all about craftsmanship) but somewhere I started using it as a cop out to not do things I was not good at and I was limiting myself to only doing what I knew. So this year I started playing around which led to doodling and letting go. And it turns out I was still doing the best job I could do but it was different. Through experimentation I discovered I do have a natural drawing style that feels somewhere between a doodle and accurate representation, that is both slightly quirky and realistic. It also reflects my interests in food, drink, travel, minimalism and abundance. In 2016 I want to see that grow and turn into a solid body of work that I can call my signature style.
|Turns out I love black and white! |
I also love color but that is for another post.
PS... I added the images after I wrote the post and I can see that I have had a slightly similar aesthetic all along!