I’ve returned from a big long blogging hibernation. It’s been at least a few months now since I’ve posted anything at all. Truth is, I had an extremely busy fall and holiday season. I could barely keep up with my own menial to-do’s like feeding myself and doing laundry! Don’t worry..I did all of those things but it just seemed extra difficult to find the time.
It’s been really challenging owning a business, going to school, and working a part time job. I don’t think I’ve ever been busier, but I’ve had lots of support from friends and family to help keep me going!
To bring you up to speed, I’m currently back in school studying graphic design at the Nova Scotia Community College and loving it! I have a Fine Arts Degree under my belt, and I spent years after I graduated working away in my studio, selling a few pieces here and there and gathering inspiration from all around. I started getting into graphic design when I started my own screen printing business, Double Dare Print Studio two years ago and decided to take a night course in Adobe Illustrator. I created the logo for our company and it wasn’t long before I had other business owners approach me to update or create new logos for their businesses. I’ve learned SO MUCH since that night course, and since being in school, and I am excited to continue learning this winter! It’s been so interesting blending my fine arts background with all of the amazing technology that is out there.
SO without further ado, here is some of my best work from my first semester at NSCC.
The images above are from an assignment that required the students to choose four styles through art history from the late 1800’s to the 1960’s, and to choose one movie or book. Each poster would emulate a chosen style and illustrate the movie or book, making it into a kind of movie poster! I had a lot of fun creating these posters for the movie The Wizard Of Oz.
Ah..the Jazz T-Shirt. I struggled a lot with this assignment. It was getting close to the holiday season, and Double Dare was preparing for TWO holiday craft shows. I was swamped! I am especially proud of this little design here because it looked nothing like the final image you see here. I was SO CLOSE to submitting my crappy design and calling it a day, but I decided I should stick with it and work on it until it looked really good, and I did! It turned out way better than I imagined it could. Getting through this assignment really proved to me that if you have a good idea, you can keep polishing it until it shines like a diamond! It just takes patience with yourself, and time…a lot of time.
The assignment above was one of my favourites. We really got to let our imaginations take over and I finally got to play in photoshop with paintbrushes, which just blew my mind. We were asked to create a children’s book cover in the style of another illustrator. I have emulated the work of the great Jon Klassen (I admire his work greatly!!) and had a ton of fun with this project.
Pictured above is a set of X-Files themed playing cards I made for my Digital Illustration class. I am a huge, and long time fan of the show, and I had a lot of fun creating the set!
There are many more assignments but I won’t go crazy here…
In my “spare time”…I worked on a poster that eventually went on tote bags, was printed in local papers, and used online for a Holiday Market in Dartmouth! I was REALLY excited to be asked to do the job, and so pleased with the results. Here’s what the poster looked like:
And…the tote bag!
I was so excited to see all of it in print. My sister and I hand screen printed (well to be honest she did most of the printing) over 100 posters for the show, and the bag was screened by one of my favourite local artists The Quarrelsome Yeti (you should probably go check out his work).
So NOW I am learning how to use a drawing tablet and have been experimenting with different brushes and basically just watching tutorials and getting used to the technology. My mind is blown at what you can simulate with photoshop and a brush pack. I will post some more on that in the very near future!
It’s been a busy year, it’s been a good year! I look forward to a lot more learning.
Fun Fact…I started this blog exactly FIVE YEARS AGO.
I’ll be back soon! Happy New Year everyone and thanks for reading!