Sunday, 4 January 2015

Updates and changes

Marking 2015 with some updates to the blog layout and template, less distractions and cleaner layout, I hope. I was considering switching to Wordpress, but I've foregone that and decided to fix up this blog instead. Some old posts have yet to be posted, will be doing that asap.
Need to brush up on drawing skills too.
So much to do.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Johanna Basford, Inked

Website: http://www.johannabasford.com/
Blog: http://www.johannabasford.com/blog
Tumblr: http://www.mydesktoday.com/

Basford is an artist, an illustrator, a designer and importantly works with ink and pens to produce her beautifully decorative and maximalist works. She has an interesting website, with photographs of her previous and present works and has a range of stationary and fun things that feature her beautiful drawings all over them, crawling with an abundance of life, and all inked perfectly.
I bought a colouring book as a birthday present for my cousin a while ago

Its a beautifully printed book on this nice thick paper stock that has a kind of a cotton rag or watercolour paper feel to it. A lot of art galleries I have been to stock some of her stuff so I would recommend checking them out, and also explore her website, it's a beautiful little place on the web.

She works, not only on paper but on 3D objects, has produced illustrations and drawings for various fashion retailers such as H&M, created works for publishing and so on.


Also she loves Staedtler ink pens, as commented on in her blog post: http://www.johannabasford.com/blog-article/247
Staedtler is an important brand in stationary and for designers, artists and makers and well anyone! They produce top notch quality stuff, pens that I have never experienced leaking or breaking unless I have been unduly horrible to them.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Ideas for patterns #1

 
The flower/leaf paisley combination looks
like my favourite to work with at the moment.
Lines of mixed variances, inspired by a piece of fabric, 
the change of block fill in to a cross hatched texture is worth playing with. 
 More lines, mixture of pencil and black ink, a nice combo, 
as I particularly like pen for its bold graphic look
but pencil provides a shadow like appearance.