Here's an initial palette, moodboard or visual brainstorm for Halloween project I'm working on. I really enjoy this style that I discovered when I was making The French Collection , combining ink, hand lettering and watercolours. It feels so carefree and expressive.
I'm loving this new hand lettering project! Here are a few of the pieces I've made so far. More to come soon!
Here our hero is connected to the city in the background. One of the skyscrapers is her iPhone, and her cord is attached to that. She's distracted by the busy city life and her digital environment.
When I drew the cityscape, I thought about Joan Holloway. I researched the streets and skyscrapers of her working life. Manhattan, Madison Avenue that's been synonymous with the American advertising industry since the 1920's and Madison Square with its landmark buildings. The building to the left in my illustration is the Metropolitan Life Tower, next you see her iPhone, then One Madison and to the right the Empire State Building.
When I'd finished twirling the cord for her headset round the skyscrapers, and attached it to her iPhone, I experimented with the colour for the background. Midnight blue, orange or light blue? Choices, choices... I went with the deep blue in the end, and signed my piece.
She's distracted. She can't concentrate on meditating and she's opened one eye... She's listening to something on her smartphone... The cord from the woman's earbuds form the words "but I don't like to meditate".
Here I've added hand lettering in the shape of the cord from the woman's earbuds. The type is done in one single stroke and I created the earbud and plug for the cord. I've also polished the illustration, the woman's face and added more detail and depth to her hair.
But the cord ends in midair, and that's just a temporary solution. I envision a the cord being connected to the woman's iPhone, and a cityscape in the background. To be continued...
I've set myself up with a creative project for the summer. My theme is picnic. Here is my initial moodboard or visual brainstorm. I plan to create a pattern, an animation and a handwritten font inspired by this theme. Stop by my journal to follow along with the story behind my work and creative process.
noun, verb, pic·nicked, pic·nick·ing
- an excursion or outing in which the participants carry food with them and share a meal in the open air
- the food eaten on such an excursion
- an enjoyable experience or time, an easy task, etc
- from French piquenique (1690s), perhaps a reduplication of piquer "to pick, peck," from Old French, or the second element may be nique "worthless thing," from a Germanic source. Figurative sense of "something easy" is from 1886.