I don’t know why but I sometimes find it hard to hand my initial illustration concepts to a client.
When I was studying I remember a lecturer forcing me to redraw my ink illustration 8 times. Every time I finished the piece he would say, “great! now do it again.”
It did my head in but I guess I learned a valuable lesson – that my first draft is never as good as my 8th. So ever since that freaking annoying lesson, my illustration portfolio has never contained the first draft of anything I’ve done.
I often work and re-work illustrations to death until I get the results I’m after. For example the hand drawn logos in my graphic design portfolio would have been created after writing the name in pen and ink at least 25 times.
But I’m starting to second guess my lecturer (It only took 15 years).
After reviewing last weeks post about CD music packaging, I went and had a look through some old design files at previous music related work I’ve done and then had a look through the draft folders to see what was in there.
I found some initial illustrations for some logo concepts and remember that at the time I was totally unsatisfied with them and re-worked the crap out of them late into the evening.
Funny thing is, looking at them now… I kind of prefer them to the finished illustrations. Or maybe that isn’t so funny considering the extra time I had put into the finished images.
There is something raw and honest in a first drawing that conveys whatever is being represented in a much purer form and it is extremely hard to re-capture and successive illustrations… unless you’re looking for clean vector illustrations.
Sometimes I think it’s a good practice to unlearn some of the things you have been taught and rely on your own intuition.
Although developing the confidence to trust your instincts and ignore your teacher is a skill you don’t tend to pick up in university.
Built From Sticks do!
Or did… and I would like to do lot’s more of it – I think designing for musicians is almost as good as drawing for yourself. At least that’s been my experience so far. In general, the brief from artistical musicallity types so far in my music packaging portfolio has been “yeah just do whatever you reckon – I trust you.”
Which is nice – it’s rare to be trusted in a world full of corporate design micro managery types who feed on the fear of those illustrator types.
So thanks Jamie! I Just finished up a CD wallet for a demo CD for Jamie and am stoked with how it came out – I can’t wait to see the finished product which will be printed on recycled card similar to the CD artwork I created for Monster Monster.
Jamie sort of did have a few guidelines though. But they were pretty fun ones. The music all ties back to personal dreams of Jamie’s and he gave me a list of snippets of dreams and said to go for it, interpret it how i like.
The other stipulation was to give it a raw aesthetic… nothing too polished or slick… which pretty much gives you a license to scribble cartoons and marks all over the CD… which i did.
Jamie should be having an album launch so I’ll make sure to update with that info when I get it. Oh – and th album is called Built From Sticks – Wish You Were Here.
I just finished up a t shirt illustration project for an old colleague and good friend Jake Donlen.
Jake is the creative head behind Runamuk Visuals and is doing a lot of really cool stuff for around surfing and skating at the moment. I especially like this short video he made about a surf trip to Mexico via a children’s orphanage.
For some reason Jake wasn’t offended by my office antics from back in 06 and he was still keen to work with me. He was keen to get me to create a simple black and white shirt graphic based on a similar style to the goofy drawings of random stuff I used to do and stick up on his wall when we were working together at Billabong.
I was stoked. As well as being an all round legend who has survived heart surgery and a coma, I’ve always respected Jake’s keen eye for film editing and production.
I‘m still surprised he wanted to work with me considering that once after work I mistakenly hopped into his wife’s car thinking it was my wife who had come to pick me up. I still remember the look on her face when I sat down beside her and said “you’re not my wife.”
So this is a crop of the artwork created for Runamuk Visuals. I’m hoping to work together with Jake in the future on some logo designs.
This piece was lots of fun and I’m stoked on how Jake’s idea has turned out… looking forward to wearing it.
Bleeding Heart is an art gallery, cafe, gift shop and event space in the middle of Brisbane City. I have been fortunate to be able to contribute to the visual identity of the brand from the initial stages of inception in 2008 while working for human ventures alongside Dan Babler (who developed the logo).
As well as operating a sustainable business, they:
“like to think of ourselves as a “social enterprise hub,” essentially giving people a place and an opportunity to start self-supporting businesses, exhibit emerging art and products and to participate in positive social activism”.
From the beginning Bleeding Heart have regularly held events, functions and art shows that raise money for a variety of charitable organisations.
I really like that they invest a lot of time supporting other charitable needs as opposed to trying to establish their own agenda. With the amount of competition amongst charities for support for their important cause their seems to be a gaping whole in organisations that support organisations. As far as I can see anyway.
So if you are interested in supporting this organisation while enjoying a drink in the beautiful School of Arts building located at 166 Ann St Brisbane, come along to the Hearts of Gold 5 exhibition Friday the 5th of May.
I will have a few illustrations for sale in the show too.