Live Illustration with the National Deaf Children’s Society

It is not often that I get to share the outputs of a workshop on my website due to their confidential nature, however I have recently got special permission to share what I got up to with The National Deaf Children’s Society so brace yourself for an exclusive!

The main theme of the day was to discuss a Safer Working Practice for the staff at the NDCS. Rather than trudge through a Power Point the decision was made to bring the training to life through Illustration.

My main objective, (as it is with all the workshops I Illustrate at) was to capture the content of the day in the most vibrant and exciting way possible. On this occasion we incorporated previously prepared Illustrations, which were used as stimuli for some of the exercises alongside the Live Illustration. These drawings were pretty detailed and incredibly fun to create. The exercise was to, “Spot the Risk” This enabled me to be imaginative as well as displaying the more serious aspects of the scenarios.

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My technique was to illustrate the ideas onto a large roll of lining paper with Promarkers and sharpies (Great for bold lines and turbo speed colouring)

I also used a flipchart easel that was placed at the front of the room. A large roll of lining paper is great due to its scale, and the fact you can just pull it along the more paper you need, but we did find that the easel worked incredibly well as the participants could see the Illustrations coming to life in real time. Another nice component of the lining paper is at the end you can unravel it for the “Big Reveal.“ This acts as a strong narrative and visual reminder of the day.NDCS Images for BLOG-02NDCS Images for BLOG-03PrintNDCS pic 4-02The workshop was a great success and I felt that using the Illustrations in this way made the content unique and memorable. I will always take great pride in delivering in this way and the feedback indicated that it was very beneficial.

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Testimonial from the day

Beci’s dynamic illustration and excellent response to my brief really brought our training alive.  I’d thoroughly recommend using live illustration as an alternative to more conventional recording methods for training or discussion – my staff were really engaged by this experience, evidenced by the clear achievement of learning goals for the day – and the number of people crowded round the drawings at the end of the day!-Nicola Upton- NDCS

At the event I heard lots about the work NDCS does to make a difference to deaf children across the UK – if you’d like to know more about them, or consider supporting this unique charity, please follow this link: http://www.ndcs.org.uk/

 

 

 

More Pattern love with some Vector Magic

Never usually a fan of a “drop shadow” something strange has happened with the last couple of Illustrations. It makes the shapes appear a little like they have been cut out of paper. I love the energy that comes with hand drawing patterns but every once in a while its great to play with the shapes and keep the feel clean and minimal. Seeming to have developed a recognisable colour palette as well. Can’t go wrong with a bit of minty green!

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Vector Patterns

Building up the shapes with my favourite colour and a little bit of drop shadows! Clean, precise vectors

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Alphabet Pattern- Helvetica + Hand drawn

Each letter I have decorated with a hand drawn illustration. They have then been flipped and duplicated to create a detailed design. With some patterns you can tell which letter they originated from, others become something in their own right. By using letters and font as inspiration it enables my work to have a personalised edge which lends itself well to unique and tailor made commissions.

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Along side my Co creation and Live Illustration I really enjoy making patterns. I hope to print my designs onto T.shirts and reels of fabric very soon. I would love to have my designs on wallpaper, tiles, wrapping paper as well as greeting cards. I believe that having the custom made element to my work can open it up to tailor made wedding invites, baby shower gifts and other personalised gifts. Please get in touch if you are interested in any of the above.

A very important day for me, The collaboration with Vel-oh

This is a very important day for me, its the day that my Illustrated Design appears on a product, a real life, tangible, physical product, and oh my goodness what a product it is!

Vel-oh is a cycling couture brand established in London in 2014. Vel-Oh engages fashion and design-conscious cyclists. I was commissioned to create a couple of patterns that were then printed onto kid calf leather and hand cut and stitched into beautiful, unique cycling gloves  Founders Greta Jankunaite and Zulfi Iqbal have launched their range this year at Spin London The Urban Cycling show and I ventured there to see the products in the flesh!

Apart from being totally thrilled to see my designs used in this way I was incredibly impressed by the skilled craftsmanship, attention to detail and considered design. The bags in their range are absolutely incredible and convert from an A3 size tote bag (useful for the artists amongst us as well as the cyclists) to a rucksack. From the internal pouch, magnetic clasps to the polka dot lining every detail is beautiful and functional. Its extremely satisfying how the bag just effortlessly “works”

The beautiful nature of leather is that it gets better over time. Combined with the waterproof coating and the padding at the key wear points these gloves are a wonderful investment that would brighten up any grey morning commute.

Speaking to Greta and Zulfi I got an understanding of how much work has gone into designing these products, from the mock up and prototype stages to the hand cutting of the materials. This is testament to their partnership that together they can create products that will fundamentally be the best they can possibly be!

I really enjoyed collaborating with Vel-oh in this way and would love to work with them in the future! I hope it is the first step to getting my Illustrated Designs, “Out there”and I would love to see my designs appear on a wide and varied range of products in the near future!

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These images were created by initially hand drawing the elements, scanning and then vectorising in Illustrator. I then played with balancing the images so they flowed together well as a pattern. I particularly enjoyed working with the bright tropical colours, experimenting with the transparency and seeing how the images worked well overlapping on top of a dark background. I felt the intricate blue birds and flowers had a fresh and modern feel however was a little reminiscent of vintage design and inspired strongly by William Morris and Art Nouveau. I had a lot of fun building these patterns and I really enjoy working in this way.

Bank Holiday Weekend= More patterns creation

As usual the technique is the same, draw by hand( 1/4) Scan, vectorise, colour, duplicate, flip, group and REPEAT, and this is what you get. Always a lovely surprise to see how the patterns evolve the more grouping and flipping they go through! Very satisfying!  Angular White-01 Blue Angular Pattern-01

My Business Card Designs

Just sent my curved edged square business cards off to Moo.com as I have always been pleased with the high quality results and good customer care. If you want to get your hands on one of these, I guess you will just have to do business with me!

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Black and Grey Pattern

Another Pattern inspired by Initials. I love how it starts off looking one way but evolves when there is more flipping and duplicating. Felt quite brave with the limited colour palette. More is revealed the closer you look!

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