Category Archives: Design

Bliss: A Recipe

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Swimmin’ Together

I have a series of designs like this that remind me of tribal tattoos, but a little more organic. I love the simplicity of the style and the way a couple of wiggly lines can come together and make a picture.

I think it’s a nice idea for logos, where you want to be simple, quickly understood and easily replicated. I have a sample logo in the portfolio that works well in a similar fashion, and quite a few in my notebooks. Fun!


Siamese Fighting Fish

Remember these guys? At one point almost every little kid got a thrill out of having one of these gorgeous fellas in their fishtank.

Here’s their Wikipedia entry if you want to know more about these colourful (in more ways than one) characters.


Book Tree

Doodle from the other day.


Lovely Lilies

Because you deserve some flowers today.


Good Design is Simple

I have a tendency to overdo things. I work fast, but then don’t know when to just stop. Consequently the over thinking, over working and sometimes plain messy outcomes. It’s like when you stay at a party for that crucial half hour longer than you should have, and a perfectly lovely evening gets, well, messy is the word. So I’ve been trying to practice some simple designs  just for my own development,  inspired by the trends around us,in the few spare minutes I can manage.

Hopefully, some of the lessons and ideas will stick when it comes time to Do Things.

 


For the Journey

Today’s illustrative moment of Zen.

 


Flower Tag Templates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not sure if this will work, but thought I’d try adding a couple of templates for tags you can (hypothetically) download. Okay, so they’re a bit rubbish, but it’s early days I tell you! I will evolve!


Scraps of Colour

So I’m still using scrap pieces of paper and spare bits of time to play with my watercolours. Sadly, I still lack the skills to render ‘Mind-blowing Artwork that Will Rock the Planet’, but I must say it’s a nice little bit of stress relief for the perpetually anxiety ridden.  

Also, this – about the badgers. The whole business is making me very sad indeed.


Experiments

It’s been slow on the blog lately I know. This is mostly because I went and got myself a little box of watercolours and can’t seem to get enough of playing with it! The output hasn’t really been anything to write home about, but it’s early days and I’m finding it quite relaxing to just mess around. Here are some attempts. They’re all pretty tiny since I have come to realise how expensive watercolour paper is and am just cutting little practice pieces to try different things on without running through my stash too quickly. More as this little experiment develops.