After the successful funding of my Kickstarter project, I managed to get my book professionally printed on a mass scale.
Shortly after shipping out the orders, I began getting some really lovely responses.
I don't want to give away too much online - that would ruin the magic. But a few pages can be seen in the run-through of my original, handmade version, found in the previous blog post.
If anyone is interested in purchasing their own copy, please let me know through my Contact page or by sending a message to my Facebook page: Lüdia's Art and Illustration. Books are £15 and shipping costs will vary based on your location. I only accept PayPal.
Thank you for reading, and I'd love to hear back from some of you.
Not long ago, I managed to complete my book and handmake a hardback version of it with a screenprinting cover. A friend who knows her photography took some brilliant photos of it, along with my "Paint Your Own Krampus" and Aufhocker T-shirt. A full run-through of the project can be found here: Anthology of Mythology
This project is a bit of a rollercoaster but I'm going to try narrow it down as much as possible. So, the brief was to choose a location in which one of the hotels of Hotel Indigo was situated. I chose Kansas City; a strangely charming place with wacky museums and a sleazy underbelly.
My original plan was to create a series of mirrors which you would not notice the design of until you looked closer. These designs were for: the Puppetry Arts Institute, Glore Psychiatric Museum, Leila's Hair Museum. I did actually make these and engraved the designs on using a laser cutter (these are just mock-ups), but the idea didn't go down as well as I'd hoped so I began to really invest into my other idea.
This looks like a massive jump but hear me out. Due to KC's sleazy side, a suggestion was made to me to incorporate "tart cards" into my idea. I decided to make a little character (or part of a character) for each museum and make it as vile and disgusting as possible. To get the cheaply made effect, I added texture digitally and then printed each element off so I could messily cut them up and stick them on another piece of paper together. I then added horrible stains (made with a hot glue gun) and hairs. The final pieces were printed on a Riso printer onto coloured card so they'd be extra tacky and unpleasant to look at. I am actually quite proud of how these tuned out.
I finally settled on this. I didn't want to take this task too seriously as I just wanted to mess around with the composition of it and have a joke about my bullet points. The obvious choices would have been: "I am always on time", "I can work in a team", etc. But that's boring and should be expected of everyone anyway.
So, we've been instructed to create an A4 sheet of our traits. This ranges from unique aspects so genuine skills. I've only just had a think about this tonight but decided to get a page of scruffy notes put down so I at least have content before thinking about how I'll interestingly lay it out. Pink is general stuff about me personally, green is career-relevant stuff.
This is my first step of documenting the process. Join me on what will hopefully be a semi interesting quest.
I thoroughly enjoyed this project right from the start. Millican is a company which focuses on creating practical but eco-friendly bags for people going on journeys: literally and spiritually. Sustainability is something I am quite interested in so I really immersed myself into this project. For example, instead of leather, I designed my bag to use bike tyre inner tubes as a substitute.
I decided to focus my theme on festivals, mostly due to my own experiences. I made my own pattern of leaves and tents using lino, giving the visual metaphor of human life and wildlife intertwining.
Linking with the idea of sustainability, it seemed a bit redundant to create a ridiculous amount of extra pieces to add onto this product. For this reason, I made sure the pieces I did create generally had multiple uses so they wouldn't just be needless wastage.
I do genuinely think I did a good job with this project. My design reflects the chaos of festival life but still holds enough relevance to other areas of travel that it has a wide audience range. I also believe my extra pieces are functional and interesting without merely being useless pieces of paper and card.
The brief for this project was to create three illustrations and a book cover for 'The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes'. I quite enjoyed the drawing aspect of this as it really allowed me to practice my skill in ink drawing much more, however I struggled a lot with colour. The illustrations' colour is built up of several layers of watercolour which I scanned in and edited separately. I did this intentionally to allow for experimentation and mistakes.
I wanted to try doing my illustrations a little differently, aiming to sum up aspects of the story in vignettes which would appear above each title.
Overall, I was quite happy with the outcome of this project. I wanted a completely different take on the visual expectation of Sherlock, and I think I achieved that well. I also think I need to continue working with ink as I enjoy it and can definitely see my skill progressing.
Yesterday night, my boyfriend (drumer of Hospital Food) asked me to create a poster to advertise their headlining event next year. I know these guys, obviously, and I know The Scumbrians relatively well to have already had a decent idea in mind of how I'd carry out this task.
I was happy with the concept and I liked the skull itself, but I really felt it was lacking some of that angry punk vibe it so desperately needed. It was far too cartoony. So I got out my lightbox and created a rougher version using a Pentel Brush Pen. And I loved it. From this point on, I was able to create the full poster without any real problems.