I have been quiet the past few weeks as I have been busy working on a fantastic online course run by The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design. The course is a seven week course on building your professional portfolio and is jam packed with informative posts with everything you need to know about building a professional design portfolio. There are very useful and helpful exercises to build on your design skills. They include prompt cards to help build up on drawing and I have to say these prompt cards have been so helpful for my development in drawing and I have almost finished my new sketch book already!
The course also includes six live client brief’s which have been such a good learning experience for me to do. Last week was a busy week with three of these client brief’s due in and at times I did feel slightly stressed and a little out of my comfort zone as they were all stationery based briefs, something I have very little experience with. That said, I am really pleased in the most part of the work I have completed. The first brief from Card Crazy was to create three birthday cards for a female with the focus on a character or object.
Before I started on this brief, I made this card for a friend, it is the first card I have hand-drawn and wasn’t so sure about giving it to my friend at first for fear that it would be deemed too amateurish but I did give it to her and she really loved it.
I decided to stick with a flower theme for the first card so did a sketch of the petals, added a button and a twig from the garden and scanned in to the computer.
I love the colours in this picture and based my colour palette on those colours.
Out came my vintage letterpress blocks and I had some fun stamping these. I’ve decided I need to use these letterpress blocks more often as I do enjoy using them and I have a good variety of types.
I put all the elements together to create this birthday card. I did use a chevron design I already had for the background to give it more interest.
The next card design I created was using three main elements, a tree, an owl and some bunting.
I wanted to keep an organic look with this card by keeping the hand-drawn pen element to it and just adding a touch of colour to compliment the design.
For the final card design, I had in mind that I wanted to use a bicycle as the main focus of the card.
Bicycles aren’t as easy as I thought to draw, I do like this one but I know technically it is not accurate.
I was looking for some textures to put in the background and I came across this watercolours splatter which I did several years ago and it worked perfectly for the background texture. It is a good thing I keep everything I do, you just never know when they may come in handy!
I used these flower sketches to add to the card.
I created this pattern to be added to the hand-drawn flowers.
The final version using the vintage letterpress blocks for the Happy Birthday and I also added my little bird which I had from a previous design. A bit of shadow on the bike gives it a bit of dimension.
I am pleased with my first attempt at designing birthday cards and I have learnt so much from the process of doing these designs. I have found that my drawing skills are improving although I am not technically accurate with my drawings, I don’t feel that I need to be to create the style of work I want to create. This course has taught me to be true to myself and put a bit of ‘me’ into my work and that is what I am focussing on for future designs.
I shall be showcasing more of my new designs in the coming weeks so stay tuned!
If you have any thoughts, opinions, feedback on my work, I would love to hear it, please drop me a comment.