It’s been icy and snowing off and on for over a week now. Snowfall in most areas is well over a foot. I’ve been stuck inside for days now. One would think this would be a perfect opportunity to get some work done, but it’s not coming so easily. The cabin fever is starting to set in. Hopefully things thaw out a bit before New Years Eve.
While stuck inside, I’ve been experimenting with patterns, both repeating and non-repeating. For a repeating pattern it’s as easy as making a concise sketch, scanning it and tiling it in photoshop. For non-repeating I try to develop a set of rules in my head to guide my drawing. With the above example I just drew polygons, playing around with scale and layering. I’ve been working with patterns for a few years now. Over the past month I’ve been doing a lot of work for a wrapping paper company (more on that later…) Patterns have factored in heavily. For Christmas Sarah got me Over & Over: A Catalog of Hand-Drawn Patterns. By Mike Perry. It’s a must-have for the library of any pattern aficionado. Perry has currated a vast collection of beautiful patterns by a diverse array of contemporary illustrator’s and designers. It’s really gotten me back into the pattern creation drive. Check it out, as well as the rest of Mike Perry’s work. I’m a huge fan.
Lately I’ve felt as though I’m at a junction in my career. I have two options before me: hit the job hunt with full force or dive headlong into the world of freelance design. I am strongly considering the latter option. I did a good deal of freelance work during school, as a means to make some extra cash and bolster my portfolio at the same time. I have a website already built and I’m in the process of planning another. I’ve received some good exposure through the Cut & Paste competition, PNCA and the Portland Funbook. Now is as good a time as ever to try doing my own thing. I have no mortgage, outstanding debt or children (knock on wood). In other words, what do I have to lose? There are a lot of things I would like to accomplish as a freelancer, and I’m steadily moving down the list. It’s great to be the art director on projects. Right now I have wrapped up a couple of great projects since finishing school. I’m waiting for them to be published to talk about them on here, but they’ll be up soon enough.
On a related note, I’d like to showcase a few great illustrators and designers that have inspired me to keep pushing myself to the next level with each project. These folks are truly great. Just click on the name to check their portfolios. Note: All images courtesy of their respective artists.
Amazing inkwork, delightfully twisted subject matter and a sophisticated color pallate, what more could you ask for?
A painterly style with a graphic sensibility; Woods’s work inspires me to loosen up and try anything with my compositions.
Guru of handmade type. Inspires me to keep on playing with words.
Super skilled, super slick. Benny Gold breaks down the design process to the fundamental level. His solutions are always elegant and remarkable.
Hope this little series gives you some bookmark fodder, these are definitely ones to garner inspiration from. I’ll continue on with this series of tributes to my heroes, so check back.