Today I decided to unearth one of my older doodles and show you how taking a break to just fool around with pen/pencil and paper can create ideas that end up engineering a new design. So here's my toy robot squiggle that I thought would make a cute design for children ... I thought of placing a little door in his middle that could be opened up to reveal a gift inside ...
I then scanned him in and painted him in Corel Painter:
Transported him back into Photoshop to be cleaned up, outlined, and placed against a blue background ...
... then opened up that little door in the middle to reveal a lovely surprise!
Hope you enjoyed the process as much as I did. Just goes to show what taking a break to have some play-time can do. Cheers.
If you'd like to take a peek at the rest of the Toy Robot cards and matching gifts, just click on the links below:
I see these everywhere underfoot, on my walks and in my garden. They're wonderful and rough and smooth textured and full of colour and pattern inspiration, so had to take some photographs. Perhaps they'll inspire you to bring out the pencils, paints or even consider designs using their wonderful unevenly rounded, cracked forms.
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It's a very exciting point in my business life, as I do feel that that my
hard work and the whole learning experience I've gone through (and will
always be going through) these past few years is opening up new horizons for my art. It's
difficult to sit and toil away on one's own, and although I do see the results of all that in increased sales from my POD sites, it's a wonderful confirmation that I'm heading in the right direction when I can sit back and allow myself a teeny bit of pride at having been picked by HP to join their amazing team of designers.
Drop by and have a peek at their site, I think they've hit upon a brilliant idea and if I lived in the U.S. or had friends there, I'd most definitely be taking advantage of their cards - a perfect solution to gift-giving. Have fun. Cheers.
I'm doing this backwards today ... another one in my Flower Joy series (So far I've completed Daisy Joy, Rosebud Joy, and Poinsettia Joy) though I'm not that happy with it and think it needs tons more work. Here's one of the finished Sunflowers, but I feel that it's a bit too linear, outlined, stiff?
So I may take a break from it and see if I can loosen up a bit and make it joyful! Meanwhile though I thought I'd share the step-by-step images so far. Here are the photos and scans of the drawing process ...
They were drawn in my moleskine journal using marker pens, then scanned into photoshop where I'm working on repainting the sunflowers one by one. It's going to take me a while, especially as I'm not all that crazy about how they're turning out at the moment.
As I said, I might take a break from these and pick up where I left off in a few days time, perhaps with a larger dash of inspiration. Cheers.