Change of heart

Change of heart

A while back, before Christmas (actually, a long while back…), I had a chat with my tutor Ian and went over my portfolio. I had, at that point, already had a few portfolio visits so was late to the game having Ian look at the layout. Luckily, he liked the general order of things, also agreeing with me (and others) that my fashion illustration is best kept in it’s own section, as it’s strong as deserves it’s own space.

Pleasingly, he also agreed that I should concentrate on my hand drawn illustrations, as he feels my strengths shine through and would set me apart, as he says not many other illustrators have those hand rendering skills. I, in the past, have relied heavily on digital work as it’s so much quicker for a procrastinator like me, however, I have decided to change this and take longer to consider my projects outcomes.

My newest project is my final major project for university. I have decided to break the project down into three smaller projects, as I feel sixteen weeks would have been too long for me to focus on one project, impatient as I am. During my talk with Ian, we touched on this and he told me to look at my interests/themes before deciding on a  possible client for the outcome. I’m quite strong at fulfilling clients needs, but often have difficulty writing my own briefs, so I think was essential to help me get “creative” again. He also told me that as I work in a decorative way, but often lack more depth in my pieces (I admit, I do look at pretty before content – naughty me), to find artists who work in a similar way but within context. I have found this quite difficult, as many decorative illustrators seem to be in a similar boat to myself and just “make pretty”. I would like to change that about my own work, giving it more meaning and depth, which would then broaden my scope for future work and clients. If anyone out there can recommend artists as mentioned about to me, I would be very grateful.

Whilst I have not decided on themes for all three projects (am taking it in my stride), I have done so for my current work. I’m not going to divulge my ideas here quite yet though, but will as they come together. I may even share little tidbits out of context and see if you can figure it out on your own.