Things that I have learned III

Things that I have learned III

With my latest brief having come to a close, it’s time to ruminate over what I learnt from doing it, if anything. If you read this blog with any sense of regularity, you’ll have seen the last piece I did for uni here, which was my take on editorial illustration.

1.I need to find an effective style that can cross over all genres of illustration
Whilst I enjoyed the outcome of my editorial piece, I’m not entirely sure I’d continue to work in that style as it’s not “me”. Though I feel it’s recognisable as my work, especially if you know me, it visual language is so different from the way I normally work. That said, I’m still discovering where I belong in the world of design, especially in illustration. My influences are varied and often so different there is little to connect them. Much like the images in my head – one day I’m hot, the next day I’m cold and this is reflected in my work and the styles I work in. I’ve never been on for replicating other artists styles, in fact, I struggle to do this when asked, and my work often comes out with no relation to the original artist and is too much “me”. I am working towards a steady, reliable style, but it’s relatively early days in my degree as of yet (nearing end of my 2nd year, one more to go).

2. I feel working in a new style like this was successful and shows I am capable of thinking in different ways.
Now to counter the argument above by contradicting myself. I do feel the piece I created was successful and it was quite popular amongst my contemporaries (not something that drives me, but is nice to hear none the less). It shows I am able to be flexible in my designs and have not pigeon holed myself into a style too early on in my career. I don’t want to be known as “that girl who does those…” quite yet, because I’ve not yet settled what it is I want to do with my life, design-wise.