3rd Year Graphic Design Student. A Cheshire girl born and bred. Never long without a pencil in my hand.
INSPIRE ME WORLD
Lovely little write up by the guys at Shape, Manchester!
The other day I set up a little website, Facebook page and Behance and today I got a message on Behance from a Brynn Snow, who had featured my work on the website, D2G Apparel, and it currently has 175 likes, it’s mad to think that that many people have seen my work and appreciate it. http://d2gapparel.com/2012/fashion-illustration-2/fashion-illustration-laura-louisa/ There is also lots of other amazing illustrators work featured so it’s definitely worth a look.
It’s definitely worth putting yourself out there to be found.
I’ve been approached by a design company with an opportunity to produce illustrations for them. There has been mention of vector images, so I had a go at using vector magic to transform one of my sketches into a vector image. The result is pretty good, I couldn’t visualise how my drawings would turn out but this has made it possible.
I wanted to do something a little bit more, so I attempted to turn my book into an Ibook however with very little time it didn’t quite turn out as planned but I made my book available in ibooks as a pdf and it works exactly the same so I am pleased. I decided on the name Circles for my book as it was the most popular “favourite shape” as well as the idea that the people I drew had surrounded me for the past 3 years, and within the big circle, us a group, there were other smaller circles of friends. For the ibook I made a very quick cover, for my actual book I want a plain cover with just “Circles” on it but I had a little play for the ibook. Inside the book I didn’t want to mention the shape thing, as although it was my original concept, through my project I came to realise that I didn’t want to turn my subjects into statistics. I had spent time drawing them trying to reveal their individuality and personality, I didn’t want to take that away with my shape concept so I’ve kept the results to myself other than circle was the majority choice.
…IT’S A SECRET!!!
After a quick chat with Tash running through random words that I had come up with for the name of my book I have now got a title for it. I actually really like it, it’s so appropriate…. but it’s a secret for now.
I had been having trouble with my scanned in images, I was trying to edit them to make the background appear crisp and white, especially with the images that were a bit crinkly from the amount of water I’d used during production….but yesterday Hannah introduced me to a little bit of magic that Photoshop that I was currently unaware of, but totally solved my problem… a simple little manoeuvre of CMD+L, a little fiddle and then a manoeuvre of CMD+M, a little fiddle and Wah-laaaa! So busy busy editing my images ready to go into my book, with most done, I then enlisted the help of our lovely Hannah again with Indesign and gave me a little tutorial and showed me how to set up my document, as lack of practice had left me clueless…memory…fish.
With all the new know-how and with the layout expertise of Tom Lowndes the layout of the book began. Tash helped to arrange my images in a way that would flow well and then whilst I continued to edit my images ready to be placed, Tom started to put the book together for me, he really does have an eye for what looks good with layouts.