My final designs need to be viewed on screen using the memory stick I provided as the file printed badly and looks pixelated, however it looks how it is meant to on screen, apart from tumblr changed the colours a bit.
When we first started the PPP module at the beginning of the year I was very very unsure of what I wanted to do. The idea that I could ‘make anything I wanted’ was quite overwhelming as I’m used to working to fairly strict restrictions and limitations from a graphics perspective. After looking at a lot of different things on Tumblr I still couldn’t decide what I wanted to do, I’m not very good at thinking of the idea in my head at first, it only starts to work once I’ve got there. I went through several different thoughts of what I could do. I had in mind to do craft, then maybe something web based to learn some new skills, then back to craft, then onto illustration, then back to craft.
I finally decided to do a combination of (sort of) illustration and graphics. I’ve been wanting to improve my skills on Illustrator for quite some time and have also never used a graphics tablet and the thought of using one seemed quite daunting so it seemed perfect to do this for my PPP as I would develop new skills. I chose to create a series of 3 different flyers for a craft fair I have sold with. My interest in typography led me to look at tutorials online that I could follow to create 2 of the designs (I wanted the third to be completely hand drawn with the tablet). They were very helpful to follow and I’ve found more that I want to follow over the summer to improve my skills further. The completely hand drawn one if by far my favourite, although it took the longest I feel like I’ve really learnt with it, as well as feeling like I’d really achieved something at the end of it.
If I could improve my designs in any way I would definitely have a go at more illustration with the tablet in the style of the hand drawn one to create a variety in that style. I would also maybe have a go at creating a whole range of promotional pieces in the style for continuity. I have really enjoyed creating these flyers as although it was graphics it was very playful and was for something I have a passion for. I am emailing the design to Becky Drury (the organiser of Reetsweet) to see what she thinks.