Hello everyone! I’m recovering from my operation (which went well btw – thank you for all of your support!) and ‘resting’ but typically I’m itching to be better and get on with life! I thought I would ease myself back into blogging with this tag post.
What am I thinking about working on? Well, I want to get back into my sketchbook because I actually quite miss sketching. Around this time last year I was in a bit of a ‘lost graduate’ phase, interning in Lincoln and decided that I wanted to overcome my fear of sketching – I was too worried about making a mistake to put pencil to paper! After a couple of weeks I had gained some confidence and was actually really happy with the sketches I had produced… and then I moved home and fell back into ‘lost graduate’ again. I miss spending couple of hours just sitting somewhere and sketching. I miss sharing my sketches with people. There are so many beautiful buildings around now that I live in London, so I should definitely get back into it… if the weather allows me to!
In the back of my mind I’ve got projects that I want to re-visit from my University days – a few ideas which I think I could definitely push in a better direction now with hindsight. Those might not happen though! I also keep telling myself that I’m going to do my Triangle Manifesto which I began thinking of ideas for in October 2013. And I also started a project about my buyer’s remorse problem – I am a serial shopper and returner! Thinking about those 2 projects again actually really excites me – I really want to actually get around to doing those!
Don’t get me started on this. I have had so many battles with myself about having a personal style or not having a personal style. I think I’m finally happy to say that I don’t have a style and my work is different simply because it’s from my perspective. There is nobody else in the world that is living the exact same life as me with the exact same views and opinions. That is the beauty of art and design – if you give 2 creatives the same photos, crayons and scissors they will both produce something different. There are a lot of different styles that I admire and would love to try my hand at – collaging, patterns and calligraphy. Hopefully I will get the chance to…
How does my creating process work?
My creative process usually involves a lot of drafts. Whether I’m sketching or blogging I always start by making lists of notes and plans. I find it easier writing, I guess because I’m not that confident with my sketching ability.
I have big ideas and am a bit of a risk taker… sometimes it works out and other times it doesn’t! Prime examples of this from University projects would be Mind Your Language and Metamorphosis. For both projects I was really stuck, wandering lost without a direction until something clicked. Philippa even admitted in my Metamorphosis crit that it could have been a complete disaster but somehow I made it work (and got a 1st!).
As a junior at gpstudio, don’t worry, I am a lot more organised! I feel like the creative process in industry is quite different anyway – a lot quicker and a lot less time producing back up work! I’m still learning…
Why do I create?
I create because I love it. I can’t describe the feeling I get from being creative – it’s such a buzz! It’s always been the one thing that I could do. The one thing I am best at. In my GCSEs. I achieved 104/105 marks in my Graphic Products coursework! In my A-Levels. When I tried to convince myself that I COULD go against my arty talents and do AS Chemistry if I really tried. It didn’t work (I got an E and gave up). Being creative is all I know really – words, images and scribbles. I just love it all.
I might not be the best designer in the world but I have ideas, vision, determination and a lot of passion. And hopefully from reading my blog you will have picked up on that.
If you’ve got this far down – well done! Sorry to ramble, as always, I just have a lot to say! I hope you found that interesting in some way? I love reading about creatives – we’re unique creatures! And so I’m pleased to tag the following:
– Nikki of Style & Influence (sketcher, styler & textiler)
– Laura of Cardboard Cities (designer & collager)
– Katie of Scarphelia (creative writer)
– Sophie of SAD Journal (designer & signwriter)
– Jo of The Only Place (photographer)
I’ve tried to tag a few different types of creatives there and can’t wait to read their answers! Fingers crossed they take part, but please feel free to do the tag if I’ve not tagged you too and let me know so I can read your answers 🙂
P.S. Voting for the Cosmo Blog Awards 2014 has now closed. Thank you so much to everyone who voted Graphique Fantastique for ‘Best Careers Blog’ and now it’s time to keep our fingers crossed until 7th October! Winner or not, I’m very honoured to be shortlisted 🙂