The Creative Update Tag

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.

The other week I was tagged by Naomi from Hello, my name is Naomi to complete the Creative Update Tag. When Naomi tweeted me to let me know, I realised that I’ve never done a tag post before. I follow a lot of bloggers and vloggers that do tags and enjoy reading/watching them but none of the tags have ever really been appropriate for me/my blog. So ‘Woop!’ for the ‘Creative Update Tag’ – a tag that is finally relevant!
What am I working on?

Too many things! I have a lot of things I want to do and have started, but not yet finished or got around to. Since landing my job as a Junior Graphic Designer I’m finding that old saying ‘there’s not enough hours in the day’ too true! Oh, and weekends need to be a lot longer also! Especially living in London – most of my spare time I’m out and about, trying to explore and soak up all of the excitement.

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!

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
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.

At University I would always be told to sketch ideas rather than draw spider diagrams of words – sorry Philippa! I did like doing the experimental bit tho – letterpress, painting textures, cutting a sticking moodboards. My back up work would contain a lot of pages of experiments! I got quite emotional when I had to get rid of all of my back up work earlier in the year – just thinking about all of the time I spent on it. Don’t worry, I kept all of the good bits so I can recycle them later (like I’m going to get the time to do that! ha)….


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!).


My creative time management process as a student was terrible, yet somehow worked every time…. until the end of 3rd year. I really don’t recommend this method at all. At the beginning of the project I would be really enthusiastic and trying to think of every route possible – a good start. Then I’d start to get frustrated because everyone else was doing really good work and I didn’t like my ideas or where my work was headed. Then I would get stuck, hate my work and avoid doing it. Then, with just enough time to complete it I’d realise that it was nearly the deadline and panic. Then I would work like crazy, at stupid hours of the day to get it finished in time. And the worst thing is that I actually really enjoyed these times – working late, surviving on coffee and feeling really creative, mainly because there was no time to waste!
I was really lucky and somehow 9 times out of 10 produced something that turned out quite well… until I took too much on. I don’t think any of my tutors realised how close to the line I was working sometimes (sorry if you’re reading!) but it definitely caught up with me in 3rd year and I paid the price (I missed out on getting a 1st overall for my degree). Lesson learnt! 


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…


… look at all of those post-it note reminders! 🙂


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 🙂


  • styleandinfluence

    02/09/2014 at 12:28 pm

    I shall my dear, thank you for the invitation. Lovely to hear the thoughts and processes of a fellow creative 🙂 x

  • gingertuppence

    03/09/2014 at 2:09 pm

    I love your blog! Love your work, and your sketching is beautiful! I remember how much I used to procrastinate in high school with my graphic design projects. I could’ve done so much better! Good thing you did well despite it.

    • graphiquefantastique

      03/09/2014 at 2:19 pm

      Awww thank you so much – very kind of you to say! Yes, procrastination is a big regret now but I think we all go through it at some point 🙁 I’m very lucky that everything worked out for me and I hope that I can stop others from making the same mistakes 🙂

  • laura redburn

    03/09/2014 at 3:13 pm

    always interesting to read these type of posts! my answers probably won’t be as good as yours!

    • graphiquefantastique

      03/09/2014 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks – I feel like I might have rambled a bit! Glad to hear that you’re going to do the tag & looking forward to reading your answers which I’m sure will be really interesting 🙂

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