I thought I’d take a quick moment to share with you artwork by my favourite gocco print artist (so far) Julie West. I love the lines in her illustration and the colour combination’s she uses.
Today I worked on getting some more gocco prints done. I’m fairly happy with the results and glad I now have some more Moleskin notebooks with prints on them which might go in my one day to exist Etsy store… something I really should get onto.
Although I’m happy with the results there was no real creative achievement as I used an old design. I really should have tried something new like using 2 different coloured inks. Creative fail but on the positive side I think I improved my ability to clean the sticky gocco ink off of the master without ruining my house, furniture and clothes, and I have something to move forward from.
Thanks to the ever lovely Teeje from twitter, I was yesterday reminded about a little project I worked on some time back. I was at the time inspired to create notebooks from the unused paper in old art books, note pads, school exercise books etc as I was throwing a lot of that stuff away. In the end I just made one… and quite ironically I never gave it away or used it because I felt kinda too proud of it (being my first attempt and all) and didn’t want to ruin it.
I’m now planning to make more recycled notebooks over the next couple of months. If you are a bit of a crafty duck like me, I’d highly recommend recycling unused materials and put together your own notebooks too! Please check out Teeje’s Tumbler post – “My version of craft heaven”… which in the long run sends you to a fantastic tutorial by Design Sponge. Have fun!
This week’s Illustration Friday theme is “breakfast”… here is my entry.
I am the weet-bix, the moustached milk carton is my lovely boyfriend Joel. My first take at this illustration was just under a year ago when I made it into an e-card for his birthday… I modified it a bit for my Illustration Friday entry.
I spent last night printing my second round at gocco. This design was drawn in Adobe Illustrator. The things I learnt this time round were:
1. It’s kinda hard to even out paint in large inked areas (like the squirrels body), I’ll be trying to include more patterned or lined areas next time.
2. I need to my designs a bit smaller… as Mr Squirrel’s tail got a little chopped off this time. I think I actually learnt this in round one… but I forgot.
3. Definitive white lines like those around this paws/leg need to be a little thicker – on some prints they were barely visable.
4. Gocco ink is ridiculously sticky and you need to be well resourced for cleaning your master screen after… have more than 2 pieces of paper towel ready.
My first round at gocco printing was the kitty on a cloud below, this was freehand illustrated with a carbon pen
Meet Mr Milk Squirrel… he is my dairy themed Illustration Friday entry this week. He is also going to be put to good use as a gocco print design.
… well… ahem… it turns out that the theme is “Diary” not “Dairy”… bah! Oh well.
So… a new year called for a new creative challenge, and that it is indeed. So here’s my ‘Wilderness’ entry for Illustration Friday.
I hope to learn to colour and touch-up my hand drawn illustrations better in Photoshop, obviously for this week I’ve just gone with colour using my good ol’ Faber Castell pencils… and I’ve left myself LOTS of room for improvement in the coming weeks. I’d encourage others looking for a creative challenge to give Illustration Friday a whirl.