30 Day Challenge Research Summary

For the 30 days project I wanted to focus on my drawing skills, therefore it was important to get inspiration and ideas to form my drawings.

I started by looking at illustrators/designers that inspire me.

For instance, I love the work of Sanna Annukka (https://finalyearresearch.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/inspiration-sanna-annukka/) who uses block colour vectors to produce her work. It is bold and colourful and often she applies a colour scheme to her work, limiting the design to three or four colours. Another artist I admire is Michael Craig Martin, who works more in the fine art spectrum but I like his style of drawing – realistic outline drawings of everyday objects. (https://finalyearresearch.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/inspiration-michael-craig-martin/) He also uses block colour in interesting ways, helping his drawings to be bold and eye-catching.

Caitlin Schneider (https://finalyearresearch.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/caitlin-schneider/) and Malika Favre, whose work is beautiful (https://finalyearresearch.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/bold-vectors-by-malika-favre/) also inspires me with the use of bold, block colour vector graphics. I work in this way, and tend to just create drawings/illustrations that are one colour etc.
I felt it useful to explore other vector illustrations for ideas and approaches (https://finalyearresearch.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/vector-illustrations/) I can across the work of Samual Sinaga, who works in the same way I do “I always start with an imaginary sketch, inside my head, then digitally sketch it in Illustrator. This cycle will go on and on until I’m satisfied with the raw sketches that I’ve done. Stock photography comes in handy sometimes, mostly for reference or if I need to trace them. There’s a set of tools that I always use when I’m working inIllustrator: the Pen tool, the Shape tools, the Pathfinder panel, the Blend tool, Brushes, and Symbols. I also use other tools, but usually I work well only using the tools I just mentioned.” His work is very simple, yet colour and interesting.
I also looked at existing responses to the challenge and different prompts for challenges. One particular, and very effective, example was created by ‘Golpeavisa’ (https://finalyearresearch.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/el-moreno-30-days/ – link to video) who create an animation using the drawings created in response to the project. It took the drawings to a different medium and the animation was appropriate because it was able to be put across the idea of time, being presented as a timeline, the camera moved along. The images also interacted with eachother – i.e day one the artist cuddles the dog drawing for day two. This was a really nice touch and showed the concept had been considered carefully.

I wanted to vector illustrate all my responses and add a colour scheme to make the images relate and work together as a set. However, I did look at other imagery relating to the content or ideas behind certain drawings. For instance, day one was inspired by a punk song, so I looked at the work of Jamie Reid (https://finalyearresearch.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/day-one-inspiration/), day ten was attempting to recreate a art nouveau style through the vectors and colour scheme, so I looked at the work of Alfons Mucha (https://finalyearresearch.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/day-ten-inspiration/)
I also looked at imagery for designs such as day six and thrity, which were science related, to help me understand how to get across the intended content/outcome result etc (https://finalyearresearch.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/day-six-inspiration/, https://finalyearresearch.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/day-thirty-inspiration/)

Day Thirty Inspiration

Day Ten Inspiration

Alfons Mucha

Day Six Inspiration

Day One Inspiration

Cecy Meade’s 30 days…

Day 19 Something new : My swing shoes

Bold Vectors by Malika Favre

Malika Favre is a London-based, French-born illustrator/graphic designer. Her bold vector illustrations are stunning.

Malika Favre’s Portfolio