This morning I hastily did some pizza base printmaking for a workshop with some children at The Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight.
We created tins inspired by the Chinese collection in the gallery for Hazlehurst’s current community project, Old Town Bloom, Have a read about it.
I’m back with a few little commuting sketches from the week. I’ve been pretty lax on the drawing recently so I’ve decided to attempt to draw everyday for a while. I don’t want to give myself an end date I’m just gunna go with the flow, you know.
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There’s lots of research a foot in The Hay Jay OH studio so my Drawing has slowed down a lot over the past couple of weeks.
I’m attempting to manage research and creating. Do you have any tips?
On Friday I split my day between idea gathering and business research in the morning and painting in the afternoon, which actually worked pretty well. I just put on The Lion King Musical soundtrack on repeat and created.
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This week has been pretty intense I’ve been on The Princes Trust Explore Enterprise course so I can bring you all some beautiful products soon. Here are a few doodles from my notebook you can really see where my ideas and prints start from. I’ve got shapes on the brain!
I’m in a bit of a drawing rut at the moment, I’m not feeling very inspired. I think I need to go on a drawing trip. I’ve been making collages whilst on trains, it’s fun to have a time limit and only a couple of materials. I had 15 minutes on the train into Liverpool city centre, a copy of The Skinny, scissors and masking tape.
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So my plan to blog everyday in May didn’t go very well!…oops
I’m drawing circles a lot at the moment , apparently drawing perfect circles is a sign of madness.
Heres a couple of pieces that I’ve created this week. A doodle and a mixed media piece for a project I’m working on with Hazlehurst Studios
Books are really great aren’t they!
I could spend all day on amazon filling my wish list. I love books about creative business, inspiration, designers, art, motivation and creativity.
With so many books out there how do you know which to buy? Recommendations of course.
Feeling curious? Or like making your purse a little lighter?
Here are some great non-fiction books that I love.
- Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work
- I Just Like to Make Things: Learn the Secrets to Making Money while Staying Passionate about your Art and Craft
- Show Your Work!: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Getting Discovered
- V&A Pattern: Liberty’s
- Drawn to Stitch
- Proust Was a Neuroscientist
- Culture to Catwalk: How World Cultures Influence Fashion
- Print Workshop
- Digital Fashion Print: With Photoshop and Illustrator
What‘re you reading at the moment? Give me your recommendations in the comments below
I’m sharing some of my favourite well-known artists, I come back to these artists for inspiration all the time and study how they artists manipulate shapes, texture and colour. All though it doesn’t sound it, it’s a very inspiring process. Sometimes I even attempt to create work in the same style like an old school apprentice would.
Probably the most well-known on my list. Klimt is the first artist I remember being aware of as a child and I always seem to come back to his work. He used shapes and pattern brilliantly, combining them in interesting ways which is also IMHO the pinnacle of good surface design.
My natural illustration style is similar Duffy’s. I like using rough shapes and overlaying line work create detail and interest within the illustration.
A new addition to my influencers I’ve recently been creating more art inspired by Förg. I’m playing around with colour combinations, texture and white space. Förg’s composition is spot on and has a lot of balance
Gray’s work is a kaleidoscope of colour and shapes. I’m inspired by his bold colour combinations. Colour palettes are something I’m always working on.
Today I’m starting a new challenge.
This has been a slightly rash decision, but I like challenges.
Along with around 100 others I’m going to attempt to blog every day in May as part of Elizabeth Sellers #BEDM challenge.
Don’t worry, you’ve still got a couple of hours to bash out a post and sign up over at Rosalilium! Even if you don’t want to sign up check out some of the great blog post ideas. I’m probably going to deviate from the topics quite a lot but hopefully I’ll make it to the end of the month! It’s all in the planning, right?
Today’s prompt is to introduce your blog to the blogging community.
This blog started out in a narcissistic manner really! I wanted to share my patterns on a deeper level vom with more context and to feel ok about exploring ideas around my work and surface design.
I got (slightly) more serious about blogging in December 2013 and since then I’ve been blogging weekly.
This narcissistic pursuit has turned into an inspiring place. Some of my “real life” friends have told me they are inspired to draw because of my weekly #SketchbookSunday posts, which is amazing to hear!
My blog is still young-ish and I’m developing new ideas for posts, this challenge should push my brain a bit. For the next 30 days I plan on sharing all kinds of interesting, insightful things, but I’ll need your help along the way.
What would you like to know? Any burning questions about Hayjayoh, Surface design, Creativity, The web, Tech? Leave a comment or ping me an email
Recently I’ve been inspired by other surface designers and their businesses. I came across Carolyn Gavin’s patterns and her family business in the last issue of Uppercase Magazine (you can read more about the issue here if you like)
Carolyn designs patterns for her brand of eco-friendly stationery and paper goods, Ecojot.
The brand has an obvious deep philanthropy. Ecojot use 100% recycled materials and their products support the GIVE programme for children in need. Values like this aren’t celebrated enough with the independent design community, take a look at their dedicated philanthropic effort.
Carolyn’s designs give these feel good products a quirky, unique edge and I wanted to know more about how she works.
Where and what did you study at university?
I studied 3 years of graphic design at Witwatersrand Technikon which is in Johannesburg (Gauteng) South Africa
What inspires you?
I love animals and nature and this inspires a lot of my work – birds, butterflies, flowers etc. I also get excited by color and cool combinations that make the work sing!
What’s your surface design recipe for success?
Work long and hard and practice to hone your technique and in the process develop your own style. Think about what you’re doing, and little nuances will make it special and stand out. Try to be original and true to yourself.
What’s next for Ecojot?
We’re designing a super cool app that works with our stationery product. I think designers, students, artists and architects with love it.
We come out with new designs fairly regularly so we’ll be introducing some of those at our next show, which is The National Stationery Show in New York in May.
Where can I buy your art or products?
Barnes and Noble in the US, Indigo in Canada, Paperchase in the UK, Sweden, Finland, France etc. Check out our website for more retailers and online – http://www.ecojot.com
Do you have a blog, can I read more about you?
About a month or so ago I found out that I got featured in the 2014 Uppercase Surface Pattern Design Guide. I wrote an entire post about it, which has a sneaky little discount code for Uppercase Subscriptions so click on through!
Anyway the issue has hit shelves worldwide (I picked mine up from Tate Liverpool). I’m so happy with the patterns that Uppercase picked from my 8 submissions, they showcase my style perfectly.
In the Surface Pattern Design Guide there are 100 designers featured, of course surface design being a niche industry, there are a lot of names I recognised. I’m already guilty of drooling over their portfolios.
I came across a few new-to-me designers so I thought I’d put together a little roundup of some of my favorites from the guide. Click the images to see each designer’s portfolio.
If you want more surface deign inspiration goodness you can check out my roundup of the Tropical Bloghop from January 2014. Oh, and I also made a pinterest board of the designers featured in the issue, cause I’m nice like that. Check it out and have a look at some more tasty patterns!
Welcome to #SketchbookSunday
I’ve put a lot of energy into my portfolio this week, so I thought It might be interesting to show you some visualisations of my newest prints on products along with a few drawings.
Share with me using #SKetchbook Sunday!
Also keep an eye out I’ll be adding some new patterns to my online portfolio shortly!
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I’ve almost finished my floral project, which I’ve aptly titled “Darkly Dreaming Florals” in homage to Dexter (I love a little cultural reference). I’m now starting to pull together a geometric project, so I thought I’d share something a bit different, my development sketchbook.
I generally have two sketchbooks running along side each other for each project, one purely for sketching & the other for theme experimentation, ideas and digital development
At the moment the projects called “Slightly-African-textiles-inspired-geometrics“, not too catchy.
Feel free to chime in if you can think of an awesome project name
I also did an interview with the wonderful Charlotte Rose about my creative process this week go check it out!
What have you been working on this week? I want to see it! Share with me on FB, Twitter & Intagram with #SketchbookSunday
Good morning, Happy Sunday!
I’ve had a bit of a flat week and haven’t gotten too much drawing done so I’ve added a couple of images from sketchbooks that are half filled and floating about my bedroom. It’s really fun to look back at your old sketchbooks to inspire yourself and see how much your style has changed. My drawing style has changed this year, but it still feels like me (cheeese).
I bought a water brush this week, I don’t know how I’ve never used one before, they are just amazing.
My pops picked some daffodils & I couldn’t resist adding a little springtime to my sketchbook
You may not realise this, but I really hated drawing flowers 6 months ago. Heres some floral drawings I did around November 2012
I’ve been inspired by geometrics recently, here’s a lino print I made back in January at a print workshop (read about the workshop here if you missed it). I’m thinking of creating a digital version.
I’ve completely forgotten I made this. It’s the early stages of a layout of a pattern I was creating. I love photocopying.
Sundays happens once a week, so does #SketcbookSunday.
It’s Design Hero time! Click to see the first post on Surface pattern powerhouse Collier Campbell. This month I’m staying local with Liverpool based whimsical illustrator extraordinaire Laura-Kate Draws.
One cold December evening after volunteering at The Bluecoat I fumbled through a rack of prints and came across a print I loved. I was skint so I fumbled some more and found another print I loved! Drawn with a familiar hand turns out both prints happened to be created by Laura Kate Draws.
Laura has created a quirky world consisting of Dalmatians on unicycles and spaced out Owls. I have a total crush on her style, imagination and I’m so inspired to start creating more…erm illustrative illustrations. Laura sells a load of products through Etsy and Folksy, I love her patterned mugs and greeting cards which are totally adorable.
In my last Design Hero post I created a print in the style of Collier Campbell. I thought that was a fun exercise and a nice addition to the post so here is a little self(ie) portrait and a sneaky fox I’ve created inspired by Laura’s work
#SketchbookSunday time again! I’ve been experimenting with inks this week and drawing some pretty orange flowers that I picked up. This week I’ve included some of the patterns I’ve created from some of my recent drawings.
Share your Sketchbooks with me on twitter @HayJayOh tag #SketchbookSunday
I’ve developed print designs this week and I’m still trying to think of a cute way to show same-y development pieces into Sketchbook Peek (watch this space)
So print development means it’s been a pretty digital week creatively, but Sketchbook Peek has spurred me to keep up the drawing habit. I’m still working on a floral theme so there’s some of that below and a quick train observation sketch page
I had some exciting news this week that I’ll be revealing soon so keep an eye out across my social networks!
Anyway, I know Daire over at Open Way Designs is joining in with #SketchbookSunday today. I’d love to see your sketchbooks, tweet your images to @Hayjayoh so I can see them and remember to tag #SketchbookSunday
Can you believe it’s March already!
Sharing my sketches again today, I bought a bouquet of flowers to draw from instead of just drawing from photographs. I really want to create some patterns from these drawings so watch this space!
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I finished reading Dracula in January but don’t worry, I’m not going to attempt to write a review. Instead, I stuck to my strengths and created an illustration.
A fact that I find completely mental is that Dracula is a one hit wonder the author, Bram Stoker, didn’t have much success with anything previously but old Vlad has become such an iconic figure! Probably says something Jungian about our collective unconscious?
I know you guys like behind the scenes shots. Heres a page out of my sketchbook I actually really enjoy the composition of this page. I post stuff like this all the time on Instagram feel free to follow me :)
Not to spoil the book, but there is one scene in particular that was very vivid to me. Lucy is put to bed with a garland of wild garlic flowers around her to protect her from the vampire, inspired by this I put together this little illustration
Have you read Dracula? I would love to hear your insights on the story, especially about Mina, a strong female character in the social context of the time?