Scoping out the realms of digital creation with fun and colourful characters and compositions
Using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator combined with a Wacom Intuos drawing tablet, Lucy is having great fun experimenting with the digital medium to explore new territories in aesthetics. Her background in paint is clearly present in her digital work.
This Wave was one of the most challenging and eye-opening paintings I’ve done. Months of preparation went into the concept and design and the final product was not only a wide-format painting but a musical collaboration with ECHO, an incredibly talented musician who approached me for the project. Please read my blog – The Wave which goes into much more detail about this piece. You can also find the final video piece there too.
The Trash Polka tattoo style has become one of my favourite visual themes to play with. Technically it should be confined to a red and black colour palette but I’m broadening this to include any colours I choose. This was also an opportunity to improve my digital painting technique and I enjoyed the challenge of creating the shine of fish scales. This style, although appearing chaotic, is a fine balance of form and requires hours of experimentation to create order from chaos.
You can see here the various stages and elements that went into the final piece. Design work is really about continuous decision making and so throughout the process you eliminate those elements that don’t add to the final effect. Lucy spent a week in Chiang Mai, Thailand developing this exciting and energetic illustration. The client was quite active in the design process and expressed a desire for the ‘Polkatrash’ aesthetic. Working with clients is one of Lucy’s favourite parts of design work. It inspires her to try new methods and find new ways of solving problems.
Lucy spent an incredible ten days travelling around the Gili Isles in Indonesia and during my time she worked on this tattoo design. Given the basic elements to be included, Lucy went ahead with the piece to create this playful piece. She then went back to the piece after completion to experiment with layers and colour which resulted in an entirely different take on the original concept.
Beginning as a design commission for an Eco consultancy, these are the results of experimenting with various ways of expressing the beauty of a fallen leaf. The client went a different direction eventually but these are a colourful and bright example of how Lucy brings her painterly background into her current work.
The brief for this comission was, well, brief. ‘We would like a chocolate jellyfish for our social media hashtag’. The result is a delicious and playful design that looks good enough to eat.
Green Your Act Up and Mercia Ecology/Shamanic are two fantastic ecology driven start ups that focus on the natural world and how to preserve our environment. I was happy to work with Kirstie and Emma respectively, to help them in their journey towards sustainability and climate based action.