The idea stems from two graphic designer friends, Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman living in New York, who did an experiment dating each other for 40 days and recording their experiences for the whole Internet to see. Their journey turned into a viral blog that has drawn over 10 million unique visitors –not just because it was an engrossing romantic dramedy, but because it was illustrated with bold typographic artwork by Walsh, one-half of design studio Sagmeister & Walsh, and Goodman, who runs his own T. Goodman studio.
So using that old adage of taking 40 days to change a habit I decided to draw Portraits. I have always appreciated a well-drawn portrait, especially one with distinguishing or quirky features. I decided to improve my skill and to make it fun I asked for photos from eight of my friends, family who have pulled various facial expressions. I specifically asked those who have different ethnicity or interesting facial characteristics. After each day of drawing, I would review how I could improve or what I think I could do better (self-evaluation). Looking at online tutorials and going for some workshops to help me improve. At the end of drawing a final piece I compare it with my initial drawing to see how I progressed or how much I have improved. As we are accustomed to seeing peoples faces daily not really taking into consideration the detail, my main aim is to replicate what I see rather than relying on memory to draw.
— Medium: Mixed media
Note the drawings and colours are brighter than shown in this GIF.
1. Spend time with the project every day (anywhere from 10-30minutes)
2. Go on three "dates" a week with the project (set aside 2-3 hour blocks of time to work on it)
3. In lieu of seeing a couples therapist, choose a book or some form of a tutorial, workshop to improve your craft. Spend at least one hour a week on this.
4. Respond to whatever questions Brendan Hibbert (NMT Lecturer) thrown at you (no less than seven more survey's).
5. Go on a weekend trip (choose a weekend to get away and spend my time with the project).
6. No cheating (no handing in any other projects that make this easier)
7. Record the activity/keep a journal/fire up your Instagram
Protea symbolises ‘change, transformation, courage.’ There are many different types of Proteas and can be found in South Africa and Australia. I was asked to do a commissioned piece, drawing Proteas for a beautiful couple’s home. My mum’s a florist and I found out that the protea is amongst the oldest families of flowers on earth, allegedly dating back 300 million years, Greek legend says that protea was named after Proteus, the son of Poseidon. A sea god who had the power to know all things past, present and future, Proteus was defiant and preferred to nap on the island of Pharos rather than prophesize. To deter those seeking his insights, he would change his shape at will, and it's said that the protea flower was named after him because it, too, presents itself in an astounding variety of shapes, sizes, hues and textures to make up more than 1,400 varieties.
I went to the flower wholesalers with my mum and bought some Australian natives to take photographs of. It was really good to see the texture, tone and colouring this flower has. Then I started sketching out an outline and decided to use Prismacolor pencils and a combination of graphite led pencils (2B, 4B and 6B). The paper I used was actually watercolour paper that has a bit of a tooth to the texture. Although not normally used for a pencil drawing, I thought that this paper would compliment the texture of the flower and overall feel. This commissioned piece was A1 size and now lives in North Carolina, USA.
I actually was drawing this commissioned artwork whilst I was personally moving into a new space and lots of good change occurring at the time of my life. I love how in our lives knowingly or not we do a “prophetic act” that represents either something currently happening in our lives or is going to happen in the future - this is a perfect example in the sense of drawing a Protea which symbolises change and then movement occurs in life.
—Medium: Prismacolor Pencils and 2B, 4B and 6B on Archers watercolour paper
Whitespace Gallery & Studio | 1 Pakenham Street, Fremantle, Western Australia | Sat 7th 6-9pm - Mon, July 23, 2018
I was involved in a collaborative group exhibition, called Meraki Vol. VI that I showcased my artwork with an array of talented emerging artists in Western Australia, such as Desiree Crossing, Melissa Boughey and many others. The exhibition had a multitude of works across a variety of mediums, beautifully curated in the relatively new Fremantle gallery, Whitespace.
I exhibited and sold at the exhibition 5 pastel paintings of which 3 were portraits (each painting approximately the size between an A3 and A2) and 2 smaller A5 pastel paintings that were semi-nude full body of two women sitting down - one looking forward and the other looking back. This pastel painting blending style and concept were adapted based on other work done for the Samantha Wills jewellery line. To find out more click here.
— Medium: Pastels and Pastel Fabercastell Pencils on Art Spectrum smooth pastel paper
Ever spotted the pale blue metal boxes located at traffic lights? City of Vincent teamed up with Main Roads to make over boxes with artwork to reduce the incidence of graffiti on the assets. It was previously tested internationally and across Australia with successful results. The traffic light box is situated out front of the Beatty Park Leisure Centre. Due to it being in front of a park I went with the concept of proteas with botanical illustration with abstract shapes in the background. Firstly started with an initial drawing which lead to colouring it in with colour pencils to get the look, tone and feel of the artwork. Painting this mural was on the hottest couple of days ever.
—Medium: Primer, Outdoor paint and
While at Media on Mars design studio in North Fremantle, I mainly created client presentations for Millenium Kids and St Ives. Part of Media on Mars projects to support local initiatives. However, I was requested to create signage that is for their monthly billboard shown on Stirling Highway by cars and people driving past. The quote, “There is no planet B” was selected by Media on Mars. This quote is a play on of words, meaning “There is no plan B” coupled with the environmental global warming topic. I narrowed down to two concepts and showed Media on Mars for feedback and to get their preference. I then created the hand lettering and design firstly sketching it out and then vectorizing it in illustrator. I ensured that the artwork is as per the printing companies specifications. This design wasn't just for the Billboard, but as part of Media on Mars yearly calendar and a postcard that is given to clients.
— Design & Illustration
— Billboard size printing
This commercial advertising concept was to utilise mixed media of pastels with photograph subtly. I have seen a few fashion illustrations that have used line drawing and photographers together for branding and advertising. The Samantha Wills jewellery line which I believe suits this style of illustration. Upon review, I could have added more shadow to the jewellery, but I like the contrast of the jewellery standing out, almost like when you stick studs into cardboard for jewellery display.
See an exhibition that was based on this pastel painting style and concept at Meraki VI Collection section.
— Concept development
— Design & Illustration
— Branding Medium: Pastels, Pastel Fabercastell Pencils, Art Spectrum pastel smooth paper and Digital photoshop
Wine packaging and branding for a new Merlot red wine. The label, ‘life support’ is for people who love their wine, especially a classy red wine on a Friday, those that say, “oh I just need a glass of wine.” A gold foiled beating heart with vines as arteries implying that the blood of the heart is the red grapes of wine. The yellow gold colour when printed final will be a gold foil to add to the overall concept. The idea for the brand to include a wrap around the wine bottle is to have more of a textured feel to the look and also I really liked how it was used on a competitors label called Crafter’s Union wine.
— Brand name development
— Concept and style development
— Design and illustration
— Brand medium: watercolour pens and watercolour pencils
— Packaging Design
This is a personal project that is still a work in progress, a drawing of my mother. The photograph reference was taken at my brothers wedding, where my mum looked stunning! This was the last drawing I did as part of the why the face project. I attended a few tuition sessions with an awesome local Perth artist, Rachelle Dusting who teaches pencil drawing and oil painting. I learned valuable skills in grid method, using tone, shade and shape and focusing on attention to detail. Ensuring that you have no sharp lines, but rather soft lines and ensuring that there is a scale in tone is very important.
— Medium: graphite pencil (2B, 4B, 6B) and sketch paper
These chocolates are inspired by the French chocolate brand, Le Chocolate des Francais. There chocolate bars that have a playful, and unique brand identity featuring approximately 50 different amazing illustrations representing what is french to them on its packaging. The reason for designing these chocolates, is that I was part of a group exhibition, called First Class, the theme being travel and airline. Adapting the concept of Le Chocolate des Francais, using Anema script and silhouette people who are in various travel locations. Instead of having the French colouring, mine has the branding colours that are blue from the Anema Designs logo and the orange (using my Dutch heritage).
— Medium: Hand drawn then digitally vectored
Inspired by lechocolatdesfrancais.fr/en/
I was requested to do a commissioned artwork by a daughter for her mothers milestone 60th birthday. The request from the daughter was to do a portrait of David Bowie, as her mother is an avid fan and has seen him live in concert when she was younger. I ended up drawing and adapting the well famous album cover, Aladdin Sane 1973 using bright colours. At the end of the drawing I decided to make it more punchier by using Ironlak bright pigmented pastels on some of the main areas of his face. The artwork was framed and given to the birthday lady, with such an overwhelming scream of happiness!
— Medium: Coloured Prismacolor Pencils and Ironlak Pastels over the top.
Author, Deborah Ritchie wrote a short story called, “Tattoos; A Beginners Guide” which required me to design the book cover, branding and promotional material. In order to reflect the direction of the book, without it being too literal, the objective was to incorporate all of the main character, Lola’s tattoo’s into the illustration subtly to not give away the story. While keeping the shape intriguing on the shelf to attract the target audience.
The tattoos represented in this illustration are: (1) The goddess of Janus where old life (the bust) meets new life (layered face) on her arm; (2) The birds is the placebo wings; (3) Crescent on her face; (4) Date of fathers death on bust; (5) The title of book Protege Moi (protect me in French); and (6) Love heart behind her neck. Along with the cover design, to introduce the new book publication a promotional material for the competition to win prizes if they receive a particular bookmark, lucky dip.
— Design & Layout
— Medium: Ink, Black Fine liner, 2B Pencil, Fabercastell Chromo Pencils and Graphite.
The concept behind this comes from my friend and me who came up with the word flamingle, because we are naturally awkward people when we flirt with or mingle with people. We would always joke about it. This illustration is applied to a magazine article that is in Cosmopolitan Magazine under the sex and relationships section, which it relating to Dating Advice for users using the Tinder app and the like. The flamingle colours are using a 3 colour process.
— Medium: Digital overlay
This personal publication, a cookbook based on the recipes from my South African, Ouma (Grandma), Sara Jacoba Walker who cooked traditional and special family recipes. Some of her recipes were published regularly in ‘Sarie’ magazine in South Africa that is equivalent to Women's Weekly in Australia. To reflect the true South African culture, while still having a classy look, I utilised line illustrations of food and utilised warm African colours. Mains, Salads, Desserts and Treats are colour coded with different colours to represent the different recipes. My inspiration was sourced from Yotto Ottolenghi cookbooks. Looking back at my design, I would have changed the front cover by moving the type "Lekker Kos Cookbook" to the bottom and having the food illustration outlines falling down onto the type.
— Research Recipes
— Food photography
— Design & Layout
AGDA and Design in Australia have their annual portfolio review for design students. The purpose was to create a press-ready A3 Poster, including social media aspects in order to promote and encourage students to have the opportunity to receive industry feedback from design professionals on their portfolios. With this in mind, I was inspired by a stereoscope. The vintage “View-Master” brand allowed me to utilise a playful style. The “View Masters” in this illustration highlights AGDA and Design in Australia as the design of View-Master professionals.
— Art Direction