I’ve been reviewing the past 12 months and evaluating my favourite work.
Best 9s are a great way to do this. Here are my Best 9 of the year. Work that I feel pleased with as they broke new ground in terms of skills and technique progress.
It’s been great to apply art to commercial illustration briefs and to monetise my practice, as above.
Here are my painted Best 9. A real break through this year was the workshop that I did in Rotterdam with Helen Dardik. The techniques Helen shared, and the products she’s uses, are a real revelation. With practice and care my painting skills are building.
Fabric and Textiles Best 9 – I enjoy the colours and textures that I create on fabrics. Florals and birds were key themes of my work in these mediums this year.
Here’s to 2020. I’m excited to see what emerges this year. I hope your have a great year.
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Great days start with great mornings so I wanted to create a positive, inspiring breakfast cereal in response to the brief: Create a fun sized design concept and packaging for a new cereal product.
I wanted to inspire and uplift women through a positive, confident image of a female pilot. She already has three stripes so she’s doing well; metaphorically and literally she is flying high.
Here are my rough drawings whilst brainstorming ideas for the box creative…
The character was further inspired by the aviation PR work I’ve been busy enjoying in recent weeks, thanks to my client in Florida.
I thought that aeroplane shaped breakfast cereal would be fun and novel. This idea was warmly received in consumer testing, with enthusiastic feedback.
I later added the fruit, and additional cereal aircraft, into the bowl for the final iteration.
Once I had the character idea I felt the breakfast cereal design concept formed around her.
In order to create the entire packaging concept it was necessary to define the target market, and what would appeal to them, to decide the ingredients, flavours, also to create a cereal brand, logo and product name.
I had all this in mind when choosing the colour palette of gold, red wine and cobalt blue. These were colours I could use throughout to represent the morning sun, and the colourful sunrise sky.
I chose ‘Inspired Mornings’ for the cereal company brand, and after painting a sun in watercolours I recreated the round window effect of my ‘Inspire by Kim’ logo and added the new brand name.
Nutrition and natural ingredients are key to wellbeing, which is fuel for a positive frame of mind, so I wanted the flavours and sweetness to be natural, therefore I chose fruit flavours on a Tropical theme, This flavour choice was to evoke the idea that the pilot is flying to a tropical island destination.
Travel, new experiences and the relaxation enjoyed on holiday/ vacation are fundamental to enjoyment of life, so by bringing flavours that are associated with holidays into the cereal concept the consumer would start the day enjoying a breakfast that the brain can associate with positive, pleasant experiences and help the person benefit from the associated holiday feelgood factor.
By illustrating the ingredients it was possible to give the consumer quick visual references and these were to denote the fresh, healthy, natural qualities of the product and brand values.
The reverse side of the cereal box was a great fun opportunity to further inspire the consumer and providing positive affirmations to start the day, in the form of a circular word search.
The wordsearch was placed over the watercolour sun using my favourite digital application of present, Procreate.
I created a template to fit the sizes in the brief, 4×3 inches, and arranged the completed panels within this.
This was the completed concept.
I was delighted that as I completed the design I saw the Virgin Atlantic campaign to inspire young women with a day of activity using the hasttag #seeherfly Wonderful that this timing coincided with my design.
Day 19 #inktober day 19 prompt is Sling. It’s about letting go of things that no longer serve you so that they can benefit someone else. Western society is so consumerist it’s easy to loose the sense of what is ‘genuine need’ and what is ‘want’. Bank balances and the environment can benefit from less emphasis on having and wanting.
#inktober day 21 prompt is ‘Treasure’. Treasure the love that you receive.
This made me thing about accepting love from those who love you. Often in life we can go seeking love elsewhere when we have so many people who already love us. So this message is about gratitude, acceptance and embracing what you already have.
Here’s are this year’s prompts, it’s tough to work to the prompts but I’m trying to use it illustrate key messages and things that I’m passionate about,
Inktober day 3 prompt is Bait.
Which prompted an issue that I’m passionate about. I don’t like the way that marketing makes people feel that they aren’t enough unless they buy this or own that.
So the message is, “You are enough.” #buylesslivemore #inktober #inktober2019 #youareenough #anticonsumerism #pixelmator #animation
Day 4 Prompt – Freeze
Short on time today so a quick piece for this day.
#inktober #inktober2019 #iceskate #❤️skate
I may develop this concept further when I get a little time to do so as I feel that colour would really bring the concept to life.
Build is Day 5 prompt for #Inktober.
Build made me think to turn it on it’s head and for there to be a reuse, renew and recycle approach to buildings. There are stunning old buildings being left unused and unloved in and new ground is being broken and wildlife disturbed for new characterless box like homes.
Busy day working on an illustration job so just one take and 15 minutes for this one.
#Reuse #recycle renew #repurpose #inktober2019
Inktober day 6 prompt is Husky. I don’t have one of those but I do have a lot of love, loyalty, kindness and fun with this little guy.
Drew this pose a year ago. Scroll to see. Wondered how it would look a year on. Somehow it turned into a poolside pose this year. I do still like the atmosphere created in that earlier drawing.
Cheers to dogs and the wonderful contribution they make to our lives.
Enchanted: Inktober Day 7 prompt made me think of The Magic Faraway Tree. Started with that idea and then built the details from there.
New drink Jasmine Juice by Inspired Infusions. Bottle brand design.
Promoted by the wonderful portfolio building Illustration Workshop by Mary-Kate McDevitt.
I explored icons related to tranquility, calm and serenity and painted them before cutting them out and playing further with the composition.
I chose pink jasmine which grows in Burma and China and this chose a Birmese Buddha figure to work with. Sunset and sunrise are when the sky’s colours are most striking. A good day always seems to start with a beautiful sunrise or end with a heartwarming sunset. I wanted this to create the atmosphere for this new drink experience.
I created a bottle shape that has a kind of tincture bottle feel to it. I painted the bottle in acrylic gouache.
After creating the hand lettering in Procreate app I brought the elements together in Pixelmator app.
I duplicated the completed bottle design and reduced the size before popping it between the buddha’s hands.
I’m pleased with the resulting outcome.
Thanks so much for being here. Thanks to those who’ve been following my journey. I’m now bringing my ongoing PR career together with my visual art. Watch this space.
I cringed when I read the brief for September’s #portfolioclub “Folk Costume”, but illustration briefs aren’t always going to be something I’m jumping up and down to illustrate, so I ploughed on, trying to keep an open mind.
However I have enjoyed the exercise; probably because I decided to illustrate a costume based on my favourite things, the sun, nature and rainbows. If Inspire by Kim was a country this would be the costume, echoing the beauty of life.
This was an early drawing where I was developing the idea of the costume mirroring the environment.
I developed the idea whilst travelling so in black pen and then added colour digitally.
the Inktense version was less effective.
This concept then started to feel a little fluffy and idealistic and wasn’t saying enough about my causes. So I had a think about what the costume would be for this theme…
I might revisit this alternative concept but the first concept felt incomplete. I came to the conclusion that either way a folk costume should be illustrated using fabric.
So I free machine embroidered the design onto a shiny fabric from @sunnybankmills.
I then painted the design with fabric paints from @colourcraft.
Next stage was to hand sew and embellish the dress.
Here’s the completed work with embroidery silks, thread, metallic thread, glass beads and crystal organza.
Here are my latest illustrations and paintings. So loving creating at the moment.
The next task in #illustrationworkshop is a book cover. I thought that as I’m intending to create a book that I should use this prompt in this way.
A family gathering is always a lovely creative opportunity.
Summer Party themed illustration – developing the flower painting and trying out words and other items with the new paints and techniques.
Spot illustration for a magazine article about holiday/summer book recommendations.
Painted in watercolours and the elements brought together in @pixelmatorapp on my #iPhone
I like how this has come together and creating the woman for the glass.
Lovely time painting on location @renishawhallg with my little buddy. There are so many delightful flowers to choose from, some aren’t really in a place to stop and paint.
I’m pleased with how the floral art is developing and enjoying the paints.
I was pleased with this painting as it was a significant development on my previous painting on location at Renishaw. I like the energy and looseness of this piece though.
It’s this kind of work that o like to hold in mind and rest my subconscious on whilst trying to go back to sleep.
We’re getting the Folksy shop ready for the busy festive shopping time so if you’d like an original artwork for your loved one you can buy them here.
The tennis club needed a certificate, so keeping consistent with the illustrations I have done for club posters, social media posts and children’s colouring sheets I drew the club trophies, some are almost 100 years old, and a banner to start the build up to centenary celebrations, to create a certificate template.
I’m developing the drawing stage for my my next illustrations, I’ll share them when completed, but if you’d like to see the process and stages then pop over to my Instagram.
Thanks for spending time here, hope you’ve enjoyed it.
I’ve really enjoyed creating in August. The month started off with the Helen Dardik workshop in Rotterdam which was beautiful and inspiring. The month and art has flourished from there.
I created an illustrated map, an instructional illustration for #PortfolioClub, an illustrated Recipe prompted by Flow Magazine’s book 50 Ways To Draw Your Beautiful Ordinary Life. I also created a party invitation book cover and stitched/painted self portrait.
I added new items to my Folksy shop as we start to get ready for the busy festive period.
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