I wanted to give you all an insight into the inspiration behind my current project! This under the sea lampshade was inspired by the work of my friend Deanna Westfold, a Marine Biologist at Sea Life Brighton. The stories about the individual characters of the aquatic life at Sea Life encouraged me to explore my own narrative. This inspired my creation of a whale character and to illustrate his journey at the bottom of the ocean. My favorite children’s book illustrator Benji Davies, influenced my choice in a whale character, after devouring his book ‘Storm Whale’.
A lampshade is a great way to showcase a narrative as the viewer can see the illustration from all angles. When designing the lampshade, I first started by developing the characters within my sketchbook. I often do this to explore the characters and their personalities, as well as their physical attributes. I then created a large sketch to map out the composition of the design. I find it easiest to work to scale when designing, to get a real insight into the size and shape of the design on the product, although this isn’t always possible when creating large designs. The next stage is digitally rendering the sketch on Procreate. On Procreate I love to experiment with texture and colour, using hand-rendered and digital brushes. Once I have finished the digital design, I then send it off to be printed onto fabric. I finally create the lampshade by sticking the fabric to an adhesive lampshade covering and attach it to the metal rings.
I’ve always been inspired to create illustrations around the theme of the ocean due to the wonderful textures, colours, and patterns displayed right beneath our noses. I feel it is more important now to celebrate and showcase the beauty of our oceans, to encourage the world to reduce the amount of plastic production and consumption. Plastic production is expected to grow by 40% by 2030 which will increase the amount of plastic waste in our oceans. As Sir David Attenborough says, “The continuation of our civilizations and the natural world is in your hands”. To see more of what Deanna gets up to at Sea Life Brighton, including their marine life conservation efforts, please see her Instagram @DeeUnderTheSea.
I hope you’ve enjoyed a little insight into my designing process. Please comment for further questions and keep posted for more projects to come!
Image: Deanna Westfold diving at Sea Life Brighton.
Happy New Year everyone!
I wanted to share with you all an exciting new project which I have been working on.
I have made my own 2020 Calendar! This was created from one of my projects inspired by tropical animals. I hope you enjoy seeing a sneak peak of some of the pages and it brightens up your January!
I'm so excited to show you all my work set up for my masters exhibition at the Arts University Bournemouth. I'm so pleased with how it has turned out and I'm excited to be continuing experimenting with surface design in the future!
Here's a sneak peak of my current project upholstering an arm chair. I designed the fabric myself and printed it onto Chenille fabric. This was one of my most challenging projects and I'm very pleased with the outcome.
Here's my bird stool! I made this design onto Chenille fabric and got the sewing machine out. I also hand painted the legs using panatone paint.
Here's another cushion which I've been working on using Cotton Satin Fabric. I've really enjoyed making a larger cushion, this one is 50x50cm.
Here's my new design for my business cards! I've been experimenting with spot gloss for the first time on the Leopard's face and the text on the back. I'm so happy with the finish of these and can't wait to give them out!
I've also been experimenting with creating my own cushions. Here's a tiger design which I have been working on printed onto Cotton Satin Fabric. This fabric was a dream to work with and has created a luxurious looking product.
Recently I have been printing my designs onto fabric and making some exciting new products! Here's some photographs of the Toucan Lampshade I've been experimenting with. I'm very happy with how it has turned out and would definitely recommend it as a medium level craft project for any craft lovers!
I've currently been working on a children's book called 'Ever Wondered'. I decided to make a little concertina book showcasing the relationship between my characters. This really helped me to engage with and understand the relationships between the Troll and little girl. Have a look on my website to see the whole children's book project!
Hi everyone I'm Emma an illustrator, artist and dog lover. I hope you enjoy looking through my blog at what I get up to.