My colourful animal illustrations are now available on cushions! I have entered the Ohh Deer Pillow Fight competition. Hundreds of creatives have entered hoping to be the next permanent contributor to this illustrative collective. Ohh Deer cushions are usually £35 but these are only £25 during the competition period. They are available to buy until 4th November. Check them out! The Sleepy Hippo The Melancholic Monkey The Clumsy Flamingo
Today I went to St. George’s Market in Belfast to join in the Festival of Colours celebration, commonly known as Holi. Holi is Indian for colour and celebrates the arrival of spring. It was a cultural blast! Organised by ArtsEkta, this was something for everyone. Amy and I had been looking forward to this for ages. Bollywood music, dancers, world food, henna tattoos, chopstick competitions, a craft market…It had it all. The highlight of the festival was clearly the powder paint party. Amazing.
Again, another blast from the past. I keep coming across work from years ago on my hard drive. This was a doodle from 2008 and it was my first time ever digitally colouring. My usual doodle characters of snakes and stars appear alongside some absolute randomness of king cats and hat-wearing centipedes. Hope you enjoy.
One of our final projects was to create an A2 poster showcasing a street design situated in Belfast.
Whenever we were given the project brief we were told to start designing our ideas right away. Always being a doodler this is what I started with; working on a colourful pattern where the abstract shapes accommodate each other. Whilst this could look pleasing on a wall, it lacked meaning. I wanted my design to have more substance, yet still maintain that free colourful style.
I thought about constraining my pattern within something such as a speech bubble. The idea of someone or something speaking something beautiful and wordless intrigued me. It could be someone that at first glance you may not think would have those thoughts. Then I thought it could be more interesting if it were a thought bubble. It would make more sense to show visually what someone is thinking of rather than what they are saying. A person could be thinking of a beautiful pattern and then they are starting to replicate this on the wall themselves.
Essentially it’s a mural of someone else starting a mural, but with the added interest of being able to see their thought of how it should turn out.
In my research of street art I found the most interesting pieces were the ones that interacted and used the surroundings. With this wall on Little Donegal Street, I could make my design bulge, spray and explode out of the thought bubble, dripping over the pavement and entangling itself around the tree.