Sunday, 31 August 2014

Fashion imitating art. Art imitating fashion.

I've been lacking in sharing what I've been up to with my Illustration work as of late. As you know I hit a bit of a speed bump with my motivation and inspiration but I've finally got my drawing mojo back. Happy dance. There is nothing worse than waking up and having no motivation to pick up a pen and start drawing but no worries I’m feeling ready for anything.

If you follow me on either Twitter or Instagram, you would have seen I posted quite a while back that I was unsure on what location to pick for my summer project. A quick sum up of the brief was to illustrate a place that’s significance to me for any reason. I have chosen to illustrate Berlin. I wanted to incorporate fashion into the place that I picked. I didn't want to be cliche, for example somewhere like London or Paris. I love the culture, the urban side of Berlin, the bikes and obviously the fashion. Street art is everywhere.
I wanted to share a couple of pages from my sketchbook. At the beginning I start to look at what places that lay within books I've read that have been significant to me. Books such as Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.  Those places with always stay with me. Experimenting with my type through some quotes from the books. And messing around with inks and watercolours to create something new that I've never tried before. The ‘location’ type page was something I started to do while watching a film one afternoon just lazily writing the same work over and over again.  

Then I moved onto looking a Berlin. My first attempt at doing some sort of rough for my final piece. My picture references I used where from Pinsterest, I wanted to create a background using street art by applied some acrylic onto my paper. Then worked on top of paint with fine liners to create the illustration of the girl. I think I need to work with a thicker pen on top of the acrylic but that’s why you call it a rough. Also finally got my hands on the Berlin Street Style book, I thought it would be appropriate to buy as I'm doing Berlin for my summer project.

On a side note I'll be away from the 03/09 to the 10/09. I'm going on holiday with my friend, to Florida, which I'm super excited about!! Never in a million years would I have thought I'd be going to America. So if you have any places that we should defiantly visit, leave them in the comment section below. 

Friday, 8 August 2014

Struggling with motivation and lack of inspiration.

I've had these three lists stuck right on my wall just above my desk so I could see them clearly for a good couple of weeks now. 'Things That Need Doing', 'Blog Planner', 'Illustration: To Do List'. Writing the goals I have to achieve down makes them seem more real to me, having them floating around in my head is no use to me. I have to see them, plus adding colour to the pages helps me focus on the bullet points. I've can say that I've ticked off about six things off all three lists put together. I know I'm rubbish when it comes to getting things done!
I had one of those days where I sat down and written out all the things/goals I needed to achieve by the middle of September before I start my fourth and final year at university. I started off really focused on what needed to be done. Planned my time out between what I had planned for the day ahead. But once I started getting more busy, it would come to sitting down to start something on my list and I just couldn't be bothered to focus on that certain task. I just had no motivation at all. Now that this summer is some how going way to fast for my liking, I need to get myself sorted out and start working on the goals that need doing. And it's hard when your lacking motivation and inspiration.
Question: Have you ever woken up and found that you have no motivation or are lacking inspiration? I think that's how this started for me. One day I was determined to kick everything off and the next everything just went. This has happened to me quite a few times but this time around I've been really stuck in a rut and I just can't get out of it. It totally sucks!!!! I think I'm about ready to tear my hair out, I just can't seem to get out of it. Does anyone have any tips on how to stay motivated or how to get out of a motivationless (probably not a word) rut?
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