When I draw people it comes out in a kind of comic book/Black Hole inspired way with lots of black lines and sketchy shadows:
When I draw animals & nature its always more detailed and sort of fantasy-like:
And when I draw patterns its minimal and fun, mostly with a limited colour palette:
I also love a mixture of detailed, colour-rich art and minimal/fun design.
I fight with these parts of my style CONSTANTLY. I feel like I have to choose 1. Ooonly 1… and the fact that I haven’t chosen is why I’m struggling so much!
Does it *really* matter if you have a few different styles for different subjects? Have visual social platforms like Instagram caused us to worry about curating ourselves and our styles so much that its sort of taken the fun out of creativity? Everyone in the illustration world talks about nailing down their style and sticking to it and thats what will get you a “fan base”, or get you hired. But surely being flexible and able to play with new ways of making is also a good thing?
Welcome to Megs ill explained stream of consciousness!
It’s already the 5th of March (!!!) Howww??
This month started off with me going a little stir-crazy cooped up in the house because of the snow. It did make me draw a lot though, so I shouldn’t complain. There’s already another iPhone wallpaper on its way, and I managed to get a regular monthly illustration job, so things are looking up in Megland!
I suppose I have a couple of “goals/things I want to do” for March:
1. Release Paintboxfox’s first zine
2. Get the ear piercings I’ve been thinking about getting for months
3. Start work on my portfolio website
Through the snow and cold, somehow my monstera has produced 4 new leaves from where they were chopped off (due to an accident involving my cat a few months ago). Yay Mildred!
I’ve finished all my drawings for the zine, and am partaking in #marchmeetthemaker on instagram – if you are taking part too, let me know!
And I’ve had my first successful charity shop rummage in a while – green marble coasters. It feels like everything in my life right now is telling me I’m a fan of green…
I went to see The Shape of Water a couple of weeks ago at the super comfy Everyman in Chelmsford, and couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I did a weird thing for me and made some fan art. Maybe I just haven’t liked a film/ tv show/ book/ game enough to make art about it until now…
This was made using the Procreate app on my iPad Pro. I bought my iPad Pro & apple pencil a couple of years ago now and it has honestly taken me that long to even vaguely get to grips with drawing digitally. I do find it a million times better than using one of those drawing tablets without a screen though – my brain couldn’t not look at the tablet while I was drawing (derp).
I have no idea if I’m doing anything “right” still (I mean, there’s not a “right” way to make art, but ya know what I mean), but this is the first piece I’ve been happy with. I definitely think I’m getting my preferred process down, but I’m still figuring out brushes and how to make them look “natural”. Coming from a background of using physical paint etc to create art, its kind of frustrating that I can’t make things look like that yet. Keeping my fingers crossed that Kyle’s Brushes come out with a set for procreate!
Just before Christmas my friend Emily & I got talking about our struggles with creativity and trying to get back in to drawing & painting regularly. Out of this conversation and over the course of the next little while came a little project – Paintboxfox.
We decided to collaborate on an ongoing joint *thing*. We figured if we were cheering each other on and working together, we might be more likely to actually produce some artwork! So, we plan to release zines & prints at (probably ir-)regular intervals, and also hope to make stationery and other little things down the line. All under the name Paintboxfox.
Our first zine will be called ‘In the Forest’ and will contain a collection of illustrations of wildlife that tend to make habitats in forests and woods. We’d also like a percentage of the sales to go to a local wildlife charity. We’ll be selling them on Etsy, and hopefully in the summer we will be at a couple of craft/art fairs!
We’ve set up some social media accounts, so please follow along if you’d like: Instagram