I don't know about you, but one of my favourite things about designing is seeing it transform form an idea or a sketch in to real life. It's not always a possibility to see the end result however, so I've trawled the web for impressive free templates to mock up design ideas into reality. It can also be a really useful tool to help Clients visualise what you are designing. Enjoy!
Click on the image for the download page.
PS Please note I haven't used them all myself yet so you're not allowed to be sad with me if some don't work well. (But please do let me know.)
I've submitted work to be considered for a series of travel books for children. As much as possible, I like to work for people who produce things that I would buy. Tick! The characters are already established, so I had to demonstrate that I understand their style. The colour images are existing books, and the line drawings are my interpretations. I love that they champion hand drawing! Wish me luck.
I've been doing some work for Create Publishing - ebook layout and cover design, and some advertising key frames... It sounds strange, but it was really weird working in an office rather than my own little studio - great risk of watercolours and computers not being a match in heaven! Which is why I've dabbled with more digitally produced imagery than usual.
Now I know how to publish books for e-readers, I'm hoping to finally get round to writing a travel book. Please nag me about it!
It would appear people do look at my website! Out of the blue, after seeing images of my bags for the market fairs on this blog, I received this email:
I would like to invite you to submit your tote bag prints for a new book title called, Tote bags. The book is to be published worldwide by Laurence King Publishing in 2010.
If you are interested in submitting your work for the book, please do contact me and I can send you more information regarding the project. You may also find further information on my blog, linked.
It would be great to be able to feature and promote your work in the book.
They wanted some blurb from me, so to make my designs sound all very interesting in print, I submitted this statement:
My work is multifaceted, which I think is reflective in my tastes, influences and design style. I’m currently getting into surface pattern design and decorative illustration. I am inspired by the natural world that surrounds us, and the beauty of minimalism and subtlety.
I’ve always felt like a jack-of-all-trades, but I believe that is now referred to as a portfolio career! Generally though, I am drawn to simplicity, striking visuals and creating calming atmospheres.
I think artwork becomes something else when it can be carried round in a functional role. Why shouldn’t we surround ourselves with beautiful, but usable things? I couldn’t come up with a reason, which is why I created my tote bags.
Tote bags have become popular over recent years because green is the new black, and everyone wants to look like they are contributing, but not sacrifice design in the meantime.
You can see the web version here, the book is still under construction.
It's a shame I've sold out of them now, when I've printed more, I'll add them to my shop!