Hey everyone! Hope all is well. My name is Nepanto and I am a graphic designer and illustrator. I'm in an eternal identity crisis and never able to choose one direction. Because of my nature I am interested in too many things, too many topics, too many styles. And on top of this, because of my professional background I am accustomed to adapting lots of different styles that best suit the job. So I am here to find an answer to my question: 'Nepanto, what is your style?!'. This project is overlapping with another Skillshare project, which is a 100-day project. I am in the final couple days of the 100 day project, and I have to say that I really do notice a difference from when I started in August 2020 and wrapping up now in January. So I guess you could say that my illustration style is kind of coming together a bit more already.
Here on Skillshare I mostly focus on Illustration, but I missed my typography and my grids, so I decided to make my process a bit more graphic. I am super stoked and can't wait to see what will unfold.
My project reads from NEWEST to OLDEST :)
February 7th 2021 | My process is becoming a bit slower because I have some other obligations, but we still keep going! :) As long as I finish one drawing a week I am content.
Below are some ideas for pages of the calendar. Still deciding whether or not do draw everything as opposed to using type. But it might become to busy.
So I am making some changes here and there. It is still not perfectly coherent, but I am getting quite excited now. I am gravitating towards the style of the first and last image. Also with some calender design tests, I realized I liked the landscape format better than the square format. So after I finalize one alphabet, I may have to go back in and alter some illustrations.
January 15th - Below you can see an earlier drawing, but edited in Riso-style. Now this is really close to the actual printing style. My method of before was just not the right way. Next thing: I want to create more consistency in the lettering.
January 14th - I don't know.... Doubt doubt doubt. With this technique I feel like I have to rethink my whole process. Argh! What do you prefer? The flat bold shapes, or the layered textured shapes? I started to identify with the flatness of my shapes I suppose, and this is something I have to get used to. I want to quit and do something else now, but I guess I would be doing the same as my girl in the drawing and self sabotage ;)
January 13th - Holy Moly, this is a more or less imitation of what the riso printer would do (below). I just made a random 10 minute drawing so don't mind the colors or whatever but gosh this is fun, you guys. Can you imagine how cool this would look if I did this to all the drawings? I was initially planning on having them printed by an actual riso printer, and it would make no sense to mimic an effect that it will already get. But - it is an expensive printing technique, so even though nothing comes close to the real deal, if you are on a tight budget, this right here might be a close second!
I am making a weekly calendar focusing on mental health. On the picture below you can see some A3 prints of the calendar tests. I am actually using them already, because I need lists and structure, otherwise my head will explode because of total anarchy and chaos. (Can you tell by the messy way I am presenting this process? haha) On the extra plus side, this way I can see what works and what doesn't.
Here are three of the drawings. See this is why I like Riso printing, that has the same umpf as RGB colors. To be honest - I haven't been faking the Riso Technique. I am not sure if I want to actually. I will try and see though. Next phase!
As usual, I do not stick to every detail of a plan. I noticed that I came up with better ones during the course of this project, like 'Self Sabotage' or 'Social Media' or 'Working Out'. And then I just used those instead ;)