I finally decided on a theme (was that also really challenging for anyone else, or am I just a weirdo) - my theme will be "STORYBOOK"
Here are a few of my initial sketches for three of the letters. I'm still trying to decide which one to go with for letter F.
A for Apple:
My favorite elements from this first piece are the bear's tiny teeth and his dainty extended pinkie. I also really love hand-lettering but have not done much of it consistently, so creating a hand-drawn alphabet was a fun challenge. I give so much credit to lettering artists! It's tough!
Starting off with three of the case studies I pulled together. It was hard to narrow it down to just a few artist inspirations, but I found the process to be really helpful, as I started to notice some very clear design threads that run pretty consistently throughout the works of my favorite artist's work.
The self evaluation was really challenging for me. I find it hard to get out of my own way when it comes to evaluating my own work...especially since I never feel that there is consistency to my style (hence my need for this class). But I chose a few pieces of work that I like well enough to start with.
Through comparing my work to those of my inspirations above the immediate difference (other than color palettes) that I have noted is the lack of depth in my work that I feel is gained by use of texture. The "artist's hand" doesn't show as well in my work, and I am forever wishing for my work to feel more loose and carefree and not so overwrought.