Hello! I’m Kim Bogeman, a midwest based illustrator and in-house designer for Target on Cat & Jack. I’m currently working on branching out into editorial work and expanding my selection of products, and have never really settled into any particular style (hence this lovely class, thanks Tom!).
You can find me on the internet @kimbogeman everywhere, or my website www.kimbogeman.com
Exercise 1: Case Studies
I really enjoyed taking the time to look up a few of my favs and honing in on specifically what I like about them! I think I end up looking at so many images in my day job that I honestly forget what I like for my own drawings vs work projects that have to fall into very specific trend direction.
It was nice to see a trend emerge between these three different illustrators, albeit approached in a different way. I see tiny bits and pieces that have crept into my own work. It makes me feel like I too can enter this space, and it’s not a “secret club” that I can’t be part of.
Exercise 2: Self Inventory
I made of point of trying to be objective when looking at my work. I’ve always thought of myself as a “style chameleon” which has served me extremely well in my day job, but not so much in my freelance work.
These are images I’ve liked from the past 2-3 years, and each has something particular I like about it—I kind of wish I could redo these drawings and take the things I like from each and combine them!
I also noted things I felt I could work on, or change. Oddly enough I thought this would stress me out (hi, imposter syndrome!), but instead it was more of an awareness and way to set intention for future projects. I’m more excited then ever about pursuing things I actually enjoy!
Project Plan: Word List
My initial idea for this word list was “things around the house”, but as that was too broad for the scope of this project, I decided to focus on a specific event that could happen at home or out and about. Small get-togethers with friends seem like a distant memory in 2021, but an “Afternoon Tea” sounded like just the thing I need.
Also, thank you internet for giving me the perfect word for the letter “X” Xenial - “of, relating to, or constituting hospitality or relations between host and guest”
Exercises + Bonus Illustrations
I was really enjoying the sketching portion of the exercises and found myself a bit nervous to start my pilot set. I combined my sketches into 2 different compositions to test out flattening space, and ended up finishing them! First a bedroom scene, and then a grouping of tea time icons.
Pilot Set: A-D
Once I finally sat down and said to myself "you are going to do this, it doesn't have to be perfect", I ended up finishing the 4 pilot illustrations in just 2-3 evenings after work. I'm trying to let myself be more free and go with the flow in my personal work and have really been enjoying it! Composition is not my strong suit, but it's been fun playing with different layouts and I'm excited to see where these go.
A - Aroma
B - Biscuit
C - Cream
D - Dainty
E - Earl Grey
F - Finger Food
G - Garden