Seed Packet Illustrations

Seed Packet Illustrations - student project

Seed Packet Illustrations - image 1 - student project

I recently turned this whole project into a print series available for purchase here! You can find individual pieces as well as the big poster above: https://www.kiralodder.com/shop

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After much deliberation and trying out different subject matters I finally landed on the idea of illustrating flower seed packets. I wanted to challenge myself by sticking with one illustration style and a limited amount of tools but give myself the freedom to explore different colour palettes and lettering styles. As a graphic designer by day with illustrator tendencies this is a project that got me excited on many different levels. While flowers aren't the most technically difficult thing to illustrate it was a great project to get my feet wet and the daily practice of completing them has definitely helped me hone in on a style! 

 

Seed Packet Illustrations - image 2 - student project

Seed Packet Illustrations - image 3 - student project

Seed Packet Illustrations - image 4 - student project

Seed Packet Illustrations - image 5 - student project

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Seed Packet Illustrations - image 8 - student project

Seed Packet Illustrations - image 9 - student project

Seed Packet Illustrations - image 10 - student project

It was a really helpful exercise to really think about and dissect the work of different illustrators I admire. These are two of my all time faves: Petra Erikson and Julia Rothman.

Seed Packet Illustrations - image 11 - student project

Seed Packet Illustrations - image 12 - student project

Lastly, the self inventory was extremely helpful. Some of the pieces below are from years and years ago but there are things in there that I still love today. It was helpful to recognize the tools that I already have in my toolbox! I've  often been a bit nervous about sharing lettering work because as a designer I can be a bit of a perfectionist. But looking at my past work and work by illustrators I admire I realized that imperfect/handmade lettering is something I'm really drawn to and I should highlight it rather than hide it. 

Seed Packet Illustrations - image 13 - student project