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
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!
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.
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.