For the next 2 weeks I’m going to be coming up with as many different ideas as I can related to my theme of 50s retro, to start off I looked at my research and all the images I have collected from my themes and I’ve start creating some illustrations inspired by these images.


Colour board in Photoshop

After creating my Mood board I then had to create a colour board, I found this a lot easier to do and a colour board uses the same techniques as a mood board however you have colour swatches to add too. at first I wasn’t too sure what colours I wanted you use so I create some different colour swatch to help me come up with my final one.

Final Mood board

After having a tutorial with Lucy we discussed possibilities with my collection of mood boards I created and something she said that could be worked on is the scale of me images, she told me I didn’t need to keep them all the same size and try out different layouts. So I took her advice and I finally came up with my final Mood board, after a lot of trial and error I’ve finally created a mood board that works well.

final moodboad !!!

Mood board in Photoshop

Ive never done a digital mood board before, Ive created very basic mood boards with just paper images but these were very much just cut and stick. However it is a bit different with the digital mood boards as you have do it all on Photoshop with the tools they have. Therefore I got to learn how to use new tools which helped me to cut the backgrounds of the images. At first I was finding it a bit hard to get my mood board to look right as there was so much going on because the theme I choose was retro with this themes there is a lot of bright colours and a lot of different patterns so it is very hard to a put these things together. So what I ended up doing in the end was creating a lots of different mood boards in which im going to show lucy to see if she can help me to come up which as solution. Here is a few ive come up with.

Illustrator workshop 2


Today I had my second illustrator workshop which we were learning how to use the the pen tool and the rotation tool. I was amazing on what you could create with these to tools. I knew illustrator is used for drawing but before now I didn’t really understand how, it all just looked very confusing and I didn’t see my self getting on with this software however with just the two tool Steve showed us today I can see myself creating lots of interesting things from these techniques and I cant wait to explore Illustrator more. Here are a few designs I created in the workshop


Yesterday was our first digital workshop with Steve exploring Illustrator, we mainly looked in to creating shapes with the rectangle tool and then other shapes within that tool to. And then we played around with getting use to the colour fill and stoke. After creating a shape I took that shape and repeated it by clicking on select then object pattern, this way allowed you create quick repeats. I also tried it the long way as well by copy and pasting but it was a bit more time consuming. Overall I really enjoyed this simple technique and I think it would be good to use in the future to see with one of my designs would look like in a repeat pattern quickly.

Photoshop lesson with Professor Richard Western

After visiting Roath Park with professor Richard Western we went back to university and scanned our drawings in to Photoshop and experiment with his mineral photography. Ive use Photoshop a little bit in the past so I really only know the basics, but he showed us on Tuesday was really interesting and simple to do but it looked so effective. This technique made a very simple line drawing turn in to a interesting drawing that had texture and depth to it.¬†What we did was basically colour in our drawing using a really amazing technique on Photoshop which allowed you to select his mineral photography and paste it in to the places your wanted colour. I’m really please with these outcomes and I will definitely be experimenting more with this technique. I think I’m really going to enjoy this new digital project if we do more work like this.


Then after I had completed this editing on photoshop with Richards mineral photography, I wanted to see what it would look like as a repeated print. And Im quite please with the one that just has to one flower repeated, it flows a bit better.