I’ve been determined to master the new Skribl drawing app for iPad principally because I think having control of a vector based app is essential for graphic design and I am kind of determined not to have to use PC or Mac based software but stick to iPad apps since there are so many powerful apps and I am convinced I can do most of the things I need to do on my iPad rather than resorting to my Mac. Here are a couple of very quick Skribl sketches I did last night at a Dr Sketchy event.
Just a quick sketch of an idea for the St Juliana card, with the motto Stand up for what you believe in: VOTE! (I just added that last words and realised that it makes the motto work, in a way that it didn’t previously. So not a greetings card in fact, more of a government or political party slogan?) However, this card won’t work with the others if I take this tack. I cut out a quick sketch and mounted it on blue card for contrast to see if a card like this would work….
I started researching content for Assignment 2. I’ve got a book of saints so I thought doing three greetings cards based on saint days might be a good idea. There’s lots of richness in Saint stories to go at. I had great fun researching the grim reality of some of their lives. I picked St Christopher, who is a familiar saint and of whom many talismans exist and are worn to protect travellers. They depict Christ on the giant Christopher’s shoulders. However, there is another depiction of St Christopher with a dog’s head. I really like this depiction but it may be a distraction from the main theme. St Christopher is supposed to have carried a young Christ across a river. I thought I could do a card saying ‘Have a safe journey’. Then I plumped on St Juliana, who died a rather gruesome death for standing up for what she believed in. I am a bit dubious about this as a subject for a card but maybe it will work? My third saint is St Clement. He is another whose demise was a bit tragic. He was thrown from a ship with an anchor around his neck and is apparently the saint for staying safe at sea. Having found quite a few nice images of these saints I immediately get into illustration mode wondering how to depict the saints rather than how to design three cards. Ah well… Think on, think on…….
I have been looking at other blogs to get ideas to see how I’m getting on. I was especially impressed with Ursula’s Graphic design blog, some great work here: http://elektronicdecay.com/oca/Graphic_Design/Archive.html and there is some good work on Andrea’s blog too: http://andrejaa.blogspot.co.uk/. I’ve bookmarked these for future reference as I work through the course. Pam Wright’s course work is incredibly professional, and her assignment two work will really make me look a bit harder than I was intending I think! http://pamwright99.wordpress.com/. I think Shona is one step behind me so her blog may not be so useful … http://shonablog.tumblr.com/
Here’s my idea for the point of sale display. It’s come out better than I had envisaged, using a simple clean graphic approach. I think the words are right, though perhaps the text should be more dominant, ie bigger? I like the white background, I think it denotes freshness. Now I have a load of sliced fruit and veg to eat! I chose a cross between the orange and red for the text to harmonise the image, but perhaps a fresh green would be better. I also chose to put the text beneath the image because I thought it more important to ‘read’ the images first.