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Christmas dinnerware collection

 

Dec
12
2016

 

It’s not long now ’til Christmas and we have bought all of our family and friends’ Christmas presents. However, there’s still all the wrapping to do, which will take some time! My family is expanding so I’ve had to buy for more people. Thankfully, I have managed to find some great deals, which is especially helpful for my bank balance!

Whilst we’re on the subject of Christmas, the Foliofocus course is now finished and Christmas was the theme for our final brief. I decided to create a Christmas dinnerware collection.

Last year, I created illustrations based from the ‘12 days of Christmas‘ and I wasn’t quite happy with a couple of them, so I redesigned those. The two plates, cup and bowl all have birds on them, representing the first four days from the well-known Christmas carol. They have a minimal, elegant style and are in bright, contemporary colours.

Through the MATS and Foliofocus courses, I have become much more aware of market trends and have learned more more about commercial design. This has happened predominantly through social media and my being part of different artist groups, where you get to network and see lots of fabulous work. I love Pinterest and Instagram and I follow various different designers. It is wonderful to be able to see how each person develops through their current projects.

On reflection, my own progress as a designer, from when I got back into Surface Pattern over eighteen months ago, has developed so much. It is a difficult career to get established in, yet I’m determined to make it as a professional designer. My portfolio is ever-evolving and it becomes stronger all the time. I love to experiment and work with a variety of media, depending on what I’m working on. The main techniques I use most often are, watercolour, gouache, and collage, and I now tend to develop my initial drawings in Photoshop and Illustrator. Sometimes, I like to draw just using Photoshop.

I’ve not updated my on-line portfolio for a few months and will be doing this just after Christmas. I’ll let you know when I have done it (quite exciting!!). Here is my final Christmas dinnerware collection that I’d like to share with you.

Christmas dinnerware collection

christmas-dinnerware-collection-emmajayne-designs

 

Are you ready for Christmas and are there any projects you’d like to share?

 

Bye for now,

Emma Jayne x

 

 

 

 

Woodland card designs

 

Dec
05
2016

 

Christmas is soon approaching (yeayy! – I’m such a big kid!!) and I felt very excited when I got the brief, to design a pattern with animals as the main focus. I’ve seen a few Christmas, forest animal designs on social media and really wanted to produce a set of festive, woodland card designs of my own.

My first design was a woodland pattern with deer, squirrels, foxes, owls and birds. Along with this, I chose a contemporary colour palette of warm purples, oranges, pinks and yellows, rather than traditional red and green tones. To contrast, I used a cool blue. For the second greeting card, I decided to create hand drawn text, adding in the woodland animal icons from my repeat design. In this, the main colours are aubergine and avocado green, with hints of red, orange, lilac, cream and four cool blue shades.

Taking a step back, both designs look quite different, yet sit well together as a set. If I get time, I’d like to produce a couple more patterns/illustrations to complete the whole woodland collection.

 

Woodland card designs

Here are my woodland card designs

woodland-card-designs-emmajayne-designs

 

Next time, I’ll show you more Christmas designs, based from the ’12 days of Christmas’. I’m up to day four at the moment, so I have quite a few more to go till the twelve day of Christmas!

 

Have a good week… and til next time!

Emma Jayne x