Happy 4th July, Celebrate Freedom

I am sitting here in my studio taking a short break from working on some new illustrations and designs when I remembered that it was the 4th of July - American Independence Day -  the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776 and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

A few days ago I designed and created this floral illustration in red, white and blue for The 4th July and have named it 'Freedom Flowers' and it would also be a great piece of art for Australia Day since we have the same flag colours :)    

Victorinox 2016 Design

I have been entering alot of international design competitions and challenges lately. It is a great way as a designer to be able to work on different products and styles as well as getting work out there for the world to see.  The Jovoto, is a platform to bring creatives and global brands together to submit art, designs and patterns for products.  Victorinox 2016 is the most recent design competition that was open to creatives worlwide. 

The goal of this project is to design the 2016 Victorinox Limited Edition collection, for the classical smaller-version  of the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife. The aim was to develop a new, exciting and unseen design that unmistakably combines your style with the latest trends and exciting graphic elements.

My design Tulski showcases what Switzerland is famous and synonymous with - Tulips, skiing , mountains and the bold colours of its flag. Tulski, a combination of Tulips and Ski, is a modern design that is on trend with current patterns and geometric designs. 

I wanted to create a design that was graphic, bold, timeless and gender neutral which related to the iconic Victorinox brand and celebrated the beauty, wonders, sport and scenery of Switzerland. The colour palette for Tulski was directly drawn from the Victorinox logo and the Swiss flag with the addition of a charcoal black and a silver grey. The design elements are stylized patterns based on tulips, skis, ski trails, snow covered mountains and the lakes and valleys between them. 

You can view and rate my design my design Tulski on the Jovoto website. I would love your support :)

 

GTS - Global Talent Search

In August I entered the Global Talent Search, and international art and illustration competition orangised by The Lilla Rogers Studio.  The design brief for this competition was to create art and a design for a pair of sneekers for a fictitious girl named Antoinette.

 As soon as I read the design brief and Antoinette's story all I could think of was Alice in Wonderland! I developed 4 mood boards from the images in the assignment and made some further deductions about her interests, lifestyle and what she may like. I thought Antoinette would most likely be a cat lover which further fueled my Wonderland theme. So I made my art, designs and illustrations based on Antoinette in Wonderland.

My final artwork and pattern design was so rich with illustrations and beautiful images I was able to show off my work on more than one sneeker. 

 

A closer look at my artwork and design which I designed in two different colourways.

I am looking forward to adding some more surface patterns designs to Wonderland and being able to offer this design to art directors to be used on products.