I’ve had quite an on-edge mixed state kind of week, but this has led to more creativity which is always a good thing. I have started some roughly sketched ideas for a book about mental health that I will be submitting work for. Keep in mind that these are at present the roughs from which I will develop a final piece.
I have also been working on an image to be used as a title for a wall in our house which is to be dedicated to everyone’s certificates and proudest moments. This is what it looks like at the moment, I will be adding in a greyscale background so that the bright coulours of the main image really pop out.
Well, this year has been a rather busy year so far, which has kept me away from my sketch books somewhat. However, I am currently working on a project where I am collaborating with a writer who is working on a book which looks into the history and prospective future of mental health care both in the UK and further afield. I can’t disclose too much more at this moment but it is shaping up to be an interesting project. I will be providing supporting illustrations and imagery for the text, so I am very excited to be included in a project which is so close to my heart. These scribbles are very much still in developmental stages so I cannot show them at this time, but there are some images that I can. Here are some of the images which I have worked on recently. Some of these images have been sold already but a few are still available, should anyone be interested please feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yesterday I did four new illustrations for my Final Major Project. My eyes are only just recovering, eep!
My FMP was to design promotional material for a hypothetical exhibition of works by various artists who’s work has been influenced by the subject of mental health disorders. Along with this I also produced a collection of my own material for this exhibit based on my own experiences with bipolar. In total I have produced eight illustrations ranging from A2 down to just over A6. The first four illustrations were posted up on here a few entries back and the four which I have done this week are linked into this post along with a few of the posters for the hypothetical event [don’t turn up for it, you will be rather disappointed].
Each of the illustrations I have produced have been inspired by different extracts from my journals, which I have kept over the years. It has been a very personal project and it has been hugely challenging to share these inner thoughts with the outside world but it has also been rewarding to make something positive out of all of the negative mess inside of the journals.
Quick disclaimer; The sentiments conveyed by the illustrations aren’t what I genuinely believe on a day to day basis but rather the feelings which take hold when I am in one of my ‘down’ periods. I am sharing them in a hope that it will give some insight, not to express any opinions.