Friday, March 27, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
something old something new something borowed...
Sunday, March 22, 2015
one of the issues of working with marker pens
Saturday, March 21, 2015
a bit about creating poster artwork
Now once we've set our theme for our Dr Sketchy event the idea for the poster image pretty much comes to me straight away. Sometimes without even having to think about it. Really, it's just there. I see it - the whole poster - fully formed. I then just need to put it onto paper.
Our next event (next Saturday, at the Greystones, Sheffield!) will be a celebration of dance. We have performers from different genres of dance modelling and, erm, dancing for us. We have a belly dancer, a breakdancer, a bhangra dancer amongst others. So, already I knew I had to get that info into the drawing. The first and original thought was of the kind of drawing in the image above. I think it's important to go with that initial idea if it has presented itself to you. I love those 'consequences' drawings. I've heard them called other things and somebody once told me that they were known as 'exquisite cadaver' drawings. I think that's such a great name, which conjures up all sorts of weird and wonderful images, so I'll be sticking with that.
I made a few exquisite cadaver sketches, like the one above, to try it out. To see if it worked. I'll be honest with you, I think the trial run above is still my favourite. I guess that's because it was the most spontaneous. Then when I'd got one that I felt would work as a poster image I sketched it out onto a 'proper' bit of paper. I always add the image first, leaving room for the text. Sometimes I will play around with where I want to place the image. I did with this one - I tried her on both sides of the page and central before settling on this composition.
For the text I always quickly research (Google) posters or fonts until I find something that fits. For example, I'll Google 'Bollywood poster fonts' or some such thing. This one was a combination of various fonts because of the variety of dance genres. When I find a font I like I loosely copy it. I don't measure out the letters, nothing technical happens, I just copy it by eye (is that even a saying? It looks odd now it's typed out). I don't want it to look exactly like the fonts I find. I want it to be my own version of them.
Anyway, that's a little (ish) explanation of how I create my posters. Now anyone want a poster illustration? I'm for hire. I'm always for hire.
Labels: andrea joseph, Andrea Joseph fonts, Andrea Joseph posters, dance, Dr Sketchy, Dr Sketchy Sheffield, how to draw, illustration, illustrator, illustrator for hire, poster, poster artist, Sheffield
Monday, March 16, 2015
i drew a car
I used pencil (a soft thick 4B) and marker pens, to make this drawing, both of which are drawing materials that I've recently started using. I've never been much of a pencil girl. It doesn't really do it for me, but I kinda like these soft pencils now and again. The marker pen has been a revelation and I can't get enough of them these days. I did all the darker tones and areas with the markers, and it struck me that at one point I would have filled all that in with tiny cross hatched fine lines. Just the thought of doing that, now, brings me to tears.
You can see the rest of the list of Britain's favourite cars, and if you vote you can actually win this drawing HERE.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
the clay pot against the iron pot
Labels: AJ, andrea joseph, Andrea's book, bleu, blue, cartoon, comic, DIY, drawn by Andrea Joseph, Etsy, for sale, French, illustration, illustrator, illustrator for hire, self employed, self publishing, shop local
Sunday, February 22, 2015
a strange dust lands on your hands
Saturday, February 14, 2015
read all about it
Labels: AJ, andrea joseph, black and white, DIY, Etsy, for sale, miniature, newspaper, paper, self published, self publishing, stories, tamping, The Tamp, zine, zine making, zines, zines by Andrea Joseph
Monday, February 09, 2015
will draw for money
This little zine (and I mean little) is probably (definitely) the most complicated layout I've ever worked with yet. It was born out of an idea I had when I saw some of the mini zines that people are making. I really wanted to have a go.
I spent my childhood making stuff like this; tiny little books. I haven't made anything on this scale since then. The pages are all double sided too, which complicates things further. It's been a concern, after doing all this work, that when it was all folded up and cut out it might not even work.
I'm hoping it'll be for sale in a day or two. Please come back if you'd like a copy of my first tiny teeny weeny ziney.
Saturday, February 07, 2015
at the junction
own shop on Etsy you are also a part of a huge worldwide community of Etsy shop keepers. Amongst that community there are a whole host of teams - places where traders can connect and discuss what matters to them. And, sometimes events and meet-ups come out of those discussions. So, I went to see what goes on at these events - I've observed from the outskirts until now - and, to sketch the event - which, too, could be seen as observing from the outskirts.