The Top 7 Design Moments Of 2014

Creative Live

With the end of 2014 near, it’s time to reflect on what happened in design. I’m not sure if you took note or not, but Pantone’s color of the year 2014 was Radiant Orchid. The post The Top 7 Design Moments Of 2014 appeared first on CreativeLive Blog. art & design 2014 art design graphic design typeWe said goodbye to a design legend, and witnessed the legal battle of one of the top font foundries.

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Cloth Road Arts Week 2014 3-11 May

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Chris Dunn Illustration cloth road artists 2014 open studioIf you happen to be in the area please come and say hello during the Cloth Road Arts Week. My studio will be open from 11am - 6pm every day except Tuesday 6th. You will find originals, prints and things I forgot I had until now.

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Inktober

Emmeline Illustration

2014 artwork character design characters concept emmeline illustration emmeline pidgen graphic novel. This year I finally joined in with Inktober. The challenge is to get artists to illustrate in ink and post it online for each day of October. The initiative started in 2009 with Jake Parker , who planned to use October to hone his ink drawing skills and challenge himself to push his boundaries. I've seen the #Inktober hashtags pop up each year, but didn't completely know what was going on.

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Emmeline's BIG print giveaway

Emmeline Illustration

competition contest emmeline draws emmeline illustration emmeline pidgen free giveaway Giveaways homeware illustrator October 2014 print screenprint September 2014. You could win one of three lovely signed prints. It's an easy one, just c omment on this post with which print you'd like to win (Wild Ride, Norwegian Wood or Summer Dip) before October 1st and spread the word! All prints are signed and on 200gsm+ slightly textured paper.

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Creative Review's Best New Picture Books

Emmeline Illustration

2014 aidan moffat best children christmas creative review emmeline illustration emmeline pidgen illustration illustrator. I've been feeling particularly chuffed about this, and I'm happy to say that Creative Review has featured The Lavender Blue Dress as one of their top picks for Christmas books this year! Definitely an honour considering some of the other books are by my very favourite picture book makers, and they're ALL absolutely stunning! Such a lovely review!

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Tesco Magazine Illustrations

Emmeline Illustration

2014 art big health pick & mix design editorial emmeline pidgen illustration illustrator january magazine news supermarket. Hi everyone! I'm totally excited to announce that Tesco Magazine's January issue is now out and features my illustrations throughout their Big Health Pick & Mix section! Check them out on pages 7-21. I have to say I made more than one excuse to 'need' to go to Tesco to check if the issue had hit the shops (I just had to have that butternut squash, okay?).

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Christmas is (nearly) here!

Emmeline Illustration

Big announcement! I've just stocked my first ever batch of Christmas cards! They're available individually or in sets (Naughty Animals, Winter Walks and Christmas Castles!) in my online shop - www.emmelineillustration.mysupadupa.com I intend to design Christmas cards almost every Autumn, but until this year I've always ended up missing the timing. It is a struggle to get in the festive mood months before Christmas, and for some reason these months are always busy for me with commissions.

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Shingeki no Kyojin - Attack on Titan illustration

Emmeline Illustration

Hi guys! This is actually a bit of an oldie, but I've just realised I didn't upload it when I finished it way back in March. A few of you have probably heard of Attack on Titan , and boy did I get hooked on the show - mysterious walls, giant loopy-faced titans that eat people, secret keys and gravity defying battles? - Oh yeah.

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Dive!

Emmeline Illustration

It's Summer! I've been really getting back into my illustration work for pleasure after tying up the last loose ends from 'The Lavender Blue Dress' book project (which was a long and brilliant commission!). Spending Summer by the sea has definitely been inspiring, and having a week off can really help reset the ol' creativity.

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Coming soon!

Emmeline Illustration

So this year I was actually organised enough to embrace ridiculously-early-Christmas-Spirit and get some card designs illustrated on time! I've just sent these (among others) to print, so they should be up for sale next week. There's three vague sets: Slightly Naughty Christmas Animals, Christmas Love and Christmas Castles! They'll all be available to buy individually or in a set.

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The Lavender Blue Dress at Ebb & Flo

Emmeline Illustration

I'm pleased to announce another Lavender Blue Dress event! This time it's closer to home and I'll be taking the reins, at the gorgeous Ebb and Flo bookshop in Chorley. I'll be reading the book, signing copies and afterwards I'll be running a character design workshop with the kids (informal, fun and will hopefully inspire a whole new generation of designers!), so pop along if you're in the area. The event starts at 11am on Saturday 6th December.

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Little (but still exciting) Christmas card giveaway!

Emmeline Illustration

It's been a while since my last giveaway, so with the launch of my new Christmas card range I thought it was high time to run one, even if it is a mini 'un. The compeititon's being run through my Twitter profile this time, so if you'd like to enter just head over to the giveaway tweet here and RT to be up to win this Naughty Animals Christmas card set! Easy as pie. Mince pie? Update! Sorry guys, this has closed now and the winner's been announced.

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What's On My Drawing Board?

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Art Artwork Chris Dunn Illustration cloth road artists 2014 drawing board paintingAnswer: One finished painting and another well on it's way to completion. Don't worry the painting on the right is protected by cellophane. If cloth road visitors to my studio next week ask me nicely I might allow them a sneaky peak at the finished artwork.

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How to Launch Your Blog or Portfolio in 2020 (3,500+ Word Start to Finish Guide)

Inspiration Feed

The graphic design industry is tough. No matter where you go, you’ll see amazing talent through the work of other designers in the field.

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Behind The Scenes - Illustrating The Lavender Blue Dress Picture Book

Emmeline Illustration

I often get asked about my creative process, especially with regards to illustrating picture books; but it's not always easy to explain everything without sitting down and talking for an hour or two. So when Cargo Publishing asked if I could give a little insight into my picture book illustration process and talk about the early concept art for The Lavender Blue Dress, I thought it would be a great opportunity to get everything down on paper and share some of my advice.

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What Katy Did cover illustration for Egmont

Emmeline Illustration

Back in November I was asked to illustrate the cover of Egmont's new Heritage edition of What Katy Did. It was one of those dream commissions which just flows so easily from sketch, to approval, to final artwork. It was a real joy to work on, and I'm so pleased with how it's turned out. I focused on the iconic swing scene from the book, so there's that instant communication of who and what the story's about.

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Arms & Legs

Emmeline Illustration

Sometimes I find it best to just strip everything back in an illustration, and focus on simple linework. These were great fun to draw, in the style of a study (though they weren't from reference) and arrange some lovely intersecting shapes with the two contrasting line colours. I often spend hours on illustrations, and they can become overworked - it's good to shake that feeling off with a few loose sketches and to have something finished within a few minutes! Highly recommended little exercise!

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A's Assignment

Emmeline Illustration

This week, I've had a great time delving into possible futures illustrating this fantastic micro-story by Andrew Jolly on Medium. The story was written in response to the Writing Prompt "What would you do with your last ten dollars?", and I think it's a great take on it. I'm a big sci-fi and futurology fan, so it was a lot of fun to dream up super futuristic classrooms and (stylish) teacher get-ups.

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The Results Are In!

Emmeline Illustration

Big thankyou to everyone who took the time to enter my Big Print Giveaway this week. As I mentioned in the original post, there were three signed prints to giveaway (Wild Ride, Norwegian Wood and Summer Dip) and a quick comment of your favourite would enter you into a draw to win that print. Wild Ride was inevitably popular as it's part of a limited edition run of screenprints! But it's great to know that the prints will be going to people that specifically chose each one.

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Draw North West

Emmeline Illustration

So tonight is the nineteenth Draw North West creative meetup! If you haven't been to one of these already (and you're even vaguely in the area) you should definitely come along. Held in the brilliant Kosmonaut bar in Manchester's Northern Quarter at 7:30, Draw North West attracts crowds of creatives from all walks to drink, draw and talk shop. There's never a lack of chats about projects, collabs, films, exhibitions, music or *cough* Steve Buscemi.

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September is for sketching

Emmeline Illustration

Just a collection of some of the quick character sketches, a revived drawing and my new profile avatar from recent weeks. September is for sketching. It's fantastic to get back into the swing of character design by just drawing the first characters that pop into your head. I haven't used any reference for these, so I thank my years of life drawing classes and people-watching for being able to coax out a reasonable degree of character movement and posture!

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15 for 15 award finalist

Emmeline Illustration

Exciting news, guys! I've been selected as one of the finalists in the 15 for 15 award for self-employed businesses. I wrote from the heart about the dizzying heights and the real struggles of working as a lone-wolf freelance illustrator, and I'm absolutely chuffed to have been chosen. I find that often freelancers and self-employed people are overlooked in business.

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New Norwegian Wood Prints

Emmeline Illustration

New in! These Norwegian Wood posters have just arrived in my online shop here. I illustrated this for the release of the film adaptation of Murakami's Norwegian Wood , and ended up as a finalist in the poster competition. Had a great little exhibition at the Curzon cinema (and I danced next to Tony Leung at the premiere party, what?!). This illustration has had a surge of re-popularity after being featured on the Murakami facebook page recently.

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Carbon Dated Art Interview

Emmeline Illustration

If you fancy learning a bit more about me, there's a nice little interview just gone up on Carbon Dated Art here. Just a few bits and bobs about the industry, my work and my very favourite childhood stories! Take a look! carbon dated art children's books emmeline illustration emmeline pidgen emmelinedraws illustration illustrator kid lit picture book

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The Lavender Blue Dress snapshot

Emmeline Illustration

Just a really little peek at some of the linework and movement sketches I've been working on for my new book with Aidan Moffat and Cargo Publishing. The Lavender Blue Dress will be out later this year; I'm certainly having a lot of fun illustrating it! Sorry I can't show you more right now, but keep your eyes out for updates. aidan moffat cargo cargo publishing children's book emmeline illustration emmeline pidgen emmelinedraws. illustration news picture book the lavender blue dress

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AN EPIDEMIC OF CIRCLE HEADS

Illustration Art

Now that the world has finally focused its resources on combating the Ebola plague, medical science can turn its attention to the second most fearsome epidemic threatening civilization: artists who use mechanical circles for heads. Brunetti Ware Gauld Niemi Ware Brunetti The Ebola epidemic was centered in West Africa, and the circle head epidemic seems to be centered at The New Yorker magazine, which apparently finds this style charming: Fortunately, some areas appear immune to the virus.

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'Bedtime Story' Finished

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Bedtime Story Watercolour & Gouache 24 x 31cm A few weeks back I finished 'Bedtime Story', I'm sorry it has taken me so long to post the final image. This scene is the type of thing I will hopefully be experiencing with my son very soon and therefore this painting is already dear to my heart. Having said that hopefully his bedroom won't have tree roots built into the walls. As a quick aside, the lamp is real and it's on a sideboard illuminating my keyboard as I type this post.

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Navigator Logistics

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

When Navigator Logistics , a forwarding service company in Finland, brought on designer Nigel Payne to update their site, the collaboration resulted in a fresh design full of crisp typography and lively illustrations. “Right from the get-go, I knew the site’s illustrations were going to be in a limited color palette, and line-based,” said Payne. “I wanted a typeface that paired nicely with the technical blueprint style, but also had a little fun about it.

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'Catching Butterflies'

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

I now realise I have a back log of artwork to post! Firstly I had better tie up the lose end from my previous WIP post. Here is the, now complete, painting called 'Catching Butterflies' Catching Butterflies Watercolour & Gouache 24 x 31cm I used three distinct techniques to paint this whimsical image of a stoat chasing butterflies. The first was to work wet in wet to build up the soft trees in the background, I had to be very careful not to encroach on the hat and net.

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A Quarter Past One On Platform Ten Pt.1

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

The past two weeks I have been working on the centrepiece to an upcoming exhibition of mine. In fact I'm still working on the painting, however I'm now sufficiently far enough into the painting process to show you how I arrived at the initial idea for 'A Quarter Past One On Platform Ten'. First off - I knew I wanted to do a BIG painting but what should be the subject?

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USPS Stamps

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

Even when “communications” meant an e-mail campaign delivered to 317 readers, Journey Group of Charlottesville, VA recognized that stamps have a story to tell — and not just to collectors. Stamps are built on typography, making the web a natural place to share their rich visual heritage, and making web fonts an important part of the experience.

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Feast - Finished Watercolour Painting!

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Feast' was a BIG job. Some of you may already have seen the previously posted progress shots but I thought for this post I would collate everything so you can see the whole development from pencil to finished artwork. First off I produced this detailed sketch which I extrapolated from a series of thumbnails. I'd like to show the thumbnails too but I have a habit of using them for scrap and they tend to disappear in the recycling bin well before I remember I'll possibly need them again.

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Cheese Delivery

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Cheese Delivery Watercolour / Gouache 24 x 31cm My latest painting, 'Cheese Delivery,' was challenge to paint because I decided to use a very restricted range of colours or, as James Gurney would say, a narrow colour gamut. My influence behind colour mixing was 'Saying Grace' by Norman Rockwell.

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The Elements of Effective Brochure Design

Black Bear Design

Black Bear Design - Atlanta Web Design, Web Development, SEO, Internet Marketing, Graphic Design, Logo Design, Social media. You might think that a physical brochure isn’t necessary anymore in this digital era, but guess again. A professionally designed and printed brochure can be a vital tool. When you meet someone face-to-face for the first time, whether it be at an event, tradeshow or an initial sales meeting, you take the time to learn about each other’s businesses.

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What’s Cooking

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

If you’ve ever dated a graphic designer, this has likely happened to you. You’re seated comfortably at a charming restaurant, presented with menus, and you watch as your companion scans up and down the entrées. Menus are flipped over, brows furrow; eyeglasses are lifted as eyes squint at the details. You catch an occasional “huh” that suggests the discerning judgment of the true connoisseur, and think you’re in for a treat. “See anything you like?”

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Web fonts with Stylistic Sets

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

In search of the perfect form for each of a font’s thousands of characters, typeface designers sometimes encounter questions that have more than one answer. Perhaps a flowery capital Q captures a font’s elegance, but one with a shorter tail is more practical when there’s no room for flourish. Perhaps a smart and serious typeface suddenly becomes cool and playful, with a subtle alteration to its lowercase a.

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Introducing Quarto

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

Meet Quarto, a new family of display faces. Dutch Old Styles are marvelous and versatile typefaces, and one of typography’s dominant species. The style, which dates to the late sixteenth century, features a large lowercase, compact descenders, and a dense texture, together making them an excellent choice for setting headlines.

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Illustration for The Times

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Lots of fun to work in Adobe Illustrator for a change and very quick turnaround. Thanks to Denise Kelly for the job. Art Chris Dunn Illustration Digital Editorial Headphones Illustrator Jukebox Spotify The Times Newspaper Vector

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A New Way to Discover Typography

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

Something new from the designers at H&Co. A font’s shapes might be designed, but its personality is discovered. It’s only in its natural habitat, surrounded by other typefaces, that a font truly develops a unique voice.

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REMEMBERING OUR DEBTS

Illustration Art

In the 1960s, illustrators suddenly became much better at painting action. Contrast this illustration of a tennis player from 1956.with this illustration of a tennis player from 1961: Bernie Fuchs for Sports Illustrated It's hard to believe two such different approaches were popular just a few years apart. They seem to come from different worlds.

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