This newsletter, I intended to add a little vintage 50’s style to the illustrations, but in the end I noticed that my personal style came through. This is partly due to a lack of time and therefore proper study and partly because I wanted to follow my own handwriting.
This touches an issue that I was pondering about: coming from a classic graphic design background, I always try to NOT have a personal style. Instead, as a designer, I want to be open, adaptable and broad in the visual direction I can give a project. …more after the jump
Naturally, I adopted this approach for the rare occasions when I was assigned to illustrate. Not only does this cause a problem if I’m not firm in a required style (as I just need to practice and study it), it also makes it difficult to build up a consistent portfolio. If an illustrator is chosen for a specific style, then it is essential that I develop mine. Or two or three. The important thing is: a style that I am good at and known for. This leaves just the question: which style should I go for? And I wonder: is it still fun doing the same thing over and over again? Maybe a personal style develops or reveals itself when doing different projects/illustrations.
Anyway, this is partly why I accepted that the final illustrations for this newsletter issue didn’t fully catch the style I was going for. (The other part being the tight deadlines…)
Left: article about a call for local support in 2013, right: article about a study saying that human interaction is the best tool for brain development
Article about growing great girls
Left: president’s adress with christmas wishes. Right: article about thanking Rotary Club Remuera, a sponsor of Plunket Remuera