I have been working on a Valentine’s range and I’m aiming to finish it this week. I have produced designs in a variety of styles for this new collection, including artwork containing florals, animals and human form.
Creating a range of designs gives my licensing partners more of a choice when it comes to subject matter. Obviously the designs I feel most comfortable producing are ones containing florals, however, as I have spent a fair amount of time recently drawing people (as a result of commissions), drawing the human form is easier for me now than it has been in the past. It’s true what they say, the more you practice the easier it gets.
I must admit that originally I was tending to overcomplicate things when I was concentrating on drawing people. I wasn’t as relaxed about the subject matter as I should have been. I have learned that a phrase my husband uses a lot is so true – KISS - keep it simple stupid! I have written this phrase on my notice board, just to make sure I don’t forget it when I am creating new artwork.
I went to Top Drawer a couple of weeks ago and I noticed that one of my favourite designer’s, Daniel Mackie (DM Collection), uses KISS in a very sophisticated way. I had the pleasure of talking to Daniel when I popped on to his stand. Daniel’s butterfly design works so well because he has left the background of this image very plain, which means there is no distraction from the main focus of the artwork - the butterfly. The butterfly itself is not over complicated, it is just right - stunning yet simple - simple being my new favourite word!