It was time for my branding to have an update - my old one was great and had a brilliant concept but I have come a long way since then and have further developed my style. It was hard to beat, and for my new branding I focused more on the similarities in my designs to discover my "voice."
This brought to my attention that I used one particular lettering style in a lot of my work, and that's when it clicked; this was my signature. I also love experimenting with bright colours so I had a look at the ones that I used the most in my work and incorporated that into my new branding.
Fight like a Girl
A personal project to celebrate International Women's Day 2016! Being or doing things "like a girl" is not a sign of weakness - we are powerful and magical beings that deserve recognition.
Halloween isn't just a day, it's a season, and I celebrated by doing a series of Halloween-inspired pieces. Here I focused more on illustrative lettering (sometimes leaning more on illustration).
100 Days of Lizzie's Lettering
I decided to take part in the 2015 "100 Day Project" hosted by The Great Discontent and Elle Luna. I think it's such an amazing idea, and I've been itching to try out some more lettering techniques so what was more perfect than spending a few hours every day doing it?
I dubbed this project as "100 Days of Lizzie's Lettering" on Instagram, and each day I did a little bit at a time. Some of these pieces were spread out over a few days when I wanted to experiment with a different style.
The Brief To create a book that contains a series of hand-lettered and illustrated quotes for the Oxford Literary Festival (sponsored by FT Weekend). This book will be made available to those who attend this event. If possible, at least one of the designs within will be carried across to poster designs in order to promote this festival which takes place in March (details are on their website).
The Design Most of my designs have been drawn traditionally although I did colour some in Adobe Photoshop. I undertook each quote as a separate brief so that I could concentrate on finding its "voice" and produce a piece that reflects it. These quotes have been chosen at random although I aimed to mostly use the ones that derived from literature and fit within the subject areas that the festival covered.
Thoughts This project was a bit challenging as I was still new to the subject area - having only done it once previously - and so there was a lot to learn over the past few months. I'm pleased to say that I have come very far from where I was before and I was able to hone my illustrative skills.
Important Notice: Please note that neither the Oxford Literary Festival hosts nor FT Weekend did not in any way commission me to produce this piece. This is completely for university purposes only as I had to pick my ideal client to base this project on.
I was approached to do some branding for the Facebook-based store "Honey LY". This involved designing the logo, Facebook cover image, and a feedback image.
The brief was to create an album cover, business card and logo for a music band we were assigned to at university. I worked with "Jonny Pain" who are a post-hardcore band from uni. I wanted to go with the whole black-and-white feel to match their genre and give them a bit of a "gloomy" feel that they wanted.
Client: Jonny Pain
Notes to Self
Within my 100 Days of Lettering Project I had another project (project-ception) which was a series of motivational quotes. There were days that I couldn't bring myself to do another piece and I could feel myself slowly burning out. When that happened I just did a nice and easy "note to self", and it worked!
I still like looking at motivational quotes, so this is an ongoing project that I'm going to keep adding onto.
I was approached by Sparknotes to do a series of hand-lettered pieces; one for "sparkitors" (readers of sparknotes) and another on girl power quotes.
A series of hand-lettered illustrations of empowering female lyrics for SparkLife.
"In our dream world, every woman would feel badass, empowered, confident, beautiful, and respected—and until that becomes a reality, we're going to keep shouting these gems as loud as we can (and we can shout VERY, VERY LOUDLY)." - SparkLife
Never Give In & Never Give Up
The Brief The aim is to design the outer design of a travel mug using inspirational words integrating illustration where possible. We often look upon inspirational quotes to boost our motivation to get us through the week long of reports or essays we have in our workplace and yet they can even go to the lengths of providing us with the courage to pursue our life long dreams.
Background Information I decided to go along with the idea of hand-lettering, as it was something that I haven't yet been able to experiment with in my previous projects. This grew out of my fascination with the works of Steve Simpson and Linzie Hunter, who were both key inspirations for this project.
The Design Done in both Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I produced a tea-leaves pattern for the background to create a connection between the design and Twinings, a British-based tea company, and emphasised this through the use of a teapot and cup in the illustration. My colour palette choice is linked to soothing emotions with the red to give a vibrant appearance as well as that energy boost.
Important Notice: Please note that Twinings did not in any way commission me to produce this piece, this is completely for university purposes only as I had to pick my ideal client to base this project on.
Hand-lettered Christmas cards for Big Cat.
Fairy Tale Wedding Stationery
My FMP (Final Major Project) was to design an invitation for a fairy tale wedding and, if I had the time, some other parts of wedding stationery. I wanted to create something that links in with traditional media, taking inspiration from Illuminated Manuscripts and the work of Jan Pienkowski.
My main focus is to link in some fairy tale aspects into the design so I have hidden "keys" that are connected to some of the most famous fairy tales told by the Brothers Grimm.
This is an entirely personal university project. The names are made up, and the venue is my favourite German castle which happens to be the perfect setting for a fairy tale.