Creative Mondays 84 – Hot Out There

Hot in here graphic design

“What is Creative Mondays?

Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.

So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”

The sun has stayed around for another week and so inspires another Creative Mondays! The heat soared over the weekend and reached the mighty 30 degrees mark. I’m fairly certain Plymouth (and the rest of the UK for that matter) are starting to get that melting sensation as the heatwave continues. Not that I’m complaining though, keep this summer weather coming!

This piece was created from a photo I took on my iPhone 4s.

Creative Mondays 83 – Plymouth in the Sun

Plymouth in the Sun design

“What is Creative Mondays?

Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.

So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”

Here in the UK, we don’t always get what you’d call a conventional summer. However, this past week we’ve seen temperatures soar and the need to get outside and soak up those rays of sunshine went high on the agenda. As you can tell by this week’s creation there was one thing on my mind.

I think it was around this time last year that I created my Welcome To London poster, the Adobe CS6 suite had not long launched and I was experimenting with a few new techniques. One of them was the ‘oil painting’ option which I love and have always wanted to use again in a piece of work.

Following a similar theme from that design I created one from the city I live in. Once the sun comes out, she shines pretty brightly!

Creative Mondays 46 – Drip

Drip design

“What is Creative Mondays?

Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.

So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”

I like to start with a clean slate every now and then and sometimes these simple ideas come about. It helps to get these ideas down as they can always turn into something else so whenever something like this pops up I’ll sketch it down or quickly experiment in Photoshop/Illustrator.

I enjoy using white space and simple shapes to focus the attention and creating the ink-drip with the Pen tool gives you a really defined shape.

I think some of the concept of this was inspired by Sam Spratt’s amazing work as he manages to make an incredible liquid paint effect in his work. This piece could work in a lot of different colours and I’m tempted to try out a few other styles/words.