Creative Mondays 188 – Moving Home

Home photograph

Smeatons Tower photograph

“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.”

It’s been an exciting and busy seven days since my last post. Packing boxes, organising furniture, setting up my new office in my brand new home! Yep, super excited to announce the headquarters of Creative Mondays has itself a little office space in a house all of it’s own! My old flat (rented for ten years!) will certainly be missed, mainly for it’s ideal location near the sea but my wife and I simply outgrew the space and needed an upgrade.

So this week has been a pretty big change in a lot of ways and thinking of something to post this week was kinda challenging. Do I create something in Photoshop around the move? Do I ignore what’s going on around me and finish that damn ‘Wonders of the Universe’ (it’s coming soon) series?  As I was reflecting and looking for inspiration I often check through any photos I’ve taken and two shots stood out to me. The first was within my flat as we were cleaning it out and I had a moment to sit and stare out the window thinking about the last ten years and the second was on one of my many trips around the waterfront and seeing the one landmark that has always been around me, Smeaton’s Tower.

As much as I will miss my old flat, I look forward to the future and the exciting times ahead!

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!

Plymouth 2017

Plymouth Wheel

Plymouth's Tinside Lido

Plymouth City Centre

Royal Albert Bridge on the River Tamar

Plymouth’s been pretty good to me. Since moving here in 2003, my life has changed a fair bit. I met my wife (almost 10 years ago to the day) in Plymouth and eventually got my start in a career in graphic design here. The city is growing and gaining more of a culture all of it’s own. For me personally, finding out those like-minded individuals was key and over the past few years with the help of Twestival (Plymouth made their mark in the social media charity event) and a Plymouth Designer’s social I feel there is a great community growing around the city.

A couple of years ago I wanted to show off some of the sites of Plymouth (there are still so many more to do) and so I took my camera out and shot some famous landmarks around the city. I feel this is the best way I can show my appreciation for the City of Plymouth.

Back the bid and show your support on Twitter using the #Plymouth2017 hashtag!

You can see this collection in a larger scale on my Flickr page here.

Creative Mondays 26 – Welcome to Plymouth

Welcome to Plymouth photo

“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.”

So I’m setting the scene. You have the first day of the Olympic Torch relay from Land’s end to Plymouth Hoe, you have 55,000 people in Plymouth and on the very last stage you have a young girl (Madeleine Wood) run past those same 55,000 to the ‘Chariot’s of Fire’ theme song. In my head it sounded like kind of a cheesy thing to do but it fit perfectly. The atmosphere was great, the weather wasn’t that bad and it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a part of the Olympic experience up close!

Jason Stanley and Kathryn Stanley holding the London 2012 Olympic Torch

As one of those 55,000 I was there celebrating that day. I even got a chance to hold one of the torches much to my wife’s clever persuasion tactics of basically staring the torch staff down (with a smile) until they relented! I managed to get a few shots of the event but as the crowds were so big I didn’t get a decent view of the torch bearer running the last stage. Thankfully my imagination can fill in the rest and that’s what completes this week’s Creative Mondays piece!