I really admire an artist/illustrator called Oliver Jeffers. I’d been watching a few video’s on how he works, what inspires him on YouTube I found this the most helpful in terms of showing his techniques and thought processes:
I also came across this great interview/article about him online:
What I most admire about his work is his ability to communicate about values without being too serious, his children’s picture books, are funny but with a message underneath.
Thinking about all this it seemed like it might be good to include something with illustrated characters (like Jeffer’s uses in his books) so I began working on some characters to incorporate in a postcard design.
I then thought I could try and incorporate an knot in a sort of story with the characters. I came up with the idea of three characters, two pulled either side of a rope to form a knot, and one narrating the scene. You can see the result in progress below:
Illustration in progress
When I first thought about a Postcard based on Commitment at the back of my mind I was thinking about Marriage, I think it’s probably the biggest thing you can commit yourself to in terms of human interaction.
I’m married, so it seemed like a pretty important part of myself to introduce! But what I discovered as I searched Google and Pinterest using the word ‘Commitment’ was either photographs of rings, of couples posing together, or motivational messages about running or exercise.
I began thinking about other phrases, ways to say ‘Commitment’ and remembered the saying that when people are getting married they’re “Tying the Knot”.
So I searched for images of Knots and ‘Tying the Knot’ within those search engines. I found a couple of Images I thought could be inspiring, mainly because they showed the shape of the knot/how they depicted the knot…
Lose Knot Wallpaper
Cole & Son Knot Wallpaper
I then just tried to generate simple images by drawing knot shapes on a page, maybe adding the word Commitment at the bottom as a starting point for the postcard design.
I then considered having the phrase tying the knot written along the rope of the knot. But I didn’t really pursue this as I thought it looked quite simplistic/messy. You may be able to pick out the lettering in the image below, but it’s quite tricky as I drew over it. Perhaps it’s something I’ll explore a bit more later on.
Knot with Hidden Phrase
I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired by what I was producing and began to do a little artist research to try and help me progress with design ideas. I’ll explain more in the next post…