Design brief 

Just received a new design brief for a Christmas gift and I’m looking forward to it, bubbles, cars, jigsaws and the moon are in the mix! 

Josie x

Ballad of Barry & Freda – Sketchnote

So I’ve been asked to do ‘The Ballad of Barry & Freda’ by the wonderful Victoria Wood.

Using the same of comic book/pop art style I used for my ‘Little Bo Peep’ illustration.

Started this yesterday with some pencil placeholders of the requested lyrics and moments from the song, and then filling in some pencil scribbles whilst listening to the song.

I’m not revisiting it with my lovely new Tombow pens.

Here’s the final print
An a link to the full project.

Cheers,

Josie x

Alphabet people : Sketchnoting #3

Christmas songs

I challenge myself to see how far through the alphabet I can get using words and a character of some description:

  • Within a certain time
  • Before I get stumped
  • Until I get to the end of the alphabet

As it’s now December, I thought it would be apt…

Only got to the letter ‘N’ this time, I think my particular fave is the Little Donkey.

This time I didn’t ghost any of the images, letters or spaces, just took pen to paper to see how far I could get.

Here’s a link to Alphabet people : Sketchnoting #1

Link to Alphabet people : Sketchnoting #2

And to my Sketchnote blog entry

 

Alphabet people : Sketchnoting #1

One of the exercises I like to do to practice is a sketchnote alphabet challenge.

I challenge myself to see how far through the alphabet I can get using words and a character of some description:

  • Within a certain time
  • Before I get stumped
  • Until I get to the end of the alphabet

I use pencil to draw guide lines and sometimes to Ghost the letters ready but I try to come up with both the word and the illustration within the time/session. 


I find these really help with speed and having some characters up my sleeve for certain jobs, emotions and actions.

The key thing I find is not to worry if I draw the same thing for synonyms or the same thing in different sessions. It’s just about getting used to it and having fun with the characters.

There’s also scope to play around with the typography to reflect the word you choose.

I’m always interested in what other folk use and do to practice or just for fun within the doodling/sketchnote field, so free to shout with your ideas.

Cheers,

Josie x

Here’s a link to my Sketchnote blog entry

Link to Alphabet people : Sketchnoting #21