Welcome to the 100 day project, Juno Part 3. Another twenty five fun illustrations and designs inspired by my beautiful Juno.
Finding the humour
Honouring my beautiful, funny, adorable Juno is something I am instinctively drawn to do. I miss her with every fibre of my being and I am finding that creating these little squares of pattern, shape and colour very therapeutic.
I also want to portray her sweet and funny side. She didn’t need to speak to convey how she felt about something. Sometimes a simple look was worth more than a thousand words could ever have been. And don’t get me started on the shouting and foot stamping! I kid you not. If my presence was required next to her in another room and I dared to sit at my desk, she would stand in the hallway, stare at me, then start stamping her foot. If I still refused to follow her, she would start snapping and shouting. WHEN I eventually followed her (not if!), she would pootle off to her bed, lay down and all would be right with the world.
I’d give anything to be snapped at right now.
Playing with patterns
Turning my drawings and illustrations into patterns is something that I find is a natural process. It’s how my mind works.
Juno’s nose, for example, lends itself perfectly to a repeating design. The simplicity of the shape is very striking, it is both a very abstract image and yet at the same time completely recognisable. I think it would look amazing on a range of products, including silk scarves and t-shirts.
The kaleidoscope type images were fun to do. A different concept, and using the image in a completely different way. The silhouette of Juno is almost unrecognisable and becomes an area of colour rather than an object in itself. Playing with reversing the colours changes the design totally and alters the space visually.
I started this 100 day challenge as a way to immortalise Juno and to work on perfecting my style of illustration. It has been an invaluable lesson in perseverance too. To keep going, even when my mind was blank and my creative inspiration seemed to have left the building.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this penultimate instalment of my #100dayproject. You can follow along as we head towards the finish line by following me over on Instagram. You could even sign up to my newsletter and receive the next post direct to your inbox.
Until next time…