Hello lovelies :)
So I am a bit of a busy bee just now, with working a normal job (normal? Are nightshifts normal, to the point where you don't know what day it is anymore?), and new commissions with book illustration, OOAK Steam Doll making, scarf printing, and Wedding Invite designing, I am left to wonder: where the heck am I going?!
I am determined to get a design job next year, so right now I need to take a step back and work on my portfolio for the sort of work I want to do. I have always had an interest in character design within the Games and Film industries, along with book illustration, and I finally realise this is where I want to go. Gaming has always been a part of my life, not only just because they are fun and dare I say, addictive, but mostly for the art of it, I have the same feeling playing them, like how you feel when you are completely lost in a great book. I have always been more of a visual person, so entering these fantasy worlds really gets my creative juices flowing. I tend to read and collect concept art books, which are just so amazing, and they make me want to carry on making art, and are usually the first thing I turn to when I am having a mind block.
Character design is something I have loved doing my whole life. I think that is why I love designing and making my Steam Dolls so much, and "Fashion Illustration" was always my favourite part of the design process, mainly for drawing the characters. I remember in Primary school I decided I was going to create a new "Beat em Up" game - involving cats with weapons (haha, kinda lame I know, but seemed like the best idea ever at the time). So anyway, I designed 10 original characters, which I kept improving on as the days went by, then I just kept going with them, doing chariCATures (LoL) of friends, movie stars, turning them into cats, until like 5 years later I had hundreds of them! Im pretty sure I still have these drawings lurking about somewhere, I will need to dig them out for you guys one day, will be quite funny to see how I had improved from day one to the last cat I drew. Infact might be a fun idea to draw some new ones now and see how they compare!
So getting back to ultimate job searching.... How will I achieve this? Getting organised, that's how. Over this last month in the year, along with freelance gigs, I am going to prepare an updated creative CV, add new illustrations to my portfolio, and be brutal in throwing out what I don't need, or what is not good enough for the portfolio.
Now just so this isn't a blog with no pictures, here is a photo of the dolls I created this month as a custom order (yay my first etsy order!) for a very lovely client (you know who you are!) (>^_^)> *hugs*
Also if anyone would like to offer me some advice on getting noticed in the art teams of the Games and Film industries, then please do leave a comment, I will be eternally greatful!
All the best
Various ponderings by me; Nicola Brand: creator of the Nicolpops stitch-punk doll. I dabble with illustration, but my main passion is for knitting, and using mixed media to create one of a kind critters.