experimenting with my illustration style

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sometimes when i look back on my old work, i think ‘why don’t i use mixed media as much as i used to?’ it was so fun, and when i was in college i was always experimenting with different techniques and methods to make textures and imagery for my collages and other work.

i’ve always been a ‘hands on’ person and i firmly believe that to evolve as an artist you have to keep experimenting and trying new things. even if you don’t show the process to the world, it shows in your work over time.

but lately, as i feel my style becoming more refined, i feel like i’ve let that go a bit and i need to get back to my roots and just let loose with some paints, pens, ink ..whatever i can get my hands on. don’t get me wrong, i have fun with my work but there is a ‘freeness’ i’ve lost a bit.

i really like this quote from janelle monae, and it describes very well how i used to be. well, how i still am, but that spirit has gotten a little lost and foggy.

I feel myself becoming the fearless person I have dreamt of being. Have I arrived? No. But I’m constantly evolving and challenging myself to be unafraid to make mistakes.

some like to think of this as a rebrand, they refocus on what they want to show the world and how it represents them. some people redesign their blogs, some make a new logo, and some change their name but they generally all keep their core values.

but like i said before, for me it’s more about evolving. i’m keeping the same basic aspects of who i am and how i work, and incorporating the best of the old methods i used to use to create something new – and hopefully better.

sometimes all you need to get the brain cogs (the scientific term, obviously) going again is new art supplies, or moreso, to use things you’ve not used before. i got myself some letraset promarkers*, sharpies* (which obviously i’ve used before), some watercolours and paper and just ..went to town with them.

disclaimer: i was given vouchers to spend on art supplies for this post on behalf of clarity travel management. all words, opinions (and memories) are my own.

experimenting with my illustration style was last modified: May 6th, 2017 by laura redburn
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4 Comments

  • Reply Natasha 05/06/2015 at 22:08

    Ahhhhh the freedom of creativity without boundaries! I wish I had more time for just doodling and drawing patterns – if I could get paid to just create things with sharpies/printmaking all day… that would be amazing! I hope you do get stuck in with your hands again because I’d love to read about the process, and see the final piece of course!

    • Reply laura redburn 07/06/2015 at 22:38

      ahh, it reminds me of being in college. some days i just spent all day doing mark making stuff and playing around in the print room!

  • Reply Lauren 06/06/2015 at 12:31

    Ahh, those Promarkers are lovely colours! I’ve only ever bought a pack of 12 which are pretty standard colours, but these are lovely. Did they come in a pack or did you have to buy them separate? I know they do pastel coloured ones in a pack (which I’ve been meaning to buy forever). I’ve always loved your style, but i think it’s great that you don’t want to lose the hands on approach to your work!

    • Reply laura redburn 07/06/2015 at 21:37

      i got a 6 pack with “bright” colours, and the others were single colours i chose myself. i want more!

      sometimes i say i’m going to work a more textural look back into my work, but i end up doing it for a couple collages and then going back to my (now) normal. still, as i said, i love experimenting, so it’s worth it just for that!

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