WHEN YOU FEEL STUCK OR IN A DESIGN RUT, HOW DO YOU GET YOURSELF OUT OF IT AND BACK ON TRACK?
It depends where I am in the process when it happens. If I get stuck in the middle of a project then usually taking a walk outside, or some other kind of break or activity will help me approach the design from a new angle when I come back to it. If I’m in an inspiration rut then looking at a lot of images from a variety of sources or reading books will help spark new connections and ideas. Sometimes also the block can come from having too much expectations of what the work should be. In that case I trick myself to get started by pretending I’ll just do a silly sketch for 2 minutes, that I won’t keep or show anyone, and often I’ll continue developing way beyond that 2 minutes and end up with something usable.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?
Photoshop, occasionally Illustrator, iPad Pro and Pencil, ink, gouache, and watercolor.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN PROCESS?
For illustrations I usually start with a sketch. It can be very rough, as long as it’s enough to establish the idea. Then I’ll brainstorm colors digitally either in Photoshop or Procreate. 4 Sometimes I finish the whole drawing digitally but often I’ll paint elements by hand and scan them in to get natural textures. With patterns it’s a more organic process. I’ll start by painting directly a bunch of elements often without even a sketch or a set plan as to how they’ll come together. Then I’ll scan, clean up, adjust colors and design the pattern all in Photoshop. My favorite app to work with Photoshop on the iPad is Astropad. And although I don’t work in Illustrator as often as in Photoshop I do like to use it sometimes for patterns because the pattern tool and ability to change colors with one click are pretty fantastic.