A couple of weeks ago I was asked to design a label for a local beekeeper. Here is what we developed together:
Over the weekend I had the pleasure to taste some homemade elderflower syrup - my all-time favorite syrup! It was so delicious, maybe even better because of the person who served it ;-) When I saw the label on the syrup bottle I immediately had a thousand ideas how to redesign it. I asked if I might design a new one - how rude I know!
I wanted the design to be traditional and noble, I wanted it to look like a rather expensive and premium syrup although it’s not offered for sale.
The ornaments on the label are hand-crafted – I decided to do draw it myself and not in Photoshop, because the label has to be one-of-a-kind…. And especially because you can see it's hand-draw, it makes it even more special and unique.
The elderflowers, the elderflowers…..I drew them purposely imprecise so you can see it clear that they are hand-drawn. Now that I’m kind of finished with the label and it’s the way I wanted it – I’m thinking about redrawing them. The whole design may look better when the pretty elderflowers are drawn hyperrealistic…hmm we’ll see.
I’ll keep you updated about the final label and how it's going to look on the bottles. Creating this was super fun – I loved it!
Between pencil drawings and graphite paintings, I’m experimenting with acrylic color. It’s still new for me to paint almost every little detail with acrylic paint, in color.
I started this painting a month ago after I got inspired by a German artist. Today I finally finished it. I couldn’t wait to leave work early today to finish it, I was literally counting the minutes. I used an easel because the painting is 80x100cm and it wouldn’t make any sense to put it on the table. To finish it, it took me about 20h – I usually draw or paint after a workday. Last month I’ve been busy meeting people, going to physio therapy or do a little bit of training after work, to finish my painting was my last priority.
Anyway, back to the painting. Twenty very concentrated and intensive hours later, I’m pleased with the outcome – for now. I am still at the beginning of a long road; I need to become more patient. I’m a super impatient person, everything has to be done as fast (and good) as possible – I hate to wait, to dawdle… Everything I do has to be done efficient, at home or at work.
I know when it comes to painting/drawing I really have to slow down and focus on the details. Otherwise I’m not going to make any progress.
I'm planing to paint a similar one any time soon - maybe with chocolate instead of honey!?
I’m thinking a lot about my next art work series lately. I know I want to craft all drawings with graphite powder, charcoal and soft pastel. The topic is still unknown to me – I want it to be inspiring, catch people’s attention and encourage to think critically. Not that easy huh!?
I have this framed quote standing on my desk; it writes Dream Big. It’s btw my new year's resolution – 2016 is all about dreaming big and working hard for it. Last week was a good week. I got a great project to work on and I’m looking forward to a good collaboration. And on top of it I was chosen to create a logo for a local brand!!