Waiting. Can’t get in…
Feels like hours…
Getting cold out on this doorstep.
The image above was created as part of the Photo Response Project organised by Art House Co-op. They are the same people that created the Sketchbook Project which I took part in the other year with my piece titled Nighttime Stories.
Participants were given 5 photos and we had to pick one to create a response to. The photo I picked was of the door to the house, it was the one that jumped out to me. Something about it felt empty but only recently so and in my mind’s eye I saw a dog. I wondered if somehow the dog had been forgotten or left behind. So I drew his waiting. I wanted it to look like he’d been waiting a long time, with forlorn hope.
I don’t know who owns the dog, or who lives in the house, or whether he ever has someone to take him home. That’s for you to continue the story. I’d like to hear what thoughts you have.
I drew and painted the dog (a red and white irish setter for those interested) and added him into the picture. The longer he waits, the more faded his image, like a reversed time lapse. I wanted to communicate the distress of the dog and the impression of not being looked after by similarly distressing and tearing the print. I don’t usually mix drawn and photo images but this was a good project to experiment with such things!
I was approached by a tremendously energetic woman setting up a company called The Breathing Space. Her energy came from her passion to set up a company she really cared for – helping people make positive changes in their lives to make happier souls. She felt that taking inspiration from nature was a great environment to support these learning experiences and requested that I too, take inspiration from nature.
Circles and spirals are quite calming shapes – being found in nature also – so thought this would be a good direction to follow. Starting with circles and then settling on a spiral shape, I also looked into British trees as an imagery source. I liked the idea of a breeze being a breath of fresh air, swirling leaves as it went.
The finished piece took on a light natural quality, suiting the company ethos and becoming a strong solution for the image that my client requested.
See my final image below…
And to see my logo in full contextual glory, have a look at my client’s website! Follow the link: The Breathing Space
It’s been about 8 months since that whole ‘redundancy’ incident at the greetings card studio. It felt a little ouch at the time but now I have a new job of awesomeness (working at a dance school) and running away to eastern Europe helped. I also feel that enough time has elapsed for me to finally confess something…
I doctored the greetings cards I was designing.
Of course, I didn’t ever send them to print, it’s not like I wanted to lose my job! (cue wry grin of irony). Besides, the amendments weren’t exactly subtle but it helped get it out of my system.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the work I did, but those of you that know me should appreciate it was neccessary – that there are only so many uber cute bears and woodland creatures a girl like me can take. Not to mention the dry traditional scenes of tractors, sleepy villages and flowers.
So, for the first time, I’m going to share these with you, the people that weren’t my colleagues.
(Click on an image to see it larger)
I’m working with a group on a social networking site for commuters and this is the header that I’ve illustrated for the website:
It’s designed to welcome all who commute, no matter how they travel, and help bring people together. If you would like to look around the site for yourself, we’d love for you to visit!