What does your creative process look like?

Do you ever wonder how other artists and designers come up with their creative ideas? I do! I am creatively curious! I love to see the process of how one's mind works from start to finish. Julie Hamilton Designs, artistically afflicted blog This week I welcome Jennie Whitham of JLW Illustration. Jennie is a Designer/ Illustrator living in the U.K. She is a graduate of The Leeds College of Art, an active member of our Surface Pattern Design community, mother of 3 (almost 4) and produces a lot of work.She never ceases to amaze me with the beautiful patterns and illustrations she pumps out. She can do it all! (and she does) [caption id="attachment_4537" align="aligncenter" width="560"]JLW Illustration - {artistically afflicted blog} Creating motifs on her Wacom Tablet in Adobe Illustrator[/caption] What inspires you to create? Pinterest is an amazing source of inspiration. Every thing from colours to textures, motifs etc, can be found there. [caption id="attachment_4535" align="aligncenter" width="560"]JLW Illustration - {artistically afflicted blog} Creating textures for her work[/caption] What medium do you like to create in? Adobe Illustrator. I would LOVE to be a 'hand drawn' illustrator/designer, but I just am not. I love nothing more than sitting at my computer, with a Cuppa tea, packet of biscuits, and my Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet. It is the best investment I ever made.
[caption id="attachment_4540" align="aligncenter" width="560"]JLW Illustration - {artistically afflicted blog} Artboards - playing with motifs, placement and pattern
[/caption] Do you keep an Art Journal? I guess my blog is an online directory of my goings on. I often head over when I need to find a design and see when it was created, and share my new designs with those who are interested enough to read my blog. [caption id="attachment_4538" align="aligncenter" width="560"]JLW Illustration - {artistically afflicted blog} Finalizing colors and texture[/caption] Do you work on just one design..... It depends on whether it is required of me. I get little time to just design 'for fun'... theres always a submission to make, whether that be a competition, License opportunity, book submission etc. I like to create collections and I like to make lots of designs. The last collection is created 'for me' was my 'pretty paradise' collection, back in 2012, just after I finished ABSPD. I am currently doing #365patternchallenge, and decided to use the same colour palette throughout, So I guess come 2014 I will have a 365 pattern collection to work from. That should be fun. [caption id="attachment_4539" align="aligncenter" width="560"]JLW Illustration - {artistically afflicted blog} Making a clipping mask[/caption] Do you prefer to design for a brief/competition or your own inspiration? Both. I LOVE to be given a direction to work in, whether that be colour palette, theme, etc. it's fun, not only to see how you interpreted it yourself, but how others have interpreted the same brief. On the flip side, it's great to work freely. To just 'let go' and design exactly how you like to do it. [caption id="attachment_4536" align="aligncenter" width="560"]JLW Illustration - {artistically afflicted blog} The final collection![/caption] Ta Da! Her designs all mocked up and ready to go! JLW Illustration - {artistically afflicted blog} What time of the day are you most creative? after 7pm.... I am a stay-at-home mum of 3 (soon to be 4) little rascals, and while I'd love to design full time, I manage to fit everything in between 7pm and Midnight. It works for our family dynamic. I wish I could say the same for myself! I would love to be able to create at night, but I am a morning person through and through! To find out more about Jennie please pop over to her social media hangouts. Website :: www.jlwillustration.com Facebook ::www.facebook.com/jlwillustration Etsy ::www.etsy.com/shop/jlwillustration Twitter Handle ::@JLWIllustration Enjoy the rest of your week!  I can't believe school is out in 2 weeks. Needless to say, but they are going to be the busiest two weeks of the year!

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