My 1st university year was hard. The illustrations were a joke and I hated every single one I had to do. Every week I had to show at least 50 illustations...... what a pain. Sure the more you illustrate the better you will be. Yeah, right!!! I felt like i was just carrying tones of paper with me and nothing good came out!!!! I felt like screaming- Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Now I can laugh about but it was not funny to illustrate 30 illustations in pointilism , 30 in curved lines, 30 with circle etc.... picture all geometrical formans now and imagine you have to illustrate like that all week .. And by the way it´s only one subject you have - I had 15 total. One night I was so tired of it all i could see were damn lines circles and squares in colours. At the end of the 1st year i hated geometrical forms. To make a long story short I would... I´m glad the crap is over.
I do not want to know how many trees had to die for the concepts I had to finish.
In the 2nd years finally you get to illustrate for real. So you start with egypt, greek etc .... and work the full history. Each topic is completed by as many ilustrations you can, better to say as long as your hand will not give up on you.
Anyway, in my 3rd year the illustrations got better but I was still not happy. The last year the pressure went on and I ended up illustating 3 huge bags of fashion croquis. The collection was done and I had no fun anymore. I know what you say now WORKOHOLIC ALARM - and I have to admit yes- GUILTY!!! I worked on the last final collection one year and I have no clue how many trees had to die under my colours, but A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
University was over and I started my last two years, my masters. As you can imagine more illustations were waiting for me. Well I finally found pleasure in my illustrations. I guess all the pressure was gone- masters was a piece of cake.
Now after 6 years of study I´m very happy. I illustrate without pressure, without rules etc... I guess it´s all about timing and about finding a style.
Sadly I do not have old illustations anymore but you can find some in these posts: http://invogueoneday.blogspot.com/2009_03_01_archive.html
The illustration for today is:
I hope you like it.