March 2nd, 2014
One of my favourite things at the end of an illustration job is seeing my drawings on stuff. When you work almost exclusively with digital files, it’s really fun and exciting to see them applied to real tangible objects, out there in the world. In my 3rd season of working with Abi of The Apartment for LFW, the stuff just keeps getting better. In one year we’ve escalated from water bottles to freaking cars (and tote bags and umbrellas!). A mini fleet of Hyundais that were used to ferry bloggers between shows during London Fashion Week and saved my butt getting home when the trains weren’t running in bad weather.
Problem is, at this rate I’m expecting blimps and double decker buses next season. Yo Abi, you’ve created a monster!
Photos and illustrations by me.
February 19th, 2014
I’m totally obsessed with a new iPhone app and it’s not even Flappy Bird. For a few weeks I’ve seen people tweeting about an app called Waterlogue, which turns your phone photos into watercolour masterpieces. I thought “hmm, ok, that probably looks terrible” and scrolled on. Yet I kept seeing people with really good taste going on about it, so last night I caved in and downloaded it. Joke’s on me, because it’s incredibly well done. They’ve done a much better job of imitating watercolour than any filter Photoshop has managed, which is hugely impressive for a phone app. It’s super simple to use, you just choose the image from your camera roll and a filter from a small selection. There’s a nice transition while the watercolour is being made, it shows the colour being applied in layers (in fact, it would be cool to be able to stop during the creation process, because some images work quite nicely with limited colour). It’s weirdly addictive seeing the “painting” happen though, you’ll definitely want to try it with lots of your photos. I find that it works best with well exposed landscapes, while results are mixed with human faces (they have a legit explanation for this on their site) so put those selfies away for a minute. Don’t worry, cats work just fine though!
Anyway, here are some that I made earlier. What do you think?
Waterlogue is available in the ios app store and costs $2.99 / £1.99. Sorry Android users (and um, Windows phone users, I’m really sorry you’re using a Windows phone in general) it’s only ios devices right now.