I’m Astrid, Venezuelan fashion designer and marketing and communication specialist. I’m very passionate about learning new things, therefore I’ve been going through a self-taught process to specialize myself in the area of visual communication, however, my practice isn’t very consistent or organized. I have a couple of “go to” materials to create my illustrations which are pencil, watercolors, fineliners and some color pencils. Lately I’ve been also incorporating sparkles of other materials like gouache, wax crayons or pastels to end up with kind of mixed-media pieces. I’ve also explored digital media, this includes Photoshop and Procreate on my Ipad. I’m interested in working with markers and incorporating a more graphic style to my work in the future.
My favorite things to draw are actually ideas or concepts and my favorite subject is “people”. I understand the importance of aesthetics, but I’m not interested in creating only decorative pieces, to me the message is equally or more important than beauty. What I'd like to get from this course is confidence in my practice, a routine for working and clarity on my style: including favorite materials, techniques and subjects. I’m also specially interested in improving my skills with color. In the future I’d love to work producing editorial illustrations, books and pattern creation.
I’m looking forward to working with you!
The idea of the exercise was to create an illustration based on a magazine or newspaper article and after reading it a couple of times and finding the key words or concepts.
I chose an article with the title: "The Writing Cure" which explained the therapeutic benefits of expressive writing.
The main words that kept repeating over the text and the ones I chose to base my illustration on, were:
I'm very pleased with the final result, specially with the original piece since the process of digital editing the image didn't capture the colors and textures as I'd have liked.
Link to the article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/yes-is-normal/202004/the-writing-cure
Course: Illustration 1. Key steps into illustration
I'm Astrid Badell-Suhr, designer and illustrator, specialist in communication