I'm not sure if I told here (I think so, but it was a long time ago), but I am a graphic designer by profession — logos, corporate styles, visual design of advertising materials, and so on. I've worked as a designer for quite a few years. And although I do not have a professional art education, I still have some skills, and I do not draw physical pictures, but digital ones.
When I want to relax and dive headlong into creativity, I sit and draw at my pen tablet in Adobe Illustrator. The main thing here is to make a choice in favor of drawing, and not sitting on the couch — I do the first touches, and then I get involved and start creating! It gives me great pleasure.
Usually, before starting to draw, I look at photographs and videos with the participation of an animal, explore and get inspired. And then I start sketching. As soon as the contour suits me, I begin to gradually fill it with a pattern with a brush. Over time, I developed my own style in such drawings, and now I have a series of images of animals in a similar style. Some I drew just for myself, some to order for logo or label design.
Well, now I want to share with you my last drawing that I made — this is a walrus. I drew it in order to participate in the competition of the Russian Arctic National Park: in honor of the fact that they carried out large-scale observations and research of the antarctic walrus, they decided to arrange a competition of walrus drawings in order to then use the images to design their merch: bags, souvenirs like badges, mugs, t-shirts, etc. That's what I did. How do you like the picture? :)
And in order to better imagine how it will look on some popular things and souvenirs, I always immediately attach the image to an object. In this case, I chose a mug, as this is one of the most popular souvenirs that can be purchased after visiting such places: a relatively inexpensive thing, but useful, and images looks good on it.
Well, and I also almost always place a picture on a T-shirt for my animal series. I am interested in design issues, so I carefully approached the choice of a mockup and found one free that I really liked, since then I almost always use it to illustrate how the picture will look on the garment. I love the way it looks.
Free mockup by Ess Kay.
In that contest, I turned out to be one of the winners, so this year branded souvenirs should appear in the Russian Arctic National Park, for the design of which my image of a walrus will also be used. Maybe there will even be T-shirts too. It will be very pleasant for me, I hope I can see some of these things myself, although I do not plan to visit the park in the near future. By the way, the word in capital letters is a "walrus" in Russian, this is how it is written: "морж".
If you are interested, I will periodically post my images in this style, past and future ones :)
This post participates in the new Qurator's Art Competition. If you haven't looked there yet, be sure to do it: now you can take part in it and at the same time come up with a name for the competition ;)
And as usual, it's better to watch the pictures in high resolution.