1 August 2013
Lilla Rogers - global talent search
I didn't get a chance to write about this before I went on holiday, but I took part in Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. I submitted my design on Friday the 20th then immediately had to start packing for our family holiday. It's only now I'm back and sorted that I've had time to write about it.
Unfortunately I didn't make it to the final 50 but I'm glad I took part. I hadn't been sure whether to sign up for it or not as the brief was coming out on the first day of our school holidays. I decided to go ahead figuring that, even if I didn't manage to submit a design (and there were times where the combination of good weather and kids made that a very real prospect) I was bound to learn something in the process.... even if it was don't enter design competitions that run over the school holidays.
But it was fine and I did learn a lot. I learnt about blocking my time to make the most of the time available to me, I learnt that those little finishing details that'll 'only take half an hour' can often be the most time consuming bits (you have no idea how many times I hand-wrote 'ournal') but the biggest, steepest learning curve for me was learning to use Photoshop.
I'm old school, I was taught using charcoal and paint on paper and canvas. I've never really used Photoshop for much more than just arranging stuff, so I very quickly had to learn more about it.
I was also very ruthless, anything that didn't work had to be cut. Many of the first objects I worked on; rocket, witches hat, swings, kite, shute, eventually went. I realised that I was only including them because they fitted with the theme and not the design. In hindsight, I think I should have cut more and I also wished I'd stuck with my original palette of sorbet colours. But ultimately it comes down to doing the best you can in the time available and I'm happy that I made a good go at that.
Well done to those who did make it through and I'll be interested to see how you get on in the next stage.
Here's some initial sketches and some early mock ups. You can see I was determined to get that witches hat in there :D