Process
Research

My Pinterest board of illustration inspiration

My interests:

Instagram inspiration

Animal crossing
Animal crossing
Monster high
Monster high
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
Cosmic horror
Cosmic horror
True crime
True crime
Cottage core
Cottage core
Dark academia
Dark academia
Mindfulness
Mindfulness
Mythology
Mythology
Task 1
I decided to explore the below themes for my live brief, the below images show my research and analysis of each theme focusing on why I chose them, the target audience and other various aspects.
As I was done making the third mood board for my mid point review, I felt that the presentation was quite messy - I erased the sharp edges on the images to create a cohesive style but it now makes it look unprofessional. Because of this I made a more uniform mood board with a similar coloured background as I like this style and felt it could also appeal to the company as they pride themselves in soft and delicate colours.
Task 2
Researching trending gothic merchandise
Looking at illustrators who have worked with lion and leopard
Visiting shops and finding patterns in products
These are the designs I ended up with. I do like them however I will mention in the mid-point review to the client that I am open to change the colours as I struggled to find palettes that were suitable for the prints. A purple background was the best option in terms of matching the criteria of remaining gender neutral and being suitable for a wide range of ages.

A very useful website I found on a YouTube video when researching how to make patterns, it's very helpful to quickly visualise a pattern and I'll use it throughout this project.

Creating the vampire

Making the pattern design

My PowerPoint for my client, with my mood boards and added text as well as secondary and primary research.

After Mid-Point review
Meeting with the client was very helpful to gain an insight into what they think about my work so far without finalising anything. She really liked what I've done and comparing myself to the other people's presentations, I've developed my work the most. The client did say how I could maybe explore how I can make these designs more personal to myself and to maybe consider merging different themes together such as vampires and spirituality or statues and nature. I felt that I wanted to keep with the vampires, which she was more than happy with, and decided to see how I can make it more spiritual and personal.
Drawing inspiration from primary research and linking the theme of vampires more closely to myself and my interests. I enjoy showing what I like and presenting it in ways I feel I have creative freedom over.
This was me experimenting with Adobe capture. I thought it was a more professional method of creating a pattern which could be transferable to my client and therefore will be helpful in the future. I did seem to struggle and after many trials and errors, I got the hang of creating vectors, moving them onto a pattern and saving the file. I did watch LinkedIn Learning videos to help me make some basic sense of the apps I used. If I face situations like this in the future, I'll try to find tutorials online which have helped me in this instance, and to simply persevere as this ended up successful.

My final PowerPoint for my client, including things I made after the mid-point review.

After my final meeting, I was unsure of what to present however it helped me to finish certain things I haven't considered: the orientation of the designs (as I don't want them to be one upright way) and the meanings behind the crystals and flowers. 
In terms of the crystals and flowers, I tried to link them as close as possible together and have the colours fit their mood and actual looks, also basing the crystals from ones I own - 
Lavender flower (relaxing), clear quartz (healing)
Belladonna flower (silence), lemurian seeded crystal (wisdom)
 Begonia flower (beware), angelite crystal (awareness)
Below are the final mock-ups for my work.
Reflection
Overall, this has been an interesting project; not only have I seen new ways to work but I have had the opportunity to work with clients and experience what it would be like to do professional commissioned work. I also enjoyed exploring ways I can illustrate my interests.
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