Thursday, 26 May 2011

New York

So i couldn't put up all my photos from New York so here's a small selection. Unfortunately the slideshow has made them a little murky :( but you get the jist.
It was such an inspiration, we visited loads of places and met some lovely people. While we were there we made meetings with and agency called Lindgren and Smith, organised by our tutors. Vault 49 a creative design agency. Who took their time to look through our portfolios and give us advice and let us know of their experience with setting up a design agency and moving to New York. If you're ever in New York, check out MF Gallery, a lowbrow gallery in brooklyn and run two lovely people with awesome artistic taste. These two were so friendly and helped us realise that we need to get back to doing work for ourselves and that it doesn't always need to be commercial. I appreciate it guys :) So if you're in the area check the link out and pop in and say hi. The last but not least was 3x3 magazine. The gentleman was so friendly, informative and to the point. He doesn't mince his words and this is such a good thing to have in industry because you know where u stand with him and the advice he gives is honest and appropriate. This magazine was the first illustration/ art magazine i picked up and it was an honour to meet the gentleman behind it. We did loads, way too much to mention in one post but before i forget if you ever get chance to visit the lovely New York, go away from the tourist attractions and down the side streets, visit bowery meets 2nd Ave and watch a performance by Saint Hollywood. The group are so friendly and made us feel at home. Their singing voices are amazing and acting skills are awesome. They give off a brilliant performance, down to earth and slightly strange but entertaining. Check them out! Also go into brooklyn, where u can find Williamsburg (full of little alternative shops, fun characters, and graffiti) and check out the place that time forgot (Coney Island.) It's like walking into an old photograph full of memories of the seaside and funfair attractions with typography everywhere :) Anyways I've spoken quite a while so i best go... toodles :)

Copyright of Natasha Aldred 2011

Monday, 9 May 2011

Virgo and Libra

So for anyone who is still awake or has just woken up, here's some more horoscope illustrations :) These two are going in my portfolio along with gemini and aries, but i plan to finish the rest of the starsigns after new york. So illustration portfolio is finished and just needs printing :) so best get my photography one out of the way.... toodles x

Copyright of Natasha Aldred 2011

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Swan Lake

This project has been driving me insane but i think i finally had a break through with it. It's just a prospective poster, so unfortunately this ballet is not showing on those dates. After trying collograph and loads of photos i finally came up with this. p.s. can you see the female portrait in there too? My projects at the momment seem to be very feminine.... wierd!

Copyright of Natasha Aldred 2011

Friday, 6 May 2011


This is a book jacket for the classic Lolita. A story about a man who becomes obsessed with a 12 year old girl. The dress and doll is to represent the innocence while the man sees her as a sex symbol. This feels quite girly to me, as I'm not used to using pinks in my work, although i wanted a feminine colour which can also represent the flesh. I enjoyed drawing the underwear though, i got to play with detail and pen work :) happy!

Copyright of Natasha Aldred 2011

Thursday, 5 May 2011

New Quote

So i wasn't happy with my other quote and after doing my business cards , ready for New York i fell in love with this image instead, which i feel promotes my work alot better than the last piece. The quote also changed after becoming obsessed by a song called 'Carnival of Rust' by Poets of the Fall. Check out their video, it's crazily fun :) - Poets of the Fall.
The quote is "It's all a game, avoiding failure, when true colours will bleed"

It's more conceptual which is perfect for me. :)

Copyright of Natasha Aldred 2011

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Business Cards :)

So finally got some business cards ordered from moo. com. The first image below is the front page of all the cards which shows the contact information.

As the cards are double sided i was able to make a back cover for each. I want to make a set of 5 but i think I will finish them off after New York for my exhibition and new designers. I went for layout similar to how i lay out my scrap books so i could mix in some of my favourite photographs and images. Really happy with how these look on the screen, looking forward to seeing my printed cards :)

Copyright of Natasha Aldred 2011
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