In 2013, I created this hand-drawn, patterned artwork for the AnyForty Versus Volumes Chapter 01 collection. All AnyForty t-shirts are limited edition and my design is sold out at the AnyForty store. However, now you have one more chance to get my design due to a very limited run on my own online shop. So make sure you don't miss out again!
For 2016, a renewed priority of mine is to create more typographic illustrations. I recently went through the arduous process of transferring all of my work and personal files from an old computer to a new one. Inevitably, I stumbled upon lots of old work that I almost forgot about. Amongst these archived files were many typographic illustrations; ranging from personal pieces to student pieces to client pieces. Even though several of them were unrealised or unrefined, they all reminded me of how much I love creating a varied array of abstract illustrations that were focused around words, sentences and messages. Here I wanted to share a small selection of the pieces that I came across so you can have a little taste of where I began and how I have developed as an illustrator. Seeing these old drawings has definitely reignited my aim to realise the ideas I currently have for my future typographic works.
After sharing my 2016 Paperblanks diary (above) on Instagram, Paperblanks contacted me to find out if I was interested in being interviewed for their blog, Endpaper. I've loved Paperblanks products for many years, so it was an honour to be recognised by them via my little social media post. The questions they sent were great and very specific to my work, so it was lovely to get the opportunity to talk about it in detail. My answers for them include discussing my plans for 2016, how graphic design has influenced my art and what has inspired my most personal project so far. Check out the interview in full on the Paperblanks blog.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may be aware that I am currently working on a new and very personal project at the moment. A project where for the first time, I am the subject. Mixed Media Manifestations of Me is a personal response to having a long-existing urge to create a mixed-media series from scratch. My previous mixed-media artworks are almost always inspired by the initial photography that I am to work with. However, most of these images are given to me by the photographer or the client. This time, I give myself the opportunity to be in control of the entire process from the very beginning and what better way than to use my own body as my inspiration?
Here are a few WIP images from my Instagram account where I am primarily documenting the steadied development of this self-portrait project. You can follow my IG account to stay up-to-date with the progress of Mixed Media Manifestations of Me.
Although my illustrations can be random, free and expressive, I do like to compartmentalise almost everything I do. With Tumblr being extremely easy and versatile to use, it's a great site to organise my work into simple-to-view blogs. My newest blog is called 'Nikki Farquharson Films', where I shall now upload time-lapse videos that I've started to make of my work. I'm still very much a novice in this area but I hope these little videos will be another interesting insight into how I create my work. And if you fancy seeing me draw in real time, you can follow me on the live stream app, Periscope. Check out my other blogs to see my mixed-media illustrations, my personal photographs and 'Love + Inspiration', the blog where I collate beautiful works by other creatives.