Roleymole (known to most as Laura Jonas) is a freelance illustrator currently designing primarily within the greetings industry. She loves all things cute and creative. You name it - she'll create it. And what's more, she loves commissions, just drop her an email with any queries!
I've been locked away (not quite that literally) working on a number design collections over the past few weeks. Here's a sneak peak starting with my first go at some traditionals - MAN do these ones take a long time!! Excuse the 'liney' photographs.. there was a slight iPhone injury this week. Poor little thing..
and some fun ones (the first time I've drawn a living thing in about 3 years.. be gentle)...
and to finish, something else I thought I'd have a go at, some general everyday geometric ones ...
Our friend Nicole is very a very lovely american lady and threw us the most glorious Thanksgiving dinner yesterday - I'd without a doubt be a lot heavier than I am now if I lived over there. This one was just something for her. Wooden pegs, painted, and clipped onto a homemade wire wreath - 52 stars and 13 stripes all in. Happy Holidays to all in the US!
I'm not going to lie, I love being a young creative in my church - I get all the best jobs! On the first Tuesday of every month people from our church come together to pray for people around the world - and I got the fun job of designing this slide to publicise it. 'Global Prayer' changed it's name to 'Network Prayer' after I'd completed the design, but the event remains the same - a group of people who love Jesus coming together in prayer for those taking his story to the ends of the earth.
Those who know me will know that 2012 has brought with it many new things in the life of Laura Jonas.
A new home, a new Nephew, a new job and even a new last name, So after a long and eventful summer and in the theme of all things new of course I had to re-jig my blog to fit in with my new life!
After landing, pretty much, my dream job in October as a freelancer in the greetings world, I felt it only necessary to give the blog a spring (or Autumn) clean and get back to showcasing what I do best - making things! Be it designs from work, or the crafty fun I get up to in what spare time I manage to savour - you'll see it all here first.
So to begin here are some sneak peeks of some designs I've done so far for Inspire by Design LTD.
3 weeks ago was my goddaughters 1st birthday - how time flies! There was LOTS of sunshine, lots of party food (always favourable) and lots of fun. Here's a picture of the card I made for her, and the head of the seriously impressive sheep birthday cake courtesy of mummy and Auntie Bubs (I think)!
I've not posted on here for a while - but 4 weeks ago I was blessed with a beautiful nephew. His mummy and daddy (my big brother and sister in law) decided to name him Theodore - which means 'gift from god', and that he is indeed! Below is a photo of him and his daddy and an image of the card I made for him.
I've just come back from the photography studio with these fab quality photos of my beer bottle branding project done earlier in the year.. Amazing what a few expensive lights and white paper can do hey!?
Something else I've been working on recently is Illustrating type from the relatively well known poem 'Half-Caste' written by John Agard. The poem is part of the current GCSE curriculum and found in the 'poems from other cultures' section of the AQA anthology. Poetry is becoming less popular in its traditional form (I'd argue that songs are a form of poetry that many still hold passion for), so I thought creating a project around making traditional poetry more visually stimulating might be an interesting path to trial, while challenging myself by attempting to make the poem more memorable for the 15 and 16 year old's trying to learn it for their exams.
Anyway.. here's a sneak peak of a couple of the preliminary spreads...
So I can finally show you something else I've been up to in the past few weeks - The Loughborough University Textiles Degree Show logo. I really enjoyed this project because it allowed me to explore working in a more designed and geometric way (if you know my work well then something very different to my usual style)! The first few sketches were what we started with, so as you can see, the end result turned out slightly differently, but I'm really pleased with it - and so were they (well I'm assuming being as they chose to use it)!
Here's the most recent commission I've done for the very recent Auntie Lydia! There's about a 1.5cm margin around all to account for making sure placement int he frame can be as accurate as possible - I'm not just messy.. promise :) (though I do have to take full responsibility to the poor quality iPhone photo). Be back soon! xx
So the latest thing I've been busy on is what I like to call Project Pollock. Daddy, Jakey and Reuben all have guitars - in size order (the exemption being Reuben's ukulele). If the three little bears had guitars - this is what they'd look like - just adorable. The lovely family asked me a while back to design something musical to be painted on the boys' bedroom wall. The design is below - and this is how far I got today (apologies for the poor photo quality). Watch out for the finished article soon!
I've been pretty awful at keeping this up to date with what I've been doing. Though I had a wonderfully joyful Christmas, I've been working away on university projects, while writing a dissertation and doing other fun bits and bobs.
With coursework being completed for the semester and having worked my socks off to get the dissertation written before the due date, I've been graced with some time to do some more personal commissions... so watch this space!
In the meantime, I'll leave you with some stuff I've been doing for my course over the past 4 months...
The Alchemist Brewery - Logo and bottle label design for Paul Landon.
Graze live competition brief - Box surface design
Oil Productions - Furious Hunger live competition brief