I’m not actually funny. I’m just mean and people think I’m Joking!
This was a confession on the www.iliekit.com site. How could this not be perfect for a clown?! I absolutely hate clowns! I find them disturbing and unnerving; the stuff of nightmares so research for this project was particularly challenging!
I wanted to move away from a typical circus clown with a huge red nose, massive shoes and a squirting flower! This needed to be something darker and more mysterious to fit in my misfit circus lineup! So I began to research Harlequins and pierrot and I was not disappointed. I found abundant sources which would serve as inspiration for this piece.
Below is my moodboard created from the visual research I endured!
The idea for this piece has been in my head for quite some time and I had a vision of what I wanted before I put pencil to paper. However, I felt it an important part of my design process to plan out and sculpt a good composition for the design and also to craft hand drawn typography which has become and integral aspect of my research.
The next stage was to digitise the artwork and each detail of the type and the illustration itself was then vectorised using the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator
The final piece took around 2o hours to complete digitally but looking at it now with fresh eyes this is one of my favourite pieces so far and every hour was worthwhile. It is perhaps testament to my commitment and dedication to this project that I am still after almost 2 years working on this finding such joy in my work. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment and pride that I’m almost at the finishing line, yet somehow I don’t quite want it to end!
Above: Winstanley, L (2016) People Think I’m Joking