Haydn Symons

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on a new creative collaboration with Mat Klicz, a London based graphic designer, who is passionate about branding and packaging design, which you can see more of his work here.

We wanted to work on a project that was thought provoking, had a but of substance behind it, and something that we would both enjoy!

Racking our brains over a few Skype sessions, we decided to work towards the story of Animal Farm, by George Orwell, one of our favourite novels of all time. Our ‘styles’ are very suited to this sort of story, which was an important aspect in choosing the story.

With it’s connotations towards the Russian Revolution of 1917, Stalinist era of the Soviet Union and communism, we thought this would be a brilliant story to work towards. (By the way, if you haven’t read the novel – it’s a real classic which I highly recommend). If you want to find out more about the story behind Animal Farm, or want to find out more about George Orwell, see the synopsis and plot here or here.

After discussing the story between us and how we can come up with some sort of creative solution that showcases our design and illustration skills, we thought of the idea of creating a set currency designs, that reveals the main characters of the story – like the pigs of Old Major, Napoleon , Snowball, to Boxer the horse.

We decided on currency designs as we wanted to communicate what the currency would look like if they did take over a nation (or even the world), and how their dictatorship would spread across all forms of everyday objects – like money.

Firstly we took inspiration from Soviet Union and propaganda posters, and how this can inspire and influence us in our artwork in creating this Animal Farm inspired designs. This helped massively when I created the illustrations, and I got to work and created portraits of the main characters, and how they would look.

I conveyed the characters to look powerful, ruthless, who everyone should obey. Much like that of many dictatorships across the world, like North Korea for example, the leader is seen as ‘Godly’, and someone who everyone has to listen to.

Creating portraits using watercolour, gouache and then scanned digitally to form the portraits, I used a limited colour palette of reds, blacks, yellows, and blues for an adjacent colour, that is similar to the moodboards that we created – which you can see below.

These portraits were then edited digitally, and using Mat’s graphic eye, imported into his currency designs – to create “The Union Of Socialist Farm Republics”. Creating a £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes, these include an abstract and stunning interpretation by Mat, and we are super happy with!

We are going to professionally print and photograph these designs, which I can hopefully show you all soon. You can see our inspiration, the currency designs and portraits below, which is also on my portfolio if you want to take a closer look.

Thanks to Mat for working on this project, it was a complete joy working with you, and to the famous George Orwell for writing Animal Farm – one of my favourite authors!

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New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

New Creative Collaboration: Animal Farm

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May Sketchbook Drawing Update

Hey guys! How is everyone going? I have been working hard recently on some new commissions (oohhh!), that I am really looking forward to showing you all!

If you are new to my illustration work, from editorial illustration, gouache paintings to digital design, then do look at more of my work on my portfolio.

Whilst we all wait until I can show you these recent commissions that I have been working on, here is a taster of my May sketchbook drawing from the last few months.

I try and draw daily in my sketchbook to practice, develop my skill set, and look at new ways of working.

Sketchbook drawings have always played an important part in my work, as I use this as a base for any initial commission, and always comes with me wherever I go! Big up the sketchbook!

Landscapes, portraits and observational sketchbook drawings are what I’m particularly interested in when it comes to drawing in my sketchbook. I’m not too sure why this is the case, but I’ve always been fascinated by capturing and re-creating my environment.

However when it comes to my commissioned illustration work, from publishing, advertising to editorial illustration, I produce more imaginative pieces – which I have always found strange – but it seems to work haha!

Within this sketchbook drawing update you can see drawings using coloured pencil, graphite and pen, capturing Hampshire landscapes, portraits such as Mesut Ozil, Zlatan Ibrahimović (football seems to be a recurring theme) to Johnny Cash, and also self portraits.

I hope you enjoy this May sketchbook update, do let me know by commenting below or hitting up me on social media! You can check my new work on my portfolio, featuring a new logo design for a local client and a business card design! Until next time, see you on the other side!

Many thanks for listening and visiting my news page today. You can follow what I’m up to on my Twitter, Facebook or Google + pages, I’ll really appreciate it if you do, and don’t be afraid to say hi to me! Many thanks again, and have a great day!

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

May Sketchbook Drawing Update

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Business Card Design

I have been super busy over the last few months; working on posters, branding projects and various illustrations (that I will tell you about very soon), and have recently created this business card design for Sheila Lemon.

Sheila Lemon is a Global Business Builder from Hampshire, and I was asked to create a business card design that promotes her business, her brand and the lifestyle that she can help many people achieve. Working closely with Sheila to create a business card that is eye catching, visually stunning and unique.

I wanted to incorporate warm colours, and effectively sum up what Sheila’s brand is all about in one design. Tying in visual elements of the lemon (that is at the heart of her brand – if you have a great Surname like ‘Lemon’ you might as well milk it!), I illustrated this alongside a eagle, which represents ‘Forever Living’, which is at the core of her business.

Like every commission that I receive, I worked closely with Sheila to create a business card that she will love, and she wanted a clean and simple business card design that makes a powerful impact. As a result, the front of the business card highlights a distinctive quote that perfectly represents her business – “The best way to predict your future is to create it”.

This is situated against a clear orange background, and encourages people to look at exactly what Sheila is offering, and welcomes people into the business card.

This was a very fun project to work on with Sheila, and I’m really happy with how it has turned out. Below you can see the finished business card designs and illustrations, and you can view this project which is brand new on my portfolio! I hope you like it!

Many thanks for listening and visiting my news page today. You can follow what I’m up to on my Twitter, Facebook or Google + pages, I’ll really appreciate it if you do, and don’t be afraid to say hi to me! Many thanks again, and have a great day!

Business Card Design

Business Card Design

Business Card Design

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Dance 4 Fitness Logo

I have recently been asked by a local dance company to produce a brand new logo design for the start of their new dance term. This emerging company, that focuses on all forms of dance to keep adults fit (from tap, ballet to hip hop), approached me as they want to take their brand to the next level.

As the company wanted to communicate all these different forms of dance, I had to think about how I could get across this integral part of their company within the design. After brainstorming and sketching in my sketchbook, I ended up with dancing silhouettes that fill a heart shape. The logo can be used as a whole, or the heart can also be used by itself (without text), especially on merchandise in particular – which I think it would look brilliantly.

Working from a limited colour palette of three complimentary colours of blue, gold and a yellow-gold, I wanted the logo to communicate a sense of fun and enjoyment that anyone can experience if they attend one of their dance sessions – getting away from the cliche of fitness in particular.

I developed the idea for this design within my sketchbook, and illustrated the final artwork using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

I’m really happy with how this design has come out, and I hope you like it too! This logo design is also live on my illustration portfolio (which showcases my illustration, design and various other work), which you should certainly take a look at!

Do let me know what you think of this logo design for ‘Dance 4 Fitness’ by commenting below, I had a ton of fun producing it, leaving the client extremely happy to use, advertise and promote their new logo to the world!

Hope you like it!

Many thanks for listening and visiting my news page today. You can follow what I’m up to on my Twitter, Facebook or Google + pages, I’ll really appreciate it if you do, and don’t be afraid to say hi to me! Many thanks again, and have a great day!

Dance 4 Fitness Logo

Dance 4 Fitness Logo

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New Landscape Canvas Painting Commission

I have been super busy producing lots of illustrations and designs for local clients recently, which I’m really enjoying! I will tell you about these commissions soon, as I have recently finished a logo design for a dance school, and I am very near to completion for a hangbag logo design too.

Not only am I commissioned for illustration services, but also design services too, which is ace! This is usually in the form of logos, leaflet designs to website designs for local clients. I love expanding my creative knowledge and skills, and this is a great way for me to expand my horizons!

If you would like to see more of my design work within my portfolio, do take a look.

How This Landscape Canvas Painting Developed

From what you can see below, I have recently been asked to paint a landscape canvas painting for a local client to myself. Starting with watercolour and setting ‘a base’ for the painting, I then painted the whole of the canvas with gouache; a medium that I love to paint with. The landscape shows the setting of the customer’s favourite view from one of their holidays, and I am really pleased with how it has turned out.

Using a limited colour palette of blue, red, brown, green and yellow, this A4 sized landscape canvas painting incorporates architecture, the boiling sun and the glorious sea. The images below showcases the entire canvas and some juicy details for you to get your teeth into!

If you would like to see more of my landscape canvas paintings, do check out my portfolio, filled with lots of canvas paintings and landscape paintings.

I would love to hear what you think of this painting by commenting below!

Many thanks for listening and visiting my news page today. You can follow what I’m up to on my Twitter, Facebook or Google + pages, I’ll really appreciate it if you do, and don’t be afraid to say hi to me! Many thanks again, and have a great day!

New Landscape Canvas Painting Commission

Landscape Painting

New Landscape Canvas Painting Commission

New Landscape Canvas Painting Commission

New Landscape Canvas Painting Commission

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New Barbers Logo Illustration

Hey guys! I’ve been super busy recently illustrating new canvas paintings, working on a creative collaboration as we speak, new commissions in the pipeline, and this logo design / illustration that you can see today!

Alongside my traditional way of working with gouache, watercolour and digital enhancements, I also produce more digital pieces.

Designing logos, leaflets, all the way to publications, I love the cross over of design and illustration.

How This Logo Illustration Developed

I was recently asked by a client to produce a logo design for a local barbers, who were looking for an alternative logo to other barber logos you see today.

Working only with black and white within this logo illustration, I firstly started the project within my sketchbook, sketching ideas, concepts and brainstorms. After a lot of development work, I sent several versions back and forth to the client before I illustrated the logo digitally (which means the client is happy, and also strengthens how the logo overall).

Using Adobe Illustrator as my main base, this logo illustration showcases strong shapes, communicates exactly what the client wants, and is going to set them apart from other barber businesses out there. The logo features a pirate skull, pirate’s bandana, a barber’s razor down the bottom and a bushy long beard.

I’m really happy with how this project turned out and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process. Below you can see the final artwork in all it’s glory, and the logo in front of a few coloured backgrounds.

Many thanks for listening and visiting my news page today. You can follow what I’m up to on my Twitter, Facebook or Google + pages, I’ll really appreciate it if you do, and don’t be afraid to say hi to me! Many thanks again, and have a great day!

New Barbers Logo Illustration

New Barbers Logo Illustration

New Barbers Logo Illustration

New Barbers Logo Illustration

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June Portrait Sketchbook Update

Hey guys! I’ve been working very hard lately on some new illustrations – from commissioned work (that I’ve just finished, which I can show you soon!) and a creative collaboration with a designer friend of mine, which is really exciting. I’ve also got a few illustration commissions in the pipeline, so it’s all hands on deck at the moment!

For a while now I’ve been featuring my sketchbook drawings, showing you guys what I get up to away from commissioned work. From portraits, landscape illustrations to concept development, my sketchbook is the place where I can produce what I want, which is why I love it so much! I try and draw everyday without fail, which has improved my drawing exponentially as time has gone on.

A subject that features a lot within my sketchbook is portraits that I’m highlighting today. Drawing celebrities who are in the news, from football stars, politicians, to musicians. Drawing popular culture is something close to my heart, and I love drawing stars that are on people’s lips.

Who’s Featured In My Portrait Sketchbook?

Today I’m presenting well known folk like Muhammad Ali, Maria Sharapova to Jeremy Corbyn. With most of these drawings, I have used colouring pencil. I’m attracted to this medium as I can practice my colour theory, whilst drawing at the same time – killing two birds with one stone.

I hope you enjoy these drawings from June’s portrait sketchbook, let me know what you think of them by commenting below! I’ll love to hear from you to find out what you think of this latest portrait sketchbook!

Many thanks for listening and visiting my news page today. You can follow what I’m up to on my Twitter, Facebook or Google + pages, I’ll really appreciate it if you do, and don’t be afraid to say hi to me! Many thanks again, and have a great day!

June Portrait Sketchbook Update

June Portrait Sketchbook Update

June Portrait Sketchbook Update

June Portrait Sketchbook Update

June Portrait Sketchbook Update

June Portrait Sketchbook Update

June Portrait Sketchbook Update

June Portrait Sketchbook Update

June Portrait Sketchbook Update

June Portrait Sketchbook Update

June Portrait Sketchbook Update

June Portrait Sketchbook Update

June Portrait Sketchbook Update

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Taj Mahal Landscape Painting

I’ve been working hard in the last few weeks working on some new illustrations! From commissioned work, new projects to personal landscape painting, it’s all happening!

I’m using Adobe Photoshop more within my work recently, making my illustrations simpler. I love clean illustration, which is where my work is heading. I find it inspiring and motivating towards my own work.

When I started illustrating as an illustrator, my work drifted between messy and clean. This resulted in an illustration style which was confusing – it had to be one or the other. The main reason for this was because I didn’t use digital elements as much as I should have.

I now realise how much I dislike my old work, as it’s in the middle of spectrum! (I suppose we all go through evolution in some sort!)

How This Landscape Painting Evolved

Taking this into consideration, I can reveal a new landscape painting of the Taj Mahal. This landscape painting was produced with gouache, watercolour and digital. My series of landscape illustrations features the Sydney Opera House and Basil Saint Cathedral.

Making everything straight, tidy and uniform, I’m overjoyed with how this illustration turned out.

I always paint with a limited colour palette within my landscape painting as it adds focus to my work. This illustration features blues, purples, whites and reds.

You can see my other landscape painting by clicking this link. Let me know what you think of this landscape painting by commenting below, I’ll love to hear what you think!

Many thanks for listening and visiting my news page today. You can follow what I’m up to on my Twitter, Facebook or Google + pages, I’ll really appreciate it if you do, and don’t be afraid to say hi to me! Many thanks again, and have a great day!

Landscape Painting (Detail)

Landscape Painting (Detail)

Landscape Painting

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How To Reignite Your Motivation When All Is Lost

Once a month, I publish a blog post helping you with creativity, freelancing and the world of illustration and design. These blog posts are away from my illustration work, and are solely to help you succeed!

Following from my previous blog post , you will learn how to reignite your motivation.

You will discover how to battle through your lack of motivation and drive, so you can get back on the road to success. Motivation is a sometimes a hard nut to crack, but this post has all the tips and advice to help!

Why Do We Lose Motivation?

Being a freelancer, entrepreneur or business owner means were on a roller coaster journey. One week you’ll be high as a kite, and the next minute you might be on the floor, with everything going against you.

It can feel pretty destroying, as you try to get back to where you were before. Flying among the clouds, with lots of motivation and drive leading the way.

This is where your mindset plays an important part. Without it, it can lead you to give up on your goals and dreams.

Landscape Illustrations

According to the Business Dictionary: “Motivation is the internal and external factors that give an individual the desire and energy to be interested and driven to a role, job or subject, to reach a goal“.

You might of had motivation at the core of our personality beforehand, but it can disappear. From set backs to failure, everyone goes through a lack of drive at some point.

Before I go into tips to help with your motivation, don’t give up! If you only take one thing away from this blog post, it’s persistence. Be persistent, and you’ll reach your goals. Remember this: persistence, persistence, persistence – that’s the aim of the game!

Focus On Your Why

Think back to when you were full of motivation and passion. Why did you decide to go along this journey, why did you start your business, or why did you write your goals? You had many reasons to follow through with your plans.

There might of be many factors to your why. Lack of motivation comes from losing sight of your why.

Motivation Tips

You don’t know why you’re following your dream, as there’s nothing to aim for.

Write down why you embarked on this journey. Was it to be your own boss, a lifestyle that you wanted, or was it to learn a new skill? Whatever your why is, make sure you write it down and focus on it.

Write Goals And Go Back To Basics

Now you’ve discovered the why, you now need to set goals to make this more of a reality.

When we lose motivation, we lose our why and our goals. Go back to basics and split your goals into small chunks.

This makes goals easier to digest and complete. As you start to complete your tasks, you’ll become motivated by your achievements. This then snowballs, and your motivation is back in working order!

Important: When you start to complete your goals, make sure you celebrate them! Being positive with your mindset is crucial. Celebrating your goals keeps you motivated!

Look At Your Influences

Lacking motivation and drive? Recapture your passion and influences.

If you’re an illustrator, visit your favourite gallery. If you’re a fine artist, you might find a particular book inspiring. Or if you’re an designer, you may find that visiting a creative blog can help your creativity.

Typographic Illustration

Whatever makes you passionate and motivated, re-connect with this part of your life.

Recapturing Your Motivation

These tips and tricks are here to recapture your motivation, and keep you on the straight and narrow.

Even though I pointed this out beforehand, persistence is key here. Don’t give up, and make sure you work out exactly why you want this.

I recommend you going through each of these steps in turn, before moving onto the next.

Write down your goals, look at your influences and discover your ‘Why’.

If you’re unfamiliar with my illustration work, I’m also a passionate illustrator and designer. If you want to discover my latest work, my illustration portfolio is the place to check out! I specialize in editorial, publishing and advertising illustration, and help many worldwide clients.

For now though, sit back, read the blog post and grasp your motivation!

Many thanks for listening and visiting my news page today. You can follow what I’m up to on my Twitter, Facebook or Google + pages, I’ll really appreciate it if you do, and don’t be afraid to say hi to me! Many thanks again, and have a great day!

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Breaking Bad Portrait Painting

Over the last few years, I gave myself the task of producing a portrait painting for all of the main characters of the hit television show, Breaking Bad. It’s a show that I loved when it was on, and is a firm favourite of mine.

Because of this interest and how much I liked the all of the characters from the show, I wanted to produce a portrait for every main character. At first, I thought it wouldn’t take me too long at all, but I didn’t realise just how long it would take me!

I really enjoy portrait painting, and it appears a lot within my illustration portfolio and sketchbook drawings. Illustrating the likes of Walter White, Jesse Pinkman and Gustavo Fring, I’ve added to this portrait painting series with these two illustrations of Mike Ehrmantraut and Hector Salamanca.

I particularly love the character of Mike, who’s deadly serious, gets the job done, and plays a key role in both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.

These two illustrations were produced using gouache, watercolour and edited digitally, and I’m really happy with how they have turned out. Like a lot of my illustrations, I based my colours on a limited colour palette and complimentary colours, which always seems to work well for me.

Breaking Bad Portrait Painting

Using purples and greens for Mike, and orange, yellow and blue for Hector, limited colour palettes are a continuing theme within my illustrations, and forces me to think about the colours I’m using.

If you would like to see more of my portrait painting on my illustration portfolio, do take a look! I’ve also illustrated the likes of Skyler White, Hank Schrader and Jesse Pinkman. I’ve also included some of my other illustrated Breaking Bad portraits below, so if you haven’t already checked out the other portraits, please do! I hope you enjoy this blog post about my portrait painting on Breaking Bad characters!

(P.S. I hope you like the last two images at the bottom of this page, it showcases all of my portraits in one image!)

Many thanks for listening and visiting my news page today. You can follow what I’m up to on my Twitter, Facebook or Google + pages, I’ll really appreciate it if you do, and don’t be afraid to say hi to me! Many thanks again, and have a great day!

Hector Salamanca Portrait Painting

Mike Ehrmantraut Portrait Painting

Breaking Bad 'Gustavo Fring' Portrait Illustration

Portrait Illustrator

Breaking Bad Illustrations

Breaking Bad Portraits

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