New jobs and going away gifts

Today was my last day at Digitalpop. I started work with the company way back in university, beginning as an intern before being given the title of graphic designer and eventually web designer. After four years it’s time for me to start a new career journey. In that time I’ve learnt so much – how to create designs and work with a wide range of different clients, how to communicate ideas and solve problems, how to extend brands and campaigns across the web and social media, all while learning about my own design style and interests.

I felt it was important to give something back to the job that has given me so much. I decided to create a special framed artwork as a last thank you gift.

The  image was based off the Digitalpop logo with some added pattern work and the copy ‘Digitalpop, we rock!’. It’s a saying that was suggested by one of the employees as a funny company slogan and ended up becoming a recurrent saying over the years. I used a similar lettering style to my Fathers Day Card, only this time more bold and with a solid drop shadow.

My draft version – helped me test out a few different ideas before doing the final piece.
The strange colour combination of the mock-up helped me more easily trace the image.

I think this is the first time in a long time that I’ve done the watercolour first instead of the tracing. This is mainly because the watercolour was going to serve as a base colour. watercolour also doesn’t mix well with lead pencil >_<.

Watercolour put in and traced words afterwords. Now to add the pattern!
Inking complete.
Extra blue added in and framed – click to full view!

I’m pretty happy with how the artwork turned out and I’m chuffed about the shadows on the lettering. However, if I was to do it again I would use more thicker, solid lettering to help it stand out.

I’m sad to be leaving after so many years but I’m also excited to be starting a new position. I hope I continue to learn and improve on my skills at my new workplace and I wish Digitalpop all the best for the future ^_^.

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