Collage illustration design Kingston
I used some vintage illustrations from my granny’s kids’s book, some modern graphic patterns and concrete textures to make this collage. Sourcing imagery is a fun job. This is an article I wrote on the subject on Linked in:
I’m a freelance graphic designer and illustrator and I take my own imagery collection seriously. I’ve been collecting vintage rights free imagery and photographing useful textures for my work for about 17 years now. I love trawling markets, book shops and relatives lofts for inspirational material. They help make up my wallpaper designs, the textures add depth to my illustrations and the vintage illustrations add character to my collages.
I used to be a regular at Dover book shop in Covent Garden who sell books of rights free imagery before they closed down a few years ago. You can still buy their books online. As a freelance designer working for Moonpig, I corralled the design team down to Covent Garden for some book shopping to help them build a library of imagery for their greeting card designs. Previously they didn’t have a library of textures or rights free illustrations and a lot of the designs lacked character and depth. I created a range of cards for Moonpig using some old photos I had found in a market in Berlin. They were probably from the 1930s and at some point were much loved, before the whole lot got cleared, I’m guessing after they died. The images have so much more interest to me than an istock photo as they were not staged and hold a lot of meaning to someone.
Another excellent resource is the British Library. They have digitally scanned a lot of their imagery and you can use it for free as it’s old and out of copy-write, which is amazing. It’s an interesting visual trip through history.
Ernst Haeckel (1834 – 1919) is another interesting character I’ve discovered on the search for great imagery. He was was a German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor, marine biologist, and artist who discovered, described and named thousands of new species, mapped a genealogical tree relating all life forms, and coined many terms in biology. You can find his incredible prints here and download them at a reasonably high resolution. I’ve used these jellyfish prints to make a mural for a residential dining room (image above).
Go and see what this free imagery can inspire you to create.