SKETCHBOOK SE­CRETS: Amanda But­ler

We take a peek at a de­signer’s early ideas for one of their projects

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Amanda, de­signer of this month’s cover project, talks about her new char­ac­ter range, “My sketches are not drawn but de­vel­oped us­ing var­i­ous pho­tos and ref­er­ences put to­gether into a mock-up. I use Pho­to­shop to do this, some­times I roughly draw on top and any­thing that ap­pears slightly un­tidy is fixed dur­ing the de­sign stage. The mock-up is only a start­ing point – as I also use Stitchcraft soft­ware as a draw­ing tool.” www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ Aman­daJBut­lerDe­signs

“Iwant­ed­tocre­atea com­mu­ni­ty­ofmice­livin­gin co­conut­shells­gath­ered­from birdta­b­lessothe­w­hole char­ac­ter­base­need­ed­tobe un­der­oneti­tle. After­much de­lib­er­a­tioni­tend­edup­be­ing called‘Eck­leyTales’.” kley, wasin­spired My­char­ac­ter, Ec per­son­al­ity” bymy­hus­bandChris'

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