Designing digital work on paper

Haunt Issue 8 | Designing digital work on paper | Rebecca Hawkes Diary

One of the benefits of creating your own magazine is having the freedom to experiment with the design. Every issue I have had space to create and create innovative work, working to my own preferences rather than that of a clients. With the eight issue of online magazine, Haunt I desired to turn digital design on its head. Creating a tactile and youthful feel by painting and drawing each title by hand.

To create something eye catching, I turned to the paintbrush. I wanted every title to be influenced by the imagery it would work alongside so employed different methods of mark making. The entire craft box was emptied as I experimented with finger painting, scratching ink and stick, using a paintbrush and exploiting my own hand-writing.

Haunt Issue 8 | Designing digital work on paper | Rebecca Hawkes Diary

The next step was to use technology to create a digital vector. Scanners, and fancy cameras can be expensive and are the usual route, for those strapped for cash, I stumbled upon a simple method to simplify the hand-drawn lines. The Evernote app, on my phone. Yes that app that is known for note taking actually has a function for photographing documents that when used for photographing art work, simplifies the lines adding contrast.

Haunt Issue 8 | Designing digital work on paper | Rebecca Hawkes Diary

Haunt Issue 8 | Designing digital work on paper | Rebecca Hawkes Diary

Haunt Issue 8 | Designing digital work on paper | Rebecca Hawkes Diary

Haunt Issue 8 | Designing digital work on paper | Rebecca Hawkes Diary

The layouts featured are just a sneak peak to the new issue just for my readers! The new issue is almost ready to launch so to be the first in the know you can follow Haunt on Facebook and Twitter. To see previous issues you can find Haunt magazine online!

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  1. katrina

    AHA! I’ve always wondered how the paint brush effect was achieved and I had no idea that real-life brushes were actually involved. This is something I hope to play with (someday soon hopefully) for sure! You inspire me.

    By the way, I’ve been searching the Internets for older issues of Haunt. Can I find them online (or anywhere else)?

    • rebeccahawkesdiary

      There may be other ways but I figured this way all I needed was some paint and paper.

  2. Syd

    Love this! I’m a graphic design student, and I’m very inspired by your work. How exactly did you get the raw materials to overlay onto the digital photos so cleanly and clearly?