Currently I am producing drawings for Paper & Cloth which I will go on to scan and edit in Photoshop. I’ve been giving direction to create art around the theme of safari and tropical wonder. P&C have supplied me with plenty of examples of the type of Illustrations they want to see such as pencil drawn with mixed media using digital and watercolours. I have about another week to keep producing work for them in time for the Gallery showing in New York.
Paper and Cloth are a design studio. Recently my tutor got me and some other students in touch with them. This is my second time I have had dealings with them. A meeting was arranged and me and the two other Illustrators on my course went to their studio and had informal interviews. They liked my graniph t-shirt tiger piece and told me they wanted me to do a series of Illustrations for them in the theme of tropical wonder (colourful) and safari. As I like drawing and animals this played to my strengths. This is a great opportunity for me to get my name out there as an Illustrator and to earn some money. Will also look good on my CV. However there are few issues I’m concerned about such as copyright but these are being addressed. Will keep you updated for more information on this.
D&AD Self Promo. Competition
A project that required us to create illustrations reflecting who we are as creative individuals. This piece shows my passion for drawing.
New C.V. + Covering Letter
I redesigned the letter and the CV as I didn’t like the look of the old one. These are the ones I hope to contact clients with.
Another Illustration for the National Trust competition.
D&AD National Trust Competition
An Illustration project based on the theme of nature is right up my street and this project was no different. National Trust (NT) wanted their identity or their image to be moved away from it’s current standing to one that was more appealing to 24+ year old’s. My idea was to create a series of posters or billboards that used the quote that NT used to revolve their company around, the quote can be seen running through the Illustrations. This project also gave me the opportunity to work with text which is relatively new ground for me. I wanted the pieces to flow and be sequential. I also wanted the animals and people interacting with the stream of the text. I hand drew the logo and the creatures, and created the text with ink and then photographed them to edit in Photoshop. Overall I’m happy with how these turned out but one big thing I would change next time round is to use a scanner rather than photos. However in this case, as I was working from home, I didn’t have access to an A3 scanner. Also another change I would make is to not leave the project to the last minute as I didn’t have to time to fully develop these pieces to something potentially better.
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So for my final major project (fmp) I decided to buy some decently Illustrated picture books to give me inspiration. I did a lot of routing around on the web trying to find children’s books that were Illustrated in paint or in a style I liked. I came across several and these three are the ones I really like: The Rules of Summer, Black Dog, and The Secret of the Stone Frog.
The Rules of Summer is a fully painted book, done using either acrylics or Oils. I don’t often seen children s’ picture books done completely in this medium and in the way Shaun Tan, the author and Illustrator, has done it. He uses thick painterly brush strokes with clever colour combinations to create rich Illustrations on each page. I’m definitely inspired to pursue the painterly method for my own story book for my fmp. The layout consists of the left page being complete with a short amount of text, just one sentence mostly, and the right hand page is filled with the Illustration. This way ensures the painting gets a lot more focus and attention and also means the artist doesn’t have to produce so many paintings. However for my book, the way the story flows it would not suit this layout style.
The Secret of the Stone Frogs is exactly what I needed in terms of inspiration for a story. I didn’t know about this book until recently and am happy to see how it bares so many similarities to my own story. The stone frogs act as guides for the two main characters which is exactly what I was using in my story. The story is about an older sister and her younger brother waking up in a forest and travelling through an Alice in Wonderland style world. The art is created using a quill pen and is nicely done. I like the combination of the areas of textured shading and completely white areas. I don’t want to use black and white only in my story but the narrative and panel layout are a huge influence to my story
Black Dog is a children’s book written and Illustrated by Levi Pinfold. He uses egg tempera to paint with which is an alien material to me to use. I enjoy the high detail paintings and the fun compositions used. Also the way certain colours are contrasted against the mute snow background consistant through the pages. The story is very simple yet effective and revolves around one basic theme or moral. My story is more adventure based and will be harder to simplify quite as much as this one. However I want to include some theme or moral into mine.
These books have been a great source of encouragement to me and my efforts to create my own Illustrated story from scratch. I can take certain elements I like from each book whether it be story or artistic and utilize them in my own book.
Yes Ball Games - 1 week project
This was the first project we were given at the beginning of our third year of university. We got to choose from several briefs and I choose the Yes Ball Games brief because it appealed to me more than the other briefs. I started the piece with a loose pen sketch using a reference photo then took it into Photoshop and painted it. I drew influences from Banksy but incorporated my own painting style. I tend to use more pencils now and incorporate colour and other textures in Photoshop rather than use Photoshop painting for editorial pieces.