The covering letter is to accompany the C.V. The two have to be in sync in terms of design style. Similarities can be seen between my C.V. and this letter. The changes I pointed out in my C.V. analysis will carry over to the changes I need to make to the letter. These include, more drawing and conceptual work featured, in particular my recent Graniph T-shirt piece. The letter has been written with spaces left in there so I can tweak it to appeal to the particular client I’m writing to. With each individual client I may also add words that relate to what their magazine or editorial does. This will be sent off with the C.V. to let clients know I am an active Illustrator looking for commissions.
For our professional practice module we are required to create a C.V. and a covering letter which we will need when contacting clients for work. This is the 2nd design I created for the C.V. I like the way the butterfly’s are interacting with the text and the colour the deer brings to the design. However after analyzing it I feel it doesn’t communicate to the client enough the type of work I do. The deer hints towards it but I need to get more of my drawing style in there. I need to change it to target my clients better and show them what type of work I want to be producing for them. My editorial style is realistic yet conceptual and metaphorical so this is the type of work I need to put on. I’m thinking my Graniph T-shirt piece would work well.
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.
Graniph T-shirt competition
Here is the final design for the competition which enabled us to create whatever Illustration we wanted. Unfortunately I couldn’t submit the piece to the competition due to copyright issues with the images which I got from a stock photo website which required an extended license if I was to use the artwork for sales. I only found this out a few hours before the deadline. However i’m allowed to post it on my blog. I’m happy with the piece and want to do more in this style but next time using copyright free photos. I planned out the composition in a small sketchbook first, then created the final drawing on a large piece of cartridge paper. I then used Photoshop to edit it. I photographed the piece on a tripod but have found recently the scanner is a lot better and gives greater definition.
Graniph T-shirt competition (WIP)
Hey guys, put some progress shots for you to look at. This is going to be hopefully submitted to the competition if I can get it done it time. The competition allows anyone to submit a piece of Illustration and the piece can be anything you like. So, naturally, I choose something nature related, as that is one of my biggest joys. The deadline is on the 26th of February, not sure what time, but that’s very soon. I shall post the whole piece when it is done and talk more in depth about it then, like what Illustrators influence me.
Recently I’ve been posting a few photos of my FMP. So some of you may be wondering what it actually is and considering I’m about to post more updates I need to go into a bit more detail about what I’m actually doing. Allow me to explain…
After some deliberation in the first few weeks (or months) I finally decided to ditch the idea of doing dreamscapes and instead write and Illustrate my own children’s story. I’ve always enjoyed reading Books like Tintin and looking at children’s pictures books and still do even now. Though aimed at 6-7 year old’s I think like me, many adults enjoy reading them too. I remember my Dad and my brother reading all the Tintin books. I love any story, whether it be film or book, to contain adventure, animals, mystery and Beautiful visuals. So with this in mind I set upon writing a story containing those four elements.
My story is aimed at 7+ year old’s but hopefully, if the visuals are good enough, will appeal to many age groups young and old just like Tintin does. The story is about two teenage foxes who go into the woods one day to get into mischief as usual and in the process stumble upon a house in the forest. Outside the house, in a pen, are lots of mouth watering chickens. The foxes can’t resist and end up trying to steal one despite being aware of the snoozing guard dog over yonder in its kennel. Next thing they know the chicken clucks, the dog barks and the angry house dweller is alerted and a huge chase begins. What happens next takes all involved by surprise…
I will leave it there for now, but I can confirm there is lots of adventure and hopefully beautiful environments that follow… Oh and an ancient temple. I don’t want to reveal too much but I will leak more information in the months following with snapshots. I’m still yet to decide on a final style as I’ve got several that I enjoy doing. Such as the ink and watercolor style, the pencil only style and a painterly style done on Photoshop or with oils. At the moment I’m experimenting with various methods and steering more towards a painterly style but we will see…
So I hope this clarifies things a bit and I hope you all stick around to see more updates.
I’ve added a photo to show some of my work hanging up on the wall. Click on the title to see it.
For those who closely follow me you may be wondering why I post a range of illustrations. At University we have many different projects on the go which can result in a variety of artwork. This piece was done a few months back, for an editorial project which required us to search out a magazine relevant to our styles and to Illustration an article. I chose Psychologies magazine, a magazine devoted to the inward workings of the human mind and thought this theme was suited to my style. I’ve often enjoyed working on portraits in the past so this was a good opportunity to do some more.
This particular Illustration is based on an article all about the joy or euphoria of giving and receiving gifts. I feel the Illustration communicates this well. However I don’t particularly like this piece mainly because of the highly saturated colours and for other reasons I can’t quite fathom just yet. If I was to do it again I would use mixed media, and involve more pencils, cross hatching and abstraction to add more interest.
I think it’s good practice to work on editorials for practice purposes to get used to the professional world of Illustration a bit more. When I have finished some of my other projects I plan on setting myself mock editorial briefs and give myself strict timelines to strengthen my skills, time management and so I’m not under prepared.
Close up of a competition Illustration I’m working on. This is actually the final rough, the purpose being to sort out composition early on. The competition is D&AD new blood awards 2014 competition National Trust. The goal is to re-brand National Trusts image whilst remaining true to it’s roots. Seeing as I love nature, this competition was my first choice over some of the other competitions D&AD were running. I’ll likely post the final piece after the competition is over but close ups of the final piece in progress should be up on my blog soon.