Hello guys! Its good to be back after having a long break for the summer, but now I’m ready to show you all of the interesting, fun, cool things that I have planned to do for our final year at uni! To kickstart the new term, we were given two briefs, both consisting of 3 weeks! I know, very quick turnaround this year! But it will give us some good experience into the world of Illustrating as a profession, its such quick deadlines! Anyway, the first project I started working on was a collaborative project with one of the Artist Blacksmiths at our college! Due to our similar interests in fashion, Theo Somerville-scott and I were paired up! After meeting Theo, we both came up with an idea for a zine I had to make for the Ferrous Show, to represent Theo and his work. We got some details for the festival which i will be attending on the Friday.
After meeting with Theo, we discussed some ideas, and i decided i wanted to ask my zine around him and his work processes, because he said that his planning and idea generating is the most important thing when he does a project, as it allows hime to narrow down his ideas. I also wanted to take different elements of the things he likes into account, and incorporate these into the design of my zine, which I can hopefully take you through a step by step. I did some mind mapping and idea making first of all.
I find that mind mapping is the easiest way i can get all of my ideas down, and then slowly select the ideas i want to use, and discard any that I don’t like. After doing the mind mapping, I managed to finalise my ideas.
The General decisions I made that weren’t content based were:
- The zine form: I decided to use an accordion book for my zine, as one of the biggest concepts of Theo’s work was movement based, so I wanted to do an accordion book as it allowed me to create a flowing book, as opposed to a booklet type book. I did a whole module on bookers last year, which is on my blog.
- I originally wanted to do 10 pages, but I had to extend this to 12 because i didn’t have enough room.
- I wanted to use black and white but also add colour, as this was clearly shown throughout Theo’s planning that he liked using colour, and i wanted to add a bit of fun into the accordion book.
I did some research of Theo’s work which I will show in the next few blog posts, and I will also find out who his blog or Instagram is, so I can post it for you all to see the amazing work he has been doing!