Illustration and applications summary 

To summarise what we have been doing this year, one of our modules has been about apply ourselves and the illustrations we have done, to a professional standard. We have been asked to create a portfolio of our best pieces.

In this module, we have completed 6 projects, which I have spoken individually about, posting the collective images above.

We have done 3 editorial pieces, one for an article chosen out of two out tutor selected, one for Nicholas Stevenson, who gave us an article and took on the role of being an art director, and one where we had an article chosen for us by one of our peers, where we also got to chose an article for them. When doing editorial illustration, we were taught what the top tips are for editorial pieces, including limited colour pallets, and centring the image. You can read more about this on my previous blog posts.

We then did two book cover projects, one for To Kill a Mockingbird, and one for The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. To be able to do the covers, I read both texts, picking out the things that I thought were the key points of the stories. Again, you can read more about these projects through my previos blog posts, which look into my ideas and processes more thoroughly.

The final project we did was for the Hereford Library project, where we were asked to design a brochure. You can read more about this on one of my most recent posts. This was also the image that I included in my exhibition.

Overall, I have enjoyed this module, although finding it difficult at the start, as I worked through the projects, I feel as though I have found out more about the style of my work and what I want to do in the future. I really liked the Adrian Mole cover and the library brochure, although creating my shoe collection for the article I was set by a classmate, was a lot of fun and I enjoyed getting to work with different materials as opposed to just pen and paper.

If I was to do the module again, I would try to focus more on having the pieces in a similar style, to give my portfolio a bit more order, showcase my style and personality. 

Our first exhibition!

Today, we set up our exhibition at de Koffie Pot, featuring the work of first, second and third year illustrators. The second years were mainly in charge of setting up the exhibition. Being in second year, we entered to pieces into the exhibition: one from our book arts module, and one from our illustrations and applicantions module.

There is loads of amazing work produced by some amazing people, and this being out first exhibition we had put together outselves, with the help from our tutor Neil, was a great success!

The exhibition is on from Tuesday 17th January 2017 – Tuesday 24th January 2017, so there is still time to check out the exhibition and really see what we have been working on this year!

Herefordshire library brochure

img_3410First post of 2017!

We were asked to design a brochure for Hereford library, an A5 front and back spread, showing the wonders of reading! We were asked to focus on Herefordshire and to have a spring time feel to our image. I decided to do a country side landscape, representing the beautiful countryside of Hereford, the wide spread hills and the animals.

I did a watercolour piece, with a blue and green watercolour wash as the background, adding in detailed flowers and grass imagery to fit my spring country feel. I used black pen to do the farm animals and the woman image as I wanted to add silhouette images so your eyes are drawn straight the the centre image. The young women is lying down with an open book.

I chose to have the women in this type of background to represent the peace and calm feel you get when you are reading a good book, and being lost in the book, quite like being lost in the beauty of nature. I plan to experiment a bit more with the colouring and possibly the layout.

Nicholas’ red-billed fire finches

An editorial piece I did a while back for an article on the red-billed firefinches in Senegal, given to me by Nicholas Stevenson.

I really enjoyed the research for this project. As I didn’t know much about the topic, I researched about the traditional uses of the red-billed fire finch in Senegal. I also looked at how people dressed in the country, and the currency used as my final idea was to include money in the illustration.

I decided to use the idea of having the bird in a cage with people around it, because you can pay to have the firefinch deliver messages. I reduced the colour pallet and decided to have on of-set line around the illustration. I started off using paints and then added in black fine liner markings and after using the photocopier, I darkened the colours a little bit as the original paint was to bright.

Adrian Mole back cover

Here are the back covers of my Adrian Mole project, both the first version and the negative version. I decided to stick with the negative effect through the book cover so that the front and back cover would be in sync.

I did have a problem with the type and it has come out backwards. I am going to look more into the type and look at different ways I could do the typography. I’m unsure whether I want to correct this, as it fits in with the design very well, with it being like Adrian is looking into to mirror, so so text is reversed as it would be reflected.

I didn’t want to have so much focus on the back image, so I just did a simple line drawing. However I didn’t leave any space for a blurb to go and the blurb is often situated on the back cover, so this may be a change I need to make. I also again have to add in the penguin logo, and join the front and back cover together to form one cover.

Once I have both the front and the back cover together, I will post the final image.

photocopier experimentation

Here is the negative version of the book cover for Adrian Mole. I am going to work on some back covers, using the same negative process I have before with this project.

I had the idea of using the negative from a previous project I did in another module. However, I didn’t actually know what the colours would turn out like, and having used a lot of colours in my original version, I was unsure what the colours would go like. I was pleasantly surprised with what I ended up with and I really liked the way the colours had changed.

I only did a light shaded background and you can see a lot of the pencil marks I made in this version, which I am unsure about. I may go back and edit this afterwards so that the background doesn’t look a patchy. I also still need to add in the penguin logo. I will most like print h logo out and stick it on, rather than going through photoshop.

Introduction to Adrian mole

Part one of my cover of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. I plan to experiment with the colours, using a the negative on the photocopier for a final version.

For the text, I used the idea I had of combining two different types of text together so the typeface would be more intersecting. I tried to use the colours in a rainbow, having an organised colour scheme. This runs throughout the book cover.

For the image below, I used the mirror as it allowed me to put many different items on it, all making up a different part of Adrian’s life. For example, there is a football on there because of Adrian’s love of the sport, there are letters from his American friend Hamish, and there are ‘love notes’ from his girlfriend. Although this isn’t the finished version as of yet. img_3356

Typography ideas

For the second book cover we had to redesign, I did typograpgy experiments I have been working on while idea storming for the book cover  The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. I wanted the type to be fun and interesting. I remember as a teen for me, bubblewriting was very popular, so I did some different styles of this, however it just didn’t seem to be the right idea I had.

The more I looked into the typography, the more I started to consider other design features. I considered using two different types of typeface in the book cover, and I also thought about colour.

As the main character of the book, Adrian Mole, is a teenager and is at an exciting time of life, I wanted the type to be fun and exciting. I wanted to use multi colours, and so when I did the alphabet blocks, I thought I could play around with colour with these a lot. img_3347

To kill a mockingbird

A book cover I’m working on for my new project. Recover of To Kill a Mockingbird using a linocut print, black and white. To start, I hadn’t read the book before so I read through the book and also watched a film based on the book. After doing this, it gave me a bigger insight into the ideas I could focus on in my illustration. Firstly I decided on the colours which would be black and white. I used this to represent the black versus white and the racial inequality throughout the book.

I wanted to do a linocut print so I could work with just two colours, black and white. I came across a few difficulties while doing the design for the print, and I had to redo the type as I didn’t do it back to front on the plate, meaning the type would of come out backwards on the print.

I stuck with the theme of the knothole in the tree because for me, this was part of the book that I really enjoyed so I wanted to focus on that more than anything else. As I don’t normally do prints, this was an interesting and challenging technique to use, but I feel it paid off really well. img_3343

the ‘ugly’ shoe

Sorry for late posting, but my final piece for the article I was given about the comeback of the ‘uggly’ shoe. I was given the article to illustrate as part of a team project we did, where we each were given a role as an art director. Tina chose my article, as I chose hers. After reading through the article, I came to the conclusion that the main focus should be the shoes.

I again decided to do a paper cut piece as I felt that this worked really well and I was able to use the shape of the shoe to a desired affect. Reducing the colour pallet again to just 3 colours: red; yellow and blue. All being primary colours, I feel they worked together well.

I tried to vary the shapes and sizes of the shoes so when I collaged them together, I could make an effective use of the space I was given. After feedback, I will reduce the size of the illustration down to the criteria. img_3340