Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Sign 1 Project

Sign 1


  • Really enjoyed creating my own land/island. Found that I managed to take alot of my beliefs in illustration and recreate it through this landscape.
  • Used alot of colour with liquid watercolours - a medium I rarely use. Happy with results.
  • Was an insightful experience in map making and the naming of places in relation to subject matter i.e - my collection of 50 drawings.


  • Needed better time management to create a map with greater detail/ a more extensive key.
  • Could of created alot more place names for the map.

I've always had an interest in creating civilizations and environments for them to exist and prosper in so this project was one I entered into eagerly. Although I think my map could of been alot more refined and complex with extra time or clearer critical thinking. For example large expanses of the map are just one colour. Although the colours contrast sharply and bring the map to life, its still a shame theres not more detail or range in tone to give the image greater depth.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Source Project

The Source Project:

  • Was able to draw a wide range of interests which included mythological beasts, undead and fairytale creatures, gods and reptiles.
  • Praticed using a white pen on black marker and was pleased with the results (see below for examples).
  • Mixed observational drawings with illustrations constructed from how I pictured certain things in my imagination.


  • Time management was a factor that stunted the quality of a majority of the drawings. I spent more time on the first few illustrations before realising I couldn't spend the same amount of alloted time on the remaining images.
  • Could have been more colourful in my approach perhaps?

I loved this project, especially after the hell of the cabaret project prior. I had a chance to present the things that inspire my love of illustration while also getting across my personal style. I think my collection of 50 drawings was a strange but very honest portrayal of what I like to draw. I'd have liked to given each image the same level of quality that the first few received, but saying that, some of the basic line drawings have a strong look to them too.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Cabaret Project

Cabaret Project:

  • Was fun making 3D elements for group cabaret.
  • Bonding with other students allowed me to get to know them whilst seeing their methods of working.
  • Lack of communication within my group caused us a setback that involved us showing our performance 2 days later than the intended deadline.
  • Having multiple viewpoints, ideas and styles can cause clashes of interest that slow progress.
  • When a group member isn't available the whole group suffers.

A fun project overall but one that was dented by inconsistent work and misunderstanding of information between group members. However, I greatly enjoyed bringing the text of Tom Thumb to life even though it was far outside my usual comfort zone.

Examples of work:

Update for course briefs

Just realised this week that I should of been updating my blog with each project brief as I go through my illustration course! Sooooo the next few posts will contain scans of work done in each brief along with my thoughts and feelings on how they went.
Starting with: The Summer Project
  • Enjoyed working laterally instead of literally.
  • Found that I was more adventurous with my ideas.
  • Used alot more colour than I usually do.


  • Could of used more media e.g. watercolours, acrylic paint, charcoal, etc.

Thoroughly enjoyed this project during my summer break. Forced me to think about what each image had to represent and helped me to recreate each in an unpredictable way.

Here are a few of my faves from the bunch of 25 I originally did:

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Work from summer 2009

Been meaning to put up some of my personal work and I had the time to do it tonight so here's some stuff from my Summer break.

Monday, 17 August 2009

10 images I like for some kind of reason

1) I'm not sure if this first image is real or digitally created but the lightning contrasted with the black shadows create an intense and visually impressive sight. The setting of a storm in a desert is also a rare thing to witness and makes the picture all the more unique.

2) This is a photo of a puddle reflecting street lights but it also looks like something evil staring up from the pavement. Art that uses this kind of perception manipulation leaves me amazed at how random occurences and placements of objects can create a completely seperate entity.

3) Creating weird and wonderful creatures on paper is a guilty pleasure of mine. Finding examples of such creations like this one, inspires me to be more outlandish within my own designs.
4) This sleeping T-rex is one of many illlustrations I've found by accident on the internet and instantly liked. It's fan art for Jurassic Park and the clever use of the treeline's silhouette against red and yellow is taken directly from the franchise's logo. I really enjoy combining pencil sketches with colour - like this drawing illustrates - because it strengthens the colours used.
5) I like to think I have a wide sense of humour. Literal humour can be very funny and also greatly disturbing. This is one such example.

6) A photo of my hand covered in ink. It's not an actual tattoo I just get bored and enjoy drawing random patterns on myself and others. Paper shouldn't be the only thing I'm restricted to doodle on! This is the only example I could find of one of my hand doodles.

7) This photo is from a friend who visited Hawaii recently. Amazing landscapes like this inspire me to draw my own. This kind of imagery is also very different from my usual dark and sinister work; it's nice to have a change to freshen things up.
8) This is an illustrated cover from 'The Darkness' graphic novel. 'The Darkness' is one of my favourite comics for both the many talented illustrators and writers that work on it. The story arcs are rich in plot, character detail and unpredictable twists. It's disturbing themes and dark atmosphere are easy to see in the image i've chosen.

9) This is Eliza Dushku. She played the character of Faith in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Faith is one of my favourite all time fictional characters purely for the fact she represents a heroine with blatant flaws. Making her seem more human than most of the normal characters in the show even if she does makes it hard for people to like her. I chose this image because it's an engaging and strong picture of the actress in my opinion.

10) This image is a printscreen from my laptop while I was on It's basically a chatroom/digital art site where you can join a room and draw something based on whatever the topic is. The room I was in here was intially devoted to South Park fan art but the common users tend to go off on tangents and this was one of their...diverse creations. I love this image simply for the fact it shows artistic people enjoying the freedom of their imaginations.