Hay Festival Project: Trees

For our new brief, we have been asked to provide some illustrations for the Hay festival at Hay-on-Wye to decorate the hallways between the tents. The Hay Festival is a literature festival, and is basically a tent village hosting talks by various people, including people like Stephen Fry and Tracy Emin, and many many others.

The themes we have been given is trees, and the Hay Festivals 30th anniversary. Although, they have asked to focus mostly on the tree theme. This is because Hay Festival were giving out 30 acres worth of trees to celebrate the anniversary, since the idea has first started, it has expanded into much more than just 30 acres worth of trees.

I started out by brainstorming the themes and ideas that could tie into imagery for an illustration. Thingsย I have thought about while brainstorming ideas are:

  • respond to a quote or a piece of literature
  • animals live in/around trees, look at wildlife
  • tree symbolism growth and sustainability
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Brainstorming!

After a bit of brainstorming I started playing with some shapes and colours, creating some possible tree shapes. Since the final illustration will be very large and will be seen up close and from a distance, I think having something that is simple, yet still has some finer details will work best for this brief. I will have to experiment further with this idea and see if I can come up with some effective results.

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Starting out with shapes and colours

 

 

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nimillustration

Second year illustration student studying a BA Hons Degree at Hereford College of Arts.

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