This is my submission for the Courtyard’s competition to create an image for their A5 film guide. This was one of the first proper goes I’ve had at producing an illustration in Photoshop. In the past I’ve mostly just used Photoshop to clean up or edit prints that I have done, or have only really used it in workshops at college.
For a change, I’m actually kinda proud of this one. For someone who spends a lot of time on my computer I don’t actually have much confidence at all with Photoshop and tend to be a bit old fashioned in my methods, but these days I’ll only be helping myself a great deal by getting to grips with it. Ultimately I still prefer to do my original drawings traditionally, and I have thought about colouring them digitally for a while. Mostly because it is easier, and I can play about with colours endlessly, and it took a while before I figured out the right colour combination.
I’ve had the composition for this piece in my head for a while, just wanted to do something simple. At first my ideas were getting a bit too cluttered, so I just focused on the one item in the illustration. It is after-all for a guide cover and needs to have a simple and recognizable silhouette, something recognizable when its surrounded by other leaflets, and the top part especially needs to be noticeable since that’s the part you would see first if this leaflet was placed in a stand.
I think if there was one big thing I would change, it would be maybe moving the camera and everything further up on the page. I tired keeping rules of three in my mind but not sure if it all looks too far down the page. I was also keeping in mind the graphics Courtyard will overlay onto the image too. It’ll be interesting to see how it may possibly turn out as a final product (I hope).
Good luck to anyone else who entered it too! ❤
Above is my design for the poppy project at the skate-park we had to do. We were asked by the British legion to decorate the skate-park with our own designs of poppy’s to help launch poppy day in Hereford. The reason why it was at the skate park is because they wanted to appeal more to the youth of Hereford and its surrounding areas.
I came to my final poppy design through a lot of experimentation. I started off with a very detailed design but after trying out the design as a stencil I felt it wasn’t as strong of an idea when put to use. The small details of the first idea weren’t successful when seen from a distance and overall didn’t quite look like a recognizable poppy. So because of this, I tried my best to simplify my shapes and get to the most basic, but effective, looking design.
Through my pages of experimenting I had a small light-bulb moment and came up with the idea of a negative poppy. So up close my design looked like a small field of red poppies with a space but from a distance its a large red background with negative space poppies.
This project for me has been a bit of an experiment. I was a little lost as to what to do and where to go with this brief so just decided to go for it and treat it as if it was a book arts project so I could get something produced.
I started out by trying my hand at stencil making, taking the shape from Jordan’s’ work and creating a pattern. I tried layering this stencil over some basic line drawings just to see how it would look, and also on to orange ink. I created two postcards using this pattern because I wanted to see what something like this would look like as a promotional print product. I like the textures I’ve created with this little experiment but overall I think its too much a pattern/textile design than an illustration.
My next direction with this project came about from just photocopying this one page from my sketchbook into different colours and then drawing on top of it to create a multilayered drawing. I used my knowledge from experimenting with the photocopier in second year and just went wild with it. I made multiple layers just drawing and photocopying repeatedly. The more layers to the illustration I created the more interesting looking it became.
Some results from my experimenting turned out better than others, I think the one without the block purple colour has something more interesting going on visually, but as an illustration, its still not quite working. As a fun little zine though, it sorta works.
To try and push it a little further, I photocopied and filled in the background colour, and I also tried out the negative setting. While it gave me interesting results it still is missing something that makes it a sophisticated illustration. In the end I think this was a fun little experiment to try out but it hasn’t gotten the results I wanted from it.
An option I have thought about trying is to take the successful parts of this design and recreate it as a screen print. I haven’t done any screen printing since my time back doing my art and design degree in college, so it might be something fun to try out again when I get the time for it, but for now this was a fun experimental thing.
My submission for the poetry book got accepted, and here is my finished illustration with the poem it was illustrating
I wanted to do something a little different for this poem, I didn’t just want to illustrate a “haunted house” so I took the inspiration from the last line and illustrated a room in a house with three small translucent ghost mice hiding around the room, with a happy sleeping cat on the windowsill.
The style of this illustration is a bit different from normal for me, but I thought I’d try something a bit more formal, and experiment with more colour.
We had a little exhibition showcasing year one, two and threes illustration work. It included something from everyone, everyone chose one piece of work that they had done and included it in the exhibition. On the table in the center of the room is our book arts books (from us second years). The opening night went really well and lots of people turned up, hopefully everything will go just as well with our next exhibition in May.
This image was created for Hereford Library Pamphlet brief/competition. I was not happy enough with it to hand in for the competition but looking back on it now I probably should’ve at least tried. In the end, I’m proud I went ahead and finished it anyway.
My original idea was to add lots more detail, but it was taking too much time so I tried having a go at simplifying the work, and using a limited color palette to match. I created this image traditionally but I think this would’ve been a more effective image if I had colored it in digitally, using flat colors.
I attempted doing something sort of minimalist but still had lots of little details creating some form of narrative to the image, like the blankets and tea, and the cat sleeping on the window ledge. I included a couple of little nods to Hereford with the small cow ornament and the bowl of apples.
An extra detail I was going to add but decided against in the end, was to add drawings of Herefordshire country side through the windows, to bring together the themes of Herefordshire and reading together.