We had a class project where we paired up and directed each other for an illustration. The illustration was for an article we had found for one another. I was paired with Sophie (you can find her blog here) and she gave me an article about people in Spain training sea lions to be lifeguards. (Article here.)
I had decided to go with a bold simple art style for this project due to time constraints. I chose a minimal color pallet after looking at already existing contemporary editorial illustration.
After some back and forth discussion with Sophie I came up with this idea. Sophie was looking for a simple and bold image. I ended up going with something a bit lighthearted and portrayed the sea lion as a real life lifeguard sat on its very own lifeguard seat with roof. I used a red/blue/yellow color scheme because I thought it made the image have a summery feel to it.
About myself directing Sophie on creating an image here.
One of our first briefs for the Illustration in Context modules we were given a couple of different articles with the images for them cut out. For this little brief we had to choose to illustrate an image for one of these articles. I had chosen an article about the North Coast 500, Scotland’s answer to the famous Route 66.
I had decided to illustrate a map depicting (roughly) the route that North Coast 500 takes you. The route takes you 500 miles through a number of Scottish counties, so I picked out either a famous building, place or an object from each one.
For the background I traced the line the route takes from a map, and then added colour using watercolours. I wanted a more organic feel to it so let the colours bleed into one another and splash over the page. The drawings I did for this map are all sketched out using a fine line with a drawing pen, keeping to a single line sort of drawing style.
I like the contrast of the splashed inks and sketchy black and white illustrations, but I think my placement of the illustrations on to the map is lacking. If I had thought about it and planned it out better I think maybe experimenting overlaying the ink on top of the other images might’ve worked well, possibly making the top left image slightly larger and tucking it in behind the map ink shape slightly.
Overall, I think this image was at least successful in showing a range of different locations and what they have to offer in one single image, without sticking too much to the traditional map style and experimenting with what different styles and techniques I could put together.
We had a visiting illustrator, Nicholas Stevenson come visit our college and talk to us about his transition between being a recently graduated student and a professional illustrator. Nicholas gave us a short brief very similar to your everyday editorial illustration commission.He gave us an article surrounding the superstitions of red bull fire finches
Start To Work
The first thing I did to kick start this brief was to note down all the important visual metaphors and noteworthy points about the article. I then used these notes to sketch out some initial ideas for the illustration.
Once I got some ideas down on paper I picked out my best two ideas and made slightly larger sketches of them, experimenting further with them.T these were the ideas I put forward to Nicholas. I also included a postcard I have to illustrate the color palette and style I was going for.
Feedback from Nicholas
Nicholas really liked the idea of symbolizing all the different troubles you can send the bird away with, but thought the tears were the most striking image. He asked for the bird in hand but with its wings full of tears. He also really liked the postcard I sent along with it for inspiration.
Doing the Illustration and The Final Piece
I chose to use this printing medium because last time I tried it out it turned out really well, and gave a very rustic, folk artsy feel to it, which is what I was after. I originally sent two versions, one colored in with pencils and one being just the print.He prefers the print without the added color, the one you see below here. I quite like how a couple of the prints came out. I did experiment a little with the not so great prints by adding color drawing on top of them, only one of these turned out any well.
Who I am/What am I Doing
I’m Nadia Bryant, you might’ve figured that out from the title of this blog. I am an illustration student at Hereford college of Arts, just started my second year. I was asked to make this blog for my work, mostly to get used to the idea of talking about my work, I guess.
Currently I have been working on two new projects, book arts and editorial illustration. More to come later on those two tho, because I currently do not have any decent photos to upload.
I will aim to post here a weekly update on what work I’ve been doing, but if you want to see more little regular updates follow me on my instagram or tumblr. (I use instagram but link both WordPress and my Instagram to my Tumblr blog) Most of these posts will only have a couple of sentences about what they are, while I’ll be using WordPress for more in depth talks about my work.
More to come soon!