I started out making this book cover by researching a bit into the book, To Kill a Mockingbird. I ended up watching the movie of it, and that’s where I got the inspiration to create this cover. At the end of the movie the two children are walking back home through the woods on Halloween night after a party, and to avoid much spoiler, a key moment happens in that scenery.
For this illustration I used freehand pental brush pen for the lines, and painted it using windsor and newton watercolours. I then scanned them in and created the final book cover in photoshop. The text I used for this I had also drawn with the same ink brush, to match the style of the illustration. I had decided to keep the colour pallet simple, using only a yellow ocher and a dark blue to reflect on the theme of a late autumn night.
I am mostly happy with how the final product has come out, but I’m not quite happy with the spine of the book, on reflection I think i should have added a strip of watercolour to create a wrap around of the two images and to bring it all together, but then again at least having the text on a solid background on the spine makes it easier to read.
Another idea that I didn’t implement was including a drawing of Scout in her ham costume running away through the woods. I think including this would of possibly brought the image and story together well.
For this book cover project I had also tried out recycling one of my previous images into a cover for this book, using the image from this editorial project. You can see this image below.
I am mostly happy enough with this cover trial, but if I had given myself more time to work on this I would of scanned in some brown paper to use as background instead of just block colour, and I would of re-scanned in the hand written text I had used, because the text in this image was at a lower resolution and could not be made much larger without loosing quality. It was a nice experiment with a previous image, and was a good exercise in using photoshop.
I enjoyed this module very much, and this encyclopedia was a nice way to finish it all off with. When I first approached doing this book I got too caught up with the “how” and “what” I was doing, so in the end I choose one of the book formats I enjoyed most creating, which was an accordion style book. I tried not to get too caught up with planning it out and just went for it in the end, using one of my favorite mediums, gouache paint, (with a little bit of mixed media on some aspects.)
I wasn’t too picky over the underwater creatures I choose, I mostly just wanted to include a wide range of species from deep sea, to rock pool, and incorporated that idea into the layout of the animals on the page. Looking back on it now, if I could change anything about this I would’ve carefully chosen animals so that it would’ve also of been in alphabetical order like a traditional encyclopedia is. Overall I am quite happy with how this experimental approach turned out, and in the end it went on display at the small exhibition we created at De Koffe Pot, in Hereford.
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.
I’m gonna be honest, weekly posts about this module would’ve been ideal, because almost every week we have created a new book or learnt a new technique. So to try and make up for it I’m giving a quick update on a handful of the completed books I’ve done so far.
This was the first book of the module, a basic pamphlet style book made from a collection of different papers. I then collaged and drew letters and managed to fit the entire alphabet in here twice because I used so many papers. The papers I used included origami paper, old bank envelopes, brown paper and envelopes, among other things, along with a piece of string to tie it all together with.
The second book of the module (I think) was this one. We were given the theme of “Journey”, so for this book I took a nice walk around the college grounds and took some photos of things that interested me. I also gathered things together like leaves and twigs and photocopied these things to collage together with my images.
I tried to explore the theme of “Journey” we were given, using the collected items and photos I had. After experimenting a bit with collage I created some dreamlike images by combining different elements of multiple photos. I really like how some of the collage aspects came out and thought it sort of reflected the way you would remember something; how it would become sort of jumbled and you would only remember specific things that had caught your eye at the time.
Celebrating Books, Libraries and Book Shops
For this particular book arts book we had to interview either a book shop seller or a librarian and either a classmate or a friend about books. I interviewed a librarian at Hereford Library pop up shop in the Town Hall and my old friend who I grew up with sharing a lot of the same books. I then picked out quotes and facts from these interviews to include in my zine and draw inspiration from.
For this book we had the theme “How to…” something. I decided to go with “How To be a Cat”. It originally started out as “How To Look After a Cat” but I thought the other title was more fun. We also had to have a very limited color pallet of only three colors, so I tried to use a simple style to work with the simplicity of the color pallet. Using basic shapes like this helped free myself up from getting preoccupied with the details and let me experiment more with the composition and balance of the images instead.
Continuing on from “Art Direction”, I had to find an article for Sophie to create an image for. (Link for her blog post here). I chose an article about keeping an article for relaxing in and enjoying at night (find it here). I chose this article because a lot of Sophie’s previous work included beautifully drawn plant life and thought she could have a bit of fun with this idea.
She came up with a couple of ideas and compositions for this article but the best idea from the ones she thought up was her sketch of putting the garden inside a jar, like you would with fairy lights or a terrarium. Below is her final illustration which I love. I wanted her to use a minimal color pallet because a lot of current contemporary editorial illustration uses that technique. At first I was unsure about the color choice but once printed it looks beautiful. I am very happy with the final piece.
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.