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.
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!