In our first week back we were given a small collaborative project to do with the blacksmiths. We were tasked to create some promotional illustrative work for a blacksmith in time for the Ferrous Festival happening soon. Each of us were paired up with a blacksmith based on our work and interests. The blacksmith I have been paired with is named Jordan Kachellek, you can find his Instagram here.
Some of the things Jordan finds interest in is science, 18th century medical instruments, figurative work, photography (light exposures), cats and music, especially live music. He is also inspired by the artist Max Ernst, especially his piece titled “The King Playing with the Queen.”
After some initial brainstorming I’ve come up with a loose idea of illustration Jordan’s tools alongside the tools he is inspired by, creating some sort of illustrated toolbox. I could also include other things in this “toolbox”, like illustrations of Jordan’s personal belongings and other things he finds inspiring. I think for now though I will focus on just the tools and keep it themed on just that.
My collection of brooches has sort of morphed in to keys. I was given a box of decorative keys and buttons and nick-nacks from a friend, and because I was starting to get a little bored of drawing my badges, I had a go at drawing the keys.
After a couple of sketches and doodles, and a chat with tutor and classmates about my work, the idea of combining some elements of my drawings together started to take form. Using my wings from my dragonfly brooch, and my sketches of keys, and some inspiration from Harry Potter, we came up with the idea of illustrating the winged keys from harry potter.
I had a go at drawing some of these keys using one of my favorite drawing mediums, dip pen and ink.
I think these sketches were quite successful, and am thinking about going on to do some prints of magic winged keys for my final exhibition piece. I think etching or collograph printing may work best for this work, so I can get in the fine detail on the wings and keys. I may also try out doing some using lino cuts too, just to see how they would look.
I have also made a small pinterest mood board for these keys which you can find here.
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. Things 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
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.