The first thing I do with any new project is to create a pinterest board, or basically a mood board, of things that might visually relate to the project. I find pinterest a very useful tool for this, but the biggest downside to using an image gathering site like this is that images are sometimes not sourced properly. So sometimes I will find some art I really like, but will have no idea who made it. (On the upside tho, a reverse image search on google usually does the trick.)
You can find my pinterest board for this module here.
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.