Illustration Application: A Summery

I think I have learnt a lot through out this module, and explored a variety of different styles and techniques in the process of creating completed illustrations for small briefs. I’ve improved upon my technical skills, as well as organisational skills. I have written more in depth blogs about each of these illustrations that I will link below.

Art Direction Editorial Illustration

We teamed up in pairs and found articles for each other to illustrate, and took the role of art director for each other. Read about how my work turned out here, and how i directed my partners work here. (Her side of the story is here, and here.)

NC500 Editorial Illustration

Given an article about North Coast 500, Scotland’s answer to the USA’s route 66, and had to create an illustration for said article. Read about this here.

Library Pamphlet Cover

Pamphlet cover illustration for Herefordshire Libraries.Read about this here.

Editorial Illustration: Birds and Superstition

Nicholas Stevenson visited us and set us a small editorial brief, with him as acting art director. Read about this here.

Penguin To Kill a Mocking Bird Book Cover

Illustrated book cover for penguin book publishers competition brief. Read about this here.

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Book Cover: To Kill A Mockingbird

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.

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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.

Art Directing

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.

 

Art Direction

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.

 

North Coast 500

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.

 

 

 

Editorial Experiment

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.

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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.

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