Introductory Media! Portfolio and Business Cards

As part of our graduating module, we have been asked to produce some “introductory media”, which is basically promotional material. These include things like business cards, zines, postcards and whatever you can think of. There are many creative ways to produce work that can be used to self promote, and can include anything from posters and paper-craft figures to fortune cookies and personalized sweets.

For this module we were asked to produce five promotional materials of sorts, an illustrated CV and a portfolio. I have a digital portfolio/CV that I created on a website called, which you can view here. But I have also put this link in my about section of this blog. It was also suggested to us to produce a printed portfolio and CV as well, so I created a printed portfolio that was a little different. I decided to produce a small zine portfolio with my contact details on so I could hand out a preview of my work with all my contact details on it to people. I thought this was a good idea because in this day and age people aren’t as likely to carry around a portfolio folder with them, and personally I’m not a fan of putting my work in ugly plastic sleeves. Something such as a small zine I could easily keep a few on me for the right occasion, and I don’t always have to rely on technology to be able to present some of my work to people. Also something this simple and cheap to produce means I wont have to spend too much money reproducing them when I want to update my work.

Portfolio Zine Printout

Producing a high quality business card was a high priority for me. Over the years I myself have collected a bunch of different business cards which has been a great source of inspiration. I particularly love the thick layered card ones that has a layer of colored card wedged in the middle, but unfortunately I have a pretty tight budget so wont be able to produce something so fancy, but I will definitely keep that in mind down the line.

What I particularly liked from the cards that I have seen is the combination of using hand drawn typography and simple type. Personally I’m not a fan of using digital text with my work, but I’m also not particularly great at typography, so it took a bit of practice to get something that I liked the look of.

My first try of making some simple business cards were these:

I wanted to keep things simple and sort of elegant, and I used some ink textures from my sketchbook, where I was experimenting with India ink and a dry brush. I prefer to use a warm off-white colored paper when I produce prints, so I used that same idea for the card. I’m happy with how these look, but I was unsure if they reflected my current work well, so I made a new design that was more colorful and incorporated my use of lino-cut and digital color that I have recently been really getting into.

I thought it would be fun to have some stickers, (because honestly who docent love stickers), so I created three stickers to match this card. I took small parts of the larger illustration to make them, and used the same colors to match. (These images are square now, but the final stickers will be circles.)

I do have another version of the fire, but overall I think I prefer the one with the darker background. However I do love the simplicity of it. Here it is if you were wondering what it looked like:


Please check out my portfolio website at!


Sherlock Illustrations – Collographs

After the success of my collograph print I made at the print workshop with Charles Shearer I decided to go ahead and do the rest of my Sherlock illustrations using the same printing method. I tried to keep the two other illustrations in a similar style to the first one I did, creating a sort of abstract composition of key visuals influenced by the story.

On the day of printing I had a considerable amount of help from the print tech, Jess. She helped me try out various ways of printing my collograph prints. The first one of the two I decided to go with just black, so it would pair well with my first print from the previous workshop. This print illustration was based off the story of “The Musgrave Ritual.”


Jess had found some old typography reference sheets that I could try printing on, I was weary about it first because I thought the sheets were too nice for me to print on. Once we tried it out, I was still unsure at first if i had liked how it had turned out. Once I had gone for break and come back tho, I realized how interesting it looked. The strange typography peering through the image gave a strange mysterious, atmospheric feel to the illustration.


For my last print, which was based off the story of “The Man with the Crooked Lip”, Jess suggested we should go with a colour instead of black this time. I choose a blue, slightly more on the greener side, to reflect the water of the Thames the coat was thrown in.


Something was still missing from this image tho, so Jess suggested we try out a stencil. She printed the leftover ink onto a piece of card so I could cut out parts that I wanted to be black. The card was too thick in the end, so we used the small pieces I had cut out to print black onto the print. Of course I had to choose the small fiddly bits to print black details.


The effort was worth it in the end. Printing some details with black really gave the image more depth and character, plus it was a good learning experience for me.

Collections Exhibition: Private Viewing

The exhibition private viewing went rather smoothly, with no mishaps. Putting the exhibit up was pretty stress free too, everyone chipped in and helped get their work up ready, and make the place look presentable.

The exhibition room as we were setting up (photo borrowed from Tina Pearce)

I have three collograph prints on display, two A5 ones in one frame, and one A4 one in a frame by itself. I managed to make some handmade business cards to match my work the night before, creating some stamps for the social media logos and the design on the back. I also have my collection of brooches and decorative keys on display, to illustrate where the original ideas originated from in my work.

My work in the exhibition

I am quite happy with the final work I managed to create for this exhibit, my favorite print being the large one to the left. With this one I think I managed to get the ink consistency just right, the others have a bit too much, but in a way it makes them look kind of atmospheric. I will eventually improve my technique with practice, I am making a mental note to get myself in to the print room and create more work, even just to experiment.

Collections: Winged Keys and Final Plans

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.

Collections: Artist Research

HALLSANDS I.mike glanville:

Mike Glanville

“Alongside an earlier career in engineering, Mike has had a life long interest and involvement with graphic design, painting, printmaking and illustration, including work for South Hams District Council and the environmental organisation Common Ground. From 1997 to 2013 he ran Press Gang Printmakers the print workshop based at Salcombe Art Club. Based in South Devon Mike is mainly interested in developing a personal vision, with shoreline, Dartmoor and still life as principal motifs. His time is spent mostly with wood engraving. Collaborative work with the Poets and Painters group is becoming increasingly important to his work. In 2012 he designed and published a book: Poets, Painters and Printmakers showing the groups written and visual work to date.” Source.

What interested me in this artist is their beautiful printmaking work. What particularly drew me to Mike Glanville’s print work is his collographs. What I like about them is their range of textures, and that you can get a large amount of detail into them. I also like the atmosphere and feel you can only really get from this technique of printing, its sort of murky, yet still contains beautiful details.

Website here. 

Beyond Measure - Louise Lockhart | Illustration | Design | The Printed Peanut:

Louise Lockheart

“Louise has been drawing ever since she first held a pencil and she is so happy to be doing it for a living now she is a grown up. Based in a small town in England, she takes inspiration from the every day things around her, such as hand painted signs, food packaging and old toys. Her work is colourful, jolly and playful as well as being unusual. She creates her designs by drawing, printing, cutting and finding collage material and textures, then compiles them using a computer. Never one to follow current design trends, her work has a folk art aesthetic and a timeless feel.”

Clients include:
Heal’s, Mini Boden, Flow Magazine, Anthropologie, Chronicle Books, The Independent, Anorak Magazine, Positive News, Donna Wilson, Graniph, The Skinny, Design For Today, Cicada Books, Compendium Inc., Little Otsu and Hallmark Cards. Source.

I really love the colours and textures used in this artists work. I like the simple two colour (three if you count white) pallet used and the hand drawn feel to the work. The texture looks like the illustration was possibly printed, maybe using screen print or linocut. Another thing that drew me to Louise Lockhearts work is the simplicity of line and shape used and how effective it is in creating a fun illustration.

Website here.