This is the final assignment of the illustration course. The assignment gives us the opportunity to consolidate the understanding we have gained so far throughout the course and to reflect on the work we have enjoyed.
The title of the assignment is Seven days and the brief for this assignment is to firstly create our own brief. The brief must cover the title “Seven days” .This can be the seven days of the week or a random seven days that tell a story. We then have to produce a piece of work or seven separate pieces based around our brief. We can decide upon which media and methods we use and in which context.
I started working on my brief, I wanted a brief that would be challenging,fun and to fit into the way I enjoy working. I drew up some wordstorms to see if I could think of any ideas.
These ideas helped to develop the brief below.
You have been asked by a client to produce seven illustrations for the children’s mystery book, My week with the Gribbles. The book revolves around a boy named Harold who has been sent to spend a week with his estranged relatives (The Gribbles). The book is written as though Harold is writing a journal entry recounting the strange goings-on he witnesses with each member of the household . The Gribbles live in a large house on the edge of a village. They are strange and peculiar and each member seems to be hiding their own mysterious and horrible secret. The intended target audience is 9-13.
This short book will be the first part of a series. My week with the gribbles will focus on introducing the characters and locations through the protagonists journal entries.
The client would like each illustration designed on the following criteria -
Illustration 1, Mrs Gribble
This illustration will stand alongside the first days journal entry by Harold. Illustrate Mrs Gribble standing in front of a large open stone fireplace. Mrs Gribble is tall, thin and her face long. She has menacing eyes. She wears along dark dress. Her hair is unruly and parts like horns protruding from her head.
Illustration 2, Mr Gribble
This illustration will stand alongside the second days journal entry by Harold. Illustrate Mr Gribble angrily exiting from a dark room just off a cobbled hallway. Mr Gribble is short and round. He wears a dark suit and holds a cane. He has a bald head but his eyebrows more than make up for this.
Illustration 3, Cordelia Gribble
This illustration will stand alongside the third days journal entry by Harold. Illustrate Cordelia Gribble looking suspicious and standing outside the entrance of what looks like a secret hide out hidden amongst trees and foliage. Cordelia the daughter of Mr and Mrs Gribble. She wears a long jacket that reaches her feet and she often stands with her shoulders hunched forward. He hair is long and dark and she tends to look glum and miserable.
Illustration 4, Augustus Gribble
This illustration will stand alongside the fourth days journal entry by Harold. Illustrate Augustus Gribble standing at the bottom of a staircase, behind him we can see the door to the basement. Augustus is looking confused. Augustus is the son of Mr and Mrs Gribble. He is round looking and slightly overweight. He is wearing short dungarees and has spiked hair.
Illustration 5, The man in the hat
This illustration will stand alongside the fifth days journal entry by Harold. Illustrate The man in the hat stood waiting in a sitting area. He looks as if he has something serious on his mind. The man in the hat is an unusual man who acts as butler and chauffeur to the Gribbles. He is always seen wearing a top hat which is slightly too big for him and comes down over his eyebrows. He wears a shirt, tie and suit.
Illustration 6, The maid
This illustration will stand alongside the sixths days journal entry by Harold. Illustrate the maid leaving the kitchen and carrying a tray which holds a wine glass and decanter. She looks guilty and very shifty. She wears a Victorian maids uniform with hair piece. she is of medium build and has wispy hair.
Illustration 7, Magnus the cat
This illustration will stand alongside the seventh days journal entry by Harold. Illustrate Magnus sat in the doorway to the house. Magnus the cat is a large cheeky cat who strangely seems to understand more than he lets on. His fur is made up of browns and blacks.
The client would like all the characters to be illustrated in the same style and would like the imagery to have a dark mysterious stylistic look .The character must stand out from the background in the illustrations as they are the focus points of the journal entry’s. You are free to use any medium and you are to use colours which will be appropriate for the style. The illustrations are too be used on pages of a book size 7 x 10.
Since I had given myself a rather hefty brief I was left feeling a bit overwhelmed. I wasnt exactly sure where to start. The first thing that I did was to work through each of the seven illustrations, working on the character development and then on the backgrounds. I drew up some brief sketches and thumbnails, this helped me when working out the positioning of the characters and other object in the illustration. I was then able to produce a simple line visual for each from which I worked.
The man in the hat
Magnus the cat
Before I moved on I grouped the finished characters together to make sure they al worked well together and were of the same style.
Once I had worked out how the illustrations would look I then needed to work on the over all colour and finish. I experimented quite a bit before I settled on a finish which I felt suited the style in which the client wanted and also which suited the characters.
First of all I tried coloring the whole of the illustrations , below is an example of Mrs Gribble. I wasnt sure this worked well. It looked to busy.
Next I decided to completely remove the colour from just the background. Below is the example of Mrs gribble. I did like this but I felt that the background had no depth to it.
I added black in various places to see if this would give it the depth that I was looking for. Below is the example of Mrs Gribble. I was feeling a lot happier with it now but I still felt that there was something missing.
I started to add colour again this time sticking to just one single colour which I would use throughout all of the illustrations. I felt that this worked so much better as it made the illustration look complete.
The finished illustrations
The man in the hat
Magnus the cat
I have thoroughly enjoyed this final assignment.This assignment was the most challenging of all because I had to write myself a brief. This proved to be a lot harder than I expected and I spent days going through ideas untill I finally settled on one which I felt would test the skills I had learnt throughout the course. The brief that I set myself gave me the opportunity to work within a subject I was interested in and to also work in a medium I prefered. At the beginning of the course I stated that I hated working with images that involved people, figures and characters,this was because I didn’t feel comfortable with this area of illustration. I felt that this brief would give me the opportunity to push myself in a direction I would probably not usually venture given the choice. That is why I chose a brief with such a big part of it being character development. I was really happy with how my characters turned out, I especially like Mr and Mrs Gribble. The one character I was unsure with was the maid. There was something about her that I felt was missing in comparison to the other characters. I am still stumped at to what it is and because of this I left her unchanged. I figured that perhaps I had just looked at the characters far too much and was probably beginning to find fault where there possibly wasnt any. I am pleased with the final illustrations and I still feel that the red colour throughout worked far much better than different colours. It gave it continuity and brought the illustrations together just as I had wanted. I do not think that I would change anything with regards to how I approached the assignment.Iwould however change the maid character as I said earlier. On a whole I feel that I achieved everything that I wanted to.
This is my final piece which I will posting for this course on this blog. I will of course let you all know how I get on in the assessment. I am a little unsure of where I am going to go from here now. I was thinking that I could perhaps continue to the next illustration course, however I am unsure if I have the time at the moment as I have already struggled recently with trying to fit in this course and writing this learning blog which will accompany my work in the assessment. This is why I have not been on wordpress much and I apologize that I have not been able to check out people’s posts and comment as much as I us to. I am looking forward to being able to spend time catching up on all the posts I have missed from the people who I follow. I think that I would miss blogging if I didn’t continue anymore so perhaps I will set up a new blog with new work that I produce. I have loved being part of the blogging community and have spoken to some amazing and inspiring people. I have seen lots of incredible art work and photography, read wonderful stories and poems and with the support from everyone who follows and comments on my blog I have gained so much. I am so very grateful to all those that take the time to read my blog and comment, It has helped me so much so a big THANK YOU.
Collect imagery for the following target age groups.
- Pre-school (3-5)
- Early reader (5-7)
- Established reader (7-9)
- Older age groups
Take two of these age groups and produce wordstorms on the following words
Chose an animal appropriate for each group then produce an image where the animal is engaged in an activity that communicates the words.
I started off collecting imagery for the specified age groups above.
Pre- reader illustrations are full of simple, bright and colorful images that are familiar to toddlers. I noticed that pre reader books contain interesting things to touch and feel and will help toddlers to learn in a fun way. Pre- reader books are mostly made up of images rather than written word. Words are short and accompanied by an illustration.
Pre-school books contain colorful pictures, great for the beginner reader. The images attempt to encourage the children to learn by matching colours and shapes and written word with images. The imagery is fun, friendly and cheerful. I noticed that the images and themes tend to be around topics which the toddler is familiar with such as growing up, finding things, exploring whats in the area around them.
Early Reader (5-7)
The imagery for the early reader tends to be slighty more detailed. The images let the reader use their imagination.The images are still colourful but they contain more information with regards to where the characters live, how they live and what they wear etc.
Established reader 7-9
I found that some of the images here looked very similar in style to that of the early reader age group above. Again the images are much more detailed. I decided to do some research in to this age group and I found that fantasy stories are often introduced at this age range because the children can now grasp what is real and what is not. Often humour is used to explore themes which may revolve around mystery,suspense and horror.
Older age groups over 9
I found that the illustrations here were very different to the previous ones. In all the ones above the characters were either animals or cartoon characters. Here the illustrations are very life-like and portray the world as we see it. The colours are deeper and the imagery is far more serious and grown up.
I chose to work with the pre-school (3-5) age group and the established reader (7-9) age group. I have chosen to work with the word “growing” for the pre-school age group and the word “Discovery” for the established reader age group.
I started off by producing a wordstorm for each age group centered around the words I had chosen.
This has proved to be one of those exercises which I thought I would find easy but actually found very difficult and time-consuming. Due to this I have fell back on my work quite considerably and havent been back to word press for some time now. I have realised one major thing from this exercise and that is that I spend far too much time debating on what I am going to do. I tend to come up with an idea and then work on it so much that I end up hating it because it looks nothing like what I wanted to achieve. This often means I overcomplicate things. Unfortunately I have done this with this exercise. I tried to pull myself back but I couldn’t, so this resulted in me starting all over. Although this is only an exercise and not an assignment I felt it important to redo it as otherwise I would not have felt like I had given my best efforts. This was a bit of a pain but it’s certainly made me much more aware of my actions in the future.
The exercise asked us to produce a series of illustrations for packaging to be used on a new range organic biscuit’s for children. The varieties of these biscuits were Raisin,Choco chip and Ginger.We were to create three illustrations featuring extinct animals interacting in some way with the biscuit to be used on the boxes. The drawings were to be in full colour and the colours had to reflect the flavours of the biscuit. We were asked to produce thumbnails, visuals for two of the illustrations and a full mock-up for at least one.
I started off by exploring supermarket shelves, magazines and the internet to research other illustrations used on packaging which was aimed towards children.
Above: I like the colours in this design.The illustations are simple and fun.
Above: These illustrations are so simple yet they work so well together. I like how they are a part of a series.
Above: I am not overly keen on this design. It doesn’t look appealing. I do not think this would attract a child in the supermarket.
Above: I like the lettering on this design. Its bold and stands out.Its also very slick and easy to read.
Above: For an adults biscuit I would say this design is great but for children it doesn’t really work.
Above: The lettering here is great. I dislike the background illustration because it does not look fun. I do however like how the dinosaur shaped biscuits interact with the illustration.
Above: This is one of my favourite designs. Its colourful, fun, simple and eye-catching.
I gathered some illustrations and pictures of extinct animals which use to be my childhood favourite. I think children are often interested and fascinated by the dinosaurs and other animals that lived in this period. This was going to be my starting point.
Next I started coming up with some quick sketches of the ones I was likely to use in my illustration.
I was wondering how I was going to have the dinosaur interacting with the biscuits and how I was going to illustrate the biscuits. I felt that these biscuits would look like cookies. Was I going to take a photo of different flavoured cookies and insert the image into the illustration or was I going to illustrate them along with the rest of the illustration? This was something I needed to decide.
I thought about various ways of how the dinosaurs could interact with the cookies. They could be chasing them, searching for them, eating them, playing with them etc. I settled on the dinosaurs eating the cookies. I had produced a sketch earlier where I had drawn the cookies as if they were part of the land and I thought this could work well. I worked on some thumbnails to see how this idea would look.
The pterodactyl is perched on top of the cookies as if it’s almost like a table top rock. Its taking pieces from the pile of cookies in its beak. I like this idea.
The T Rex is chomping down on to the pile of cookies in the thumbnail above. I liked the thumbnail where the trees were present in the background. This would convey a sense of size of the dinosaur.
The Diplodocus towering above the cookies and biting pieces from the pile of cookies in the thumbnail above.
Sketches show how the colours would reflect the flavour of the biscuit.
- Blue/purple = Raisin
- Brown= Choco chip
- Orange/brown = Ginger
I liked how the illustrations were coming along. I started working on the mock-up. I chose the pterodactyl with the ginger cookies to work on. I began sketching the pterodactyl then coloring it roughly in felt pens.
I worked on an image of a pile of cookies taken from a photo then edited it so that it would fit in with the style of the pterodactyl.
I put these images together then sketched in a background to resemble a mountain scape.I coloured this using oranges and browns to fit in with the flavour of the cookie. I felt that there was a little too much orange going on so I adjusted the colours to make the pterodactyl stand out.
I altered the colour again this time limiting the colours. I realized that it looked rather boring though.
Next I needed to think about the text and typography. I put some ideas down in a wordstorm.
I liked Dino Bites. It was simple and relevent. I wasnt sure at this stage whether to go for handwritten typography or straight typography.
At this point I decided that I didn’t like the design at all anymore. I didn’t feel that the text worked well. I had gone off the colours and I disliked the scanned cookies. I also felt that the design was too overworked and wouldn’t appeal to a child. The only things I could think to do was to leave it and discuss how I would have done things differently or to actually redo the whole thing. I opted for redoing the design.
Things I wanted to keep in mind this time
- Keep it simple
- Keep it fun
- Do not overwork
- Illustrate the cookies
- Use straight font
With this in mind I started again and threw some simplified sketches together. I wanted the illustration to be quite childlike.
I decided to work on the Choco chip design with the Diplodocus. I took ideas from the sketches above then came up with a new design.
I felt the colors were a little dull so I altered the saturation levels then neatend the image and cropped it slightly.
Next I needed to add the text which was going to be straight typography.
The finished mock-up
The visuals for the raisin and ginger cookies.
As I said at the start I had a few problems with this exercise, well actually it wasnt really the exercise it was more about how I approached it. I am glad that I decided to redo the mock-up because I feel that it turned out really well. The new illustration was how I imagined it to look when I first started. I really need to learn to notice when I am overdoing things and making work far to complicated and overdone. This becomes such pain when it comes to time keeping. At one point I felt like giving in when it all went wrong but I am happy that I didnt.I will not be making this mistake ever again …..hopefully.
I think I have learnt the most about myself and how I work best in this exercise. This will be valuable to me in the future.
The brief for this exercise is to:
- Begin taking the following words from the list below and writing them in your own hand writing.
2. Write each of the opposites in a way that is descriptive, use the shape and size of the word to express the meaning of the word.
3. Scroll through the fonts on your computer and select one that suites your words.
The fonts above are the ones which I thought best suited the words which I had hand drawn. Some are better than others and some suit lower case over upper case. Some suit font that is sans-serif (without feet or curls) and others suit serif (with feet or curls)
The fonts which matched best are below.
I chose this font above for the word big because its bold,sturdy and reminds me of tower blocks.
The font above for small is simple. It’s a serif font but I like this as it adds a little extra.It looks a bit like a snail.
The serif font for the word fat is exactly what I would have pictured when I think of a text for the word fat. Its curvy and rounded and reminds me of lard or butter.
I struggled to find font exactly like the one I had hand drawn for the word thin. I am sure there is one but just not on my computer. This was the nearest that I found. It is however a thin font.Looks like match sticks.
The serif font above for the word fast is slanted slightly to the right .This gives the impression it is moving forward. I think the feet help to give the appearance of “fast”.
The font for the word slow seems a little stretched and the spacing between the letters is bigger than the other fonts.
The font for fun really gives the impression of fun. I like the patterns,curls and feet.It looks very similar to the one that I had hand drawn.
This font really does look boring. Its plain and very simple.
This is another font which I felt looked very similar to the one I had hand drawn. The serf font is easy on the eye and attractive.
This font for the word mad is great. The letters are all different shapes and sizes and the spacing is uneven. Its pretty whacky.
4. Take each word in the typeface you have selected then trace the typeface and use colour that best describes its meaning.
5. Use a mood board to explore the meaning of the words.
6. Draw your typed words freehand using a pencil and then render them in a way which is appropriate to their meaning.
I am not usually overly keen when working with fonts. It’s not something I really find interesting. Saying that though I have found this exercise a bit of an eye opener and I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It’s interesting to see how sans-serif differs from serif font and how this can change the feel of a word. This is something that I had never thought about before. Looking back at the exercise I wish that I had explored and experimented a little further, for instance making the word “thin” from real match sticks and making the word “fat” with real lard or butter. This is something to think about in future pieces of work which involve typography.
In this exercise we have been asked to produce a strip of up to 5 frames for use in a school leaflet explaining to young teenagers how to cope with the onset of puberty.We can decide on which aspect to tackle. The client would also like a single illustration of the character we decided to use so they can use this on the front cover.
Include thumbnails and client visuals.
I started looking on the internet for information about puberty in boys .
From this I have decided to concentrate on the following aspects
- Hair growth
- Body odour
- Growth spurts
- Mood swings
I decided that the character for this leaflet should be simple, colourful and uncomplicated. I wanted to create humour within the subject and I thought this would be best with a cartoon character.
I started drawing up some sketches and then exploring colors.
I liked these sketches. They were very simple but felt that they had the style I was looking for. I needed to work on these and add colour. I scanned them into Photoshop and then experimented with colours.
I wanted to arrange these so that they would fit nicely into a leaflet. I started sketching some thumbnails to help me decide how to organise these.
I wasnt sure how this exercise was going to develop but I think the final piece turned out a lot better than I expeced.At first I was concerned it would look too simple and tacky but I think the colours and the images work well together. If I was to do this again I think that it would be interesting to actually produce the leaflet to see if it works. I had intended on it to be folded as shown in the client visual but I am unsure whether this would work or not.
For this exercise we had to create an illustration for a paper. The task was to provide a visual interpretation for the heading “Throwing your money away“.
Firstly I collected a number of articles from newspapers which contained illustrations . I have posted an example of some of the illustrations below.
The illustrations that I collected from various papers are simple and not overcomplicated. I often find that I can work out what the article is about by just looking at the accompanying illustrations.
I started to think about the heading which I had to work with. I started off drawing up a spidergram to see if I could come up with some ideas.
I decided that a metaphorical illustration may be best . I thought about the idea of someone actually throwing the money away as a posed to an illustration where someone is for example spending a lot or in debt.
I wanted to keep the illustration simple. I always find that the best illustrations in newspapers tend to be simple, sometimes so simple that they are merely a few lines, stick figures or blocks of colour.
I thought about using the stick figure. I wasnt sure if this would be too simple though. I decided to give it a go to see how this would look.
I quite liked these ideas, especially the illustration of the figure literally throwing the money into the air as if he/she has all the money in the world.
I started working on this idea.
I started to add colour to the background as I felt the illustration was to plain.
I didn’t think that these colours worked very well. I added some clouds and ground to the illustration to see if this would give the illustration that extra something that it needed.
I kept looking at this illustration and thinking that the money looked as if it was now falling from the sky or raining from the clouds, this wasnt working. I cropped the image to see if this would help and then added some pound signs with the notes.
I still wasnt happy with it. Although I did like the background colour, and the pound signs emphasised the money notes. I went back to my original drawing and pulled together the things which I liked.
Admittedly I really struggled with this exercise. The one thing I tend to do is over complicate things or not realize when I am over working something. I wanted this illustration to be as simple as I could make it and this made me uncomfortable because I worry that when I simplify things that it never looks finished or that I dont feel like I have put enough into it. I found myself wanting to add things to the image just to give it something else but I realized that when I was going through this process that it didn’t work and it didn’t need it. This made me pull my reigns in and to keep the image as simple as possible. I am pleased with how it turned out and I feel that if I saw this image with a news article then I would know what the artical is about. I could have easily created a character throwing the money away instead of the stick figure but I felt that the illustration didn’t need that as the character wasnt the main focus of the illustration. I think it works well with the stick man , its simple and straight to the point.
I found this exercise quite daunting at first. We were asked to go through our earlier work from the course and to choose pieces with elements which we like most. We could choose sketches aswell as final pieces. We were then asked to choose a piece which would fit well in to an area of authorial practice and asked to produce the actual artefact from the choices made if possible.
Above: This is one of my favorite pieces that I have produced. I especially like the colours and the use of pen and ink. I could imagine this working on a greetings card or in a childs book.
Above: This was intentionally designed as a poster for Beamish. I like the colour against the grey background. Not sure I can see this working as anything else though. Possibly could be used on postcards in a gift shop.
Above: I found this image interesting and it was really fun to do. I like the white against the black. I can see this being used on a Halloween card or as part of a gothic design for a back drop of some sort.
Above: I really like this piece that I did. When thinking about how it coud fit into an area of authorial practice I find it quite a struggle. I think perhaps it could work as an image on a retro style bag. The image as whole wouldn’t really work but I think if I was to crop the image then it may do.
Above: My first real attempt at abstract art. It came from listening to a piece by Beethoven. I was really happy with this final piece. I could see this image being used as a print and in various colours. Maybe the image would work on something like a skateboard because it’s quite dramatic and edgy.
Above: Another abstract piece I did. This was one of the pieces I came up with before the final abstract piece. I really liked the free-flowing lines in this work. I could imagine this being used on skateboard too or perhaps a surf board.
Above: This was one of the first simple illustrations I did as part of an exercise. Although it isnt perfect, this is what I like about it. I like how its simple and fun. I could see this as part of a children’s illustration.
Above: This image wasnt the final piece but I like this one because of the colours and how it has an edgy feel about it. Some of my favourite pieces tend to be the ones I started off with. I am unsure in which area this would fit tho.Perhaps it would look right on a book cover,especially one of suspense and mystery.
Above: This was a character from a children’s book cover I created not long ago. I quite like the character in its own right. I can see this image being used on children’s clothes and bedding and children’s accessories.
Above: Part of the previous assignment I have just finished. I like this piece because it has a sinister quality about it. Maybe it would be used as part of an illustration in a ghost story .
The piece that I decided to try to produce a product from was the abstract art pieces. I liked them both. I looked through the internet for sites where you can design your own skateboards as this was the area where I thought this kind of design might work. I came across a couple of sites but they did not allow for the whole board to be covered in your custom design. Eventually I did find one that allowed for this. I uploaded my image to the site and then chose the board style and started tweaking the image. The images below show the two abstract designs being used on a skateboard template and skateboard wheel template. I decided to also try another of my favourite images which thought might work well here too on the second skateboard below.
This exercise gave me an insight into how many ways you can use and display your art work. I especially liked looking at various designs for skateboards and surfboards. I do not surf or skateboard myself but I found this interesting all the same. I think that the abstract art worked well but I was curious to see how one of my other designs would look on the skateboard template also . I also liked this one. As I was looking for sites where you could custom design your own skateboard I came across one where you could design the wheels. I thought this was pretty cool so I gave it a try. I was really happy with the outcome. I wish that I was able to see the final idea for real but the cost of the board and design was far to expensive unfortunately. I am pleased with how they look though. I the wheel is my favorite.