Degree Show Reflection

A short reflection of the third year illustration degree show.


For the third year’s degree show a ‘river of books’ was created. I think this table in the shape of a river worked really well to draw people into the space and to get them to interact with the work that was being displayed. I think that the shape of the river table also encouraged people to walk around the space and to explore it thoroughly. I especially liked the work that was at the start of the river, a book that contained templates that could be used to make models of some of the buildings from St Fagans, a Welsh Museum. I think this project was very engaging and it made you want to discover more about it. I think that the placing of the models drew you in to the exhibition and into the project as they were so intriguing. I also liked a concertina book that explored guilt eating. I think as the format of the book was different to all of the more traditional books it drew you in. I also think that the stuffed character drew the eye and made the viewer want to find out more about it. The third piece of work that caught my eye was a tapestry hung on the wall with other images hanging off the bottom. I think because this work was so different to everyone else’s it especially stood out and because of it containing many different images it invited you to come closer to try and figure out what was going on.

Seeing this show has given me some inspiration for my own second year show, especially the concertina book as this could be a format that I would like to explore in the future.

Open Brief – Roughs and Experimentation

The development of my book for the open brief project.

After doing some initial sketches of my main character and figuring out a timeline of events I created a rough storyboard. Some of the ideas for page layouts I thought could work quite well but other I thought needed improving.


Scan_300520182991_001Next I started by drawing out some of my favourite page layouts, I used ink and watercolour then scanned them and made changes or improved them in photoshop. Some of the backgrounds such as the bamboo background I drew using my tablet. There are multiple designs for some of the pages as I made changes to the background in order to improve them.


Creative Conscience – Final GIFs

The final GIFs that I have made for a campaign that encourages people to donate blood for the Creative Conscience project.

I made some improvements to my GIFs. I started by changing the text so that it stood out more and wasn’t overshadowed by the vampire character. I also changed one of my GIFs to make it more interesting.

cookie-gif-new-text-giffancy-a-pint-gif-gif-4dont-be-a-sucker-new-text-giffangtastic-new-text-gif-gifI think that the new text looks a lot better than the old, it stands out a lot more and I think that it is easier to read. I also think that enlarging different words makes it look more interesting and eye catching.

I also made a rough poster that could be part of the campaign. I made a landscape and a portrait version so that they could be used in different ways. I think that the poster works but maybe doesn’t relate to the idea of donating blood as well as the image of the vampire. I do think that it is an eye catching design and would be effective at attracting people’s attention.

I then photoshopped a series of images to show how my GIFs and my poster could be encountered in the real world and where they could be shown in order to get people’s attention and to get people to understand more about blood donation in order to convince them to do it.

fangtastic poster fbfangtastic advertfacebook adbus stop billboardbillboard 2I’ve created two different scenarios, a social media post and a bus stop billboard as these are places where a GIF could be shown and they are common places to advertise. Because of the shape of the GIF it would be difficult to show on a bus stop billboard however you could show two GIFs at once but this may make it too difficult to read and understand each GIF individually. I think that the GIF on the bus stop board with the black boarder looks better but it wastes a lot of space that could have been used.

I then decided to use a different billboard to show how the GIFs could be encountered in the real world, I chose one which suited the shape of the GIFs that I have made. I think this image looks a lot better as the GIFs fit properly in the billboard frames.

Blank Billboard Banner Media Light box Subway station with blurr

Creative Conscience – Development

Some more of my development work from this project.

In order to improve my GIFs I decided that the vampire character needed to stay in place in each GIF and not move about too much and to instead animate the text so that the GIFs were more consistent. I also knew that I needed to improve the quality of animation still as they needed to look more sophisticated. I also decided to make 4 GIFS as a set for the project.

cookie-gif-3For this Fancy a Bite? GIF I kept the vampire character in one place and improved the movement of his arm as in the previous version of this GIF his arm moved very awkwardly and clumsily. I also animated the text so that the text moves instead of the character. I think this format works a lot better as this is inly a short animation it needs to be consistent and easy to follow. I also think that this decision also puts a bit more emphasis on the text as thats what changes and not the character.

dont-be-a-sucker-blink-gifFor the Don’t be a sucker GIF I did the same thing as I did with the Fancy a bite one as the character only moves at the beginning of the GIF, its the text that moves and changes after the vampire has come into the GIF. I┬áthink this looks a lot better as again your attention is drawn more to the text. I also slowed the movement of his blinking and made him move from side to side a bit so that he isn’t too static. I also got rid of the flapping cape as I don’t think that it worked very well.

fancy-a-pint-gif-2-gifFor the fancy a pint GIF I changed the moment quite a lot. I made it more complicated as the character now lifts its glass and drinks out of it instead of just shaking the glass. I think that this made the GIF much more interesting and eye catching. I also made it so the arm with the pint remains visible for the entire GIF so that it doesn’t just disappear.

fangtasticI also animated one of my latest ideas. This is a very simple animation that doesn’t really contain much information about donating blood but I think that it is still a fun way of trying to get people to donate blood. I don’t think that this GIF is as effective as some of the others as the only animated aspects are the vampire’s eyes and mouth.

All of these GIFs need improving but I am happy with the animation on most of them. I think that the text on all of them needs to be made bolder or bigger in order for it to stand out more as I think that the vampire draws your attention away from it too much so you don’t really read whats there. I could possibly make some of the important words bigger so that they stand out or I could animate some individual words so that they attract even more attention. I think I also need to change the last GIF, the do something fangtastic one as it isn’t very eye catching because it doesn’t move as much as the others.

Creative Conscience – Developing GIFs

The development of the rough GIFs that I made for the Creative Conscience project.

To improve my GIFs I wanted to experiment with different background colours and textures. I also wanted to improve the movement of the character in my GIFs as its very rough and jerky. I want the movements to look more realistic but I still want the GIFs to be simple and quirky.

I started by using acrylic paints to create different backgrounds. I then scanned these in to see how they would look with my vampire character. I also experimented with changing the colour of the text so that it stands out against the different backgrounds. I also made a grey/white background on my tablet which is similar to the original red background. After making all of these different backgrounds I think that the original red one is the most effective as it is vibrant and eye-catching, it contrasts well with the text and the vampire character.

I then used the fancy a bite GIF to experiment with the movement of the vampire character. I changed his movements so that they are more sophisticated and realistic.

cookies-gif-2I think the movements can still be improved but I think that this GIF is a lot better than the previous one.

I also experimented with some new puns that could be used in the GIFs.

As my work has to be a campaign I think that creating three final GIFs would be a good idea. So far my favourite GIFs are the fancy a bite? GIF, the don’t be a sucker GIF and one of my newer ideas, do something fangtastic which I haven’t made into a GIF yet.

I then improved the animation for the don’t be a sucker GIF. There are some things I would like to improve about the movement still but I think it has improved.


Creative Conscience – Making GIFs

The development of one of my initial ideas, making some rough GIFs of some of my ideas.

I decided to experiment more with the idea of making an animation or a series of GIFs for the creative conscience brief.

I started by doing some quick storyboards of some ideas that could be turned into GIFs. The idea was for them to be simple and to convince people to give blood or just to get them thinking about it. I wanted to use the vampire character as I thought it would be a fun and quirky way of getting the information across.


I then did a couple of short story boards for an idea similar to the vampire one but using Frankenstein to teach about organ donation. I only did a couple of these as I realised that this could be an insensitive way of talking about organ donation and could be seen as offensive to people.

I then did some quick sketches using my tablet of what the vampire looks like, I then used these sketches to make images that could be used to make some rough GIFs of the story board ideas.

Creative Conscience - Sketch 3

I also drew the vampire using a brush ink pen and watercolours, however I don’t think this version looked as good as the digital one as the colours weren’t very bright and it didn’t stand out as much.

watercolour vampire.jpg

I then used these images to make a few rough GIFs, I say these are roughs as I made them mainly to refresh myself on making GIFs and to see how my ideas could potentially work.


I think that these GIFs work quite well, they are short and simple and they explain a bit about blood donation and what your donation can do. To improve them I will experiment with different backgrounds and font for the text. I will also experiment with how the vampire moves as its quite clunky at the moment but I think that this adds charm and humour to the GIFs. I could also try using these GIFs to make a longer animation that incorporates sound as I think this will make the GIFs more effective at capturing peoples attention.

Creative Conscience – Initial Ideas

My initial ideas for the Creative Conscience Brief.

After looking at existing campaigns I had formed some ideas. I started by sketching these out in my sketchbook, this then helped me to form other ideas.


One of my favourite ideas was to create an interactive leaflet or booklet that included pop ups of flaps. The idea is that the leaflet would look like the game operation but instead of removing the organs they acted as flaps that when lifted they reveal information about organ donation. I thought this idea would be a good way to get peoples attention and to physically involve them whilst they learn something. I made a quick mock up of the idea using paper and watercolours, I think it could work but I would need to experiment with media and processes to find the most suitable way of doing it.


My second favourite idea was to create an animation or series of GIFs that got people to register to give blood. Part of the idea was to teach people about the process and what their donations can do. The idea was to use a vampire character to do this as I thought that it could be funny and make the campaign a bit more fun and light hearted.

vampire idea.jpg

I also had the idea of making the leaflet / booklet in the shape of people and join them all together with red string or a red line to represent the blood that has been donated that connects them. However I don’t think this idea was very original or engaging enough.


We also did a sketching exercise as a group to help us realise what we want our campaign to do / change and how we are going to do it. We had to draw a series of images depicting how we wanted our campaign to make a change or what we wanted it to make people do e.g. make a donation, change a behaviour. We also had to draw how they would come across our campaign, for example, I drew a leaflet being pushed through a letterbox and a pile of them left in a doctors surgery. I found this exercise useful as it got us thinking about what we wanted to achieve through our campaigns and how we would want it to be seen in the real world.