Urban Sketching – Cardiff Centre

My sketches from a sketch crawl in Cardiff City Centre focusing on the architecture of pubs.

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On Saturday the 20th I went to Cardiff City Centre in order to do some urban sketching. Most of my sketches from this sketch crawl are quick sketches as the weather wasn’t very nice. I decided that I wanted my sketches to link together from a shared theme so I chose to draw different pubs and bars from the city centre as most of these buildings have interesting architecture and they stand out from the other buildings.

I used a dip pen with ink for most of my sketches. For some sketches I decided to focus on just drawing the windows of some of the buildings and for others I quickly sketched the building itself. For the sketch of The Great Western pub I added the colour at home with watercolours as this was more convenient. I decided to use my tablet for the sketch of The Cambrian Tap, this was a more detailed sketch and I though it would be easier to use my tablet than my dip pen.

I think that all of these sketches are successful, they are not accurate but I think that they work well to portray some of the character of the different buildings. I especially think that using the dip pen works well as it requires you to be quite confident as the lines can’t be removed, I think that this helps to add an organic quality to the wonky lines and mistakes.

Mappa Mundi Project

A project where we had to create a metaphorical map that described something other than a place.

mappa mundi.jpgFor this project I decided to develop one of my previous ideas. I chose to use my idea of an ant hill replacing a brain with the ants carrying information all over the body as the basis for this project. I thought that this idea would work well as a metaphorical map as it could be seen as informative but at the same time the idea is quite playful. I started this project by drawing the head and shoulders with the ant hill and using watercolour and collage. I also tried drawing a basic human form with the ants running across it to try and communicate the idea of them carrying information to different parts of the body. However, my simplistic human form didn’t work quite well as I imagined the images to look more like traditional scientific diagrams of the body with the ants running about inside. I then decided to use diagrams from the 19th century as a base from my work which I then added the ants and in some cases colour to. This idea was party influenced by Kanitta Meechubet who uses similar imagery in her work. I thought this use of collage would also be helpful as this project was short and I wouldn’t have time to recreate similar images in such detail myself. I collected diagrams of different body parts ¬†and added the ants using pen and watercolour. I also added colour to some of the black and white images using gouache. I found one diagram that worked well for the head and another that worked well for the torso. I then combined them to form one image using Photoshop. I think that the final outcome is effective to communicate my idea as it looks like a scientific diagram but at the same time it is metaphorical because of the ants. If I had had more time I would have liked to have tried drawing the complex diagram of the different parts of the body myself. I think that the ants could also be made more clear so that they are more obvious but I quite like how they slowly reveal themselves and in turn the viewer slowly comes to understand the idea of the image.

Editorial Project – Fright Night

My final illustration and GIF for Fright Night an article by Graham Lawton from a New Science magazine.

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This illustration is for an article titled Fright Night by Graham Lawton from a New Science magazine. The article talked about how people like frightening themselves and why this is the case. I tried to illustrate this by creating a quirky haunted dolls house. I thought that this worked well with the article as it portrays the fun involved with being scared by a book or film and it works well to draw the reader in. I decided to explore materials again in this project by using a mixture of watercolour, collage and gouache paint to create this image. I think the collage really helps to give the image life and a sense of fun which is what I wanted to include in my work.

Editorial Illustration – Project 1

My final illustration for an Editorial Project where we had to select an article and produce an image for it.

final image.jpgThis Illustration is the final outcome for a project where we had to select an article from The New York Times Opinion Pages. The article I chose was titled Playing the Online Dating Game, in a Wheelchair, written by Emily Ladau. The article was about her experiences of online dating and it explained how she found people tended to focus on her disability and her wheelchair rather than focusing on her as a person. I illustrated this by using a wheelchair with a small doll on it to show that some people focus on her wheelchair and not on her. I chose to use a doll to represent the author as I think that it symbolises how some of the people treated her when they learnt about her disability, as some dismissed her and rejected her, not treating her with respect.

Children’s Book Brief – Improved Final Pages

The further development of my final page spreads for the Children’s Book Brief

In order to improve my work I decided to develop my final pages further. I needed to neaten up the hand written text in order for my pages to look more professional. I did this by writing the text again using a thinner, sharper conte pencil.

I also re-did one of my pages entirely, I kept the same composition and idea for the page but I made the background lighter in order to bring the focus to the foreground of the image. I also changed the colour of the brother and the boar to more purple based browns so that they fit ore with the other colours used in the image. I also developed my technique further by using more of the conte pencil to highlight certain parts of the page other than just the characters. I think that this helped to pull the whole page together and it added a little bit more detail to the image.

Children’s Book Brief – Final Colour Pages

The development of my two final colour page spreads and the cover for my illustrated book based on the story The Singing Bone.

After I had finished my dummy book I started my finished, full colour page spreads. Part of the brief was to do 2 finished colour page spreads as well as the finished cover in colour. I started by choosing 2 pages that I thought would contrast with each other and that would look interesting in colour. I then used a number of materials to add colour including watercolour, gouache, acrylic paint and a conte pencil.

I then used photoshop and indesign to add text to the cover and to the pages. I also added page and bleed lines to the images. The text is hand written, I decided to do this as I felt it would fit with the simple, rustic theme more. This also allowed me to simply emphasise words which add to the drama of the story. I also made a change to one of the pages in photoshop, I decided to move the character up the page as he was too close to the edge, I think this has made him easier to see.

To improve these pages I would change some things. I need to re-doo the text to make it more even and regular as at the moment it looks too rough. I would also experiment more with line and develop the paint and charcoal/conte pencil technique. I would use different thicknesses of line in my images and use line for other parts of the pictures and not just the characters as i think this would help me to bring my composition together as a whole. I would also make the background lighter in the image with the boar in order to emphasise what is going on in the foreground.

Children’s Book Brief – Colour Page Plan

A colour page plan for my illustrated book The Singing Bone based on The Grimm Brother’s story for the children’s book brief.

In order to demonstrate how my book would look in full colour I made a rougher, more vague version of my page plan. I used watercolours to roughly show what colours would be present on each page and where. I did this as it helps people to get a better feel for how the whole book would look, it also emphasises what is happening on each page and it helps the viewer to connect with the story more.