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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



Urban Sketching – Reflection

A short reflection on what I have learnt and what I have enjoyed from the urban sketching project.

For the final week of the urban sketching project I went to the centre of Cardiff and did a couple more continuous line drawings. I decided to use the technique of sticking scraps of coloured paper in my sketchbook and then drawing on top of them using my pilot pen and my ink brush pen. I think this technique works to best out of all of the different techniques and media I have experimented with throughout this project.

Throughout this project I have experimented with a number of different techniques and materials, this has allowed me to develop my observational drawing skills and the way that I draw including drawing with an ink dip pen, charcoal, biro pen, water colour pencils and using techniques such as the continuous line technique.

I have enjoyed this project, I needed to do more observational drawing as part of my practice and this has been a fun way to allow me to do this. This project has also enabled me to develop my drawing skills and I feel I am now more confident at drawing from observation. This has also allowed me to incorporate drawing into final pieces or sketches which is something that I wanted to explore as I usually use a lot of collage within my work.

This project has also enabled me to sketch people from observation with more confidence. Before starting this project I was anxious of observing and drawing people on a train or out in a street but this project encouraged me to just go out and sketch people, focusing on capturing their body language in a more gestural way.

I  think that I will continue doing urban sketching when I can as I have enjoyed this experience and I think that the skills and techniques that I have learnt from drawing from observation and the different exercises we have been given can easily be incorporated into my practice.

Urban Sketching – Cardiff

Some more sketches of buildings in Cardiff, using the continuous line technique.

On the 6th and 7th of Feb I went back into the city centre to do some more urban sketching. On the 6th I decided to just do more of the continuous line drawings, I did two, one of the train station and one of some buildings along St Mary’s street.

I chose to do these as I think that they represent the theme of My Cardiff well as I go through the train station most days to get to uni and walk along St Mary’s street to get the train home. I also chose them as they have interesting architecture. I decided to stick with the continuous line technique which I think works well, however I would like to try and add some colour to these drawings in some way, possibly using my tablet.

On the 7th I decided to do some more continuous line drawing but I wanted to add colour so I got some scrap pieces of coloured paper and stuck them in my sketchbook so that I colour draw over them when I was out.

These two sketches are my favourite that I have done so far. I think that adding the coloured paper worked really well to make the images look more interesting and dynamic. I used the same continuous line technique and the same pens to do these sketches. I also used a bigger sketchbook so that i could make these images more detailed. I think that they work really well as urban sketches and that the coloured paper and the continuous line technique is something that I am going to experiment with further.

Urban Sketching – Cardiff Bay

Some sketches from a trip to Cardiff Bay.

On Thursday the 1st of Feb I went to Cardiff Bay to do some sketching. I decided to continue with the continuous line technique in order to develop it further. I only did a few sketches this time as it was freezing outside and very windy.

I used my pilot v ball pen again with my ink brush pen. For my last sketch I decided to try and add some depth and tone using watered down ink and a paint brush. I don’t think this worked very well as I think I painted too much in the image, I didn’t leave enough of the blank paper to contrast with the darker areas. I also found that some of the lines that I had drawn had ran because the ink is not waterproof.

Urban Sketching – Continuous Line Drawing

Some continuous line sketches drawn in Cardiff.

On Tuesday the 30th we were given another drawing exercise to do some quick continuous line sketches. This meant that we had to do some sketching using a pen and we were’t supposed to let the pen leave the page until the sketch was finished.

I went into the centre of Cardiff again for this exercise. I completed three sketches in the time that we were given.

I used the same media for all three sketches, a 0.7 pilot v ball pen to do the sketching and an ink brush pen to add darker areas for the windows and any shadows. I think that this technique worked really well, I enjoyed doing it as it allowed me to produce bold and confident sketches. I think this way of sketching allows you to capture the essence of a building without being too correct. I think that I will continue with this technique.

After this sketch crawl I redrew my last image of the windows above Natwest Bank using a waterproof ink so that I could add some watercolour to it.

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I don’t think the addition of colour improves this image, I also think that this may have been the wrong image to choose to add colour too as the colour on the building was quite pale and not very interesting.

Urban Sketching- City Centre Sketch Crawl

Some sketches that I did on a second, short sketch crawl in Cardiff city centre.

On Friday the 26th I went to the city centre again to do some more urban sketching. I only did a few sketches as I didn’t have much time but I chose to focus on drawing pubs again as there are many different ones in Cardiff with unique and interesting architecture .

I decided to experiment with different types of media on this sketch crawl. The first image that I did I used a charcoal pencil, I don’t think this technique was particularly successful as I don’t think its as bold as using a pen or ink. For my second sketch I used a biro pen, I think this worked slightly better than the charcoal but again I think the ink dip pen that I have been using is more successful. For my third drawing I used my ink dip pen and a small set of watercolours. I decided to add colour to this piece as the pub was very colourful and I wanted to portray that. I think that this image is the most successful out of the three.

I also did a digital sketch of a window of the Great Western Pub. I did this using my tablet. I don’t think this drawing is as successful as the dip ink pen drawings that I have done but I think that it is a good way to add colour to my drawings.