The last project at AUB finished! 3 years of my degree has now come to an end. Here's a peak at the printed and bound book. Overall I feel proud that I managed to get this done, but as always, can see the mistakes behind it.
Knowing that I won't have uni work to do anymore, I can't wait to start drawing for fun again. As much as I like turtles, I don't think I'll be drawing them for a while, though...
This part in my book took the longest for me to develop, and I found it really difficult to draw a city landscape. It took me numerous times on Photoshop before I decided on a final one (shown above). I couldn't quite grasp the right perspective- hence all those unfinished spreads!
With the 2 previous spreads before this scene, my illustrations seem rounded and soft, and when it came to doing the rough edges of the buildings I felt uncomfortable- maybe this translated through the work. But lesson learnt, either the urban setting isn't for me to draw, or I just need to practice with this environment.
Had an introduction into making a website using Weebly's free template. Just keeping to a simple and minimal theme I think just makes it easier to view the work. Having gathered some past and present work made me realize that I like working with a nautical/ exotic theme- maybe it could be something to expand on (or try something different to gain diversity in my work) in future projects?
Decided to do a mini experiment by making something 3 dimensional this time, as opposed to drawing something flat on a sketchbook page. The process of making the model took longer than expected as I had to layer up the paint to build up a good consistency overall. I like the limited colours and think I might continue with this colour scheme when it comes to drawing up my character.
After making the model I drew my character from different viewpoints just to get more of a feel of its shape. My next steps would be to put the turtle in different situations and continue making storyboards and dummy books; strengthening my narrative.
Visited the Oceanarium for some primary research- learnt some facts about turtles and gathered some photographs for reference material (it was tricky to draw on site as they were swimming quite a lot!). I learnt they can't retract their heads and legs inside their shell like tortoises so that's something to keep in mind for my narrative.