Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Knot Magazine










I did a set of illustrations for a fashion journalism student from another uni back in March this year. I was asked to illustrate preppy 'Ivy League' university clothing (particularly knitwear clothing) and model them with my own characters.

I had fun with this little project on the side whilst I was doing my Final Major Project a few months back. The first 3 images are the final illustrations and the pictures after that are them in context of the magazine. It was something completely different to what I usually do, but it was worth trying out. 

More details about the magazine on: www.knotjournal.com (Creator/ founder of the magazine: Francesca Rose) Check it out!

Monday, 17 July 2017

New Graduate

Wow, never thought I would reach this point but I have finally graduated from the Arts University Bournemouth! I am now a proud owner of a bachelors degree in Illustration, with first class honours! 

(...and I know, long time no blog)



3 years of my degree finished and now I have to find my own ground in the world. They say it's an exciting time, but it's such a scary time for me as well; I have no idea what will happen. Even if it takes a few years to reach my dream job, for the moment, I hope to just keep making new art that excites and challenges me. 


Anyway, here's some recent (ish) work that I've made:



Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Thursday, 4 May 2017

New Website


I finally have my own website!  

I've only got a few selected pieces on there, but I hope to update it with more projects down the line.

Here's the link:

Finished Book











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...

City Development






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.

City Research







To inform my finals I took some photos of buildings in Portsmouth & Portsdown Hill. I thought that the overlooking view would help me gain an idea of perspective and scale. 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Making A Start On Finals



Just a tiny preview into some spreads- not so sure about the first double page of the beach scene (will leave it for now and improve later when I complete more spreads).

I've selected on a blue/ grey theme- adding hints of burgundy, yellow and brown for the turtle so that my main character stands out against the neutrals. 

Now to get more pages done!

Web Workshop





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?