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?

Storyboards & Dummy Books

It's taken me a while to strain out the events that happen in my narrative- I've made several attempts at story-boarding, with accompanying mini dummy books. 

Although I find this process to be the most frustrating when producing a book, I just hope it translates better when I do the fun part- making the final spreads.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

3D Model

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. 

Bournemouth Oceanarium

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. 

Friday, 27 January 2017

Final Major Project (Initial Ideas)

It's happened- the Final Major! Here are just some initial ideas. I drew whatever came to mind and somehow turtles came into the picture...still need to properly storyboard a sequence. My intention for this last project is to complete (and write) a whole picture book and get it printed. 

The general backstory is that the turtle struggles to survive in the city- because of their slow nature, along with the fast paced urban life I thought would make an interesting contrast. 

An ironic slow start, but hopefully ideas will start to progress...

Monday, 19 December 2016

Feelin' Festive

Some personal sketches to get me in the festive mood...

Used watercolours, coloured pencils and digital painting on top as a quick experiment.
Not sure if I like the result, but I'll keep practicing with my materials.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Pre-Major Project Finals

A taster into some finals I managed to create...managed to do 10 in total, plus a rough cover.

Overall I felt I had more sketchbook and developmental work than Photoshop files/ final images but if I didn't do those in the beginning I don't think I would have reached this stage with my finals. Some improvements I could have made (looking back overall) would to perhaps refine my character and her purpose/ direction of being on the island a bit more intensely as I feel like there were a few gaps missing in the narrative.

I think towards the end of this project I stuck well to my theme of the sea/ islands (despite me going off track sometimes in the beginning). I think also not worrying about text in this instance made me more at ease and more comfortable with just working on an image- combining the two can be a long winding process!

But this now marks the end of my Pre-Major project (the 1st project done for 3rd year). Hoping to make more progress with my illustration work in the next upcoming Major Project. In particular though, I want to explore combining both traditional and digital next...

Friday, 25 November 2016

Progression of Finals

Been sprucing up more finals for my project- nearing towards the end of my first project in 3rd year!