Thursday, 17 June 2010

BIAD Graduation Degree Shows 2010

Photos from my degree show at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Gosta Green campus, Visual Communication: Illustration.

Great show and a great day and event on saturday midday, lots of family, friends and industry types, everyone's work looked very good and now we all go off into the big scary panda filled world!

Monday, 14 June 2010

Finishing Pages

Covers, title pages and copyright pages for the full 32 page Children's book 'A Dusted Fairytale', the title, hoping to show a different twist on a personal fairytale, which everyone can take something different from in their own way.

End Papers, Title Pages and Page Designs

Selection of images for the endpapers in the pages turning to birds and the title pages and page desings to at the end and start of the book, i really liked working on and designing the endpapers, especially designing little images and compositons to repeat and build in together to several different designs.

Girly Dreamy Images!

Over the series there is 9 full on collage composition images, and a few one off designs which fit into other pages of the book, eg. endpapers, title pages and starting and end pages, plus the title page.

Wonderland Fairytales

Three more finished images from my work so far, building towards a final product of a book, yet could also work in greetings cards and postcards and products etc.

Each image has a focal girl character in the composition, with wonderland building around her and creating magic, whimsy and wonder through the image. I really like drawing the stars and mirrors and hearts and creatures, its what i enjoy the most!

A Dustland Fairytale

Next in the series of images, done on A3 in pencil, then scanned in and manipulated on photoshop using the sharpening device and the layers and contrast of images to bring out the sepia tone.

A Dusted Fairytale

First two images from my new story 'A Dusted Fairytale'
An abstract children's book, with dreamlike images, mixed up with characters objects and settings. A girl is reading a book and shall falls into the story and experiences all the wonder and whimsy for herself, the drawings are like a collage of all different stream of consciousness images which i compose together into a final images, these ones much more free flowing than the previous.

My female inspirations

The 3 key illustrators and artists i have been looking at over the past 6 months are Nicoletta Ceccoli, Suzanne Woolcott and Anne Julie-Aubry. All of them draw girly dreamy characters very stylistic and specific to themselves, they concentrate on girl characters and seem to build a narrative around them. Ceccoli illustrates picture books and one of art pieces, her works are truly beautiful, i love and aspire to draw like them. I find her images different and disturbing yet magical and whimsical, they pull me in. Woolcott and Aubry focus on stationary girl figures, building objects and set ups around them, in different ways and narratives, they both do greetings cards as well.


Continuation of 6 images based on my own little world of drawings in a wonderland/fairytale ish narrative. These are quite tight and composed so i went on to draw some others which are not as restrained and more free flowing. I really like the little objects and how all the designs fit in together forming one big image!

Beginning of the Wonderland style images

First selection of Wonderland style images based on an idea of doing abstract narrative images, with different object,s sections and characters all in a collage together in my own style of work.