I was recently asked to get involved with The Level Collective which is a community driven ethical clothing label. I was invited to submit a unique design to be selected for their opening range of Graphic tees. My design was shortlisted and I received excellent feedback from TLC however it didn't quite make the opening range.
Friday, 27 September 2013
Monday, 10 June 2013
|Standing infront of my work, very happy!|
|My boards at the University of Lincoln Illustration Degree Show|
|Final Major Project, The Snow Queen|
|Competitions and Professionalism|
|My brother Alastair and I|
|My Mum and I|
Friday the 31st of May was the opening night of my degree show. The University of Lincoln illustration degree show is running until the 14th June 10am-4pm (excluding Sundays) so come and have a look! Overall, I am happy with my work on display and very excited about perusing a career in illustration.
|Polar bear, snow flake Guard of the Snow Queen|
|Great porcupine, Snowflake Guard of the Snow Queen|
|Twisted Serpent, Snowflake Guard of the Snow Queen|
'For they were alive, and were the guards of the Snow Queen, and had the strangest shapes. Some were like great porcupines, others like twisted serpents with their heads stretching out, and some few were like little fat bears with their hair bristled; but all were dazzlingly white, and all were living snow-flakes.' The Snow Queen 1845 By Hans Christian Anderson
A series of three drawings based upon the above passage of text taken from Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen. I created this Guard of the Snow Queen series of illustrations using the mixed media of pencil and fineliner pen, marbled paper and Adobe Photoshop. After experimenting with paper marbling, I edited my favourite marbled pattern on Photoshop to create a symmetrical, Kaleidoscopic pattern to resemble the Northern lights above the Snow Queen's palace. These illustrations form part of my Final Major Project which was based on The Snow Queen. The target audience was sophisticated adults and the illustrations could possibly be used within a collectable edition of the book.
Saturday, 4 May 2013
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
This is my final book jacket for The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, created using black fine-liner pen and photoshop. The Big Sleep is set during the Great Depression. Within the novel bribes and murders are committed over money. These factors inspired the use of the dollar as the basis for the book jacket design. The rat symbolises the corrupt American society of the 1930's and its moral degradation, as well as the sinful, seedy backstreets of Los Angeles.
Sunday, 24 February 2013
A series of rough pencil drawings that I will combine into a final piece for my Final Major Project based upon Hans Christian Anderson's the Snow Queen aimed at an adult audience. The drawings illustrate lines from the text that describe how snowflakes charged at Gerda as she approached the Snow Queen's palace, taking the form of great porcupines, twisted serpents and fat bears with bristled hair.
Friday, 22 February 2013
Sunday, 13 January 2013
|Black fine-liner and fabric, edited on photoshop|
|First character design, based upon a hippopotamus|
|Character design full body portrait|
|Character design profile|
|Final layout for double-page spread|
Character design for an evil woman who wants to eat a child. The anthropomorphic character is based upon a hippopotamus. The pretty lace apron and dainty bonnet adds detail and thus creates an interesting character. Her feminine exquisite, charming style of dress is in direct contrast to her horrid personality; an ironic twist. The hanging, pulled teeth subtly hint at her cruel intentions. Overall, I feel the teeth and expression need to be toned done for the child target audience. Conveying a smiling hippo happily eating the paper chain will make for a more sophisticated, suitable image than an angry ravenous hippo.
|Pencil, black fine-liner and photoshop.|
|Mixed media pencil, black fine-liner and watercolour paint. Final edit on photoshop.|
|Mixed media pencil and black fine-liner edited on photoshop.|
This is the final editorial piece for my contemporary illustration unit. The brief was given in the form of an email; similar to one that might be received from an agent. The task was to create a cover for the supplement, How to Write a Book in 30 Days, within The Literary Review magazine.
The supplement describes a structured method for writing a book, aiming to encourage readers to become writers. Inspired by the step-by-step element of the supplement, I began to think about how one idea has the potential to evolve into a story, which can be signified through an acorn growing into a great oak tree. Putting my own spin on this idea, I transformed the trunk of the tree into a pencil. I am very happy with the hand-rendered text, something I have struggled with in the past, which adds interest and a playful element to the illustration. To improve this design I would add a subtle background colour to enhance the detail and remove the unnecessary black outline from the words in 30 days.