Monday, 10 June 2013

Degree Show!

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. 

Gerda's journey to find Kay, The Snow Queen

A pictorial map of Gerda's Journey to find Kay in The Snow Queen. Anderson's The Snow Queen is split into seven separate stories and consequently I chose an image to represent each story and thus Gerda's long journey to Kay. The colours used represent the Northern lights which were the backdrop to Gerda's journey. The circular form of the illustration eludes to both the cycle of the story and life. Gerda and Kay leave home as children and return finally as adults. This pictorial map was my last illustration for my Final Major Project. The target audience was sophisticated adults and it could be used within a collectable edition of The Snow Queen. Mixed media pencil, fineliner, white pen and Adobe Photoshop.

'For they were alive...all were living snow-flakes.'

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.