|Black fine-liner and fabric, edited on photoshop|
Sunday, 13 January 2013
|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.