Saturday, 27 April 2013

Forest Animals

Taking a break from FMP work with some cute animals and pretty patterns.  This is what my sketchbooks are full of all the time yet they never end up as finished illustrations.

Finalised Character Cards

Completed (?) character cards for my FMP.  It's fantastic having a tablet that works with my Mac; I had forgotten the freedom of being able to draw straight back into vector images to make them instantly more energetic.  The Queen and Sarastro card is my favourite, but I'm actually pretty pleased with the whole set.  Looking forward to seeing them printed off nice and big.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Palmer Hargreaves on display

Here are some photos of my winning competition entry on display in the reception of Palmer Hargreaves' offices.  Henry Billington, who was kind enough to offer us this opportunity, has featured my work along with the other two winners, Grace Sandford and Jenny Palmer, on his blog which you can visit here.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Repeat pattern

Pattern based on the character of Papageno in The Magic Flute.  Hoping to enter this into the Tigerprint competition but I might play around with the colours to make it more feminine as the brief is looking for something quite specific.

Colouring in!

This is literally the most fun thing I've drawn all year - think of the fun I'll have colouring it in!!  Part of my FMP activity book.  My favourite is the snail.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Character Cards - further development

Further work on my FMP character cards, trying to get the balance between texture, energetic line and my love of clean shapes just right.   I really like how this set of images is coming along and it feels good to have some more final pieces under my belt.

Dot to Dot

Part of my FMP involves a selection of illustrated games for children based on The Magic Flute.  This is one of them which has caused me a right headache since its conception way back in January, but I'm finally pleased with it.  I'm also entering this into Anorak magazine's games competition in the hope of winning a lifetime subscription to their magazine!  Even if I don't win, it's nice to have my work seen by the editor of one of my favourite illustrated mags.  Wish me luck!

Monday, 22 April 2013


The start of an exciting new development in my FMP work.  I really can't wait to get this idea off the ground and developed into a clever addition to my body of work.  This set of images has given me a new boost of confidence and enthusiasm which is exactly what I need so close to the deadline!  More of these and further development coming shortly.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

New Ticket Design

The front and back of a ticket design.  I'm not sure if they fully work together so I'll have to print one double-sided to see how the design works as a whole ticket.  The back is my favourite because scarab beetles are cool.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

I won something!

My piece for Palmer Hargreaves was selected to be displayed on the screen in their new reception area.  A massive thank you to Henry Billington and his creative director for choosing my work and for the fantastic opportunity.

Friday, 12 April 2013

CV and Business Card Designs

Preparing myself for a careers meeting on Monday morning.  Hopefully I'll get some useful advice on how to get a job and get paid!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Magic Flute Poster - further development

Here is the poster at the next stage - more tweaking of the triangles (I should have done those in Illustrator!), the addition of the other characters and the serpent, plus I've changed all the moons to be half moons to reinforce the balance/opposites/two-halves-make-a-whole theme.

I'd really love some feedback on this as I'm hoping to use it on the back of my business cards.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

The Magic Flute Poster - WIP

FMP poster at the half-way-ish stage.  There will be a character in each segment of the visible moon, with paired characters being opposite one another: Tamino and Pamina, Sarastro and the Queen, Papageno and Papagena.  This is to symbolise the theme of balance as well as giving an indication of what to expect from the actual plot of the opera.  The opera is set in Egypt hence the inclusion of the pyramid and eye, two common Egyptian symbols.  The pyramid also references the number three which is another recurring motif.  The general idea behind the image is to do with the triumph of the Sun over the Moon, (Sarastro vs. the Queen of the Night) with the Sun literally overtaking the Moon, yet the Moon's visibility reminds us of the equilibrium needed in life for peace.

Phew.  Sorry for the long description - I've worked hard to give this image intellectual strength as well as visual strength so I wanted to ensure that comes across.  For those unfamiliar with the opera it serves as a little introduction too!

I'm hoping to create some more pieces like this that will be examples of illustrative graphic design to include in my portfolio - I have been drawn to the idea of being an in-house graphic designer whilst also pursuing an illustration career after a lecture from our tutors about possible career routes.  I'm also in the process of creating business cards and a professional CV which I will take to a careers meeting some time in the following weeks.

Penguin and Puffin Entires

My finished entries for the Penguin Design Award.  I think book jackets may be a new career option for me...