Category Archives: illustrations
working on the D&AD Nissan competition. This is just a small sneak peak!
a while ago we were given a project which involved working with a documentary photography student to create a book of their photographs.
after lots of changes in design and messing about with the layout to fit the images in nicely we decided it would be nice to have something else within the book, so we decided to would create a few subtle illustrations which had to work well with the images. these didn’t end up taking too long to do and they ended up fitting really well with the photographs.
i sent my book off to a company called blurb and here is what i got back;
oatmeal linen hardcover
proline uncoated paper
inside image and illustration
double page image
oatmeal linen wrap
dust jacket front and back
i’m really pleased with the outcome of this book. the quality finish is what i’m pleased with most. i wasn’t expecting such a well made finished result. i’m happy with the layout as well and the quality of the prints on the paper. i’m considering adding something in to the back of the book but we will see how it goes!
another project i was given a few weeks ago was to create a poster, invite, banner and program (front & back cover) to the newport university graduate fashion show 2012. they were very specific with what they wanted, collage, british colours to tie in with the olympics and no cliches such as hangers and manikins.
eventually i decided to go for a very clean cut design because all though the process of making their clothing is very messy, their final pieces have to be done to perfection. i decided to follow this very neat and tidy idea but keep a modern style to it which would also display the standard of illustrative work of the 3rd years. we were given a few portfolios to flick through and a walk around the fashion department of the university. i got my ideas from the finished pieces, but obviously they wanted the british colours so i added that in eventually. here’s what i got for the poster;
i’ve been a little obsessed with this font lately and i’ve been using it with a lot of projects, it seems to fit with everything i’m doing at the moment, especially for this particular project.
program front cover;
program back cover;
i kept the program cover very simple, i used the same illustration on the front for 2 reasons. 1) because it was the best out of all of them and 2) because i wanted to keep a connection between them all with imagery rather than just using the same font on everything.
invitation front & back;
once again i’ve kept the illustration the same just positioned differently. i’ve used century gothic regular as the back font.
it’s all very simple because i personally believe an invitation is suppose to be a sneak preview of what to expect, with nice typography and a nice illustration i think this particular design works well.
i didn’t want the web banner to be interactive, i find them distracting and i’m usually put off clicking on them because so many of them are usually spam adverts. i’ve stayed with the same fonts with both logos, the logos definitely need to be shrunk down a little bit. but apart from that i’m happy with the final results for this project 🙂
So It’s coming up to the end of the project and I’m pretty much on the last finishing touches. I have finished illustrating all of the ships and they are now in place. Here’s the magazine;
This is one side of the magazine. This side is completely finished. Here’s the other side;
After finishing the illustration of HMS Pickle and putting it in to place I didn’t realise just how much white space would be left. I’d always planned to fit a compass on this side of the magazine but ended up scrapping the idea. Now I’ve decided to add it in again so I’m currently illustrating the final piece to fit in. Here it is so far;
This is no where near finished it’s pretty much just a rough outline. I don’t want it to be all neat and tidy like the illustrations on the other side of the magazine purely because HMS Pickle is no longer around, I want this to be quite rough to fit with the idea that Pickle no longer exists. The illustration of the boat I did is also quite rough and the colours are slightly faded and messy. Here’s the final ship illustration;
As you can see it’s not very detailed and the lines are very rough and scruffy. I think this works quite well and the compass will match too.
Another illustration I have done is of the Junk Boat. It has definitely been the hardest one so far. Junk ships don’t have much detail and tend to be very simple purely because they were used as either fishing vessels or merchant vessels, therefore they had not need to be fancy. Here’s how it turned out without any rigging;
It doesn’t look like there’s much to it but it was pretty difficult because of this reason. Here’s the boat with rigging;
I’m not sure which I prefer out of the two but this boat doesn’t seem to look as good as the others!