Illustrator Journal #14: Word Play Project

After a LONG long time, they’re finally finished and I’m quite pleased with the result. I had a hard time choosing between two different sets of the pieces, mostly because of lighting, but I decided on the darker ones since they’re more clarified.

Before I show, I probably should explain:

This was a college project where the class was given two words each and instructed to create a final piece based on our interpretations of those two words. Mine were “Effervescent Scale.” After a time spent researching and brainstorming (to myself), I had the notion to draw/paint people of a “rotund” size using bubble/circular shapes as their fatty deposits were vanishing in an effervescent manner. The bubbles draw from effervescence and overweight people is my interpretation and association with scale. It took me roughly a day for the two smaller pieces and another full day for the bigger piece. I saved the best for last and as much as I hope they look great as a set of artwork, that the main piece (in the middle) stands out from the others.

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I would also like to note, that even though I’m tippy-toeing around the weight subject, I do not care if any person of a certain size is offended by this. This is an art project and I merely made an interpretation of the criteria given to me. Regardless of that, I do enjoy taking in other people’s opinions/views on this kind of subject, comical or serious. I tend to be quite sensitive around touchy subjects and that’s just me being nice really, but sometimes I have to realise that someone is always going to be offended by SOMETHING I do and I can’t please everyone. I’ve decided that the priority for all my work, is personal satisfaction and then the aim to please others.

I hope you enjoy them and as always, I’m still learning, so any and all critique is gladly accepted.

Illustrator Journal #9: University Update

As of right now, I’ve applied for four Universities (all for illustration):

Coventry (Interview invite)
Worcester (Offered a place)
Derby (Interview Invite)
Bournemouth (Interview Invite)

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They way i’m tempted by Worcester because of its on-site facilities and accommodation, I may very well go there instead of my favourite choice, Coventry. I have a couple of weeks until my interview with Derby, so it gives me more time to boost the quality of my portfolio. You know that whole thing with writing essays? I don’t like them!

Illustrator Journal #7: Studying Art Movements

No particular illustration work today, since college has kept me preoccupied. I decided instead to pick up a couple of books and learn about art movements that came before the modern day. The reasoning is less about academic prowess and more about personal insight: I am curious, so I want to study. The two books are entitled:

“Concepts of Modern Art” by Nikos Stangos
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and

“New Media in Late 20th Century Art” by Michael Rush
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Both will help me gain some knowledge in the styles of art that came before me and perhaps give me some inspiration to my illustration work. So far I’m only partway through the first book and it’s going to take me a long time before I finish them both. From what I have read, it’s such a good resource (that I loaned from the library) and the more I read, the more intelligent I feel. There are some interesting illustrations that go in the back of Concepts of Modern Art to compliment the essays and their contents. As much as I was sceptical about picking up an arts book, I find that it’s thoroughly enjoyable to read, if at best daunting with the vocabulary.

IW: College Illustrations WIP

Just a quick post today, showing you something a little quirkier. These are a couple of pages from my college sketchbook and the inspiration behind them is Alice In Wonderland.

Like I said, the inspiration is Alice In Wonderland, so I’ve taken everyday objects and buildings from the street and distorted/twisted them to fit my own wacky imagination. They’re WIPs, so there is plenty more details to be added before it’s complete. Twists and spherical shapes, as well as onomatopoeia, are quite common themes with my style here and it’s B&W so I have played to my strength with the depth of shading. The next step is just filling the whole spaces, then refining all the details and adding extras.

I’ll show the finished result in a later post.