Editoral Illustration: Rich People Just Care Less.

We were given a editorial brief which involved choosing one of two articles, Is it ever OK to photograph strangers on a train? by Neil Frizzell for The Guardian or Rich People Just Care Less by Daniel Goleman, and then creating one fished illustration for the chosen article. We were told in our brief to consider the core idea and message of the article, how we would like the audience to respond to our illustration as well as what the actual illustration would look like. I choose to illustrate the Rich People article and below are the three images I presented in my critique. The main idea/message of the article was the rich people are insensitive to the feelings of people from lower classes and I choose to represent this idea using a traditional Victorian couple ignoring and walking away from a smaller being. I initially started with the idea of a Totem pole, with the rich people at the top and the poor people at the bottom, and then played around with the idea of using the see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil monkeys to represent the richer peoples unknown ignorance.

I used Victorians because I didn’t want to use a lot of detail in this piece and I thought that the use of Victorians would immediately be associated with wealth, but I was told in my critique that the use of Victorians was irrelevant to the article and to update the couple to a more modern one.
Below are my compositions and ideas for the more modern take on the article as well as the redone final pieces for the project.

Final Pieces

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Kaplan Calendar Live Brief.

We were given this live project as an opportunity for our work to be published in the Kaplan Calendar 2014 competition. The theme was Partnership and Collaboration and I decided to keep my work very simple with the use of shapes and hands. Our brief stated that the images should be upbeat, colourful and meaningful and that we should also avoid using outlines. So following those instructions, I began to cut out hands from different pieces of coloured paper and arrange them in different compositions, I then edited them on Photoshop, playing around with colour to see what worked best.

These are my two final images that I submitted to the Kaplan Calendar competition. To create them I photocopied one of my hand images a number of times then cut them out and arranged them on two different pieces of coloured paper in two compositions. The first one just simply shows hands raised together in the air while the second shows hands placed on top of each other representing teamwork, but I prefer the first image because I think the composition and colour works better.

First Year: The Snow Goose Theatre cut-outs.

These images are a continuation of The Snow Goose project and they are also from a first year sketchbook. As well as experimenting with silhouette style illustration, the aim of these images was to also experiment with layering and cut outs to create a theatre like effect within my own sketchbook. Each image is made of three pages from my sketchbook and consists of stage curtains in the foreground, to emphasise the theatre aspect, the main image in the middle and then the background and the last page, and by cutting into the two top layers I could create the layered effect. I really enjoyed working this way in the first year and would definitely like to explore this way of working more in my second year to create more interesting images.

Commonplace Book: Illustrating Nonsense by Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll and Roald Dahl.

For the commonplace book project, I really wanted to explore using colour in illustration and thought that illustrating nonsense poems would work very well with this. I looked at the works of Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll and Roald Dahl and made the following series of illustrations based upon their work, exploring both colour and different techniques. Some illustrations were done with just watercolours and watercolour pencils and no outline, others were created using and dip pen and ink, and I also experimented with drawing with bleach and quink ink.

Picture, Palette, Story Project.

Final Images

This was our first project for the second year and for it we had to create a series of six illustrations of either ‘Bliss’ by Catherine Mansfield, ‘The Hitchhiker’ by Roald Dahl or a story of our own inspired by both. We also had to choose a colour palette inspired by the work of David Hockney of Pablo Picasso. My illustrations are for a story of my own inspired by both ‘Bliss’ and ‘The Hitchhiker’ with a colour palette inspired by Picasso’s Blue Period. The story involves a woman becoming overwhelmed by a feeling of bliss within her so she removes her own heart and buries it. A pear tree then grows from the place where the heart was buried but a thief steals a single pear causing the tree and heart to both wither and die.

The illustrations consist of an quink ink wash background with gouache paint over the top for the main image and detailing. I also used bleach on top of the quink ink to create the light effect in the images. Below is the original image I used for the fifth illustration, depicting a vague figure reaching up to steal a pear from the tree. I agreed with the feedback from our critique that this image didn’t work as well as the others so I replaced it with the simpler image of the hand holding a pear creating a stronger consistency throughout the images.


Original Fifth Image