My work selection

This section is dedicated to the pieces that I am submitting for assessment to other academics. I have chosen exactly 12 of my best illustrations. Where I believe that my progress, skills, variety, and hard work are well represented.

The full process (from the first sketches and spider diagrams to the final piece) of creating every single one of these pieces is documented and explained in their separate category in this learning log.

The final 12 pieces:

The history of illustration #1
The history of illustration #2
Getting the gist #3
Say hello #4
Using reference #5
Choosing content #6
Client visuals #7
Making a mock-up #8
A poser #9
Museum posters #10
Educational strip #11
Seven days #12

Assignment 5: Seven days

Brief

The title is Seven days. These can be the seven days of the week or random days that tell a story. Your interpretation can be objective or subjective. You can produce seven separate, one large diagrammatic or a continuous strip illustration. You can decide on the media and methods you will use; the context – magazine, newspaper, book, brochure or poster; and the intended audience. You need to write yourself a brief that is clear and challenging but manageable“.

My brief:

“A psychologist expert in relationships and love wants you to create a poster that she will use digitally and fiscally to promote her couple therapy sessions. She wants you to represent the life that no married couple wants, where they are constantly fighting and trying to hide their problems by having kids or getting a new car. She wants you to title it “Don’t want to end up like this? You have creative liberty for the type of illustration you want to make, you can choose the colours, composition, …”


I started by creating a sketch of what I wanted my illustration to look like, having in mind the 7 days to represent the story:

Process of illustration:

Final illustration:

But I created different coloured backgrounds to choose from:

Adding the title and some details:

I overall really like this illustration. I think I made the 7 days really work to tell the story. I also enjoy that I made the word break bolder and in a different font, so it is more eye catching. I think that the seven illustrations work really well and actually do tell the story.


Conclusion:

I think this is such an interesting exercise, I really enjoyed how much liberty it gave me, I could write my own brief and represent the 7 days however I wanted. Even though that was a little bit challenging for me personally, because I am a really indecisive person so I had a hard time choosing how to represent the 7 days and what brief to write. But it is with exercise like this that I learn to organise my time and ideas. I am really happy with the final result, and I think it could work really well at promoting the therapist.

Exercise 35: Educational strip

Brief

“You have been asked to produce an illustrated strip of up to five frames for use in schools explaining to young teenagers how to cope with the onset of puberty.


To correctly achieve the result of this exercise I started doing some research about puberty in young boys and girls.

I found some helpful images:

I made a list of everything I could think of:

Changes during puberty:

Boys

  • Facial Hair
  • Body hair
  • Body Odour
  • Acne
  • Mood Swings
  • Voice-breaking

Girls

  • Periods
  • Facial and body hair
  • Breast Growth
  • Stretch marks
  • Body Odour
  • Acne
  • Mood Swings
  • Weight Gain

I decided to make a strip for girls who just got their perdió for the first time, due to the fact that I can relate to that more and represent in an accurate way.


I decided to creat an educational yet comforting stip titled: “you are not alone!”

This is an example of the process of illustration for every single image of the strip:


And here are the very first sketches of the final illustrations that I used:

Here is the video of the process of how the first initial sketches were done:

Final strip:

I am really happy with the final illustrations, and I really enjoy the font that I choose. And my favourite part is the first illustration (what could be the cover or main square of the strip), I really like how I placed the girl inside a period drop to represent how it takes over and you can feel overwhelmed and lost.

Furthermore, I think it is friendly yet sweet, to make the images feel more approachable. I like how I changed the background colours for each illustration, but sticking to the main colour (pink/red). I am also really happy with how the facial expressions of my character turned out.

Finally, I would like to make a brief disclaimer that I think everybody in our society needs to hear. This is a strip to bring awareness and educational information to a woman’s menstruation cycle and what we go through. But it is in no way shape or form agreeing or indicating that women are less capable than men to successfully deliver their work or that they should get paid less money for the same amount of work than a men does. It is also in no way shape or form indicating that if a women is feeling sad, angry, hungry, mad, or in pain is because of her period. And no one should make fun, generalize or use as an argument against women’s rights her period cycle and the psychological and physical effects that it causes.

I wanted to quickly make that statement because women being “emotionally unstable” is commonly used as one of the arguments as why they are differently viewed in the working department or discriminated in our society.


Conclusion:

I really enjoyed this exercise, I think it is a great idea! I would have loved to see something like this when I was younger. I feel like we should normalise what teenagers go through, in this particular case periods. I am really happy with eh final strip. I think it gets the educational value but also a emotional aspect. It shows the teenager girl that she is okay and that everything she is feeling is normal.

I also think that how women’s menstruation is perceived could be improved by having an educated conversation with young women and men about the psychological and physical effects that it can cause and how to properly address them in the casual and professional environment.

Finally, I would like to say that this is a very brought summary of how a period can affect women and every women is different. To actually do an accurate and affective educational strip to be given to young women and men I think that it should be more accurate and it should have more detailed information and way more text and explanation. But I created the strip that I found accurate as to what this exercise was asking me to do, and I am really happy with it.

Assignment 4: Magazine illustration

Brief

“A magazine wants an illustration on one of the following topics:”

  • Lost
  • Disaster
  • Discovery
  • Guilty Secret

“They want an illustration based on a still life. You have the freedom to select the items for the still life and are given creative free rein. The rest of the content, the method you use to produce it and the colours you use are all for you to decide.”


I decided to choose “Guilty secret”, and I started brainstorming some ideas.

The first sketches and ideas that came to my mind:

The 1st sketch was about someone who had the guilty pleasure of shopping too many shoes, as maybe a way to fill a void or simply because they love shoes and can’t have enough.

The 2nd one was about someone who had the guilty pleasure of watching bad romantic comedies, it could be that they acknowledge that these are bad movies but they simply bring comfort, or maybe takes their mind of their problems, or simply they find them funny or entertaining.

And the 3rd one was about someone who had the guilty pleasure of always caring a chocolate bar and eating through out the day. They are addicted to chocolate and couldn’t go a day without it.

Then I looked up some inspiration for the third sketch, which was the one I liked the most:

But when I was starting to develop this idea, I had in mind all of the other exercises that I did in this part 4 and hoe they made me realise the power of an image and how it can affect the viewer. Some of the exercises that made me realise this were: a children’s book cover (24), museum posters (23), and a menu card (25).

Therefore after careful consideration, I realised that I wasn’t really happy with the idea. Because I thought it could be a problematic illustration due to the fact that there are a lot of people dealing with body dysmorphia, anorexia, bulimia, e.t.c.

And this could be a triggering image due to the fact that the tittle would be “guilty pleasure”, as if someone was guilty for eating chocolate.

At the same time, this image would be adding to the social norms in our society of feeling guilty by not fitting into the “perfect lifestyle” or “perfect body” categories. Which I would never want to promote, even tough I think that eating large amounts of chocolate everyday isn’t healthy I would prefer to approach that making a poster about how adding healthier foods to your diet could benefit you internally.

So, therefore, I decided to change it to a different guilty pleasure. Because I didn’t quite like the other options I had sketched I decided to create a new one: smoking.

I also decided to create a visually impacting image by making the character in it be someone who you wouldn’t expect to be smoking. I was able to do this by using the skills I learned in exercise 28 (character development). So I decided to create a girly, youthful, innocent, colourful character; almost as a Disney princess.

My first sketch:

As I previously said, I decided to draw the girl very girly and innocent because I thought that this would have a nice contrast between the smoking and her, it would be more eye catching to people. And I decided to use colours that would represent her “girly”, innocent, and bubbly personality.

Illustrating process:

Final illustration:

Adding the tittle for the magazine:

I really like how this turned out, I love all the girly colours in contrast with the cigarette and the smoke. I also really like the letters I used and the fact that I wrote “your” in bold. I think this could work really well as a magazine cover. I also think it could be used as a illustration for an article on how to quite smoking, or being aware of this addiction and how it can affect you, or an article about how we idealise girls and how we can perceive smoking from the two different genders (this could be an article titled “good girls can be bad too”, I think it would be really eye catching).


Conclusion:

I enjoyed this exercise very much, I found it challenging but fun to do. I am really pleased with the final result, and I am happy that I changed my mind before actually developing the sketches. In this exercise I learned that reflection and thinking about your work in every possible scenario and through the eyes that it is seen is very important. In order to not get wrong interpretations or the wrong message across.

Exercise 34: Working for children

Brief:

“Collect as many examples of imagery for children as possible. Group the illustrations you’ve collected into the target age groups. Include at least one image for each age group”.

  • Pre-reader
  • Pre-school
  • Early-reader
  • Established reader
  • Older age groups

Pre-reader:

Pre-school:

Early reader:

Established reader:

Older age groups:


Brief#2

Take two of these age groups and, for each one, go through a process of brainstorming around at least one word chosen from this list:

  • Festival
  • Scary
  • Wild
  • Growing
  • Journey
  • Sad
  • Family
  • Discovery

I choose the age groups of: Pre-reader and Older age groups.


Brief#3

“Pick an animal appropriate for each age group and brainstorm to identify themes, images and ideas pertinent to your age groups”.

I decided to pick a little bear for the pre-reader age group, and a little mouse for the older age groups.


Pre-reader, “Scary” and a little bear:

Then I started to create a spider diagram:

I decided to create an illustration based on an irrational fear that little kids have at night: a monster hidden in their closet. And since we had to choose an animal I decided to choose little bear for this illustration.

Illustration process:

Final image:

I think that this image really gives the feeling that I wanted to represent: that desperate fear that we sometimes felt as kids. And I am pleased with the creepy monster that I created sticking out of the closet.

Older age groups, “Journey”, and mouse:

I started by also creating a spider diagram of what I wanted to create:

Then I decided to create an illustration of a mouse going on a journey but to make it more age appropriate, the destination is true self knowledge, knowing who you are and what you want to do. I thought that the concept of finding yourself was a good one to represent in this illustration because it is something that you Strat thinking about as you get older and I thought it was accurate for this age group.

Illustration process:

Final illustration:

I am pleased with how this image turned out, but now that I am looking back I think I would have liked a more mature version of the drawing. I feel like it still looks a bit childish.


Conlsuion:

I found this exercise quite challenging, because I had to incorporate the age group, animal, and word. But I tried my best, and I think it turned out okay. I would change some things if I repeated the exercise again. But I am quite happy with the results, specially the first illustration. I think it would make a good book cover for that age group.

Exercise 33: Packaging

Brief

Produce a series of illustrations for packaging to be used for a new range of organic biscuits for children. There are three varieties in the range Raisin, Choc Chip and Ginger biscuits. The client specifically wants three illustrations featuring extinct animals interacting in some fun way with a biscuit to be used on the boxes. The drawings should be in full colour, and the client would like the colours to reflect the ‘flavour’ of the biscuit.”


First I did some research of what I would like to give to my kids if I was a mother, because even though the kids are the one who eat it the parents are the ones who buy it therefore it also needs to be targeted towards them. It’s about the perfect balance.

The images that interested me:

Then I did some research about the extinct animals that I could use for this exercise. And after a long consideration I decided to use a mammoth, a resplendent Quetzal, and a white lion. Then I decided to start the process of illustrating each flavour. I also decided that the name of the company could be “The rookie cookies” because I thought it was playful and fun. Something kids would enjoy and gravitate towards.

Chocolate chip flavour:

I decided to use the mammoth for this flavour because its big and dark brown, and I thought that this could represent the chocolate chip cookie.

Reference picture

Illustration process:

Final illustration:

Then I added the packaging details:

I really liked how the first flavour came out, I think the animal and the colours go very well with the flavour of the cookies. I also really enjoy the font I choose because I think it would appeal to a younger audience and its clean yet fun design would appeal to their parents.

Apple crumble cookie flavour:

For this flavour I decided to use the bird the illustration because I thought since it was a green colour it would work well with it.

Reference picture

Illustration process:

The final illustration:

Adding the packaging details:

I enjoyed how this turned out and I really like how friendly I was able to make the bird, I think it targets well the audience. I also like the fact that green is the main colour, in different shades. I think that this helped people identify the flavour.

White chocolate chip cookie:

For this flavour I decided to use the white lion because it kept the theme going of the flavour having the same colour as the animal. And I thought that this consistency would help the brand show professionalism and dedication.

Reference picture

Illustration process:

The final illustration:

Adding the packaging details:

I think that this illustration really worked for this flavour. I like the soft pastels colours, I think it would be really to children and their parents.


Conclusion:

I enjoyed this exercise very much, I liked the fact that I got to make packaging for something that I would actually buy. But it was also challenging to think about all the possible audiences that could be clients with the correct packaging. I am really happy with the final result, and I enjoy how I made the cookie the bigger and main focus and then each animal underneath. I also really enjoy the different flavours I created and their colors.

The final three packagings:

Exercise 32: Text and image

Brief:

“Begin by taking each pair of words in turn from the list below and writing them in your own handwriting.”

  • Big Small
  • Fat Thin
  • Fast Slow
  • Fun Boring
  • Calm Mad

Now write each pair of opposites in a way that is descriptive – use the shape and size of the word and the relative position of the letters to express the meaning of the word. A fat ‘F’ may look different to a thin ‘F’. Write the words in both upper case and lower case.

“Turning to your computer software, scroll through the fonts and select one that suits your word. Reflect the qualities you were seeking to express when hand-drawing the word. Be conscious of the roundness or pointedness of a letter form. Note whether it’s serif or sans serif. It may help to type the word several times in different fonts and make a direct comparison between them.”

Then I did some research for the perfect word “Mad”:

I thought that this was the most accurate representation of the word mad because it really represents that emotion. I think it is because of the bright and intense colour, the pointy endings of the letters, the size and fact that they are in capital letters, and the way that they are unperfected as if they were drawn by hand.


Conclusion:

This was a brief but effective exercise because I learned how the type of font that you use can actually portray a feeling, emotion, or descriptive elements of the actual word or what it is being used to described for.

Exercise 31: Travel guides

Brief:

Your brief is to produce three illustrations for a series of books jackets, at the size of an existing travel guide, for the locations IstanbulHelsinki and Milan.

I was asked to write myself a brief:

“A travel agency wants you to create an illustration for the three cities that they are promoting for these Christmas holidays. They want you to create a clean yet eye catching image to represent the beauty of each city. They also want you to include a representative view, meaning something that is known in each city and the clients can look forward to seeing there.”


Then I started to do some research of each city to get an idea of their buildings, culture, and overall feeling:

Istanbul:

Helsinki:

Milan:


Then I started creating the illustration for each City:

ISTANBUL:

Illustration process:

I decided to create a contrast between the pitch black silhouette and the sunset behind it, I thought it looked magical and somewhere the clients will definitely want to visit.

Final illustration:

Travel guide for Istanbul:

I like how the letters match the colour palette of the illustration, colours which I choose thinking about the feeling that I wanted this image to give: magical, calm, timeless, soft, sentimental. That’s why I choose the pastel colors and the black colour for the powerful element. I also choose a letter font that matched the structural shapes of the building.

HELSINKI:

Illustration process:

Final illustration:

Travel guide for Helsinki:

For this illustration I decided to create a scenery that would be seen in winter due to the fact that the brief specified that it was a Christmas holiday. That’s why I decided to add the snow and I think it gives it a very fantasy related feeling. I also really like that I added the treats to frame the building and give it perspective and depth. And I also tried to create a contrast between the very bright and white surrounding and the strong colours of the building. I also enjoy the type of font that I used for the name of the city, I think it looks really classy and professional.

MILAN:

Illustration process:

Final illustration:

Travel guide for Milan:

For this last travel guide I decided to also use the technique I used in the first one: the black city and a gorgeous sky. But in this case I choose a river view of the city and used that to create a really pretty reflection on the water. I like the feeling that this represents which is a very magical, inviting, and enticing. It makes me want to go there and explore and get lost around the city. Furthermore, I like how the colors of this illustration work together and I think the letters of the tittle and its placement tie the whole ting together.


Conclusion:

I really enjoyed this exercise because even though of our current situation I got to look at some new cities and imagine that I was actually going to travel somewhere. But I also enjoyed it because I found it vey interesting to write my own brief and then follow it as if it was a client. I am happy with the end results of the three final illustrations, and I think I represented each city effectively and creatively.

The final travel guides:

Exercise 30: Editorial illustration

Brief#1

Buy a newspaper with a supplement and go through cutting out any article that contains an illustration. Notice the heading for each article and read the text that the illustration refers to. Make a mental note about the way the illustration relates to the text, how its ideas relate to the meaning of the piece, how it extends the content of the piece. Analyse the type of illustration – is it decorative, conceptual, informational? Does it use metaphor to convey an idea or does it have a narrative base? Is it representational, abstract or diagrammatic?


Due to covid reasons, I could not go outside and buy a fiscal newspaper how I would have liked to make this exercise. But I found the next best thing: digital newspaper: “ABC News”.

These are the posts that I found:

Every single news article that I found was accompanied by a photograph, I think that this is due to the fact that it was an online digital platform and they target audiences visually. There were a lot of videos as well, as you can see above two of the four articles I found include videos. Specifically, they are based and talk about what is going on in the video.

Furthermore, I could not find any illustrations that accompanied articles, they were all photographs and none contain any form of art.


Brief#2

Now imagine that you’ve have been commissioned by the paper to create an illustration. Your task is to provide a visual interpretation of one of the headings below:

  • How green is your food?
  • The best restaurant in town
  • Loves me, loves me not
  • Throwing your money away
  • The object of my desire
  • Finding your family history
  • An interview with Melvin Bragg
  • Paris, still the best place on earth

I decided to choose “Loves me, loves me not”.

Then, I read the article that I choose and analysed it. I highlighted the most important parts and focused on the overall meaning of the text and the title of course.

Afterwards, I knew I wanted to create an illustration that was simple, clean yet straight to the point. I also wanted it to feel vulnerable and approachable due to the fact that it is a sensible and personal subject for many people that may be going through heartbreak, a breakup, or someone mistreating them in a relationship.

The first sketch of my idea for the article:


Brief#3

“Make a list of words that describe the illustration you want to create. This should be as clear as the analysis you made of the illustrations in the newspaper or magazine and will help you decide how to proceed. Identify what the function of your image will be. Will it contain information, offer opinion, clarify or decorate the text?”

I had a clear idea of the image I wanted since I started brainstorming ideas, I wanted a big statement but in a corner letting the text occupy majority of the frame. And I wanted something emotional, so I decided to create an illustration of a woman crying and picking petals out of a flower. A famous “Does he/she love me, love not?” seen and concept represented in may movies.

The main words:

  • Approachable
  • Sentimental
  • Relatable
  • Simple
  • Helpful
  • Eye catching
  • Metaphorical

This is the video of the process fo creating the illustration:

This is the final image:

Adding the article:


Conclusion:

I am really proud of this exercise and I think that it helped me to create a specific illustration for a specific targeted audience. Looking at the final piece and reflecting on my work I would like to change the character to a male character because I think that this would help break stereotypes and make it more approachable for the male audience. But overall, I am happy with the final illustration and if I saw it in a newspaper/magazine I would pick it up.

Exercise 29: Your own work

I started this exercise by gathering all of my favourite illustrations that I have done during this course:

Then I decided to use this image to promote commercially in a product:

I think that this image could be used in a phone case, printed as a poster, or even to promote the watercolours I used. I am really proud of this drawing, I really enjoy the colour palette, the posture of the character, and how it is finished yet unfinished. I purposely left some black spaces and was a little messy in some areas to create this effect.


Conclusion:

This was a simple yet effective exercise, I had not tough about my pieces in a commercial way yet. And I found this very helpful to start thinking about the ways that I could get an income from my art. I also really enjoyed looking back at all of the exercises and choosing some of my favourite pieces.