Saturday, 27 April 2013
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
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
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
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.
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
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Friday, 12 April 2013
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
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
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.