Final Major Project

For my FMP I produced seven illustrations for a graphic novel version of Mulan.  I love Mulan and Chinese art so I really enjoyed doing this project.  It was also nice just to do some pure illustration.


Creative Show

As the 3rd Year Graphic Designers it is our job to design all the posters, invitations and signage for the Creative Show.  We each made a poster and then everyone voted for the best.  The winning poster looks brilliant and everyone’s entry was really good, it was hard to choose between them.  My entry was not very good, partly due to the fact I hadn’t put much time into it and I’d has a bit of a mental block.  However, since the judging I have designed a new poster which I am quite pleased with.



So as you can see I decided to go with the idea of a brain for creativity, I also liked the idea of electricity so gave it a neon feel.  (I used my Wacom Tablet to draw the brain).  The brain is made up of seven colours each representing a different subject being exhibited.  The signage for each area would be written in its specific colour.

the final hurdle

well it’s been a while since i last wrote, i’ve been very busy working on my final major project. firstly though here are some pics.

this is my thames clipper project for the YCN brief, i designed four posters for each of the four services the clipper offers: express; cultural, from the tate modern to tate britain; O2, for gigs; and scenic.  the posters would be on the tube so that people had time to sit and read them and also realise that the clipper is a nicer alternative to where they are. i went for bright colours to grab attention and white silhouttes to keep it simple, also the posters can all fit together to make one long poster. the wavy line represents the thames so it fits together like the river bank.   i was pleased with my final outcome, i think it answers the brief and looks attractive.

this project was for the D&AD awards, though i didn’t enter as i wasn’t finished in time.  i chose the bodyshop brief.  i really enjoyed this project, the brief was to redesign bodyshop packaging bearing in mind the company’s ethical values and their 5 core aims: promote self esteem; protect the planet; fairtrade; no animal testing; and human rights. i decided to look at old apothecaries to get an old fashioned feel fitting nicely with the natural products and the idea of ethical packaging.  i decided to redesign the whole shop layout and dispense with plastic bottles entirely (though bodyshop’s bottles are recyclable).  in my redesign customers would come into the shop and chose a decorative bottle which they would then fill up with their desired product from a dispenser.  once they had they finished the bottle they could come back and fill it up again.  i designed labels for each product to go on the dispensers and labels for the bottles, each telling on of the 5 core aims as a little story.  i chose a circle to be in-keeping with the bodyshop logo and kept their distinctive shade of green so that they could be recognised.  i used my tablet to illustrate the labels in a hand drawn style.  i was pleased with the final outcome, i think my labels appeal to the right audience and are aethstetically pleasing. it was mentioned that perhaps they weren’t high-end enough but i think that with the current fashion being for ethical products that the labels do work.

lots of news!

Well I haven’t written in a while but I’ve been very busy with the YCN competition and the dreaded dissertation.

Firstly we got our marks back yesterday for the first two projects, the calendar design and stamp design, my results were pretty good, although they could have been a bit better! I am very pleased though as I won a prize in the Calendar Competition!  A certificate of merit.  Unfortunately I couldn’t attend the prize giving in London which is happening tonight, but i am very pleased as I can put this on my CV!

Here is a reminder of my entry.

So the new project I’m working on is the YCN competition and I have picked the brief based on the Thames Clipper, a boat which runs down the Thames from Greenwich to the London Eye.  The brief is to advertise the Clipper to several markets; tourists, commuters, people going to O2 Arena gigs and people visiting the Art Galleries.  I’ve been designing some posters to go on the Tube and in the stations round London.  I’ll put some pics up of this soon!

New Projects!

The stamp project finished last week and i was quite fed up of it by then! I had a lot of printing problems and wasn’t really happy with my final work, although I did like the stamps themselves, I will put some pics up of them soon. 

 We were formally briefed on the Creative Show Poster project last week.  Things to bear in mind, customers, leaflets, what and where, signage, college logo, size, economical.  I have had some thoughts on this project but am feeling a bit nervous after the talk we had with our tutors about the previous years work.

The second briefing was for another competition, YCN student awards.  I have only just had a look at this and there are about 10 options, I don’t like that much choice! I’ve narrowed it down to 3 but i’m still not decided so I’ll keep you posted!

Stamp Illustrations

These are my drawings after a bit more work, my tutor thought tey would look better if the models were more sketchy like real fashion illustrations so i redid the faces and changed the brush style.  i also put a bit more colour and detail into the clothes to make them stand out more.

Stamp Project

I haven’t put up any pics in a while so here are my preliminary illustrations for the stamp project.  They are done on my tablet in the same style as my other fashion illustrations.

These illustrations are all based on photographs from Alexander McQueen’s shows.  I really enjoyed doing them and these are the 6 I’ve chosen to appear on my stamps.  There is more work to come for them and the project is still ongoing.

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