Drawing from Reference

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For this exercise we had to collect reference material from different sources and catalogue the images under given categories. I combined some Google searching with 2 books, Retro Graphics: A Visual Sourcebook to 100 Years of Graphic Design and The Fifties Source Book, and a visit to the North Wales 1950s museum. Some of my […]

Mood Board

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For this exercise we had to choose a word from the previous exercise and collect imagery stemming from our sketches. My search re-enforced the association of bright colours with ‘exotic’ and also brought to light the many interesting textures that exist, mainly from animal skins. I thought these textures provide opportunities for further exploration so […]

Turning Words into Pictures

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There are 2 sides of the brain: the left, a verbal and rational side tha deals in numbers and words, and the right, an intuitive side which works with patterns and ‘wholes’. This exercise is meant to engage the thinking strategies of the right side of the brain by drawing ideas rather than verbalising them. […]

Spider Diagrams

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This exercise required us to mindmap out all the words we could think of stemming from one word. We had 4 words: childhood, angry, seaside and festival. ‘Angry’ was probably, marginally, more difficult to work with and was also the one which Google provided fewest results for. There were some surprising suggestions via Google such […]

Writing a Brief

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For this exercise we had to identify a piece that we connected with in some way and write the brief that might have been given for it. I chose the piece ‘Wired Sound’ or ‘Wired for Sound’ depending on the source. This is a piece that Syd Brak created for the Athena Publishing group in […]

Assignment 1 – Saying Hello

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Woohoo! This brief is all about ME. Jokes aside, it’s really about my decision making process and getting me to think about how I make decisions. So I reckon I define myself largely through my interests, of which I have many. I picked some and started sketching out some thumbnails (see right). The final piece […]

Getting the Gist

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This is the second exercise in part one of the course. It involves choosing an editorial piece to illustrate, reading it, highlighting key wwords and/or phrases then extracting those words/phrases and reconstructing as a concept for an illustration. I chose a piece in the Guardian online about WikiLeaks. Here is my highlighted version of the […]

The History of Illustration

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This exercise involved looking back over illustrators from the past and comparing them to illustrators working now. It was really interesting to visit the work of published illustrators, especially those whose work appeared in books read as a child. It was particularly interesting that E H Shepard was disatisfied with his close association with the […]