A Summary of Illustration Application Module

During the Illustration Application module I have produced 6 illustrations for varying medias and using varying mediums. I tried to keep in mind both the tone and themes of the articles in question to create both an interesting and, where applicable, contemporary illustration that highlighted a key section of the articles text.

“Just so much, and no more”

In the 1st article, the theme that I drew on was the idea that although the earth and economics are competing, economy seems to have the advantage. I feel that by having the personification of economy resting his feet on the earth, I have managed to get this across. This conflict between the two has also been highlighted through the use of contrasting colours (blue and orange ink). (original post x x)

“Absolution comes on a Wing and a Prayer”

As the 2nd article was about birds in Dakar, I decided that by giving the illustration an ethic feel though use of pattern, I could give an idea of where the article was set through the illustration. The use of simplified shapes, particularly in the feathers and hands, has been effective and has lent itself to the screen-printing process I have used to produce the final image. Although the colour has misprinted slightly I feel this has given an added effect to the feathers, particularly the 3 below the head. (original posts x x x)

“Did Humans kill off the Hobbits?”

The 3rd article was set by my peer as part of an Art Direction task. He told me that I should focus on characters as that was a strength of mine and thought this article would lend itself to this. As it was an internet article, not for a newspaper or magazine, I thought I would keep the illustration light-hearted and not too serious. By using a fairly cartoon like style I think I have managed this. Again I have used contrasting colours to highlight the conflict in the article and drawn from a key section of the text to represent with the image. (original posts x x)

“To Kill a Mocking Bird”

After the articles, we were tasked with creating penguin book covers. The first book was “To Kill a Mocking Bird” by Harper Lee. Looking at existing covers for this, I decided to stay away from images of birds and focus on the themes of the book instead. The key theme I focused on was the idea of the black man being found guilty and sentenced to death. I have used a limited colour palette and contrasting, complimentary colours to highlight conflict. The imperfections created by screen-printing have added to the piece, especially in the rope of the noose making a silhouette appear slightly 3-dimensional. I used orange for the background in reference to the classic penguin book covers that used orange and white. (original posts x x)

“The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole: Aged 13 3/4”

The second book was “The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole: Aged 13 3/4” by Sue Townsend. I didn’t know a lot about this book but after researching it and other diary based book decided on the idea of having the cover look like a journal page. I achieved this by using notebook pages roughly torn and used handwriting for the text. I included some small illustrations in a somewhat childlike style as if doodled by Adrian; I highlighted 2 parts of the book in these, Adrian actually writing his diary and him being in love, a key theme in the book. The ink splatters are effective in the diary aesthetic but became too smudged in the blotting process. (original posts x x)

“Herefordshire Libraries Book Festival Brochure”

The final illustration was a cover for the Herefordshire Libraries Book Festival brochure. I decided i would focus on the the idea of books more than Hereford as i felt this would play to my strengths and would therefore be more successful. I chose to do a dragon as fantasy is a popular children’s book genre as well as mine. The dragons scales are individually cut out of paper and are supposed to represent books. I wanted to keep the background simple to keep the focus on the foreground imagery. I decided to use a page of a book to stay with the book theme. After trying various pages, I settled on “Tigger is unbounced” a story from “A world of Winnie-the-Pooh” as the layout of the text worked well with the imagery and it made sense to use a children book as a background for a brochure uses imagery aimed at children. (original posts x x)


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