After seeing all the print work that other students had put into the exhibition, I thought I would have a try at producing some lino cut prints. Due to the aesthetic created by lino cutting, I decided that I would use medieval style imagery of my characters, Spoon Knight and Knife Dragon, which also fits with the theme of knights.
The designs are based on medieval imagery of knights and dragons. The shapes used are relatively simple due to the forms having to be carved out of wood or, in this case, lino.
Due to other projects, I haven’t had the time to properly print with these lino cuts yet, however I have done a practice print using watered down acrylic paint.
The result hasn’t been unsuccessful. The acrylic being slightly thinner than normal has left some interesting textures, although I think using more professional equipment I will be able to get more definition and more of the detail will be visible.
The exhibition was successfully hung and organised. The poster was created from a group drawing that we did and was edited in Photoshop by Nicholas.
My spoon collection was hung using a display rack from that Nicholas found in his under-stairs cupboard; I selected the best ones from the collection (rejecting only 4 as they didn’t fit into the display well) and used some tape just to secure them in to prevent theft.
My print was displayed in a large frame leaving a size-able border around the image, giving it a professional feel.
My zine was placed in what appears to be an old magazine rack along with 2 zines by another student.
I feel like my work worked well in the exhibition and gave off a suitable professional vibe.
I have decided on some hopefully humorous and lighthearted text that I feel helps to explain my the images but not to bore the reader with finite details.
princess page for zine
I have also decided on a order for my images and how they will be arranged in a book format; including which will be the cover, back cover and inside cover.
I have used a scan of my early sketchbook drawings of my collection for the inside cover. I feel that this helps to keep the whole project tied into together and help to particularly keep the theme of spoons clear as it is possible that it has been lost slightly in the character design part of it.
The book will be printed as a pamphlet and will be sewn together at the fold.
original summer sun
sketches and toon knight
A collection of additional drawings of spoon knight that were either changed or not used in the final zine, mostly because they were experiments in using different styles.
I decided that I would use some of the illustrations from my zine to create an A3 print to hang in the exhibition.
I have created it in the style of an comic book title page as I think that a comic would probably be the fitting media for my character, and it shows my illustration and character in context.
Using designs and ideas from my sketchbook and other ideas I have had, below is my final images for my zine for the collections exhibition.
I have yet to decide on the final text for each page and on the final layout.
I have decided that I would like my zine to be in the style of an artbook, showing my character in varying poses and positions; as well as additional characters and scenarios.
I want to keep the overall feel of the zine lighthearted and humorous as well.
Secondary character and antagonist for my collections project.
The great (butter) knife dragon is one of the antagonists of the cutlery kingdom. His tail is designed after a butter knife and despite having a threatening look and western villain eye-brows, he’s generally quite silly, not unlike Spoon Knight himself.
Secondary character for my collections project.
princess page for zine
Princess Cuillere is the princess of the cutlery kingdom, and friend of Spoon Knight.
Her dress features a spoon print along the bottom edge and a spoon shaped cut out in the back. She sometimes wears spoon earrings.
I have begun to think about putting some action behind my character
Some of them have begun to hold the lightheartedness that I would like to feature in future content.
A somewhat finalised version of spoon knight coloured digitally using skills learn in the Photoshop workshop a week or 2 ago.
I prefer this design with the longer, thinner legs to the previous version with shorter legs, as this version has become more of my design than a concept from “Shovel Knight”.