I needed to draw a transitory image between my university essay, university work and the realisation that my week off in Switzerland was a brief moment of joy. I therefore wanted to draw an animal and, going through a tumblr page called jaws and claws, saw this striking pose by a lioness which I felt compelled to draw. This drawing is very loose as I just wanted to let the lines flow and I quite like this rough and ready lioness, there is a certain rawness which is animalistic and maybe I should try and be less calculating in each mark in the future.

I redid my earlier Ibex attempt, focusing on the head as it was far more interesting and seemed more proportionally in balance. I changed the chain, from the eyebrow to the ear, to the ear to the horn so it became a bit wider visually and wasn’t as cramped together. I gave the neck some fur so it is a bit sleeker and curved, giving the neck some artistic quality to it. I prefer it like this and, not everything has to be a full body I suppose, although it is a fun challenge to attempt.

I’ve been so busy as of late doing my essay I haven’t had time to do anything so I took the bank holiday off today to make another anarcimal. I don’t know if I really like this one but i am trying to reduce the form so its not as convoluted. This Ibex was quite simple but I have always found the body of a deer to be quite difficult to do proportionally and I am quite pleased at the scale of this animal, even if the legs are slightly beefed up.


Gender stereotypes are limiting our sons and our daughters

Patriarchal notions of manhood don’t just harm women, they hurt men. Toxic definitions of masculinity lead to well-documented problems like high rates of gun violence, suicide and sexual violence. That’s why organizations like the Representation Project are committed to advancing the discussion about how gender limits the freedoms of both women and men. They recognize that society’s gender ideals aren’t only damaging for women; they’re universally harmful.

Their latest video examines how stereotypes constrain all people from the moment they are born.

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These gifs are brilliant and really shows gender conformities in both men and women, usually only getting the female perspective. I really like the use of grey and the anonymity that the people possess which helps create a global feel to it.

(Reblogged from bringmetheariz0na)

I am currently skiing in Switzerland and while the scenery is beyond description, (visual, really) I really love overhearing other peoples lives on the lifts. These 5-15 minute insights into other people really make you leave your own perspective and hopefully this will help with my illustration to empathise with different people and their stories more.

I was shown the work of Sue Coe by my tutor as there is a strong relevance to my work and she has also been highly successful in what she does. Sue is an english illustrator who has moved more into the field of fine art but started as an illustrator and was successful at what she did. Her love of animals is evident but the portrayal speaks to me in that macabre way as the worst parts are emphasised so that they can be stopped, much in the same way as my elephant book.

Her style is also quite similar to mine, with a restrained or non existent colour palette but a strong use of tone to convey empathy and warmth for the animals. In the bottom picture the affection that is created by the beautifully drawn eye of the calf is so strong yet lacks any colour and this is something i try and capture with my marks. Saying that, the restrained use of colour does add a quality to the drawings. The colour highlights the key parts and adds some depth to the drawing so maybe i should continue trying with colour but keep it a muted shade to help make my marks the most important part of my drawings.

This is the final outcome for my ivory trade project for my creative conscience competition. Now it is all put together I am not too sure wether the colours are too vibrant and if it takes away from the gravity of the situation. I edited the found imagery to be rough and gravelled just as the charcoal sections. 

I am going to put it together as a three piece side by side to make it flow as a concertina rather than a book as its only three pages. For my final assessment however I will make a cover page and then add it to make it into a book and then print it off as a newspaper zine.

These are some photos from my exhibition of the covert project at the Collective Collaborations space. My final piece turned out to be more an interactive installation rather than an illustrative piece as the map (from which a mind map ‘trail’ spawns), the folder of research, the 2014 journal and the ‘found’ objects help create a story of a man’s search for this creature rather than a analysis of the creature itself. I am not too sure if this is a good thing or not, as the piece took on a large narrative aspect and the amount of writing is overwhelming and as such the imagery becomes almost secondary.

I really like the string effect, it gives it a frantic feel and adds to his eccentric nature. I also like the anonymity that I gave the character by not drawing him, yet fleshing out his life through his sole passion. Overall I am glad I did this as its a unique piece and gave me a chance to develop some narratives as well as draw differently but as a career path I don’t think this is the way to go and i am not sure if developing these odd story lines would ever be viable.

This is my first scene from the ivory trade project for which I am creating  a narrative. It shall be about a mother and a calf who cross a river and then a horrible twist shall occur… I used charcoal pencil, scanned it in, bypassed the prints onto watercolour paper, painted it in watercolour and finally photoshopped all the smudges and stains out and voila. 

I am actually quite pleased with the outcome, it looks colourful yet still holds the power that my charcoal style has and I really hope that the rest turn out as nicely as this when I run them through photoshop.

One of the scenes from my elephant story for the creative conscience competition. I really like this composition and the trunks connecting remind me of Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel, without tooting my own horn. For my drawing style I am trying to up the contrast, using charcoal pencils as a tool rather than charcoal as that creates more mid tones in the animals.

Fifth critical diary entry: Ad campaigns

For the ad campaign Michelle and I had a few ideas we wanted to follow to see who commissioned illustrations for our specific niches in the ad agency world. We started with watching tv because it’s a brilliant source of adverts and it gave us an excuse to be lazy while being proactive. We found the ad campaign for Chambord liquor while watching tv and found that alcohol was something we were both interested in, as well as liking the style of illustration that Belle Mellor used. We researched into her and found that Film Club Productions, who are quite a new offshoot of Th1ng productions, commissioned her. Through this we found Belle Mellor who created a video for WWF about Virunga and the petition to stop oil exploration in the national park there. This video was brilliant with good music as well as a nice illustration style. The use of the fingerprints as oil fumes was a really effective idea and the strong but minimalist colouring was definitely something I should look into for future storyboarding ideas.

I found the ad for the Scion xD through an album cover for In Flames by the artist Dave Corria a few years back and really wanted to use the advertising campaign for this project. The advert by Attik Agency for the Scion xD cars also gave me a fresh perspective to what could become ad worthy, the fact such a brutal and uncompromising campaign could be internationally successful. This gives me hope that my rough and punk inspired drawing style could be more commercially viable than I previously thought. The campaign by Attik for the 2012 olympics was something completely different for me but it was interesting to see how advertising campaigns are unified and restricted by colour and theme, something which I have not considered before. Michelle chose the advert by Tullio Marshall Warren (TMW) as she is interested in adverts that explore sexuality. Due to this we searched for contemporary durex campaigns and found the recent campaign by TMW. This campaign was hilarious and having both a live action as well as an animated campaign was an interesting concept as it gave the viewers an alternative.

I found Tamsin and Rachael’s presentation to be very informative and it was good to see some product design related research as we neglected that side of the research. The packaging rebrand for Twinings was interesting and, while the style was not what I found particularly interesting I never thought about how I could use my drawings in any other context than stories and maybe editorial work. In general I never thought that I would find so many interesting and exciting campaigns out there and I also found that the websites gave lots of clear and relevant information about the illustrators and the designers who made the work.

Fourth critical diary entry: Humour greetings cards

(I apologise to anyone expecting only animals from this blog, there’s more to come)

For our fourth project Michelle and I worked together to find six different ranges of cards, which had to be humorous. Fortunately Michelle and I have the same sense of humour and this meant we saw eye to eye on the subject matter that we chose, whether our peers thought the same we could not be sure of. As this project was over Christmas we did our usual trip into town to see what was on offer.

We found many cards in Card Factory and Clintons but not many that had illustrators credited and as we saw later when we researched they were not credited online either. We therefore decided to continue our search back in our hometowns, Stafford and London for Michelle and I respectively. I have the good fortune of being born in the creative hub of the country and therefore there are lots of boutiques and card shops like Scribblers and Cards Galore as well as the gallery shops around London. I went to Cards Galore first but I was not that overwhelmed, I found the Christmas & Co. range by Jamie Charteris which I found funny enough to snort at in public. I got online to his website after consulting with Michelle whether he was funny enough and when I got online I had to email Jamie to get some more relevant information, which he promptly replied to and gave me more information than I could use.

I next went to Scribblers in Angel and found a whole selection of brilliant cards. I found a card by Jacky Fleming that immediately sprang to mind as a Michelle card. Her scratchy style and use of the female body was hilarious and crude which pretty much sums Michelle up. I also found a card by Wumo and another by Hazel Bee. I found Scribbler to be a great source for humorous cards and I wished I had more spaces allotted for me but democracy dictated a fifty fifty split.

Michelle and I communicated through facebook, photos and texts to be able to keep each other up to date about how the work is going as well as starting to flesh out our powerpoint. Michelle showed me Gemma Correll’s work and I found her work funny as well as the Lazyoaf range produced by Gemma Shiel. Gemma Shiel has created her own boutique and her range of designs as well as her quirky clothing really appealed to me.

For our presentation we went back to the tried and tested method of powerpoint after our mood boards. We focused on the illustrators and their work more so than the companies and maybe our focus on getting humorous images narrowed our vision and we did not fully explore the distribution and publishing companies. However, I think we did reasonably well considering we could not work as a singular unit as before so I was pleased with the outcome.

Critical write up project three: comic strips outside of comic books

For our third project Michelle and I had to research comics outside of independent or mainstream comic books. This was not easy. We had a lot of other work going on at the same time and this made this project far more stressful than it probably should have been and I think we were both quite frustrated by the lack of ranges and the seemingly similar styles that we found.

We had to find three sources and we thought this would be fairly easy to find in whsmiths but that was not the case. We searched for a long time and found nothing relevant to our interests and it was getting frustrating leafing through a shelf full of magazines and finding nothing. We also felt a bit awkward and started getting looks from the staff so we bought a copy of the daily telegraph for a back up option if we found nothing as the newspaper had a large selection of comic strips that we were not particularly fond of, but would have to do in a pinch.

I remembered that my dad had bought me a ‘Matt’ anthology book for the year and as I find these funny I wanted to use this. We did some research beyond just the book and found quite a lot of information online. The illustrator is called Matt Pritchett and his work ethic is impressive. He fleshes out six ideas daily for his editor to go through and then finishes his final humorous illustration in the same day. This work ethic is something that impressed me and showed me that I can do a good piece of work in the smallest amount of time.

We also looked at Nemi and another comic that did not really impress us but we found nothing really in the shops and it felt like we were dredging the bottom of the barrel and therefore we researched into these, finding out just how successful Nemi is. Nemi, being a daily publication has become a huge hit throughout Europe and has forced the illustrator to abandon all other projects. In general I was not impressed with the range of illustrated cartoons that we found but I was quite intrigued by the amount of independent cartoons that Lowri, Snow and Laura found. These cartoons had interesting storylines as well as interesting formats and different colour palates compared to the mainstream comics, which I really did not expect. In general I found that narratives were hard to be successful with unless you catered to large corporations like D.C. Comics and this has put me off the idea of narratives despite how well my own book has turned out for Illustrations project two.

This is a attempt to see how my anarcimals would look on a tshirt, i got a stencil off the interweb and messed around with different compositions till I chose this one, using paint tools and roughing up the paper effect to give it a punked up feel. (If you zoom in the image gets less pixellated, honest.)