Tuesday, 11 September 2012

A Bouquet of Pheasants....

As a year group, we are producing an Artbook, consisting of illustrations, based upon collective nouns. The phrase I chose was 'A Bouquet of Pheasants' and this is what I came up with. Not sure whether to add more of each of the heads/feathers/legs etc...


7 Characters

For part of our summer work, we were asked to create 7 different illustrations, influenced by artists and illustrators, which will then become one image combined.

Inspired by the work of Quentin Blake, in particular the illustrations of The Twits and The Witches

This piece is influenced by the work of Janet Woolley. I like her use of collage and how she distorts the form of the body, such as the bigger heads and elongated limbs whilst still keeping the basic form of a human body. The specific pose of the people is also interesting as it gives them more character. All the aspects of this collage were cut out and put together and edited on Illustrator. I'm very unfamiliar with producing collage, but I feel that this first attempt worked out quite well.

A piece inspired by Oliver Jeffer's children's book characters..

This piece shows aspects from the Art Nouveau Period, in particular to the techniques (inspired by Japanese woodcuts) of Aubrey Beardsley. The use of only black to illustrate, but often the use of patterns and elongated and exaggerated outfits to put detail to his characters.

This unusual, quite scary looking character is influenced by Phil Wrigglesworth, and his creation of illustrations of people, with limbs replaced by a none living objects, such as an aeroplane. Here I have combined the character with a windmill.

Influenced by Jim Flora's angular and geometric style of characters, combined with the techniques of Tadioma Shibuya, where by creating many different sections of flat colour to indicate tone.

I have attempted at collage again, to decipher whether it would be a good material to continue using. This time I looked at the work of Jason Mecier, where he would use everyday objects to create a collage of a person. Here, I mainly used imagery of posters, stationary and food.

My first attempt at clay in years!! I created a creature, based upon the anthropomorphic characters of Alice in Wonderland. The owl, dressed in a top hat and tails, is supposed show a wise and sophisticated character. I like him, as a first attempt, but I don't think I'd like to continue using clay...

Pet problems

Playful drawings, depicting problems for pets. These are a sample of some of my favourites.

Macmillan Book Prize

 Final spreads for a children's book for the Macmillan Prize for Children's Books. The book is called Rose's Journey, and tells the story of Rose the hedgehog, and her struggle to find home before winter comes.

Graphic Novel

A graphic novel loosely based upon the Story 'The Musicians of Bremen.'


The Strange Feathery Beast

We we given a short story to illustrate, aimed for the 9-11 age group. However, we were only allowed to use black and white materials.

If we could see secrets....

Combining the words Psychologist, construction and the concept of visually showing a secret in an illustration (aimed for an adult audience) The different areas show what each part of the brain is responsible for: movement, sight, hearing etc.

Numbers= fun

The task was to create an advert for a book entitled Numbers=fun. The piece was intended for an adult audience, so I aimed to make it complex but also quite playful at the same time.