Shoot From The Hip Cowboy
Deadline: 3rd December
SHOOT FROM THE HIP
The aim of these last three weeks is to speed up, trust yourselves more and to remind yourselves that illustration is about making images in your own individual voice.
We will provide you with a series of tasks from which you will select three - one per week.
At the end of these three weeks the outcome should be final-art heavy and development light.
The resulting collection of work should look like it has come from one individual. Don't reinvent the wheel with each task.
1. Earths world portraiture
2. T-shirt design
3. Illustration rules posters
4. Kick start a Kickstarter (card game or picture book)
5. Beer/ soft drink cans
6. Cereal box
T-shirt design initial ideas
- T-shirts based on books
- T-shirts based on quotes
T-shirts from @litemporium on Instagram and Steve Scott’s designs for the fableist.
Beer/soft drink can initial ideas
-‘Alcoholic’ drinks for kids, think ‘candy cigarettes’ when we were kids.
- Soft drinks based on stop motion movies, opportunity for a play on words ‘Fanta’stic Mr Fox or Coca Coraline.
Boggis, Bunce & Bean Beers
Character descriptions from the book, with illustrations by Quentin Blake.
Images from Wes Anderson’s version of Fantastic Mr Fox. Fun fact, this is my favourite stop motion movie of all time!
Very simple sketches, just catching an essence for elements I would include in my outcomes.
A more in-depth look at colour, composition and design of my beer cans. Trying to keep a consistent visual language so that my beer cans look like a set.
I’ve designed the front of the beer can as we only have a week for each project and I felt that this was the most important element of the can.
Mock Up Beer Cans
Kickstarter initial ideas
- illustrated kids book, based on song lyrics
-illustrated kids book based on an emotion
Examples of Kickstarter projects
Powerful picture books inspo
Picture books are such a powerful way of communicating difficult subjects to children. Books I have been inspired by include: The colour monster, The bad seed, When sadness comes to call, Perfectly Norman, Me and my fear, Tough guys have feelings too.
Song choices include, ‘Garden song’ by phoebe bridges, ‘You are my sunshine’ cover by Johnny cash and ‘Green grass’ by Ellie Dixon
Kick starter plan: based on a song
To create a convincing kickstarted I will aim to produce, a front cover and one internal illustration. Book considerations should include, size, typography, included text.
Penguin book cover competition
Deadline: 10am, Friday 12th November
Reimagine a cover of a bestselling book, a competition by The Penguin Cover Design Award competition.
Adult Fiction: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
Adult Non-Fiction: Diary of a young naturalist by Dara McNulty
Children’s Fiction: A murder most unladylike
A Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
The first book in a murder mystery series, about two girls; Hazel and Daisy. They set up their own detective society called Wells & Wong.
The original book cover
Notes from the book
Some notes I jotted down while reading the book to understand who the characters are.
Set in the 1930s (English all girls school)
I collected lots of imagery from 1930s boarding schools to get a feel for the setting.
Murder mystery inspo
A collection of images that link with the book and provided reference when drawing.
Final Design choice
Final outcome after feedback
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
A portrayal of a group of interconnecting characters, mostly Black British women:
Amma: Theatre director, getting her big break at the National Theatre who is the connector among the 12 characters in various ways.
Yazz: Amma’s 19-year old daughter at University.
Dominique: good friend of Amma’s who follows lover Nzinga to live at Spirit Moon in the United States.
Carole: Business woman, gang-raped as a teen, who was a student in Shirley King’s high school class.
Bummi: Carole’s mother, immigrant from Nigeria and housecleaner for Penelope Halifax, and entrepreneur in the cleaning business
Latisha: good friend of Carole’s in high school, wild in high school, becomes a grocery store supervisor after working as a cashier post-high school, becomes the “new” LaTisha.
Shirley: Teacher at Peckham School for Boys and Girls, teaches both Carole and LaTisha, best friend to Amma from grammar school.
Winsome: Shirley’s mother. Has affair with Shirleys husband Lennox.
Penelope: Teacher at Peckham School, raised white by her adoptive parents, Hattie is her biological mother.
Megan/Morgan: identifies as gender-free, pronouns they/theirs, lectures in one of Yazz’s classes.
Hattie: 93-year old farmer and Morgan’s great grandmother, Penelope’s biological mother, Grace and Joseph’s daughter.
Grace: bi-racial daughter of Abyssinian Wolde and Daisy who died of TB, Hattie’s mother
'The Last Amazons of Dahomey'
The name of the play that the character Amma writes in the book, 'The Last Amazons of Dahomey' takes inspiration from real women in 1897 in the kingdom of Dahomey, in West Africa. These women were all trained to fight with swords and guns and were considered to be fearless warriors.
Revised design choice
A lesson on why you should go with your gut; A return to my initial idea
Deadline: 10am, 12th October
To produce a series of illustrations based on four different characters to be used as part of an ‘exquisite corpse’ book that we will produce as a collaborative project.
Modesty Godsgift - Coffee house proprietor, 1650s enormous elaborate wigs, overuse of the beauty spot
Innsbruck Ormerod - Liar, claimed to have invented rice and the tarpaulin
Sir Peregrine Chomondeley - Establishment figure and gambler, scared of losing his knighthood,
Brick - Septuagenarian (70-79) roadie, has worked with all of the metal greats
Looking at multiple different interpretations of the exquisite corpse technique will help inform my own choices when designing characters.
Understanding character design (Kubo & The two strings and Up)
I feel that understanding character design is an important element for this project as it will allow me to push my initial ideas for what my character might look like further. I have referenced ‘The art of’ books of ‘Kubo & The two strings’ and ‘Up’ both of which have strong character development and look carefully at what makes a character. I found it helpful to see that the initial character designs start off very rough and simplistic which the finer details added in the later stages.
Things to consider
Instagram post from @sarahmassini taking about the key stages of character development within children’s books. Although we’re not making a children’s book it is still helpful to think of character development within stages and the added elements that can make a character so interesting.
My character development:
Exquisite Corpse slide show
Front cover inspo
Front cover design
Final collaborative front cover