Tuesday, 23 October 2012

New header image title thing

I didn't like my old header, the orange and purple E BURROW, so I've just made a simple little speech bubble of my name for my new one. I'll probably change it again in the future but this will do for now. One of my interests is reading comics/graphic novels so I feel this expresses that on a simple level. Also being an aspiring graphic novelist myself I will definitely be posting something more relevant to the title style at some point when I get time to write and draw up a story arch or something :)


For the design in context module we're working in groups to create a video game. Not an actual game in the end product but just the planning of it. We've called our fake game company 'remotex', the fake production blog is linked below.


We're working on a story set in the 1920s which we have to turn into a game. At the moment it's heading a very telltale games-like direction like the walking dead game or the back to the future game. A point and click with conversation routes, not reliant on the responses though like in the walking dead game.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Arial Rounded Bold

Arial Rounded didn't have its own wikipedia page, only a category named in the page for Arial so the information below is from said page. Even then there wasn't much info on Arial Rounded. However it appeared that rounded is one of the more recent Arial family things. Not too familiar with typography at the moment...

Arial Rounded typeface (Arial)
Who created it?
10-person team, led by Robin Nicholas and Patricia Saunders

When was it made?
Designed in 1982

Sans-serif typeface

In 2005, Robin Nicholas said "It was designed as a generic sans serif; almost a bland sans serif." (Arial)
Arial is similar to Helvetica

Bell Regular

Bell typeface
Who created it?
Richard Austin

When was it made?

It’s a Scotch Roman typeface
Serif typeface
Revived in 1932
Accepted as a text face

Lower case: square dot over the letter ‘i’, double story a
Upper case: dropped horizontal element on A

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

1920s character design

I started by working from a film still of 'The Artist' as you can see above I sketched out the character, then inked it, then inked it again with more detail however I found that the 3rd drawing lost some of the details my initial sketch had. I also made a few mistakes in terms of proportions and features I had in my initial drawings which hadn't come through to my ink drawings. Which lead to me redrawing my character and then rethinking the colours I was going to use. So I did my drawing again as you can see in the 4th and 5th images.

Amelia 'Minnie' Brown is an aspiring actress, inspired by the film stars of the 1920s (Clara Bow, Alice Joyce).

She's in her early 20s.
Naive and hopeful.
One of the 'flapper girls' (short dresses, bobbed hair, listens to jazz, excessive makeup, drinking, treats sex in a casual manner, smokes and drives automobiles).
She avoids illegal activities but finds herself involved regardless.
'Minnie' is her stage/nickname.
A nice girl, usually allows others to get their way.

Monday, 8 October 2012


Moodboard for the 1920s
A moodboard task for my design in context module. I've also created a character inspired by my given decade, the 1920s. Which I'll possibly scan in and upload tomorrow.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

On location at John Watt & Son café

Click it!  It will take you to the ISSUU publication of the magazine me and Sam Douglas made for our first brief.

Our brief involved visiting a location over a period of 3 days, basically recording anything and everything by taking photos or doing sketches and even recording videos. From our collection of photos, sketches and a couple of videos we then selected ideas we wanted to run with. Below are some of the photos we took between us in John Watt & Son café.

 I quite liked how the drinks appeared well presented.

I laid my camera on the table for some discreet photos.

 I took a lot of photos of this guy, who became one of the focuses in our magazine.

Some of these we used, other photos we worked from or edited to suit the colours we had in mind.
However after producing drawings and edited photos from our collection in the first week, we then had plenty to work with when making the 20 page magazine with the front and back covers, making 22 pages in total.

We found that we could also use the brief history of John Watt & Son café with our magazine alongside our mix of illustrations and photographs. Luckily we had the foresight to type it up incase we needed it, which we did. I think it gives the magazine a nice narrative throughout, being relevant to our location.

Which brings me to the front and back covers, the "What is a cheese scone?", replied with on the back cover, "It's a scone... toasted... with cheese". This was inspired by a conversation we heard between an elderly lady and one of the waitresses. We found it amusing and so we thought it'd be a great idea for our front and back cover as a secondary narrative, as the reader has to read from cover to cover to find the reply to the question.

Overall I've quite enjoyed this brief, I've discovered I like using ink with a brush as a media, how to create digital books and I've had the experience of working with another illustrator, which I will very likely have to do in the future.

Once again, I worked with Sam Douglas on this brief, so here's a link to his blog again,

Thanks for reading :)

Celebrity portraits

 I've been meaning to upload these for a while as just a conclusion to the series of celebrity portrait drawings I drew a couple of weeks ago. As you may know I recorded myself drawing 6 of these and made time lapse videos from them to upload onto my artyedwin YouTube channel. So here they are, all 7 of them. I didn't think to make videos until after drawing Zooey Deschanel so there's no video of that drawing.

From the first to last:
Zooey Deschanel - actress (New Girl, 500 days of Summer, Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy)
Richard Ayoade - comedy actor (IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh, Garth Marenghi's darkplace)
Jemaine Clement - comedy actor and musician (Flight of the Conchords, MiB3, Dinner for Schmucks)
Karen Gillan - actress (Doctor Who)
Emma Stone - actress (Zombieland, The Amazing Spiderman)
Frank Miller - graphic novelist, comic book artist/writer
Will Eisner - graphic novelist, comic book artist/writer

I drew these for a few reasons, the main one was just to be productive in my week before moving to university, another was to practice my drawing skills of more realistic portraits and for something to put on my youtube channel as well. I feel some of them turned out good and almost recognisable as the subject, or at least I hope so.

I've been at Uni for a couple of weeks now and it's great, I should start posting more often now I'm being encouraged to blog.