Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Urban Sketching in Carlisle book

I created an issuu book of my edited sketches made on the location/urban sketching brief.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Satanists again

I have revisited a previous brief (editorial illustration for an article on satanism in South Africa) before end of semester hand in and created a gif from one of my illustrations that I didn't go with.

This was the original drawing. I didn't go with it because I felt it was too simple, too flat and possibly boring

 However after feedback it was suggested that it was one of the stronger ones but didn't have a gif to go with it as per the brief instructions.

So here's the gif!

Revisiting it I went with this first, however I felt the eyes and grin were unnecessary and looked out of place. Also I realised that the man shouldn't relax his expression until the hand had disappeared. Both of which I have amended below.

As seen here.

Following some techniques I've used in my last brief on ghost stories I have used textures on this gif as well.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Ghost Story finals

Cover for The Folio Collection of Ghost Stories (front and spine of binding)

Full cover/binding

Illustration for 'The Treasure of Abbot Thomas'

Additional Gif

Illustration for 'The Upper Berth'

Gif of the character breathing in the cold.

Illustration for 'A Tale of an Empty House'

Gif of man watching the main character from the window.

Ghost Stories cover

The cover for The Folio Collection of Ghost Stories. I went with a visual of The Tale of an Empty House for the cover. As bindings/covers for folio society books use 3 colours (cover and 2 print colours) I designed it to that format.

The book material would be the dark blue as depicted below with an off white and dark grey as the printed colours.

I tried some different colours for the background thinking the current one would be too dark and to see if there was a colour that might suit it better.

I decided to go with the dark green/teal colour. When it came to placing the text on the spine, I realised the small house on the spine interfered with the text so I removed it.

With bleed

Without bleed

Ghost stories!

My current brief has been to illustrate 3 ghost stories and a cover that binds them. I've also decided to create some simple gifs of them to add to the illustration.

The Treasure of Abbot Thomas by M. R. James

' "So I looked up, and I see someone's 'ead lookin' over at us. I s'pose I must ha' said somethink, and I 'eld the light up and rune up the steps, and my light shone right on the face." '

The Upper Berth by F. Marion Crawford

In this story, the main character is plagued by the continuous opening of the porthole in his cabin. I can't find a line that best describes the situation but I felt that this illustrates the story as a whole.

A Tale of an Empty House by E. F. Benson

The main character decides to have his lunch by what seems to be an abandoned house, he awakes to hear sounds from inside the house and becomes concerned that he was being watched from the window he slept under.

Given feedback, I've made changes to these illustrations, which I'll post later.