My summer has officially started now and so I’m going full steam ahead with my commission work which has been building up a bit in the last couple of months. Currently I am creating 2 animations for the university and also just finished designing an infographic style poster for a lovely lady called Kath at my university who runs a scheme called The Cardiff Award. It’s an employability award that I took part in this year and I luckily got the chance to create a poster for her to go to a conference with and help advertise.
The poster needed to fit in with the existing branding and be visually appealing & informative. As the first poster project I have done it was an interesting challenge. Have a look and see what you think!
This is one of my first experiences with large format (this is designed to be printed A0) so there was a bit of a learning curve! I decided to use Illustrator to make it because I was worried about the text becoming pixelated in Photoshop when it was blown up so huge and I think it went ok! I had to pay much more attention to the sizes of images than I usually do and pay extra careful attention to ensure nothing would look pixelated when it was finally printed.
Overall I’m happy with the result and I think Kath is too 🙂
For the next week I’ll be busy animating for the university, I’m doing two short videos for the Widening Access department for them to bring to schools and present to GCSE and A Level pupils who may be thinking about university.
On top of that (!) I’m hoping to enter a competition being advertised by UCAS, which closes on 30th June – gulp, that is to produce a 30 second video about what you love your degree. I do Maths so I’m hoping to make something interesting out of it! I’ll post the video on here if I get round to entering 🙂
For now I need to run off – lots of work and very little time!
I’ve just finished my second year exams – hooray! Last night we celebrated by going out for one of my best friends 21st birthdays – I decided to make him a birthday card 🙂
I’ve seen some lovely geometric patterns on Pinterest so decided to have a go at recreating some with a few little touches – I liked the idea of having the colour randomly spread around the circle and I’ve always liked strong geometric patterns combined with dainty ‘feminine’ type.
I was quite pleased with how it turned out! Thinking of playing around with the design a bit more to maybe get some more ideas going 🙂
That’s it for now folks – this summer I’m working but thinking of starting some more plasticine animation and starting up a Vimeo account and doing a few short animations – will keep you all updated!
Enjoy the lovely weather and I’ll chat to you all soon 🙂
I found some time from goodness knows where to share my little valentines project for Ben with you guys. You might remember my WIP post from November – well I finally got around to finishing it!
I finished it off (at last!), printed it and put it in a little frame with a message on the back. I wil freely admit it’s not the most inspiring thing I have ever made but I quite liked that it was a bit rough around the edges.
I find valentine’s fairly tiring sometimes – seeing countless people posting their teddy bears holding hearts and huge bright pink cards makes me feel a bit sad. I like the sentiment of the day but it does feel like a lot of people trying to buy each other out. On that note I always try to make something by hand, still in keeping with remembering the people we love but without buying any of the commercially made stuff.
Sorry for the absence again lately – life always gets in the way, doesn’t it? I received a couple of commissions in the last month which have taken over my life. Hopefully I’ll be able to share them soon when they are released!
So, whilst I’m on here updating you about my 2013, it would make sense to mention what was probably my biggest achievement of the year. I was asked by my university (Cardiff University) to create an animation for them called “5 Reasons Students Love Cardiff”. You can watch it below.
Creating the animation was such a huge project for me, the first of anything like it that I have done. Here are a few of the stills from the production process.
The process was based on how I have animated in the past – creating and colouring in line drawings frame by frame in Photoshop. This meant I had to save almost every time I drew a line or coloured in a small section which did get quite frustrating. There must be an easier way!
Does any one else animate in this way or have any suggestions?
In an exciting turn of events I actually got asked to do another commission following on from a potential client seeing this video. This animation is now finished and I am hoping to share it with you as soon as it has been released by the company!
This is a short one from November of Ben and I, done at 3am and drawn after picking up my pen for the first time in months. Maybe I’ll finish it on another late night.
This is yet another interesting venture into a new style of illustration I have been developing a lot recently and one which you will probably see more of!
This was a time crazy with revision and work so not a lot happened, here are a few sketches that did find their way out though.
This was an experiment into creating images by cutting out pages, and using cut outs to create further images.
This was a quick sketch interpretation of a piece of writing I have done. It is Part One of a three part series which I would like to upload in full once it is completed.
This was another experiment, to see how cross hatching worked as the night sky. It is a lot less troublesome than ‘colouring’ the whole sky in a pen drawing but it gives the impression of darkness still.
I was a little sad about the amount of work I got done in this period but I enjoyed what I did do, and they have provided some inspiration for future work.
It seems that I am at my most productive artistically when I am supposed to be revising Maths. A return to Word Press definitely seems more interesting than Matrix Algebra in any case. However, I’m hoping that this won’t be just a quick stop. I have started a new art project recently (52 weeks of self portraits) which is going to be fun and I’m hoping to start doing some more illustrations too!
Forgive me for the ridiculous number of updates you might get tonight but I think its about time things changed round here! I’ll put up a month by month update of what has happened in 2013 (for the months that something DID happen!) as a catch up.
To existing followers, thank you for you patience – please bear with me! Doing a maths degree and trying to become an artist is more difficult than anticipated… And to any potential followers – please follow! You will see all sorts of new things in the next couple of months and I promise they are worth a click of a button.