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14 Nov

Unfortunately I could not think of a fantastic or catchy title in relation to this post, so left it at this :p

It certainly has been a while since I posted, just over two months to be exact! (So sorry! T^T)

It’s been busy as usual.. From my last post I actually got the part-time job I mentioned! So for the past 6 weeks or so I have been doing checkouts in a local supermarket. There has been good and bad moments and I have been learning a lot from the job itself. There has also been good and bad customers. But that’s what you get for retail I suppose. However, my manager, supervisors and other staff members are great!

It helps financially whilst I am still looking for other things, and helps fund for other bits and pieces every now and then that I need. Since then I have helped friends with projects so it has kept me on track with my skills, though I have been doing lots of illustration pieces in my spare time.

Talking of illustration pieces, I mentioned also in my last post that I was going to create greetings cards and hopefully create a small business out of it. Well, news now is that as of tonight I have finally finished the designs, and by tomorrow I am going to start printing them and very soon I will start selling them. Really looking forward to this and some of them (though I don’t want to blow my own trumpet as the saying goes) I absolutely adore!

Fingers crossed it goes well >w<

But just to let you know, on the 26th November, I will be having my graduation ceremony, and officially become a full fledged design graduate! *Yippie* It will certainly be fun and nerve-wracking :3

A Few Months Passed

10 Sep

I apologise for being so absent, a lot of things have happened and since finishing university I have had to alter some plans somewhat.

As mentioned in my last post I was going to talk about New Designers. The first two days was mainly preparation, and it was manic! You see everyone from different universities putting up their stand, and all the hustle and bustle.

With our stand, however, we had a theme set for it, and we named it ‘hidden’, in terms of hidden talent that is now being discovered and entered into the design world. We also used colours as part of the theme, so it made it more individualistic.

We planned on having our own profiles, which was set with each of us being hidden in some form and given a colour swatch to indicate ourselves. This was mine:

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When this photo was taken I had to have my friend guide me to where the photos were being taken as I could not see a thing!

In case you wondered, I used my hair and wrapped it around my face : p

Anyways, we started on making the stand, and not just that, but the 1000 catalogues we ordered! So a bunch of us, myself included, helped in scoring and folding all of them:

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This was only part of the pile!

Boxed up and getting there

Boxed up and getting there

Some in the catalogue stand we had, and filled again once emptied

Some in the catalogue stand we had, and filled again once emptied

Once opened the catalogues contained a piece of work from each of us, as well as our contact details and a one liner summary of ourselves as well as the hidden photos of us and our group website, who one of the guys in class created. A group of girls from the class designed the catalogue, in ‘z’ format, so read from left to right, and it was done amazingly! Still have a few that I kept in a box for memories.

It was eventually all done, and this was the look of our stand

Can you spot my stuff amongst the table? Hehe ^__^

The stand may not have looked as full and everything compared to others, but it was simple and we wanted to include everyone from the group (20 of us altogether) and make us as one, whereas some universities only picked a fair few of their students for the stands. On the actual days we used the table tops of the portfolio cabinets to display a student’s portfolio. On the first few photos it was preparation and none were displayed at that time.

But each box was colour coded based on our hidden profile and its colour, so you had to link it all up.

So the actual event lasted for four days, and each day was busy. We had professionals coming over to the table, students from other universities and students from secondary schools/colleges. It was great talking to every one of them, and having that opportunity to explain to people outside of my own work area about the work produced by each one of us and getting to know them.

Even the work produced by students from the other attending universities was remarkable, ranging from graphic design, animation and illustration, as well as film making, product and furniture design.

Here are some examples of work I took photos of from New Designers (apologies for some of the blurriness):

Really amazing works throughout the show. Never seen so much talent in a few days!

The point of this designer show was to exhibit our work so to catch the eye of perhaps future employers and such. Unfortunately, though I had quite a bit of interest during that time from a number of professionals, none of it was pressed forward, which was disheartening.

But nonetheless, I can not keep moping about it. Since finishing I have been applying to illustration agencies, which sadly none of it has been progressing. I have also been setting myself new mini projects to do to keep me busy for the time being. However, for the past two months I have been planning something new.

Not too long ago I entered a competition from my now ex-university that required one to create an e-card design that would be distributed amongst their staff, clients and students in Winter 2013, with the designer also being credited for it. The brief given had to involve the design in being based on Season’s Greetings (so not particularly Christmas itself), multiculturalism and diversity.

Eventually I got an email from the man who did set up the competition, mentioning that my creation was one of the designs chosen, and got given a prize (an iPad, which I actually forgot about until he mentioned it as I was more so for getting my work out!) So the iPad was an extra bonus for me really, but I was so chuffed about my design being picked!

Honestly, for a while I have been feeling down about my skills and abilities as nothing has happened or progressed. But this competition has now led me to a new path, where I will plan on creating my own greetings cards. They will first be sold on a small market stall locally, and possibly on websites like eBay, etsy or something similar. I hope for it to go well, and I have started creating designs already. I’m planning on having a test run to see how it goes in time for this Christmas. And that particular design will also be included as one of many! But once it picks up, I plan on allowing customers to have their own custom cards made (without trademarked characters) to what they would like on there.

It will cost both in buying the materials and renting the stall, so I have been applying to some retail jobs, and just the other day I had an interview for a part-time job, and will be notified if I have the job within the next week. So the job will help fund the small business, and Ryan is kindly going to help me out both financially and selling the cards. It will be a good experience, and something I would love to do. Thinking about it, I have always created cards for family members and the idea has popped up every now and then, but it is a firm goal now, and hoping it will become a success.

Besides this idea, I am also planning on sending out mini books of my Chu’s Tale (from the New Designers photos, you’ll see the mini preview book of it) to children’s book publishers, and hoping one day it will be seen on shelves : ) I am also currently planning and working on a new children’s story/artwork, so keep an eye out!

Final Marks

18 Jul

My final marks!

So after a long wait, my marks finally came in, and I ended with a passing degree of Second Class Honours (First Division)! Yay!!! I passed my course! And it is the first time in my three years that I have full straight set of 2:1′s. I am so happy with how it turned out, after all those late nights and stressing, it has finally come to an end… Which is somewhat sad, but good.

Come November will be my graduation, cloak, hat and scroll.

Another day I will talk about the New Designer’s and the experience brought from it, as well as what will be happening next :)

Business Cards

19 Jun

So here are my new business cards which I received today. The process was really quick, only uploaded them to be done on Sunday. Within three days I got it even though I requested for a 7-day delivery! Amazing! ^_^

So here they are:

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Long Time No Speak!

15 Jun

Hey everyone! It’s been a few months since I have posted anything. It’s been really hectic getting everything done on time for the last ever hand-ins. Now it is mainly over I can talk about them!

So my Final Major Project was handed about two weeks ago. It was a very good experience, and having to face my fear of heights was a major factor. I went to a lot of places: Millennium and Tower Bridge, The Monument, Emirates Cable Car, and Alton Towers. As well another visit to The Monument and Millennium Bridge.

From it all, there was crying, panic, sweating and dizziness, but I came through and survived! Yay!

Just to give you an outlook of the project as it progressed, this is the Development Book I had to produce as part of the module, combining most of my research and drawings into it, from beginning to end. It is a long book, so I won’t blame you if you don’t read it all. But have fun viewing my expressions at Alton Towers!

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Overall my fear of height has progressed a bit. I’m not so bad when it comes to escalators now, but there are still slight pauses. Gaps between stairs and transparent flooring still gets to me, and getting on bunk beds seem to be fine. It’s getting there slowly, so perhaps one day I will overcome it. Just don’t ever make me do parachute jumping or anything similar!

But the final for this, as noted in the development book, is a box with collections of illustrations and activities for one who does not have this fear, to help them experience the feelings that is felt for someone who is acrophobic.

The posters, two portray as an advertisement for the Acrophobia box, whereas the first one is an advertisement for what would be a collection of boxes that contain fears, or the top ten fears known.

Here are better photos of the finals for you to see:

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It was really hard making this box and so many problems were faced with it, so I hope I don’t have to make anything like this again, haha! But that’s it for the Final Major Project. Finally over after five months.

Professional Presentation, the other module we had to do. If you remember we were given the task to develop an old project, and I chose to redo my Chu book, and in the end I recreated into an actual book.

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Along with it I created a finger puppet that the parent can use to interact with their child throughout the story:

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I’m not fantastic at sewing, and I don’t have any embroidery skills therefore the eyes, stitches, nose and ear details are done in permanent pen, where the white bit of the paws was done using tip-ex. They were glued using strong glue stick :)

I also had to make some business cards, but they will be changed as a few problems are still surfacing trying to cut the hole in the middle. Either success or no success achieved in doing it, and I have attempted to find places that can do die-cutting for a reasonable price, but doesn’t seem to be anywhere.. Here they are though, and once I make my new ones I’ll post them up.

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The reason behind the circle is related to the quote at the front at the bottom: The Life of an Illustrator. Seeing that you look through the other side for your answer, where it will show you my name and details. This then leads on the process of what an illustrator does, as what I call a ‘typical cycle’ of an illustrator, from beginning to end, each project involves a client giving a brief > creating designs > developing idea > finalising idea > end product. Then this repeats time and time again.

We were also required to make a website with our work, and here is mine if you have time to roam: Portfolio

Eventually I might change the website so to make it more personalised, but I’ll see how this goes at first.So that’s all the coursework done!! *party time*But in all reality, it is really shocking now to think it is finally over after three years. This blog was created in the second half of my first year at university, and it has seen highs and lows faced throughout it. And I appreciate all you followers out there and taking the time to read my blog. This blog will continue though, and there is one last thing that will happen.

In early July there is a yearly event called New Designers which exhibits many universities, and the design students’ work. My whole class is involved (in Part 2 of ND), and I’m in charge of the layout of our stand. We are also having a website of our work set up so once that’s up I’ll place it on here for everyone to see :)Promo material and our business cards will be available on the day itself, so that’s why I am working on redoing my cards. I’m also gonna do mini handouts of Chu’s Tale.It’s tough at the moment, and trying to get everyone involved is another matter altogether, but we can do it!More updates eventually coming soon ^____^

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