Archive | April, 2011

Assignment Summary

29 Apr

For my next assignments, so far it’s been mainly for Illustration. Ideas & Development involved us in producing anything we want (from a drawing to a photo, sculpture or film), as to what we think communication technology will be like in five years time. For myself, I did a small illustration of a mini robot (minibot as I called it), which could do phone calls, internet etc on a small screen on its body which can become 3D and using your fingers, size it up to how big/small you want the screen. It’s quite cute in my personal opinion, and was influenced from this robot usb hub I’ve got. I’ll post it up at some point as right now I feel a bit lazy to scan it in.

I haven’t heard any new assignments for Packaging & Branding, which I’m ok with but also slightly worried… Don’t know if any emails have been sent or that my tutor is waiting until all these Monday bank holidays are over with to get us really into them.

Anyways, for Illustration, there are two more assignments. One I’m having a mental block on and the other I’m really looking forward to starting. Ok, so first one involves us producing an image that can be used for a banner for our university’s student accommodation building in Brentford. I have no idea what to do right now. It’s making me quite annoyed as I always have an idea for something straight away!

Second one, is called Visualising and we have a choice of three things: Exploded drawing, graphic novel or an animated promo. When I saw the brief, my mind set itself straight to graphic novel, which is possibly an obvious choice for me. The restriction for it, however, is that it is based on a classic literature from your childhood that has impacted you, or write your own. Luckily when I asked, I was allowed to do a play so my choice is the best thing ever: An Inspector Calls by J.B.Priestley. When I studied this book back in GCSE (which was about 5 years ago) I was so overwhelmed by it and the storyline. It really captured me and since then I could never ever get that book out of my mind. I finally have the book, and the 1954 film (with Alastair Sim) and going to enjoy watching and reading it again and again ^_^

My Competition Entry: Tales of the Misfortunate

24 Apr

As I mentioned previously, I am entering an illustration competition set up by the University of Gloucestershire. They do it every year and each year a different theme is set. For this year’s theme, it is called Tree Time Tales. When I first heard it, I was perplexed as to what to do, as it needed to obviously portray trees in some way. It took me a while to think of an idea, then suddenly it popped into my head: tree spirits.

I looked into it with intense research, and found very interesting information. When I came across the Japanese folklore of tree spirits, that’s what intrigued me the most. The trees that inhabit these spirits, a kodama, are surrounded by a rice straw rope called a shimenawa. The shimenawa is to help identify these trees and are forbidden to be cut down. If they are, however, misfortune will be brought upon those who inflicted such actions.

I portrayed this as a storyboard that only illustrates what is going on, so no words were included. I did it on A4 paper, finelined it and used colouring pencils for the overall outcome.

I’m going to send it off sometime next week, but won’t hear any news if I win (which I doubt) or if my picture gets published in their annual illustration book until September. Even if I don’t win, I’m not gonna mope over it, I’m just glad I tried it out as I’ve never done something like this before, so it’s quite an interesting experience if I say so myself.

Anyways, here it is, Tales of the Misfortunate:

Finished Pieces – Campaign & Character Design

21 Apr

I have finally done my plush toy, Chu the Fox, for Character Design and the T-shirt for the Campaign assignment.

Here they are:



I’m so glad they’re done. Now onto the new assignments! >:D

Work Progression

14 Apr

The past two weeks I think have been taking its toll on me. Been doing my uni work everyday from morning til night. I’m so tired right now but am so happy that I haven’t actually got that much work to do. I just can’t quite express it with this state of mind I’m in…

So I’ve finished my Packaging and Branding assignment as you know from my post last week. I’ve finished doing the campaign recycling leaflets for Ideas & Development (just need to do my T-shirt transfer) and just finish up on stitching the head and velcro the tail of my fox toy for the character design assignment for Illustration.

For my Ideas & Development, our brief was to choose a campaign from three options and publicise it more. I chose to do recycling and what items people can recycle as nowadays we all get quite confused with the news shoved upon telling us what to recycle and bins to use etc. So I came up with the idea of doing leaflets in shapes of certain objects and on the back information of the company, what they do and what you can recycle (which is situated in different categories).

I had to come up with my own logo and company name, and eventually came up with Box the Fox, which was thought of by playing around with my surname. This is the logo and the leaflets:


The information on the back of the leaflets reads:

Box the Fox is a recycling company helping you to know what items in your house can be recycled.

Collect all 15 categorised leaflets to know which items can be recycled in your nearest recycling centre.

Each leaflet had different information from its category, ranging from paper products, clothes and miscellaneous items. I’ll post up the T-shirt when I get the chance to do it which is either today or tomorrow.

For Illustration, our new assignment was character design and to then make it into something 3D. This I was quite looking forward to as character design is what I would like to do as a career. At first, I sketched a few characters as I wanted to explore a few drawing styles, as shown below.


I know, they’re all females, but I’m better at drawing females than males. I did do a design sheet for it, but it wasn’t as good. Anyways, I then wanted to develop the three females on the far right side and make them ‘chibi’ style, which is a smaller version of your character (as shown above).

After doing this, however, I felt that I wanted to do something besides a manga/anime style plush toy as it is something I always do, and therefore take a step back from it and do something else. But I didn’t know where to start. It wasn’t until I was doing my logo for the campaign assignment from Ideas & Development that I felt that the fox would look quite cute as a toy. I developed it so it didn’t relate to that assignment, making it have a chewed ear and the white bit of its tail to be ‘stitched on’ as its background story would be that it was chasing it’s tail then bit the tip off, therefore having to get it stitched back on and giving its name Chu (as is the word ‘chew’).

This is the scaled sketch of what I perceived it to look (although the actual version looks a bit different):

I’ll post the plush toy when it’s finished. As I mentioned earlier, I just need to stitch the head and velcro the tail as it will be adjustable so you can position it in any direction (left, right, up, down).

For now, I’m going to do my drawing for this competition that holds yearly by a university. I’ll post it and talk of it more when it’s done.

It’s A Wrap! Continued…

7 Apr

From last weeks blog mentioning of the new assignment, I have wrapped a few objects using materials found around my house.

Objects I’ve used: pine cone, vase & flowers, chair, electric radiator, coloured pencils, toy wing and a glass cup.

Materials used to tie objects and wrapping material together: elastic bands, sellotape and string.

The drawings I have done are prepatory drawings before I wrapped the objects.

Object One


For the pine cone, I used tissue paper to surround it as I wanted parts of the pine cone and the shape of it to show through. I chose the green colour of the tissue paper specifically to represent the natural element of the object and that the colour itself correlates to nature. The texture and sound of the tissue paper was also taken into context, as it sounded like dried leaves, again going back to the relation of nature. When I first drew the object without knowing what the finalised object will look, I believed that it will be more of an egg-shape showing the edges of the pine cone. When done, it became more bulky with creases caused by the tissue paper more so than the edges of the pine cone.

Object Two



The second object(s), is the vase and flowers. With the object itself being delicate, I wanted to portray that aspect as well as the vibrant colours. I used a big piece of clear plastic and enveloped the object inside it, then tying it together from the vase using string. This made it seem like it was filled with air like a balloon, but gives a soft and light feeling when seen.

Object Three



The third object was a chair covered in kitchen foil. I wanted to use this material as I wanted certain details to come out, such as the ‘bumps’ on the back rest (as shown in picture four).  I felt that the foil can easily ‘mould’ into the shape due to its structure and give out different textures of the chair: the bumps/roughness, and the smoothness of the cushion as shown in picture three. However, it was quite difficult as it kept tearing on certain areas of the chair, so I had to use smaller pieces to cover those bits. Unfortunately, after I took the photos, removed and thrown away the foil, I realised whilst looking at the pictures that I forgot to do the back legs. So if it looks somewhat odd somehow when looking at picture two, it’s because of that.

Object Four



Object four is the electric radiator covered in cling film. I wanted to use this material as I wanted the structure to still be shown through, as well as showing how strong and compact the radiator is. The stretching and tightly fitting of the material causes it to crease as it’s taking on the many shapes formed on the object, making you look at it as one whole piece instead of two.

Object Five


The fifth object is colour pencils wrapped in bubble wrap (using elastic bands). I used these objects in particular as there are many types of colour pencils, and by combining them together, it makes you look at every one and the colour that they portray. As for the bubble wrap, the first thing that came into mind was how actual bubbles, when light is reflected, colours are surrounding the edges or the inside, which is what I wanted to try to portray with the object and material being together.

Object Six

Object six is a toy wing covered in tissue (tied together with sellotape). I used tissue due to the soft texture it has and I wanted to portray that feeling of a soft wing. Initially I thought it would be possible to form the shape of the wing using the tissues, however, it was quite difficult and ended up with the main shape of it being surrounded. Due to its structure it portrayed a lot of creases, allowing you to look at the different angles and shapes given off. But when the wing was placed in certain angles, it intrigued me as it slightly looked like a person (or a mummified person) with their legs knelt up to the chest.

Object Seven


The last object I have done is a glass cup surrounded in elastic bands. I used a material that was initially meant for tying as it is able to stretch and mould into different shapes. I also wanted to show the two types of structure of the glass (hexagonal shape at bottom, circular on top) in a way that can be easily recognised. Using the glass also allowed the inside to be ‘surrounded and wrapped’ in its material, making viewers believe that the elastic bands are part of the glass cup and not a separate material.