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End to Year 3, Semester 1

28 Jan

The first semester of my last uni year ended not too long ago, and the weeks that are going by I am enjoying the time of relaxing, playing video games, and catching up on anime and manga.

But the weeks that went during uni have been incredibly busy, and there is plenty to show : )

So from a previous post based on my calendar I had a discussion with my tutor and realised that my calendar box cover did not include anything in relation to cooking, since that is meant to be a part of it. The only way you know it is a cooking calendar is the back when it mentions it on the text. It was the most simplest thing…. I don’t even know why I didn’t think of it >.<

So it was decided what the design would look like

And this is the final calendar box digital designs:



And here is the calendar box in photo form (fastener et al) with the cards:





I wish to show you the progress of this work, but the file won’t load up for some reason ._.

There was a new brief that happened before the Christmas break, which was set up with numerous other briefs to choose from, set up by design organisation D&AD. The brief I chose was to design a new range of perfume and packaging for L’Artisan Parfumeur.

There were four scents in total, which had to be based on these human emotions:

Scent a: Passion and desire. Sex and lust. Raw and physical.

Scent b: Perfect, sublime love. An interior emotion.

Scent c: Excitement and fear. Adrenaline, exhilaration and thrill.

Scent d: Elegant and dignified. Stormy yet still.

The perfume bottle/package designs had to take a modern approach whilst still retaining the quality of L’Artisan Parfumeur. The final designs are only drawn, so no making was needed *phew*

The file below is my sketchbook work/mood boards/ other stuff that was a part of this project. Just so you know exactly why my designs have become what they are now.


Hopefully that made all sense.

Now here are the final designs of each scent, as a collection together (flat/opened/unopened), symbol collection and perfumes with its individual packaging:





Scent a: Eros

Scent a: Eros

Scent b: Utopia

Scent b: Utopia

Scent c: Dive

Scent c: Dive

Scent d: Tempest

Scent d: Tempest

All of this was done using Illustrator and its 3D effects. First time I tried using it and it was really interesting to use. The only thing I need to work out is how to do a sphere :p

For Experimental Communication, back when I did the Containment assignment, I did it wrong. It was actually meant to be you had to look into objects that are forms of containment. So I looked further into contained messages. My final solution was a fortune cookie, as the message is contained within the cookie, which is then contained within a package. So it is a containment within a containment.

Development-wise, my tutor suggested to me to make my own fortune cookies with my own messages. And I did them over the winter break. And failed. Badly. Just to say, they are harder to make than they look. Only one came out right.

So here it is:


Surprisingly, I still have it after almost a month. And it hasn’t gone mouldy. But it doesn’t have the nice smell it had at the beginning. Plus, I didn’t advise anyone to eat it because:

  1. It was not cooked fully (when not cooked fully, they’re more so like pancakes, but when they did cook, they did taste really yummy!);
  2. It fell on the floor a few times, and
  3. Ryan thought it would be fun to test out whether it could bounce once flung to the floor and cupboards, and it did… o.O’

Unfortunately I can’t remember what message was in that cookie, but below is an image of the list of my personal messages (most are made up, with at least 2 or so taken from the web as I couldn’t think of anymore):


Another assignment I had to do was create a typographical A2 poster of a famous speech, whether it is from a film or an actual person. But it has to contain a substantial part of the speech and not contain forms of illustration.

My choice was to do a speech from the 2002 film We Were Soldiers. I decided to watch the whole film and not just the part with the speech I found so that I can feel what it is like and what imagery I get from watching it. I’m not a war-film person (I’ve always found them boring every time my dad has it on) but this film I would recommend to anyone. It has a lot of tear-jerking moments and although it is to do with war (i.e. Vietnam war) it has some good parts to it. Whilst watching it there is a part in there which made me decide what my wedding song would be.

As for the speech I chose, you can see it on the link. In the film itself, it comes around 38 minutes into it, which I was surprised by as I thought it would be almost halfway it would be in. But here is the speech in text form. It is when Lt. Colonel Hal Moore speaks to his men before going into battle:

Look around you. In the 7th cavalry, we’ve got a captain from the Ukraine; another from Puerto Rico. We’ve got Japanese, Chinese, Blacks, Hispanics, Cherokee Indians. Jews and Gentiles. All Americans. Now here in the states, some of you in this unit may have experienced discrimination because of race or creed. But for you and me now, all that is gone. We’re moving into the valley of the shadow of death, where you will watch the back of the man next to you, as he will watch yours. And you won’t care what color he is, or by what name he calls God. They say we’re leaving home. We’re going to what home was always supposed to be. Now let us understand the situation. We are going into battle against a tough and determined enemy.

I can’t promise you that I will bring you all home alive. But this I swear, before you and before Almighty God, that when we go into battle, I will be the first to set foot on the field, and I will be the last to step off, and I will leave no one behind. Dead or alive, we will all come home together. So help me, God.

The speech is incredibly powerful, and you feel so moved by it. Well, I certainly did. The imagery I got more so was referred to the battle ground and the bounding by blood. My first idea was to combine soil with red paint (making it represent blood) mixed with pva so that I could paint the words onto a fake grass canvas. That didn’t work. So my plan B was to have the words printed out in outline form and place pva glue over each letter, then sprinkling soil using a tea strainer/sieve thing. And it turned out well.


I only did 3/4’s of the speech. My tutor was very pleased with it. She then suggested that since I did try to experiment using something that could be blood, how about creating another speech in real blood. By that, she meant blood from the butchers.

I was quite hesitant at first but I did email a butcher in the area. And he contacted me back saying he would collect and store some for me. I went to collect it (and there was a lot!), then as soon as I came home I started on the piece, minus the stench from it. In the end I did get used to it, but it didn’t feel nice when it was dripping down my arm as I was using my little finger to write it as it was the best way to get the effect (brushes or using plastic gloves didn’t work as well as getting down to it with the hands!).

And this is what came out of it, the whole speech, and 8 pages long:









I’ll admit that it was fun doing it, and using such an unusual medium made it more so fun.

And that’s about it. Hope you enjoyed this long post. Right now I am working on a picture of Sailor Moon that I drew as I have been in a Moonie frenzy the last few days. So I’ll post that once it’s done : )

Tits in Bras & Love in Hearts

12 Dec

A very odd title, I know, but once you read this brief I got given last week from my tutor from the Experimental Communication module, you’ll understand:


The ones with the arrows is what I chose to do. We had to interpret it in any way we thought would communicate the phrases.

And this is what I came out with:



I wanted to do the “Beer in bottles” one and take a photograph of beer bottle sweets, but they’re really hard to find… So my “Love in hearts” used the same sweety idea, by using the well-known Love Hearts which always have a message of love in them, which goes well with the “Love in hearts” phrase.

Unfortunately the photograph isn’t as bright as I wished for it to be, but with a simple digital camera, indoor lighting and numerous minutes trying to adjust it on Photoshop, it can’t be helped.

So what would your interpretation be for one of the phrases? ^_^

Overall Work Design Progress

7 Dec

There have been plenty of changes to the projects in the modules.

For the calendar, I had to do these things throughout the past weeks:

  • Firstly, make all the illustrations in a darker colour to the block colours. So no harsh black interferes with it.
  • February: Change lower heart image to something else — too many hearts in one viewing.
  • Add info to the Sheraton/UNICEF (just use text from both websites)
  • Change the typography on the front. Makes it too corporate.

Next attempt:

Well after that it was said that the images on the box front does not reflect the drawings that are inside, so place kids at the front and back instead, with the text at the back set in columns.

Did that and came out with this Calendar design. You can also see them below. But in my opinion, the front does not work well compared to the back of the box. The tutor agrees also. So the design needs to be planned out again. It might be the colours, the poses, both, or something else. But it definitely needs sorting.

(The recipes in the calendar are only examples and are from books or the internet — just so the client knows what it looks like and that each month has a recipe based on the occasion linked to that particular month).







In case you wonder, this is the box design with the cards:



The box is tied through an elastic attached to the back which comes around the front and ties around the fastener.

The musical posters have also changed, with these notes taken into account:

Closer Than Ever:

  • Change title typeface — more ‘Art Nouveau’ style
  • All type to right side in line with petal
  • Include logos and musical information

And The World Goes ‘Round:

  • Flowers smaller
  • Small text brought further down
  • Title typeface changed to a sans-serif oblique face
  • Logos and Musical information added
  • Place a yellow flower shadows  for contrast behind original flowers

And these are the final designs. Hopefully they are the final designs.



For the Between The Lines project, the idea was really liked by my tutor, who advised me to add hair to it.


That’s it for the Design Portfolio module. There is a new project that’s just started, so there’s not much to it really.

As for Experimental Communication, a lot has been going on. From developing projects more to new ones. From when I did the postcard/Foutaises project, I developed it a bit more by attempting to post out a tea bag (which from my ‘Likes’, was: I like watching a tea bag expand as you pour hot water onto it.

My first attempt in posting it resulted it coming through, but with no tea grains in the bag. When I looked at it, it was deliberately cut. As well as this, it did not get stamped on to certify that it was posted, so I had to send it through again. My second attempt resulted in tea bag not even coming through and torn off from the address tag. Again, no certify stamp so I’ll have to send another one again, fully stapled and on a bigger address tag. Hopefully third time’s a charm.

Another idea I did for the postcard was a scroll which placed all my likes/dislikes written in calligraphy writing, and tied up with a ribbon. Pretty and personal.

A new project we had to do was visual instructions, with no text. And the instructions cannot be anything simple like how to make a cup of tea. Can be anything fun or ridiculous.

This was mine: How To Take Candy From A Baby:


We have another new project, which I’ll have to read through again as it’s a bit….. I’ll just say riddle-like, but isn’t at the same time :/

For Concept Development and the Sabbatical project, in the end I produced a thaumatrope. One side had a cage and the other had a dog. When spun you would see the dog in the cage, indicating it being trapped with no freedom. When no longer spinning, the dog is free.

A new project was given, where we have to produce a 32-page book on images based from our research and development of our sabbatical. Each image, however, has to be in some form of print, whether it be photocopy, digital print, lino or screen print. The images can be found in my blog for this module.

The other day I had an assessment with my tutors from the Design Portfolio and Experimental Communication. I’m doing well so far and my research is well prepared. The main thing they told me was that I lack ‘edginess’ in my work and need to tap into my ‘dark side’. Also, although my drawings are good, they’re old but not old and needs to tap more into a contemporary form. Hopefully that made sense to you readers. But it was basically like my instructions: although in a similar drawing style to the calendar drawings, it was more contemporary due to its format and black and white style. I don’t know how I’m going to do make my work more edgy, but hopefully it will work out. I do know that they like the way I work with proper materials/objects. We’ll just wait and see.

So that’s about it until the next time : )

Works In Progress

14 Nov

So after a long while (although it’s been a week since my last post), I can be able to post up some work on here.

It’s been really busy with plentiful late nights (right now it’s gone 2:30am) and plentiful of projects keeping me going. And a few of them are coming to an end…..eventually.

So the calendar project for Sheraton Hotels and charity organisation UNICEF has been made. My tutor only specified to do at least 3 or 4 month designs to get the basic gist of what it looks like. The designs are all my own, and in my own drawing style for children (based on, as you know, my Little Cuties style). It took me a while to get it looking like this and at some point I’ll post up the photos of the actual product. For now here are the digital designs. Eventually I will show you the prep drawings also. And once I work out how to put these images as a slideshow I’ll put that on instead.

For another project, we have to do promotional material for our university partners the London College of Music, who will be doing productions of the musicals And The World Goes ‘Round, Closer Than Ever and Into The Woods. We choose two to do and I did And The World Goes ‘Round and Closer Than Ever. I have been working on these designs for the past….3 weeks. So far it’s still on the development stage of what the idea will look like, but below is the concept for the posters.

These were done using water colour on paper (for the petals/middle), scanning it in and Photoshopping/Illustrator-ing it. I’ll have to wait until Thursday to see if they’re ok, so they are not yet finished.

We were also given another mini week project from the same module (Design Portfolio) to do a typographic piece based on the phrase “Between The Lines” It doesn’t have to be digital, but needs to be experimental and sized up to 420mm x 600mm with 300dpi and CMYK mode. So far I have done two, was planning a third one but I think I’ll pass for the moment. (Edit @ 15:40 : Feeling too ill to do so and working on calendar piece at the moment which is going very slowly right now).

The first one was made from skinny post-it notes, whilst the one just above is made from bendable hair rollers (which work wonders for curls!). Afterwards they were photographed from their original environment, then photoshopped for a brighter look both in object and background. So far my favourite is the second one (hair rollers).

Experimental Communication involved a few things since the postcard. One was that presentation I did in the last post. One other project we had to do was to recreate a product into an advertisement of a certain style. My chosen product was Shell Motor Oil and the style I had to take it in was 1960s wrestling posters. For this project however I have to develop it and make changes to it so it will be posted at a later date.

Since that one, there has been another, where we have to produce a stencil for screen printing (I’m so excited for that! Last time I done it I was….16!) based on a political view that you feel strong about. For me it was against fox-hunting. I like my little wild critters so it saddens me that this “sport” still goes on behind the scenes even though there was a banning/ Hunting Act in 2004.

We had to do extensive research and many sketches for our idea, which had to be restricted to one image and one colour only. From the research I found out that it is not only the fox that gets killed/injured. The hunting dogs also follow that fate, due to road/railway lines. So my whole focus was to show the aspect that both these animals, who are really the same breed, have the same fate.

My first design (below) showed the fox and hound joined together. The use of colour was to represent blood and the colour of their coats are similar to it. However, the main problem was that it looked too intricate for a stencil, and that it does not portray the injured/killings of these animals. From what one person in my class described it as, was “a very good-looking logo for a vet“.

It was created from initial full body sketches of the fox and hound from references of these particular postures of the animals, scanned in and went over on Illustrator using the calligraphic brush tool.

My next ideas focused on an image as inspiration that my tutor for the module showed us in a presentation:

She mentioned about using a similar blood splatter effect on my piece and another student suggested to do severed heads. So I tried to combine the two. Don’t know if they work, but we’ll see on Thursday.

And last but not least, is my sabbatical. For that, I went to a behind the scenes tour of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in Battersea, London. From that experience I felt a lot of emotions ranging from happy, sad, and to angry due to the dogs/cats being kept there and thinking how ‘owners’ could just dump their animals.

I can understand ones who are in financial difficulty, or that the animal got jealous of a new baby, but when I heard that one gave their dog away because they have five kids already and expecting a sixth, and deciding that now is not the time to look after a dog appalls me. Just makes me wonder how people can be so heartless.

Anyways, they were all so wonderful and I wanted to take every one of them home. There was one particular dog I liked called George, and we were told by a volunteer there that he was afraid of men, which showed when Ryan came up to his pen/kennel area. When Ryan told me to come over, George suddenly went up to the fencing bit and starting licking it and everything! It was so cute >w< Unfortunately we could not stroke the dogs due to infection risk from one animal to another, and if we did touch one (there were two instances as they were giving performances) we had to use their specialised antibiotic gel.

There was also a really fluffy ginger cat called Junior whom I also loved. And it’s happy to hear that he has been rehomed, so I hope the new owners are treating him well : )

As for the project itself, we had to produce a logo based on our experiences (which mine is the emotions I went through) and afterwards produce an artefact. I’m on my way into making it and you can find the info on here. That is my blog for the Concept Development module and on there talks of the work I have done so far to date based on that. At some point I will scan in the sketches I have done during the sabbatical. But for now, none of those ideas shown on there are what I am planning to do as a final artefact.

Also, no comments for that blog as it’s for my tutor only, but if you wish you can follow it also. Thank you ^_^

So that about wraps it up. It’s nearly 4:30am, and I’m off to bed. Night! ^_^

Back To The Past

6 Nov

So for a project in Experimental Communication I had to do a presentation based three images/instances on how and what influenced me to become what I am as a designer today.

This is the presentation and I hope you enjoy knowing that little bit more about me  : )

“Take One Egg…” Presentation

Whilst I was thinking it through and looking for things, when I thought of my Foundation year I looked through all the discs I had with my work from then on there. As you saw on the presentation, I did an illustration of an area of Covent Garden Market where there were performers (singers, instrument players etc). I still remember that day, Ryan was accompanying me and we enjoyed listening to the women play on the violins/violas and cello.

Anyways, I found some more images that I did back then, and thought I would share them with you. They were my first time in doing proper illustrations on Photoshop (version 7), where I was not yet introduced to the likes of Illustrator etc.

Big Ben

Covent Garden Market

Fleet Street Monument

London Eye

Millennium Bridge

Queen Victoria Memorial

Wonder if they would look the same if done again after three years… Who knows, because I don’t really want to redo them! They’re nice as they are, especially for reflecting back on my work : )