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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!

Development Book

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:









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.

Chu’s Tale: How Little Fox Gets A Name

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

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.

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 ^____^

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 : )

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 : )