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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 :)

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 ^____^

Update: FMP & Professional Presentation

16 Apr

So it has been a while since I made a new post on here about my projects. A lot has been done and will need to start on producing the final outcomes.

Heights have been an interesting project so far, and trying to conquer my fear had its highs and lows.

So far I have been to the:

Millennium Bridge

Tower Bridge

The Monument

Emirates Cable Car

Alton Towers (theme park)

I revisited the Millennium Bridge once more and will do the same for the Monument this week. Unfortunately there were more places I wanted to go, but restrictions or no contact was made possible for it to happen.

There’s been panic, screaming, crying, dizziness, basically everything to do with acrophobia.

Mostly with the research I have to create visuals from them, so here are a few, created from either first or second-hand research:







There’s more but the post would take too long, about 30+ images have been created from the research. Once the book created for this project is done I’ll post up the 37+ page spreads as a pdf :p

For now I have a bit more research to do and planning out the final outcome, which will be a box filled with activities/illustrations that will convey the fear so people understand acrophobia more than what it is.

As for my Professional Presentation module, we have been planning our exhibition for the New Designers and designing posters/logos for it. With the project that is planned to be redone was a project done back in my first university year.

A character design assignment (and found here also), I created a character called Chu, who was a young fox who chased its tail and bit the top off, giving him the name. I created a short story of it, called Chu’s Tales, along with the plush, and never posted it on here, so I’ll post the short now:


I always wanted to develop this into an actual children’s book and create more stories for Chu’s Tales, so now is my time to do so. The story is being developed a bit more in terms of aesthetics and producing it in a book-style format. Just wait and see what happens : )

Final Semester: The Arrival

23 Feb

So it has been two weeks now since I went back to the last term of my third and final uni year, which brings up the subject of marks which I got in the last semester.

Good news — all three modules resulted in 2:1 (Upper Second), which I never got before in my time studying. There’s usually a lower second or a first somewhere but this time around they are all the same grade, though them being different marks in the 60’s range. Some of them weren’t far off from a first either! So hopefully that will help me in the final part in getting a really good grade at the end. I’m really chuffed about it ^_^

For the second semester, we only have two modules:

Professional Presentation

Final Major Project

The Professional Presentation will involve in us going back into previous works from either the third year or any other year in our time at the university to help develop our portfolio, and there are a few things which I might consider in redoing or developing. We can also have stuff that we have done in our own time, so I’m hoping some things will get added. But it all depends on what my tutor thinks.

We also have to produce 6(+) typographic CVs, which can not be just a simple format. We have to show our design intellectual with it (layout/use of typography etc). Right now I’m working on those and pretty much finished them, and next week we have CV workshops with one of our tutors so we’ll see what he says. Problem I have is that I didn’t realise the amount of qualifications I have…. It fits half of an A4 page! So I’m going to query about whether to include them all or just the important ones (like English/Art/Graphics etc).

Later on this year we have to attend a design show that will display our work to help promote ourselves and get possible employers. The show includes many other design based graduates from other universities so there will be some competition. But it’s all good, right? As they say, there’s nothing like some healthy competition!

The design show is called New Designers. With it though the whole year 3 group of my course will have to co-operate to produce the show for us as best as possible. So fingers crossed when that day comes!

As for the Final Major Project (or FMP I’ll call it), this is the major one, as you can guess by its name. This is the one that we have to create our own project, produce our own brief/proposal, write our own plan for the weeks ahead, and just basically do it. We were allowed to do anything we want, just as long as it can be prolonged to 10-14 weeks, we don’t have a finalised idea already set, and we can do a lot of first-hand research.

At first we had to come up with and produce some concept of three ideas.

My ideas were:

  1. Cats I Know/Have Known and Their Personalities
  2. Heights
  3. Simplifying rooms to their most basic shapes

For Idea 1, I wanted to do this because I’m basically a cat lover. The road I live in is full of cats. Since the age of seven years when we moved there, I have been surrounded by them. But overall, I personally know 5 cats. Four belonged to my neighbour (1 is still around), and another is a stray cat that has been sort of adopted by people who have seen him. As well as them, there are 4 that I know/have known over on Ryan’s part of the field: 2 sisters, 1 that passed a few years ago (who I also had a strong bond with), and a stray that we call Mo. Overall, I personally know/have known 9 cats altogether. Another reason of choosing this idea was because of the recent passing of one of my favourite cats, which was why I wanted to do it.

The concept of it was just based on a profile of one of the cats, or specifically, the stray in my area, who I refer to as Gingy (other people name him other names):


I did do another idea (because I wanted to do this topic so badly I tried to persuade my tutors to agree!) that was based on character design. basically portraying the cat as a human. With this, I did Little Miss Muppet, a cat of my neighbour’s. Hopefully you can see some of her personality in it.


(All the photographs of the cats were taken by me on random days they visited throughout the years. I always like to try to capture them at their cutest and loveliest moments!)

Idea 2 is based on my fear of heights. I have had this fear since the age of nine (now being the age of 22 and going to be 23 later this year), I still remember to this day how it came about and events that happened that I squirmed over. Simple things like standing on chairs or tables, going on escalators, gaps between flights of stairs, shopping malls…. Yeah, pretty much the simplest of things that no one would think would affect people, affect me. But even going near the edge of a bridge and looking down gets me all in a panic!

So this idea was pretty much trying to face my fear and attempting to overcome it. And here is a concept of the idea:


I dreaded standing on that table! Oh, and excuse the mess!

Idea 3 was based on something I read in a book I was referred to for the module, although not the same thing. It’s a bit complicated to explain, but I hope I can explain it well. Basically photograph rooms or areas of rooms and simplify them to their most basic shapes.

And this is what I came out with (which was originally a cabinet thing with a tv, game cases, game consoles, toys etc.


When presenting it to the tutors, Idea 3 was thrown out (which I was fine with) as I was restricted to drawing only (they want us to explore a lot… Somehow!). Idea 1 was liked by one of my tutors out of two. He said that to expand go to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and look at the cats there. Main problem: I already done that as a sabbatical for my Concept Development module last term, but it didn’t matter to him! However, in research terms it may not be able to carry on for a number of weeks.

Idea 2 was the most favourite, although the tutor who liked the cats idea preferred that idea more. But it was because it allowed me to delve deeper into the “out of the comfort zone”. It was also a reason to tap into my “dark side” as they mentioned to me before, but with them discussing areas that are high in London made me fill with complete dread! In some ways I wish I didn’t suggest that idea………… No turning back now.

So it’s finalised. My FMP will be based on my fear of heights. How will it turn out, I have no clue. Perhaps a lot of crying and not wanting to do anything! For this week, we have to do a presentation of what our project will be and the week after hand in the proposal and plan, which will finalise it in “contract form”.

Oh, and one last thing. I am one of the four people who got chosen for the calendar design for Sheraton Hotels! They took the ones they liked to discuss them over, and we will be notified once the decision is final. If I don’t get chosen, I will be disheartened, but at least I know that my work was that good for the client! If I do get chosen, however, I will certainly be thrilled!