Monthly Archives: July 2011

2nd project recap and evaluation pt.2 with added brainstorm.

Basking 4.

From this point on it was a continuous process of evaluation and improvement

Cans 3.

I made lots of new drawings, some like this one were intended as backgrounds.

I found compositions I liked by photographing and cropping.

I developed my story, adding new characters and more drawings.

The Whale scene gave me lots of problems ,  although  i liked the first one I wanted to make it just one whale and for it to be visibly swallowing fish.I wanted the text to resemble a Victorian newspaper or leaflet so that my fish were wrapped in newspaper. Once I had settled on a page size and shape I worked out the text and this gave me a framework that allowed me to arrange my pop ups effectively and start to create my final working rough.

Bait Ball.

Close ups bait ball.

Even closer.

Whale ( minus prawn)

Finally for the whale I went back to my original drawings because they had the most impact.

Cans.The Dark.

I was disappointed with the print quality for this page, but the page is much improved byt the pop out which has the text and an illuminated prawn – I’ll add photos later.

The final page is the golden plaice. I wanted it to look like Fish and chips – the anchovies are the ‘small fries’ or chips. Unfortunately I left this page til last so it is a bit less developed than some of the others. This is an unfinished version without prawn ( being swallowed) and some extra pop up anchovies.

Overall I’m very happy with how thi sproject has progressed. I am pleased with my rough and how it all came together at the end. All the pages would need work – some more than others, but I think I could show this rough off to potenial employers without the need to start spending a lot more more money now on expensive printing. If I was to take it further personally than the next step would be just that – sourcing the correct paper and printing technique. I’d want quite a few of the images printed on both sides.

I found my research and my essay very helpful for this project, by looking into nonsense and the ideas about its rules and purpose I found a lot of inspiration. It also carried on well from my previous essay and I explored Freud in greater detail which was rewarding.

The main area where I think I possibly let myself down was by not continuing with colour which was something that at the start I had set out to do. My theoretical research led me to the conclusion that it was not appropriate for this project, but I think it could work vry well in colour and although it might alter the implied audience it woud most certainly improve its commercial appeal. Having said that this project is a big step forward in commercial viability compared to my last one so maybe I am progressing in this way. Now that my loan is running out and Ive started applying for any job i can find, life is really motivating me to find more financial benefits from th stuff I love doing.

What next? Well it is becoming apparent that my MA is focusing on humour and that perhaps this has always been one of the central themes to my illustration. I also like to develop new processes having already taken on screenprinting and paper engineering. As I touched on in my essay these structures seem to help balance out my natural tendency towards expressive marks and absurdity. So do I find another process to develop or stick with what I’m doing? I think there is a lot I can still do with pop ups so I want to carry on this research, I want to get more colourful and I want to use my typographic skills more because I enjoy typography and use it a lot in my design work.

 It was by using a computer that provided the necessary technical structure for my flyers, and the format and printing. Before that I was always about books, books and books. so do I stick with making books or do i do something bigger? I was considering making some large pictures for my final show, maybe large scale cartoons or picture narratives. I have also considered wrting a short story for children ala my hero Roald Dahl. I also have a childrens book that I wrote when I was ten that Id like to revisit called Ozzy and Boogy Boogy Boo!

I like rules and writing so Oulipo is an area I should research into, perhaps I can apply these kind of rule to my visual work, or to my reimagining of stories I wrote as a child – with an xtra dimension through paper engineering. That sounds intresting..



2nd Project – recap and evaluation part 1.

My main inspirations for this project were the Edward Gorey pop up book ‘The Dwindling Party and the artist Samuel Fallours. I realised that I wanted to experiment with paper engineering. Both Gorey and Fallours used a lot of nonsense in their art and I have long been interested in nonsense as a genre so this seemed like a good area to study. Here I shall recap on what I have done and show some highlights, although you will find much more if you trawl back through my blog since March.

I also wanted to make use of the wonderful cornish seaside so my practical research started with drawing and photographing rockpools.

This research took me to many beautiful beaches around Cornwall.

Praa Sands.

I found many beautiful things.

Strawberry Anemones.

Shells and barnacles.

Velvet crab.

Hermit crab.I started to sketch the things that I found.

Crab fragment.
dible crab pieces

Flotsam and jetsom.

Rockpool on Castle beach.

If I couldn’t find it on the beach, I bought it from a shop (and sometimes managed to draw it before I ate it.. )

I experimented with Fallour-ish colour.

Then I started making Characters.

I came up with an idea for a story inspired by ‘The dwindling party’ but involving sea creatures on a journey to find ‘the golden plaice’ which in the story is a fish but is actually the name of a fish and chip shop in Bath. I started writing the story in prose inspired by nonsense verse.

Bait Ball 1.

My early pop ups used my sketches and my characters to illustrate scenes from my story.

Cans 1.

Text and layout.



Then up came a whale and swallowed them all, only prawn was left not one morsel more,’ohhhh’ wailed prawn ‘what shall I do now, he fiddled his feet and wiped sweat from his brow.

Prawn lifted his gaze and to his great surprise, found himself glaring into two solden eyes. At last prawn had arrived at the golden plaice to be, he entered his kingdom and was forever after – happy.