In this post I am going to look at the work I did last semester and see what I could improve on and what is strong in my work. I can then apply this to future projects…
Firstly is some work that was based on a story that I made up about a mouse.
The stairs monster… the stair monster os something that came into my head quite early in the project. I have used the same techniques as I did before with the Babel piece. My method at the moment is to scan in materials and collage material and then organise into a pre-drawn image that I have done. Changing the colour, position, size – if I want to see the texture or have it small and smooth, shade etc. I also like to play around with perspective…
In this image (double page spread) the perspective is from a totally new angle, the viewer sees from the monsters point of view and not the mouse. It then flips back to looking at the mouse and the monsters. I love easing around with perspective because you can either empower a character or make them look weak and innocent. When picking colours I don’t pre-plan on paper what is going where, I tend to go what I think would work and feels right, obviously somethings are set for example carrots traditionally are orange and peppers in this case is red.
For this image the brief was just one word – flexible. Straight away I thought of an octopus as they are very agile and flexible. Using just one piece of material that I scanned in I used Photoshop to change the tone of some areas to add depth and put a basic dark colour in the background so the creature stood out.
- Perspective – I think I am alright when it comes to thinking outside the box when trying to aim for a unique angle
- Colour – my colours tend to compliment each other
- Layout – I try to pull the viewer in when looking at my work
- Sequence – I find it easier to create a sequenced set of images as I like the flow of it
Need to work on:
- Colour – I know I just said thats its a strength but I also have a problem of making things all the same level so it become dull or neutral. I need to experiment more with bringing out a certain colour or use a different palette
- Composition – theres always room to improve the composition as it changes for each brief
- Day briefs – Summing up a text in one image I find difficult as I find I want to create a story out of it
- Reference – I’m not a natural when it comes to drawing from my imagination – I know what I want it to look at but it never comes out on paper the same. So this means I have to take lots of photos of everything from a tall building to soil on a wet day, this will help me when I need to reference a particular thing for a brief.
So after having a mini analysis of my past work I can look forward to future projects and use my strengths to create a strong illustration but also practice my weaknesses which would hopeful become a strength and establish a style of illustration that works and is unique. Easy as pie! (fingers crossed!)