Dogs Trust

 

Initial thumbnails:

 

More refined ideas and sketches of dogs and houses:

 

Client visual: 
Was originally going to make three different households with the same concept, so as to make them part of a campaign, but the layouts between the different types of houses were too different so it didn’t work as an over-all look. I therefore reverted back to the original idea, but added the “pun” of “Spot, the difference” (meaning Spot, the dog, makes the difference) to give it a “clever spin”.
A larger contrast between the happy house and the droopy house may be necessary, but then again, I don’t want to make a dog-less home look too sad considering not everyone can have a dog, and I don’t want anyone to feel like they’re missing out either. The logo will be added digitally to a final piece, so as not to change it’s design, as requested by Dogs Trust.

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After a chat with Darren some changes to the design were made. Changed the orientation of the piece from landscape to portrait, made more elaborate houses, the houses may still need to be edited to look…less Gothic, or menacing.
The final piece will have a slight difference in warmth between the right and the left side to show that there’s more joy/love in the house after the dog arrived.

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It was also suggested that “Spot, the difference” was not necessary, that having “House” and “Home” written above the building would suffice.

Final piece without light, logo banner. 

 

dogstrust done maybe

 

Final version with slogan and “Spot, the dog”:

Dogstrust done version 1

 

Did not run with with this version because it was pointed out that the text was redundant.

Final piece with proper logo and light details:

100 percent done

 

 

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Sherlock Holmes – Folio Society project

This was a really interesting project as it challenged me to think outside the box, whilst still using known Sherlock references without making it too cliche. I had a lot of ideas for the cover, but ended up working on, and re-defining my very first idea. I also almost completed a second version, but the one I chose in the end represents my vision of Sherlock more accurately. Some obvious traits like the violin and the gun were necessary, but I really wanted to picture his superior mind thinking 1000 miles a minute, hence the neurons. The opium poppy is both beautiful and thematically relevant, so I chose to incorporate that as well. Finally I went with a cigarette rather than the classic pipe. I didn’t want to use the opium pipe as it is only relevant for a few stories, but he smokes cigarettes quite often, it seems. I decided to let the neurons run over in the grooves next to the spine, as there are no important details there, but it would look better if you could see the design continuing rather than stopping abruptly.

The inside illustrations were harder to choose as they are more straight forward. But I looked for the literary images and went with that.

Character development(the numerous ones of Reginald further down on the page): 

 

 

Thumbnails and brainstorming:
(Mainly for the cover, but for some inside illustrations as well)
I wanted to illustrate how Sherlock’s mind works and did a few thumbnails for that. But then I also considered putting John Watson on the cover, as he is the one writing down the stories. I ended up running with the neurons in the brain in the end.

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Developed some of the sketches further: (The one that went on to be the front cover, the second front cover idea with the wallpaper that got discarded, and an opium den inside illustration that I also scrapped.)

 

The two illustrations I ended up choosing were also products of a lot of trial and error. For “The Musgrave Ritual” I really struggled as I had made up my mind to illustrate the phrase:

“Something of his birth place seemed to cling to the man, and I never looked at his pale, keen face or the poise of his head without associating him with gray archways and mullioned windows and all the venerable wreckage of a feudal keep.”The Musgrave Ritual -Arthur Conan Doyle

And I couldn’t let the idea go, but I kept trying to draw it over and over until I finally realised I had to alter my idea.

 

I decided to stick with the gray arches and the mullioned windows, but I made them more tangible, and instead tried to convey Reginald Musgrave’s snobbishness and the way he makes light of the ritual as a trivial treasure hunt.

The next problem was choosing colours and overlays:

I ended up liking the colourful warm light of these pieces best. Even though it is a dark story, the sun is important to cast the shadows that lead them to the solution. Therefore I chose warm sunlight as the backdrop for the tree. Seeing as Sherlock mentions this was one of his earlier cases, and that Mr. Musgrave went to university with him, I chose to picture him quite young.

 

The final inside illustration was a bit of a panic piece. I was running out of time fast, but still wanted an image that didn’t directly describe the text, rather a larger theme of the story, and then I came up with this:
irene sketch

Irene Adler twirling the men around her little finger, more or less in total control. A strong female lead ahead of the crowd.
Due to the fact that this piece was started so late, I didn’t have time to fine-tune the idea, and the final piece is basically identical o the first sketch. Ironically, this was my favourite of the two inside illustrations in the end.

 

Alternative overlays: (Bottom right is the original colour scheme for my piece. It was tweaked before it became the final piece.)

 

The first cover-design I was working on, but abandoned to go back to my original idea:
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I liked this one too, but in the end I preferred the more modern look of the second design.

Final piece, just the front design:

Front cover

This has a slightly different colour than the final pieces as I had to try different colours and levels for the piece to make it look right. I still don’t know if my final pieces look exactly as I wanted them to, but it could have been avoided if I did the whole project on a different screen. I am still happy with the final pieces and how the colours turned out.

Final piece with bleed:

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Final piece no bleed:

sherlock done no bleed

I had some trouble with the colours as my computer screen shows the colours very differently than other screens, so the greys ended up too “yellow” in my first attempts, I had to send the image to myself and open it on different screens to get the proper shade, but it worked out alright in the end. It is still too purple when I print it now, but it is not that I don’t know how to choose colours, it is my computer screen not displaying colours accurately; this makes working digitally very hard sometimes.

All final pieces together:

 

“Swim”

“Swim”:

5 page graphic novel chapter-brief: black and white + one colour

+ 1 chapter cover: Vignette black and white

Digital and/or traditional media

Struggled a bit with this project to begin with, I was not sure what I wanted to “write” about. Played around with some ideas about a draught with the people of Lincoln having resorted to drinking water from camel humps and cacti. Then I toyed with the idea of making it all a metaphor for over reactions, a tiny drop causing havoc etc. Finally I landed on a magical flood in a postcard of Lincoln curtsy of a “little” (everything is relative, he’s big for a post card) water spirit up to no good.

The water spirit has fun chasing down and changing all the humans of Lincoln and turning them into fish people, as you do. In the process the magical water he brings with him also changes people and objects into aquatic creatures and objects.

Got a bit of a slow start as I was working on a presentation at the same time, and I was not inspired at first, but when I just began sketching out potential characters it all began to fall into place and I worked out a story quite quickly.

 

Initial sketches and layouts:

 

Digital test pieces before tracing and traditional inking:

 

Client visuals:

 Alternative vignettes: 

 

Inspiration:

Reference pictures:

Final Pieces: 

 

 

Books and Storytelling [ill 2001M]

Children’s book illustration:

I decided to write my own story for this project. It is about a little hulder*
named Thistle. Early in the morning, she leaves her mountain cave of eternal summer to explore the world beyond. Throughout the day, and the book, she comes across various creatures, both mythical, and native to the forest. She has to decide whether to trust and help each of the characters, along the way she also learns about some dangers of winter.

*(Norwegian folk lore creature. A human with a cow’s tail. Swedish version has a fox tail) 

I got my Instagram followers to help me choose a name for the character by voting on one of the following:

  • Thistle
  • Wren
  • Sparrow
  • Meadow

Thistle won 🙂

 

Character development sketches of Thistle:

 

More colour-tests:

 

 

Clay progress:

Clay process

 

 

Secondary Characters:

 

 

Digital concept landscape:

 

Inspiration: 

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Layout thumbnails/sketches for pages and cover:

 

“Client visuals”:

 

Alternative titles and fonts: 

 

WIPs:

 

 

Final pieces no bleed, without text:

 

 

Final pieces with bleed and text/title:

 

I decided not to use any of my hand rendered fonts as they seemed too glossy or just out of sync with the rest of the image. Decided to go with already existing fonts from Photoshop, although I tweaked the “T” in Thistle a little.

Project 2: If You Could See Secrets

Prompt

 

Initial sketches and ideas

 

Client visuals

Colour palette

colour palette
Inspiration images to choose colours. Decided on the four colours in this square, plus white.

Test piece to try the gouache colours

colour test

WIP, paint in progress

wip paint

 

Finished Gouache piece with minor flaws, plus alternative colours

 

Finished Piece

done cleanup hundred percent

 

Digitally cleaned up to get rid of imperfections and dust from the scanner. No black was used in the creation of this image. All colours are mixed from Primary Yellow, Primary Red, Primary Blue and Zinc White gouache from Winsor & Newton.

Food

Most of the food was planned out in my head only, and drawn for the first time in the finished lineart as I mainly focused on the characters and setting.