I suppose I initially chose this book for my immediate interest into the short story, seeing some potential in colour and pattern experimentation. This changed A LOT however through the course of the unit. I feel I began well, as I usually would, being vast in my medium and techniques; drawing and painting how I saw the story. But it became apparent during tutorials that I needed to remember the brief and end goal: That I was in fact illustrating a book, and not having too much fun in creating pattern work to surround the story.
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After a mini panic of "but what should I do", and "HOW should I actually do it?!", and even "am I on the RIGHT COURSE!" - I reminded myself that I could actually draw and to remain focus of the task at hand, and found a method of working that suited me.
Now and then I do have moments when I feel like Illustration isn't right for me: That I'd much prefer being on BA Textiles where I can be expressive with my paint and explore pattern design. However, I have learnt that Illustration does seem suited to me and broadens my career path even further; and to remember that it is still important to do work that I like and enjoy, but to mold it around the current job.
I got into a routine of roughing out compositions - which I definitely found to be one of the hardest parts: I've had to learn to incorporate all sorts, such as the theme I want to illustrate; a certain mood; how the figures sit together; negative space (another fav!) ... - These roughs allowed me a base to refine the composition, conversation, colours, and more!
Actually painting my interior illustrations took quite a while. I definitely discovered a lengthy process! But I am incredibly proud of my finished outcomes and they seem to be a success amongst my peers. Being given the publication context - including how it was to be presented (as a jacket, etc.) and its dimensions - helped a lot with timing! I've learnt from last year that developing what your outcome will actually be - be it a 3D craft model or a bound book! - can take a lot of time. So I already felt prepared knowing what it was that I was designing, which helped in the final couple weeks to allow me to spend precious time refine my illustrations.
I have always felt that my final outcomes have fallen in respect to professionalism, however I am so happy and proud with these images - nicely shown off with a hand bound book!
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