College Work

NatSatClub Devon Dialect Project

My final illustration for the word “zart”.

We have been given a project at our NatSatClub to choose a word from the Devon Dialect and then illustrate it.  I made a long list of words, some of my favourites are:

Snishums : Sneezing

Flink : To sprinkle

Zummit : Something

Drumbledrone : Bumblebee (apparently this one was inspiration for Dumbledore’s name!)

I chose to illustrate the word ZART which means “daft”.  I looked up the meaning of daft and its synonyms.  They fell into two main groups, one with words like “stupid”, “idiotic”, and other not very nice words.  The other group contained “eccentric”, “absurd”, “peculiar” and “crackers”, and I thought that this group had a more fun and friendly character, and would be good to illustrate.

I thought about this group of synonyms and tried to make a list of my visual ideas.  I came up with lots including Wonka, circuses, spirals, dizziness, wonky, uneven, twist, and drunkenness.

Next I made sketches with the letters in “zart”, trying different forms of the letters and playing with the sizes and the way they came together.

My sketches playing with the letters in ZART

At this stage I had chosen a basic shape I liked.  I drew it out bigger and tried it out as an outline and a sort of silhouette version.  I started adding extra parts, like a Mad Hatter top hat and drunken bubbles popping.  I felt that these would give an eccentric dizzy feel to the illustration.

Working with my sketches in a bigger format.

After I had a good idea of what I wanted I tried a sketch using a thick graphite stick to help me make the letters flow better and to be more expressive.  I played with this a bit erasing and adding to it, thickening the letters, changing the way they sloped and trying out stripes.  When I was happy I copied my design out in ink using my Pentel brush pen.

Trying my design out with a graphite stick then in ink.

I really liked my design as it was but I wanted to fill in some of the stripes with the black ink to finish it off.  I haven’t coloured it yet but I think that this piece would work really well in a purple shade with either a green or an orange as a secondary colour.  The final black and white version is at the top of this post.

It is fun learning about different words and doing this project reminded me of the Devon Words art project by Caitlin Hennessy which I saw at last year’s Weekender exhibitions and which I wrote about here.  I really enjoyed this project and will definitely be doing more lettering and illustrating with words in the future.


Personal Work

Inktober 2016

This post is a collection of all the drawings I did for Inktober.

Day 3: Collect
Day 4: Hungry
Day 5: Sad
Day 11: Transport
Day 13: Scared
Day 14: Tree
Day 19: Flight
Day 20: Squeeze
Day 21: Big
Day 25: Tired
Day 30: Wreck
Day 31: Friend

I posted them on my Instagram as they were finished.  I am interested in doing some work for Huevember but I haven’t started yet!

Personal Work

New things!

New things!

Here are some of the new things that I have got recently:

Pearson Student Planner & Academic Diary – This planner is aimed at university students but it has lots of useful advice for all types of independent learners.  I looked at several different planners and chose this one because the planner section is simple and has lots of space for everything I need, with Monthly, Weekly and To Do pages, and every week there is a good study Tip which gives directions to more thorough advice in a numbered section at the back.

Sharpie pocket highlighters – four different colours for my planner which haven’t smeared my writing or the print in the book.

Pentel refillable brush pen – I was recommended this by a friend for drawing and sketching.  The ink is black and waterproof.

NEO Magazine Issue 163 – arrived this morning!  This is a different size than usual and has an article about Godzilla in it with a really cool photo of actors on set in their kaiju costumes.  I always look forward to the cosplay and art sections most and I have a six month subscription.

Kuretake DAW100-6 “Practice Japanese Character Set That You Can Practice Many Times With The Water” bought from KMZ-tradings via Amazon.

Kuretake Practice Japanese Character set – in this set is a writing mat, a waterbrush and a pipette to help fill it (but mine filled under the tap easily), an instruction book (in Japanese), and a little folder to hold everything together.  You fill the cartridge in the pen with water then practice hiragana with the pen on the writing mat. The water shows up black as you write but fades away in thirty seconds or so, so you can practice without using up paper and ink.  The mat has guideline squares to write in and the whole set is really cute and useful.  KMZ-tradings included an origami crane which was a sweet surprise!

Inside the DK visual dictionary

DK Japanese English Bilingual Visual Dictionary – I have been learning Japanese for a few months now and needed a Japanese-English dictionary to learn more everyday vocabulary relevant to the things I do.  This visual dictionary is thick and heavy and is really easy to use to find groups of words which all relate to the same topic, like household items, or sweets.  Its a great help but it would be good if there was a lighter pocket size version for carrying around!