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Final illustrations

14 May








14 May


Having looked over the brief I thought working in a group, would be a good opportunity as we could create an end of year project together, which would be a great ending to our time together as students.


Having come to the conclusion to which quotes I wanted to illustrate, I thought it would be a good idea to see what has already been done, so I researched on Pinterest to find some exciting work. I believe research made me very determined and inspired me to do well and work hard in this project, having seen what other designers have illustrated made me what to do the same!

Job roles:

In one of our group meeting we decided to split roles to make sure everyone had an equal part to do, this I believe was successful as everyone went away and got on with what they had to do yet at the same time we all felt (I felt) we could easily contact each other for opinions, feedback and help.

Along with Chloe and Chris, my role was branding. The three of us used facebook as an easy way of communicating. We illustrated many book cover designs and sent them to one another getting feedback and mixing ideas together before presenting them to the rest of the team. We had lots of positive and critical feedback in which we then went back and made more changes in order to finalise the cover design. Although the three of us had this role, James Sparks designed a cover as an example that everyone was keen on, we then all agreed that would be the front cover as it was the most simplistic and sleek design.


Having narrowed down everyone’s job roles, we had to find a suitable solution for everyone to stay in contact, especially over Easter, we have set up Contemporary Graphic Design group on Facebook so only group members are part of it and we are the only people who can see what each other posts. We have found this to be very useful so far as we all get notifications/emails when someone posts something on the group page.

As well as this, Chloe has kindly set up an email address for us all to share. This will be a good way of receiving content from other students and we will all be able to access which is very important! Using the same email address, a Dropbox account has also been set up for everyone to upload their designs and quotes as well as contributor’s designs and quotes. We have also signed up on Pintrest where we can pin images to our group board. This is helpful and inspirational as we can post images to give us ideas about our book. We can post anything from colour scheme ideas to fonts and layout examples


The only weakness i noticed in this project was that some team members did not attend most meetings and therefore had to be contacted and updated on changed. I believe obstacles like this will always happen when working in a group it’s just a matter of working round it. Also i couldn’t help but notice some peoples work was not at a high standard as the rest, my solution to this is help and advice them on how to improve their illustration/s.

My final illustrations:

Over all I am very pleased with my final illustrations and I am very glad all of them went in the book. If I could do this project again I would spend longer on a quote that I had in mind but did not follow through, having said that if I had followed that through my final illustrations may have suffered the consequences as time was limited and I wanted to perhaps take on more than I can handle.

Over all final product/ book:

I am very happy with the final book, I think it looks amazing and I am very glad I chose to be in the group project. This is a great piece to keep for future interviews and a good memory of my time at university.

SWOT Analysis

14 May

Swat Analysis stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats:


  • Team work- more ideas, input and contribution
  • Helpful feedback from one another
  • Each team member has their own style and strengths


  • Some team members not attending meetings
  • Some work was not at a high quality as others


  • The opportunity to have our work professionally printed
  • Great portfolio piece for future interviews
  • To get an incite of what future team work could be like.


  • If not funded, book would not get printed
  • Work completed weeks in advance to give time to print
  • If work does not fit with the overall style it will not get included

SWOT Analysis

Fourth quote

9 Apr

A friend of mine gave me a quote that i really loved so i thought it would be great for me to illustrate this piece. I found it challenging at first to illustrate this piece, but once i got the idea it way pretty easy.

trying different fonts:

Agony and ecstasy Final !

Agony and ecstasy Final  font 2

Agony and ecstasy Final !

Third quote

4 Apr

My third quote is ‘I love the idea that an image is universally applicable but hate that the message can be interpreted differently by audiences’ but i am thinking of changing this as having thought about it, i do NOT hate that the message can be interpreted differently by audiences, In fact i find it rather intriguing.

So with this in mind i have come to the decision that the quote will be shortened to:

‘A universal language to be interpreted by many different audiences’

Wanting to create a piece that everyone can understand yet interpret in their own way i came up with the idea of a heart with a design in the center and see what everyone thinks about it.
face_heart 2

So far the feedback iv had for this one is:

  •  I see a red heart in which I see two people kissing
  • A heart- the left side has a face and the other side is just a cracked piece.

I thought this first draft was a little easy so i made a few changes to it:

Face_heart 3The Feedback i got for this piece:

  • A broken heart, with a subtle outline of faces.
  • A girl going for a kiss,… it looks almost like she is holding a baby,… trying to kiss the baby…
  • A face in red and face in white
  • I see a broken heart and four faces
  • A broken heart and two people facing different directions, the heart breaking represents the end of a relationship and so the faces/ people are going in their own separate ways/ parting.
  • two faces one kissing another
  • It looks to me like a heart thats torn between two loves, not one thats broken.
  • A broken heart with two faces in the center, one kissing the other’s forehead and the other kissing the neck
  • I see a broken heart and two faces, a man on the top left and a woman under him on the right side. it’s like if they’re looking at each other but they’re on different sides of the heart, like two different and separate sides of the same love though, it’s quite a sad image i think.
  • two ppl facing one another ,on neck aswell and two paralelle faces
  • I see unity because the two pieces overlap info each other, passion because it’s a two people and its red and love because it’s a heart. If I had to turn this into a story I would title it ‘two become one: a tale of true love’

So far i am happy with the feedback i got, overall most people noticed a heart with two faces but some of the feedback had a story behind it which is very interesting. Having thought through everyone’s feedback i think this pieces does what i intended which is for everyone to look at the same image but interpret it in their own way 🙂

I find it very interesting that everyone can be looking at the same image but whilst one person sees a love story of two people kissing another person looks at the same image and sees a couple breaking up and parting whilst another person sees a woman kissing a baby! I love the feedback ! 🙂

Because i really liked the map incorporated in the clouds i thought it would be good to try the that cloud effect with the heart and faces to see how that looks (still needs some work done to it) :

cloud heart 1

Third quote world/map

3 Apr

I love the idea that an image is universally applicable but hate that the message can be interpreted differently by audiences.

clous map 2

Although i like this, i find that it looks like a map and not enough like clouds.

clous map 5

I like this one is a little better than my first draft but i still think the world is too obvious.

clous map 6

I like the idea behind these but at the moment i am struggling to create the piece i have in mind.

Having shown some people this piece and asked what they see this is the feedback i got:

  • Clouds 
  • Clouds in the shape of the world map
  • Clouds in the shape of a running dog facing left

Third quote- ideas and research

3 Apr

My third quote is:

I love the idea that an image is universally applicable but hate that the message can be interpreted differently by audiences.

So far this has been the most difficult and a real challenge!

My initial idea was to design a target sign and some how try and fit the target audience in the center (the target audience being the world)

[insert example]

However having thought more into it, i like the idea of creating a piece of work that in interpreted differently by everyone who views it.

having done some research i found these images that i really like:


An offtopic optical illusion Do you see the cat's eyes cow_optical_illusion_personalized_invitation-r32b31d6eed0946208a4ae2be76a395b6_8dnm8_8byvr_512


A few i tried out: