Archive for May, 2011

“Bringing Creativity and Business Together”

The advice I gained from this lecture is listed below:

Be careful on the web, you can’t have the same shop name, as it’s judged as one country.

The good and the bad






Bad Debtors

You’re the Boss


Work Experience



Going the extra mile

Supply Chain


You’re the Boss






Wind Spaghetti into a ball, it look like a ball of wool, and kitten likes to play with wool.

Creative boom


Don’t ignore the competition

Be careful

Put in the hours

Don’t forget about advertisement.

All good advice … unfortunately by now I was feeling very ill and had to go off sick with the flu, which is a shame as I missed a lot of the lectures which I had hoped to attend.

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The next day I attended two lectures. Here follows my notes on those.

Computer games: concept art and illustration in the entertainment industry- Lee Carter

Made Project Gothem Racing James Bond Blood Stone

One advantage of his job – gets to travel a lot, eg. went to Tokyo taking photos for Project Gotham.

Concept art is like a story board for games.

Some of the advice offerd by Lee Carter:

Accept that you are not going to be good at all areas of drawing
Gathering reference is important, not to be ashamed of using it
A lot of research for concept art for gaming ….. there is a lot of detail.

I found this lecture to be particularly interesting as I am interested in the role of the concept artist in gaming or in the entertainment industry in general, so it was very interesting to gain an insight into the role first hand. I found the advice given to be useful, and I really enjoyed the lecture.

6 years out: Joe List

Joe List is a graphic designer and illustrator, who studied animation at Glyndwr university 6 years ago.  The advice he gave I have listed in bullet points below:

Get your stuff together

Get to know the Adobe suite

Don’t try and make something look real, is hard and often looks guff

Keep pitching!

Take part in competitions/projects

Keep sketchbooks


Invent projects

Don’t work for free unless its worth while

Don’t hide your work

Grain edit

Be sensible

Get a site

Be professional

Be charming

Create something genuine and unique

Create your own style

All of which I found to be useful advice and a lot of things to add to my “to do” list.

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One of the things I have become involved with this year has been Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, which combines life drawing classes with Burlesque themed entertainment.


So what’s this really all about ?

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School North Wales lets you loose, to ‘draw’ inspiration from theatrical burlesque performers, the playground of the fun, colour, weird and wonderful
~ an excellent source for artists and non-artists alike.

Dr. Sketchy’s North Wales only wants you to have the very best kind of fun when engaging the right side of your brain, so each class will set the tone with a different theme, prizes to win, ability to drink booze whilst drawing and listen to the best old
timey tinkerly tunes. A feast for all senses I’m sure you’ll agree!

Remember! This is no place for rubbing out lines, tearing up work, only embracing
the now, for all skill levels.

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art school is the little New York art event that became a
movement. Founded in 2005 in a dive bar in Brooklyn, by model and artist Molly Crabapple. Dr. Sketchy’s the world’s premier alternative drawing movement has now spread to over 120 cities worldwide. From Tokyo to Tennessee, to NYC and Paris!

The North Wales tale began in the autumn of 2010. Travelling the region for interesting haunts from castles to coal mines to bring you an art experience like no other! With Madame Ex at the helm to help both experienced and new artists on their way. It’s what a life drawing class would be like if they held them at the Moulin Rouge…

Expect a roomful of all kinds of folk from artists to beginners and back again. Quick sketches into longer ones, fun exercises (all sitting down of course) performances and prizes. Bring your own pens, pencils, charcoal, oil pastels, neat water coloured sets, sketchbooks and drawing boards. Although supplies of A4 sheets of paper and soft drawing pencils will be available on the night.

I have really enjoyed attending this life drawing class “with a difference” and have improved my sketching skills greatly. The class has also provided me with inpsiration for my University projects such as the Music brief, and has given me the opportunity to improve my ability with drawing the female anatomy.

Dr Sketchys Posters:

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During this last term I was pleased to be able to attend a felt workshop and I really enjoyed creating this little character out of felt:

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For this brief we were required to create an illustration representing cutting off water supply, for a newspaper article.

I thought initially about what would happen to the world if water supply was cut, and how it would affect our every day life around the home. One of the most common ways of cutting water is through the hose pipe bans, and I decided to produce an illustration based on the impact of a hose pipe ban and how it would affect one individual. With no water available to water plants and flowers the world would soon be devoid of colour, and so I chose to create a largely black and white image. The only use of colour in this illustration would be the tiny drop of water emerging from the hose …..  symbolising that the water represents the life-line and the colour in the world.

My  illustration shows a small child with a very sad expression, holding up a hose from which emerges one single blue drip, while the plant in the pot withers and dies. This shows the effect that a water ban would have on one small child, yet it symbolises the impact it would have on the entire world.


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This brief required the creation of an illustration which shows why it is important to grow greenery and flowers in towns and cities. EggMag is a positive publication and looks towards a very sunny future. They are looking for something eyecatching with a subtle and important message.
My ideas for this illustration was to create something eyecatching and positive, an image of paradise or utopia, showing a perfect world, with sunshine, flowers, greenery. This illustration would aim to show city dwelling people that they could have a piece of this perfection in their own world if they encouraged the growth of plants and flowers, in keeping with the positive, sunny future ideals of the magazine.

On a recent trip to London I spent some time in Hyde Park, and was amazed by the fact that I was in the centre of a great city, yet I could have been a million miles away in the country as everywhere was so green and peaceful and the trees blocked out the buildings and the noise. It was this feeling of being peaceful and relaxed in a beautiful natural setting that I wanted to re-create with my illustration:

This is my initial design for the illustration:

I then decided that the illustration needed the city in the background as a contrast, but I wanted to show the city as faded and distant, as though it was almost disappearing, to symbolise that the growth of flowers and greenery in the city can almost make you forget you are in a dirty bustling city and  it can make you feel that you are in an oasis of tranquility.

The finished illustration:

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This brief required creating an illustration for an article entitled “Rumours”. I decided to attempt a different approach for this design and I chose to use a different technique. I initially sketched an image of a whispering girl and then coloured the image using just dots. The image was duplicated to give the effect of a rumour spreading along the lines of chinese whispers, and at the end of the sequence of whispering, the final girl is the subject of the rumour, is hearing it and appears shocked.

Overall I am happy with this image but may well change the background or deepen the colours if I have time as the images do appear to fade into the background. It does however illustrate the concept of rumours effectively and depicts the impact a rumour can have on a recipient.

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