Give & Take: Core drawing work shop (1)

Ignore the ‘(1)’ at the end, if this is the second or third drawing workshop we have done. I just cannot recall. 

We draw everyday as illustrators (or well, we’re suppose to… or I do anyway), but I have learnt a lot about collaborating with others in this drawing workshop. Not being afraid to express or join your idea or creation with another person will not stop or differ you in any way. I found out that, while i was looking at my group or partners drawing methods or how they do the set rules, that anyone can express them in a completely different way from mine.

I tend to be an illustrator who likes to spend their time drawing in detail or sticking with one style, but I found that, the most enjoyable thing of today was just smearing a pen across the page of imitating the shape of a brick, or not paying too much heed to the things we look at. While bearing in mind, that I did have to make some consideration towards why I have made those marks, I aimed to at least capture the shapes of those objects or the things I was looking at.

I did find a method that I enjoyed the most, which was the double toned colours and the continuous drawing. With continuous drawing, it can limit you to how you move the pen or tool across whatever you’re drawing on.



Give & Take: Researching chosen words- Part 2

This week, I’ve been looking back to my words again and thinking about how they could be explored. I wanted to start drawing with brushes and just doing very simple ideas that come to my head, when I start to think about them.

Feel, when I start to consider this word, I see scribbles upon scribbles building up, Emotions boiling and kicking up a whole new sensation upon the page.

Although, this is then over run with a blast of variety of colours. When someone else were to consider Feels, they would probably refer to a more sensory approach or emotions, but why not both? I tried to consider the opposite as well. Not being able to feel something makes us… broken? Being able to feel something is what makes us humans, but exploring this will be quite a challenge, which I’m very much looking forward to. (more…)

Give and Take: Research: GIFS (2)

Considering in looking at the more simplistic and shape or colour approaches with the gifs, I decided to consider the research with that direction.

A lot of these I found through Pinterest again, but they were unlabeled or didn’t have a link to who had originally created them, but I find it interesting how a few of them are set with a limited colour pallet and/or shapes and lines, yet they’re able to communicate what’s happening or what it’s for.

Things to take into consideration:

  • Movement
  • Context
  • Colour
  • Narration
  • Shapes/Lines used

Give and Take: Research: GIFS (1)

Welcome to my GIF finds!

I’ve had a bit of fun going through my tumblr and Pinterest accounts, trying to recall the gif image locations I saved or had reblogged.

I tried to look in to them a bit more, and find out who had created them and what they do, so to start off…

Tom Hardwick

Tom Hardwick’s an Illustrator, who had graduated from Hull School of Art and design. When I was doing some research for simple animated gifs, that appeared to be hand drawn, I was struck by how simplistic, but effective the animated scene was with in the moving image. When I think about this gif, I find it remarkable how I didn’t even consider layering up a still image and a moving image. I would like to see how I can animate two different images on the separate layers and see where I can take it from there, but I may need to keep in mind of how they’re going to move, and what they’re going to do in terms of my words.
I need to consider line, mark, colour, shape and form.

Another thing I may have to bear in mind, is that I need to communicate the word in some way.

Nimura Daisuke
Being able to depict frustrations or things that people may relate to, he does it so precisely and easily through the small actions.



Charles Huettner

Another freelance artist and animator.

Another animator whose gifs/animations are simple, yet enjoyable to watch. There’s something so smooth and flexible about his images, that make them so enjoyable.


Give and Take: Experimentation (4)

It’s been a very slow and decisive process, when it’s come to the experimentation. While there’s a lot of drawings that I’ve done in my now 2 A6 drawing books for every day, I’ve been taking the ones that remind me of my chosen words and seeing how I can animated them through film and digital.

For a moment, while I had been thinking about the description of the words, I tried to consider re-using a video clip.


A little disappointed about the focus going on and off in this gif image I made, but I tried to show the definition of to ‘feel’ something, or to experience the feel of something through the short footage.

Sounds of feel in this footage were: SHHHHRRR, SHROP, SHRRCH.

Splash sounds.

I may take this in to consideration later, if I were to create motion.

Taking this further and what i had in mind from the last experimentation, I tried to use the filter options in Photoshop on each seperate layer.


Not only was I able to successfully get that over layer of lines, I was able to capture the lines conveying the ripples and movement of the water. As I wanted to see how much more I could take this level of experimentation, I re-tried the technique of the filter, but with a different setting.

While I do enjoy the bold tones used in these two, I may have to consider making the lines thinner in future or try taking the layers and drawing over them with hand.


I would like to see how I can apply this method to the other words, and then see how I can combine them both.

Give and Take: Drawing with lines: Experimentation (P3)

There’s plenty more to come, but after doing some research about a few of the practicioners (which I will update soon), I took one of my Every day drawings and decided to play around with it in different concepts as part of the homework I’ve been given.

At first, I wasn’t too sure if to stick to the line drawing, so I adjusted it and tried it out to see where it would go. My original intention was to make the person show a very miserable expression in connection to the word ‘Feel’, however, I found that, I could make it look miserable through the action turing in to lines and linking back to the project title, as it is a line drawing.


Yup, I did draw over some toner paper and after looking back at this gif, I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. It’s almost as if it’s conveying the guy falling apart. I also tried to set the pace so it was gradual and not too fast, to make sure that the form can be seen.


Tried a more digital and abstract approach, but removing the lines and adding colour, to try and make it stand out, but though, it turned out nothing like I was originally hoping, I adore the use of colour being added.  To make the colours move in the following direction, I manipulated it with the liquify effect in Photoshop.

I may try a collage cutout stop motion gif in future.

Next, as I didn’t want to photograph myself or anyone else and thought to continue with the whole ‘no face’ approach and only the movement.

I did it with a mannequin.


I found that by just the hands alone can depict and emphasis a lot of movement and expression to the moving image.