CIP: Portfolio presentation talk

Fig Taylor, who consults with illustrators and designers about how they need to prepare and construct their portfolio came in to give us a talk about what we should be doing or should consider doing for our very own portfolio, in terms of presentation.

Her advice was very straight forward, clear and concise. I’ve learnt a lot from the presentation, but I also found myself feeling very positive in where I should take my design ideas further from here, to help build up some more plans in how I need to lay my work out with in the diagrams for the book pages.

When it comes to a portfolio, there needs to be consistency and what you need/want to show needs to be direct and clear to the person you want to show it to.

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A:R: Second Brick Lane visit- Friday 27th Jan.

It wasn’t at all  good day. It was freezing and there was a strong draft of wind runng all the way through out the city. I wanted to capture more experience and note down any of the changes made to the city in comparrison to the last trip.

The song I was listening to was ‘My way’ sung by Seth McFarlane, but the song was sun in the film, which I absolutely adored called ‘Sing’. This helped to brighten the mood, as I was passing through.


I did over hear some conversations, even with my headphones in, but they were faint. As if the people were trying their best to keep it more private, and with that, I noticed that a few of the shops were completely shut down. Even for early morning at that time, it wasn’t very busy. It was kind of odd, but I could smell this strong stench of curry from the resturants as I moved on.

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A:R: Rosie James

Observing facial features; human behaviour, patterns, movements, postures and the changes with in all of those things are things I seek out every day as an inspiration, as a guidance towards understanding figures, people, humans. If I’m simply observing the patterns and changes with in London, including its people with in this project; I need to make notes of this. If those people or a person with in the community in a reaction were showing emotion, I wondered if there is a way to represent that? through colour? change in paper or medium? facial features? How will I be able to express that? 

Rosie James’ a textile artist whose known for stitching out these figures from thread.

While she’s observing certain individuals, she re-creates them through the use of stitching. Another approach that differs from just drawing with chalk, charcoals and pen. Through using different uses of thread in stitching, you can layer up individual visuals and they can be presented by not only thread, but with other physical materials, such as silk, cotton, linen, plastic etc.


A:R:Reporter: Pinterest finds and inspiration for the box outcome

One of our final outcomes for the project is a box, that will have all of the visuals, objects that are linked to our experience of our location within London. I started off on Pinterest, as it’s a huge source of inspiration, full of different and various ideas about a variety of many sibjects.

Since it’s a box, I wanted to try and look at as many different ideas that have already been created, in spite of that, I thought I would try and look specifically for boxes/containers that are in the shape of buildings, frames and so on.

If anyone wants to check it out, feel free to check out the board.

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Pastiche 1560: Development and possible content outcomes

In my opinion, I don’t think I’ve quite spoken/addressed about this particular project enough yet. It’s a little confusing as to why I’ve left it until now to talk more about it, but well, I’ve been doing quite a bit of research to my narrative of showing how Rebecca Sugar brings her characters to life. (Yes, that’s my narrative) and I’ve come to the conclusion, that through putting these characters through real life scenarios (such as a loss of a loved one, or going through difficulties of admiring someone you can’t be with) is pretty much one way of how she has done this. She’s given them real life emotions with in real life scenarios.

From this, I think that if I can reflect on this by screen grabbing a few scenes as an example to place in to the presentation, it might help to show who I’m presenting this to my narrative behind my idea.

Speaking of that… I started to play around in a digital paint tool called ‘Sai paint tool’. As I prefer to draw my own characters up digitally or by hand, I started to redraw a scene that shows the difficulty a character she’s created, is going through.


For those who haven’t seen the series, nor have seen where this is from, here’s the clip:


Through layout, it singles the one character in the scene to keep it focused on just them and what they’re saying. The hues in the back, also helps to create mood with in the situation. Facial expressions, words and even background music helps to emphasise and helps to guide that character through their set situation.

I would like to try and think about animating small aspects of the background through the video clips, such as the lights and the cities in the background, but I want the speed of these aspects to slowly pass on, until this particular image fades in to the next one.


Another example of a drawing, that I’ll place in for the first slide of the video.

However, putting this particular series aside; I started to investigate a little in to some other works she has created.

I simply find it magnificent how this animation plays out. I was left a little confused as to what was going on, but on the second replay, I started to find there were parts of the animation that I was very keen on.


Author:Reporter: Artist and morning task

Friday morning broke the usual routine of producing some new ideas to contribute towards the South Hampton project; why? we were able to go around the class and check out all of the interesting concepts that each colleague has been working on, or are focusing on.

This short task was actually quite enjoyable, as it allowed us to grasp what each of us are up to and it helps us to consider how we could use a similar method or idea to put towards our own. Another thing, that I came across was how each out take was different in their own way, even if two people are using the same piece of text from one book or resource provided; both of their pieces are taken in to different contexts and/or they appear different.

Following on from that, we visited the Woman’s library to check out the artist book collection. There were some things we had to consider and think about while checking them out:

  • Mood
  • Idea
  • Relationship
  • Form
  • tone
  • line
  • layout
  • composition

Quite a few of them were pretty interesting from what I’ve heard from the rest of the team, but I shall talk about the following three which I’ve looked at:

Erasmus is Late by Liam Gillick.

Created in 1995, published by Book Works, London.
When I checked this book out for the first time, I was pretty curious of what the contents was about. The text was layout out formally and pretty much appeared to me like one of those old-styled books.  I wasn’t particularly keen nor did my attention keep focused on the text itself, but the front cover was pretty intriguing. It was crisp and the edges of the dust cover weren’t sharp at all. The feel and look of it was pretty nice.

I also enjoyed other little aspects of this book’s appearance, such as the title on the front of the book being hole-punched out. It was a nice use of displaying the title.

As I wasn’t too sure on what the book was about, I did some research about it. There were quite a few definitions for Erasmus:

Def 1. European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students.

A programme throughout Europe for students living abroad for either one or two semesters. It’s goal is to improve the students language and expose them to a foreign language.


Def 2. a male given name: from a Greek word meaning “beloved.”.


Emissions book by Katherine Maynell

This book on the other hand, was very interesting. Inside each plastic slot, there would be these little pullouts which would contain little objects in relation to the book. While the design was interesting, I wasn’t very fond of the contents. It was quite… disturbing? It’s contents was about pushing the body and the mind beyond it’s boundaries.

Horl’s outlandish and endangered species by Horl Mikel.

Last book. Celebrate.

I particularly like this book, it was a very nice change from the previous two, but it left my thoughts and feelings refreshed with every single page.

It was a book which contained mainly illustrations, as it was a witty colouring book about endangered species.

Each page was thick and had a nice textured feel.